September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month and what better way to approach the upcoming month than to accept the Ice Bucket Challenge!
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.
Eileen Roche accepted the challenge and also nominated Gary Gardner, President of G7 Solutions.
Gary Gardner did the honor of pouring the ice cold bucket of water on Eileen. It sure looks cold!
Eileen was certainly a good sport! She’s still smiling!
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!
No matter the challenge, Gary always has a smile on his face.
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?
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.