To the editor:
The Greater Newburyport Ovarian Cancer Awareness (GNOCA) group wishes to express its deepest thanks to the community for its tremendous support in 2012, our second year. So receptive and generous was the public at large that we are again able to report banner results in our fight against the fifth-leading cause of cancer deaths in women.
GNOCA (ocawareness.org), a dedicated group of area volunteers, partners with the nonprofit Ovations for the Cure (ovationsforthecure.org) in their promotion of knowledge of the disease, concrete hope and support for those already diagnosed, and significant scientific advancements leading to the cure. Some of us are ovarian cancer survivors; some of us have family members or friends who have experienced ovarian cancer; but all of us are committed to the notion that increased awareness of any form of cancer and its symptoms can lead to earlier detection and longer lives.
To that end, we planned six local awareness-raising events during September, National Ovarian Cancer Month. Once again, our local businesses and gracious neighbors enthusiastically supported and attended our events: the Lantern Festival at the Bartlet Mall; the Mad Hatter Tea Party at Glenn’s Restaurant; the talk on “Well-being During Cancer Treatment” at the Newburyport Public Library; the Firehouse presentation of New York writer-performer Jenny Allen and her show “I Got Sick Then I Got Better;” the Guest Bartending Night at 10 Center Street; and the Jackie Poor Memorial Walk, commencing and ending at Michael’s Harborside. Each event proved to be both enjoyable and informative, with the outstanding personnel at each of these locations doing everything they could to ensure the success of our mission.
In addition, special thanks go out to our magnanimous sponsors: The First National Bank of Ipswich, Eastern Bank, Genentech, Institution for Savings, Rotary Club of Newburyport, Jonathan E. Lamson (in memory of Cheryl Lamson) of West Newbury, Robert Bentley of Newburyport.com, Catherine Green, Costagna Construction and Vision Source Watts Eye Associates.
Among the numerous other individuals and groups we would like to thank are:
Kimm Wilkinson and the Firehouse staff New York writer/performer Jenny Allen, Margaux French, ND; Laura Rossi, RNC, MSN, OCN; Tina Santoro-Smith, Matt Kirk, Newburyport Development, Newburyport city councilors, student volunteers from Newburyport and Triton high schools, photographer James Mulaire, Denise’s Flower Shop, Diann May of the Ruby Slipper, Jane O’Keefe of Lindt Chocolate, Leeward Light Thrift of Salisbury, Dunkin’ Donuts, Newburyport Farmers Market, Alden Merrill Cheesecake Company, Buttermilk Baking Company, Port Wine and Spirits, Port Beer and Wine, West Newbury Food Mart, Market Basket, Shaw’s, Valerie’s Gallery, Kelly’s True Value Hardware and Women’s Health Care.
Also: Amanda Almend, James Montanari (in memory of Rose Montanari), Mike Cronan Steel Products, Bob Brandt, Roberta Aaronson, Abraham’s Bagels, Oregano Pizzeria, Jan Rooney of Jan-Co Publishing, Kim Richards of Angels at Home Healthcare, Bruce Vogel of Plum Island Coffee Roasters, Ten Center Street, Michael’s Harborside, Glenn Mayers and Charlene Ferreira of Glenn’s Restaurant and Cool Bar, Clay’s, Newburyport Public Library, Donna Wilson and Ken Irwin at Newburyport Bed and Breakfast, musicians Donna Ricci, Pam and Rob Hallock, Haley and Carley Gendell, and Chris Molina, calligraphers Sue Dosick, Ellen Hart and Cathy Crawford; the Salvation Army, Jeff Esche, Art LeDoux; Darcy, Reed and James Nation, Patrick Boudreau, Lise Reid of the city Parks Department, and Walter Thompson of the Bartlet Mall Commission.
Many businesses kindly and prominently displayed our posters and teal adornments, and the local news media also immeasurably helped us to promote awareness of ovarian cancer and its subtle symptoms. In fact, all those worthy of acknowledgement comprise an impressive list, and if we have inadvertently failed to list everyone, we are truly sorry.
Again, we are extremely appreciative of the community’s exemplary willingness to join us in our vision for the past two years, and we hope to see you at one or more of our events in September 2013. Look for our signature teal color and joyful hummingbird logo next fall!
The Greater Newburyport Ovarian Cancer Awareness group