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Ice Bucket Challenge: Raising Awareness for Ovarian Cancer

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September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month and what better way to approach the upcoming month than to accept the Ice Bucket Challenge!

Ice Bucket Challenge:  Raising Awareness for Ovarian Cancer

It all started when Blaine Austin, CEO of Allbrands and John Douthat, President of Allbrands challenged Eileen Roche to the Ice Bucket Challenge for the Be the Difference Foundation, an organization dedicated to raising awareness and finding a cure for ovarian cancer.

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Eileen Roche accepted the challenge and also nominated Gary Gardner, President of G7 Solutions.

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Gary Gardner did the honor of pouring the ice cold bucket of water on Eileen.  It sure looks cold!

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Eileen was certainly a good sport!  She’s still smiling!

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Then it was Gary’s turn to accept the Ice Bucket Challenge.  Rachel Albin, the Marketing/PR Coordinator for the Be the Difference Foundation, bravely poured the bucket of ice water on Gary.  His expression is priceless!

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No matter the challenge, Gary always has a smile on his face.

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Life is full of surprises!  I doubt Gary and Eileen expected to come to work today knowing they’d get ice water dumped on them for all their friends, family and peers to read about and watch on video.  They embraced the challenge with enthusiasm for this worthy cause.

Now the question is… why?

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They embraced the challenge to raise awareness about a disease known as the silent killer.  It has affected them personally.  On August 20th, 2014,  this disease claimed the life of Gary’s wife, Helen Gardner, after a very brave 5 1/2 year battle.  During her battle with cancer, Helen not only lived life fully – but she dedicated her time and energy to the Be the Difference Foundation, an organization she co-founded with three other cancer survivors.  Her goal and the goal for the Be the Difference Foundation is to help find a cure for ovarian cancer and to spread awareness so that it is detected as early as possible.

Ovarian cancer is known as the silent killer because so often, by the time there are symptoms, the disease has spread.  That’s why it’s critical to continue researching to find a cure for this disease and it’s also important women visit their doctors regularly. The sooner it’s detected, the better the prognosis.

Here’s additional information courtesy of the Be the Difference Foundation:
“Over 22,000 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer this year, and more than 15,000 will die from the disease. And these numbers have not changed in over 30 years! There is no early detection or screening test available for ovarian cancer today. The PAP test does NOT detect ovarian cancer.

It is important to be aware of the symptoms and risk factors of ovarian cancer. Remember, early detection is important for a better prognosis.
Know the symptoms of Ovarian Cancer: *
• Abdominal Bloating
• Feeling full quickly while eating
• Pelvic or abdominal pain or pressure
• Urinary urgency or frequency
• Changes in bowel habits
• Abnormal vaginal bleeding or discharge
• Back pain
• Unexplained weight gain or loss

If any of these symptoms last for more than two weeks, please contact your doctor.

Know the Risk Factors of Ovarian Cancer:*
• Close family members who have had ovarian, breast or gastrointestinal cancer
• Have a genetic mutation such as BRCA1 or BRCA2
• Have had breast,uterine, or colorectal cancer
• Have never given birth or have had trouble getting pregnant
• Are middle-aged or older

*Source: Mount Sinai Hospital”

Visit the Be the Difference Foundation for more information on ovarian cancer.


A special thank you to Blaine Austin, CEO of Allbrands, John Douthat, President of Allbrands and the entire team at Allbrands who initiated this challenge.  As their Ice Bucket Challenge video demonstrates they are a team of fun-loving, thoughtful and generous business professionals that we are truly proud and grateful to know.


Watch Eileen’s Ice Bucket Challenge!

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Watch Gary Gardner’s Ice Bucket Challenge!

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Here’s your assignment this week:
September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness month. Throughout the month we will feature a Tapestry of Life Quilt project created for a young woman recently diagnosed with ovarian cancer. What have you created with your embroidery or sewing machine to support and comfort a friend or loved one faced with cancer? For each unique user comment below we will donate $1 to the Be The Difference Foundation, up to $820! Thank you for your support and don’t forget to come back for our Tapestry of Life Quilt project.Tapestry-of-Life-Quilt_logo
The winner of last week assignment:
Support the Be the Difference Foundation. Please visit their website or like their Facebook page. Your support is greatly appreciated. Leave a comment below about your favorite item in your house that is TEAL! Four comments will be chosen to receive a $25 gift certificate to use at towards a design CD. Good luck!
dimeblogAnd the winners are; Pat D., Julienne B., Susan, and Debe!

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  • patei

    I had to laugh at the comment what in my house is teal,the real question is what ISN’T!
    clothes, the hangars,about 80% of my fabric stash,yarn,crochet thread,the fringe I use making Native American shawls,my pow wow regalia,my pow wow chair is painted teal. my duct tape, so anything I have used it on is teal. folding cloth storage cubes. my jewelry except for a few pieces actually it’s turquoise and coral, I have collected it for years. always liked the color,my first sofa and love seat after marriage, was teal and my curtains were sheets dyed orange,easy to refresh the color.
    my pendleton chief Joseph blankets, are teal.I am beading a purse in teal/turquoise beads there are other colors of course but the back ground color is teal,my beaded check book cover,beaded pen,a few sharpies.
    there is probably more, I tend to be drawn to the color.

  • Mary Haggenmaker

    Teal is such a beautiful color. I love that and a lighter shade of teal also. The wall to wall rug in my guest bedroom is teal.

  • Bette Willingham

    The other day I went to Goodwill and saw a 100% wool white blanket. I came home and thought about it and discussed it with my sister-in-law. We decided if it was felted, it would make a nice rug for my living room in my winter Texas home. I have felted it and dyed it teal. It is beautiful. My plans are to stencil it with peacock colors. I can’t wait to get it finished:>)

  • Maga

    Thank you for raising awareness of Ovarian Cancer. I haven’t made anything for friends who has gone through cancer treatment but I have written letters, cards and telephoned. It is always hard to know how much to do – we all react differently to illness. The important thing to do is let the friend know we are there if they need us AND be there when the need arises.
    For me going to the sewing machine is more a way to help me cope with the news of a friends illness.
    Thinking of everybody who has to cope with cancer.

  • venita abel

    I made Love quilt for my friend in Tx who is/was fighting Stage 4 ovarian cancer. They gave her 2 yrs & it has now been 7 yrs. Yeh!!

  • Tammy Hammond

    I made a few hats for my mom going through chemo for Pancreatic Cancer (another silent killer). She ended up not needing the hats, but towards the end of her time, I made some privacy curtains for the dining room where her hospital bed was set up. Nice cheery butterfly fabric (she loved butterflies)…..not like the boring ones we have at work!


    I think that stealing this idea from ALS without giving them some kind of credit is criminal! I understand that this is also a good cause but ALS has long been in the background and with the ice bucket challenge they have just started to get the funding needed for their research and using their unique idea without at least giving them some credit for the idea is just not cool!!!

    • Karen Poole

      I was wondering about that myself because I have seen it all over tv with people taking the challenge and every one of then stated it was for ALS…..

    • Earlean stalks

      What difference does it make who originated it .Everyone is working towards trying to get help for the terrible sickness that is plaguing our women.Instead of looking at it in the manner that you are.Thank God that some other organization wants to get on board and help with the fight for some other deadly sickness.Instead of sitting down making something out of nothing, challenge yourself to doing the ice bucket fun.Maybe you could make the difference next time you post.

  • Karen Poole

    I have crocheted for cancer. I belong to a wonderful group of ladies called “The Hat Ladies of Corona” and the group crochets hats and donates them to cancer centers for the patients who want them. We also sometimes donate lap blankets because the patients have complained it gets cold in the chemo center.

  • Dale Fedor

    I’ve knitted a couple of chemo hats for my daughter’s niece who has breast cancer. One day each month, I sew pillowcases for kids for ConCerr Cancer. And of course, anything that I made for myself since I had cancer. Thankfully, I am cancer free now.

  • LeAnne L

    Thank you so much for posting the warning signs and risk factors. With all the publicity about the Ice Bucket Challenge, I’d never seen those listed before. I have three out of the five risk factors. Scary thought. I haven’t done anything for cancer donations, but we have a cancer center here in town, and I think it’s time I contacted them to see what they need. Teal is my favorite color.

  • Deanna

    I have embroidered numerous items and donated them to groups for auctions etc to raise money.

  • Berenice

    Here in the West, people are being asked to make some other type of committment rather than using the ice bucket challenge due to the severe drought. It breaks my heart to see people pouring such a precious commodity onto concrete and asphalt rather than on soil were it might do plants some good. Farmers in California’s Central Valley are going b bankrupt or not planting crops due to high cost of water and water shortages. Please don’t get me wrong, I know that these medical conditions are often under noticed. How many people heard of ALS before this started? A dear friend of ours is currently battling ovarian cancer just 9 months after a second bout with breast cancer. I know that she probably would not be alive today without the extrodinary advances in technology that many fund raising events have furthered. But simply throwing water away like that is wasteful, surely we can come up with something more environmentally friendly?

    I have made quilts (lap sized) and FSL ornaments that have been offered as an opportunity drawing at two fund raisers here.

  • marie

    Stop wasting water! How many gallons have gone on the ground (and not plants) since this ridiculous stunt started? Surely there are more productive and less wasteful ways to bring these horrible diseases to the attention of people’s wallets. Shame on you media hogs. Why not challenge all of you bigshots with big wallets to donate a truckload of water to a group or area in need? The rest of the world laughs at us…and then cries.–(comment from someone with lots of cancer in her families)

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