Monday, May 07, 2007

Khrissy's Speech at the 2nd Annual Wave of Hope Gala

Khrissy & Leenie ( LI OCEANS)

Welcome friends & family ---thank you all for coming & sharing in our hopes & dreams. Your support strengthens our resolve and gives us hope!

LI OCEANS is an organization with a mission toward providing and provoking hope. Our group is made up of women living with Ovarian & Gynecological cancers, from the newly diagnosed to the long-term survivor. Our mission is to be the voice by promoting education; research, advocacy and awareness with hope to save the lives of our mothers, sisters, daughters, friends & neighbors.

Cancer is in deed generational, an unfortunate tapestry in the lineage of many families. "There's a saying that genetics load the gun, but it's the environment that pulls the trigger. Within this vast cosmic blueprint of time & space—in blows the wind of change—together we are firing back!!! Your support helps us to load the canons.

Cancer beckons, Last year, more than 80,000 women in the US received an unexpected diagnosis: cancer of a reproductive organ. This means that on average, one woman in the United States is diagnosed with gynecologic cancer every seven minutes -- that’s more than 200 women diagnosed each and every day. Over 16,000 women will die from Ovarian Cancer this year alone, another 20,000 will be newly diagnosed.

LI OCEANS believes----1 is too many!

Cancer research is crucial because the effects of the disease are so far-reaching. Research is the basis for all cancer breakthroughs, and we must do everything we can to support and nurture that spirit of discovery. If we can reduce the likelihood of having a train wreck- lets do it!!! We know that a women’s chance for survival increases significantly if the disease is detected and treated early. The sad news is most cases of Ovarian Cancer are detected too late.

The good news however is that from the proceeds of last years Gala we are proud to announce together with Dr. Michael Pearl & Stony brook Researchers (aka the Canons for which we load) —we embark upon unlocking the mystery of Ovarian Cancer and begin strides to develop an early detection test so to save lives.

Long Island OCEANS Wave of Hope Award has been established to honor an individual or individuals who have made significant fundamental contributions to Ovarian Cancer. Everyone hopes that something can and will be done to help overcome Ovarian and Gynecologic Cancers, for a special group of people, that hope leads to inspiration.

Like a beacon of hope, tonight we will award two individuals Dr. Michael Pearl & Rep. Steve Israel, in honor of their exceptional contributions to Ovarian & Gynecologic Cancers, they provide guideposts for a hopeful tomorrow.


a beacon of hope for those affected by Ovarian Cancer & Gynecologic Cancers

About Us:

LI OCEANS is an acronym for Long Island Ovarian Cancer Education Advocacy Network & Support. Our group is comprised of women living with Ovarian & Gynecological cancers, from the newly diagnosed to the long-term survivor.

In 2004, several women personally affected by Ovarian Cancer met, exchanged ideas, shared stories, identified the need for change, merged ultimate values and priorities and then made a decision that would transform lives.

They didn't know where they would find the time, the energy, nor the money to create an organization for women with Ovarian & Gynecologic Cancers, but they forged ahead nevertheless, with hope as their guiding light. They knew that without their understanding, passion and strength that other women with ovarian cancer would continue to suffer in isolation.

LI OCEANS recognized the urgent need for awareness; advocacy and action-they aspired to be the voice for Ovarian Cancer and save the precious lives of our mothers, sisters, daughters, grandmothers, friends & neighbors!

Our goal is to create awareness among women the medical community and the greater population regarding early warning signs and symptoms that may be indicative of ovarian cancer, resulting in earlier detection.

Our purpose is to provide support, resources, networking, and education for those women diagnosed with ovarian and gynecologic cancers. We support the advancement of research for early detection and cure of ovarian cancer.

Our mission is to educate, advocates with the ultimate hope to eradicate this deadly disease!

LI OCEANS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit approved by the IRS. Your tax-deductible contributions allow us to continue our battle against ovarian cancer, to raise awareness in the community and to provide education and support to ovarian cancer victims and their families through a network of survivors.

How Can I Help? We are always in need of volunteers!

We need people just like you! Please Help Get the Word Out!

We need you! Tell someone you love about ovarian cancer and the symptoms to watch. When you care, keeping quiet is not an option. Until there’s a test, word of mouth is best.

Together we can save lives.

Volunteer your time and talents to get the word out.

LI OCEANS INC greatly appreciates the support from our friends who host fundraising events on the LI OCEANS behalf.

If you would like to host an event to benefit the LI OCEANS here are a few ideas:

Rubber Duck Race
House party/ tea party or picnic
Walking/Running Event
Night At The Races
Hiking or Biking Event
Health and wellness day at your local workout club
Game night - Trivia night- Poker Party-Name that tune
Karaoke Yard Sale- Plant Sale- Bake Sale
Wine Tasting -wine and cheese evening
Fashion show
Murder Mystery-50’s,60’s,70’s Dance
Host A Teal Awareness Day
Golf tournament -tennis tournament

September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.