The Norma Livingston Ovarian Cancer Foundation (NLOCF) is hosting a special event this weekend in honor of women who have been impacted by ovarian cancer.
Together in Teal will be held on Sunday, September 18, from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., at Aldrige Gardens in Hoover.
The event will feature a butterfly release, live music, vendor displays, educational booths, speakers and more.
The NLOCF was founded in 2004 by Lori Livingston, who lost her mother, Norma, to ovarian cancer. The non-profit raises funds for ovarian cancer research, awareness and patient support programs.
There are also two programs through the NLOCF, Just a Need and the Angel Initiative.
Just a Need (JAN) honors the legacy of service of Janice M. Bauer, who lost her battle with ovarian cancer in 2001. 1819 News Editor-at-Large Erica Thomas and her mother, Bonny Huddleston, started the program to help patients and caregivers with whatever their needs may be.
"My mom is a two-time cancer survivor herself, so I have seen firsthand the impact that being a caregiver can have on someone," said Thomas. "We wanted to be able to help not only patients but their loved ones in the midst of their battle."
JAN offers financial, emotional and spiritual support, as well as medical support kits for those undergoing chemotherapy treatment, radiation or surgery.
"It doesn't really matter what your need is," added Thomas. "That's why we call it 'Just a Need.' It's just whatever you need."
The Angel Initiative is a holiday-based program that helps support patient care assistance programs at the Division of Gynecologic Oncology at UAB, as well as support and awareness programs at the NLOCF. Angels in the names of loved ones are hung each year in the lobby of the Gynecologic Oncology department.
The NLOCF also offers a series of webinars to help patients and caregivers understand the road ahead. "Nobody Fights Alone" is available for anyone worldwide to connect with other patients, family members and friends of those fighting for their lives.
You can learn more about the NLOCF and the silent symptoms of ovarian cancer by going to cureovariancancer.org.
To learn more about Together in Teal, click here.
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