This week I attended a K.I.S.S. and Teal party. I hope by now you’ve all heard of K.I.S.S. and Teal. Avon Books and the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance have joined forces to educate more than 100,000 women about the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer. September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness month and Avon Books has selected seven books to carry the K.I.S.S. and Teal message: Know the Important Signs and Symptoms of Ovarian Cancer–Bloating, Pelvic and Abdominal Pain, Difficulty Eating or Feeling Full Quickly, Urinary Symptoms (urgency or frequency).
In addition to an initial donation of $25,000, Avon is donating $.25 from the sale of each of the seven K.I.S.S. and Teal books (see more about the books here), up to an additional $25,000.
The idea was born out of a conversation between Eloisa James and an editor at Avon about the loved ones they’d lost to Ovarian Cancer. At the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance party that I attended, Avon author Cathy Maxwell spoke about the friend she lost to the disease. She also told us that all seven authors in the Avon promotion had a personal connection to ovarian cancer.
I had two friends die of ovarian cancer within a short time of each other. Dawn was the mother of one of my son’s little league teammates and it was heartbreaking to know that child lost his mother. Dawn was an athletic, high energy, creative woman in the prime of her life. She created a huge stuffed tiger to be the elementary school’s mascot. She also had a craft business creating decorative sweatshirts that were all the rage around my neighborhood. After she died I still saw her sweatshirts here and there.
Anna was a co-worker and close friend who was very excited about my writing. Back then I had one book (unpublished) under my belt and writing was still very new to me. I didn’t share my dream of being an author with everyone, but I did with Anna. I remember her coming in late to work one day, because she’d been in her car finishing my book. Anna was larger than life and warm and giving and had the most wonderful laugh. She was another of the mental health therapists in our geriatric mental health program and her clients adored her. I have reminders of her around my house, things she gave me. The clipboard I use to read manuscripts on. A coffee mug. Two handblown beverage glasses. A social worker and mental health therapist to the end, Anna did a lot of processing of her impending death with friends and co-workers, and got us all organized into ways of helping her and her family. I received the phone call telling of her death when I was on my way to a Washington Romance Writers meeting.
In honor of Dawn and Anna I’m giving away one a signed copy of Cathy Maxwell’s The Seduction of Scandal, her K.I.S.S. and Teal book. All you have to do is comment for a chance to win. I’ll also give $.25 to the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance for the first 100 commenters to my blog, from midnight to midnight, Sept 1 . Want to make a donation of your own? Click here.
Has your life been touched by Ovarian Cancer?
I’ll be announcing my Aug 31 website winner here on Monday! But the contest is still ongoing. Enter now.