A little letter can do so much

22 September 2008 at 10:47 pm 3 comments

Ciao Bloggisti,

And now for something completely serious. I don’t know if you’re all aware but September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.  We’ve all been affected by cancer in some way or another. At times it can seem insurmountable, that nothing can be done about it. But hope and solidarity has been known to move mountains. When I got this message from Michelle at Bleeding Espresso, I just had to post it here:

O Foods for Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. In honor of Gina DePalma, author of Dolce Italiano: Desserts from the Babbo Kitchen and Executive Pastry Chef of Babbo Ristorante in NYC, who was recently diagnosed with ovarian cancer, Sara of Ms Adventures in Italy, Jenn of The Leftover Queen, and Michelle of Bleeding Espresso are asking you to donate to the:

Ovarian Cancer Research Fund (via FirstGiving.org)

and then, out of the goodness of your hearts and to be eligible for the O Foods for Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month Contest, please do the following:

1. Post a recipe to your blog using a food that starts or ends with the letter O (e.g., oatmeal, orange, okra, octopus, olive, onion, potato, tomato) and include this entire text box in the post;

OR

2. If you’re not into the recipe thing, simply post this entire text box in a post on your blog to help spread the word about the event and Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.

AND

3. Then send your post url [along with a photo (100 x 100) if you’ve made a recipe] to ofoods[at]gmail[dot]com by 11:59 pm (Italy time) on September 30, 2008.

We will post a roundup and announce prize winners on October 3.

Prizes:

  • 1 Recipe Prize for best “O food” concoction: $50 gift certificate to Amazon;
  • 1 Awareness Prize for only publicizing event: Copy of Dolce Italiano cookbook.

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From the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund:

  • Ovarian cancer is the leading cause of death from gynecologic cancers in the United States and is the fifth leading cause of cancer death among U.S. women; a woman’s lifetime risk of ovarian cancer is 1 in 67.
  • The American Cancer Society estimates that 21,650 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer in the U.S. in 2008 and about 15,520 women will die from the disease.
  • The symptoms of ovarian cancer are often vague and subtle, making it difficult to diagnose. There is no effective screening test for ovarian cancer but there are tests which can detect ovarian cancer when patients are at high risk or have early symptoms.
  • In spite of this patients are usually diagnosed in advanced stages and only 45% survive longer than five years. Only 19% of cases are caught before the cancer has spread beyond the ovary to the pelvic region.
  • When ovarian cancer is detected and treated early on, the five-year survival rate is greater than 92%.

Please donate to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund
and help spread the word!

Thanks for taking the time to read this and please do what you can to help.

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. JennDZ_The LeftoverQueen  |  23 September 2008 at 5:33 pm

    Thank you so much for helping us get the word out!!!! 🙂

    No problem, Jen. It was the least I could do 🙂

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  • 3. Sara, Ms. Adventures in Italy  |  12 October 2008 at 7:27 pm

    Sorry I stumbled onto your post to comment much, much later (I’ve having a hard time keeping up with my new job) 😦 but I wanted to say thanks so much for helping us spread the word about the O Foods event! It was much appreciated.

    Hey, don’t worry! I know how it is. It really was my pleasure posting about O Foods. I only wish I had had enough time to post a recipe. Good luck at the new job!

    Reply

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