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.