Followers of my blog may already know that I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in April of this year. I underwent surgery in May, had a complete hysterectomy, appendectomy and numerous biopsies. I was very lucky to be diagnosed at stage 1A. Throughout the diagnosis and surgery I strove to maintain a positive outlook and I know that I am very, very lucky to have been diagnosed so early.
Recently I have become aware of two very worthy fundraisers in the battle against ovarian cancer. I am an artist selling on Etsy and was recently approached by fellow Etsian, and friend, Amy of ThePeachTree. Amy asked if I was interested in participating in an Etsy community-wide project in aims of raising money for cancer research and to promote awareness in support of (and honoring) Laura -a wonderfully creative and vibrant artist. Laura has recently been diagnosed with ovarian cancer and is undergoing chemotherapy. You can read more about her on her profile page. I don't know Laura, but feel a kinship and wish her only the best.
Called 'etsyprojectembrace', participating sellers are donating a portion of their sales to the Etsy Project Embrace Team benefitting the American Cancer Society. Click on the Team link to donate directly to the team. To shop participating Etsy stores, enter 'projectetsyembrace' in the Etsy search bar. Don't forget to shop participating vintage sellers as well!
Another fundraiser is being done by my good friend, and talented artist -Trace Hanson. Trace is participating in a fundraising 5K walk in September to benefit the Georgia Ovarian Cancer Alliance. If you would like to support her efforts, please visit her personal fundraising page. Trace is walking in honor of her mother Barbara, who lost her battle with ovarian cancer on September 1st 2001.
If you are in Georgia please consider participating in the Overcoming Ovarian Cancer 5K Walk.