Wende Hutton is the winner of the quilt raffle. Congratulations Wende!
The raffle will close at midnight, December 31, 2012. We will randomly pick the winning donor and the donor’s name will be posted on this site and will be notified by email. Good luck and thank you for your donation!
Four years ago I met Laura Shawver when my husband, John, worked with her in the biotechnology industry. Laura had recently gone into remission from ovarian cancer and had formed The Clearity Foundation. Two years later, in 2010, John joined the Clearity Board of Directors and I began to understand in much more depth the mission of the foundation and how Clearity worked to interact with women with ovarian cancer on a daily basis.
As fate would have it, in February 2012, I was diagnosed with advanced (Stage 3c) ovarian cancer. Following extensive surgery in early February, I underwent eight months of chemotherapy. There is a community of friends that forms around you at chemotherapy. Each woman has her own story. Each week we welcomed someone new facing her own cancer fears and we veterans reassured her, understanding her fears. We saw each other as fellow warriors, wishing each other the best, but knowing we each had a different future facing us. I was blessed with fantastic results, with my CA-125 indicator dropping into the normal range in the early cycles of chemo and staying there to this day.
After I completed my therapy and my energy began to return, I felt inspired to do something to show my appreciation to Clearity for the work they are doing on behalf of all women facing recurrence of ovarian cancer and to honor all women who are fighting this enemy named ovarian cancer. I created this quilt with that in mind. Teal is the official color of ovarian cancer. The fabrics and design were chosen to create a calming, yet cheery feeling. And the size (48”x66”) is perfect for use at chemotherapy, napping on the couch or as a throw on a bed.
I hope you’ll join me in supporting The Clearity Foundation.