Libby’s H*O*P*E* & Women’s Oncology Research & Dialogue Launch New “WORD of HOPE™” Ovarian Cancer Educational Podcast Series

WORD OF HOPE™ Ovarian Cancer Podcast Now Available Through New Website, iTunes, YouTube, and Other Online Sources.

A new ovarian cancer educational podcast series, entitled “WORD of HOPE™,” was launched during Women’s Health Awareness Week through a collaborative initiative of Libby’s H*O*P*E*™ (LH) and Women’s Oncology Research & Dialogue (WORD).

The WORD of HOPE™ Ovarian Cancer podcast series will address important topics related to ovarian cancer, including prevention, early detection, diagnosis, groundbreaking treatments, scientific and clinical research information, and related women’s health information for ovarian cancer patients, caregivers and advocates. The WORD of HOPE™ podcast series can be found online at http://www.wordofhopepodcast.com, and is available to viewers and listeners for subscription at the WORD Of HOPE™ podcast website, iTunes, and YouTube.

“From the beginning, WORD has been committed to taking the most important scientific information and providing patients, caregivers and advocates the easily accessible resources to educate and inspire during their journey of care. As a physician, nearly every day we are looking for resources to give newly diagnosed patients and their supporters to help them better understand their diagnosis and treatment options. We are proud to partner with Libby’s H*O*P*E*™ and its founder Paul Cacciatore in the production of these new podcasts,” said Dr. John Geisler, WORD co-founder and Director of Gynecologic Oncology at University of Toledo.

Paul Cacciatore, Libby’s H*O*P*E* founder and podcast co-host said: “The WORD of HOPE™ ovarian cancer podcast series embodies the age old adage that ‘information is power’ — a potentially life-saving concept in the fight against the most lethal gynecologic cancer.” Mr. Cacciatore emphasized that the information featured in the podcast series is easy to understand and accessible from anywhere, including at home, on the job, or on the go through a smartphone or iPad. “WORD of HOPE™ not only raises much-needed ovarian cancer awareness in the minds of the general public, it educates survivors to proactively participate in their treatment through more meaningful dialogue with their doctors. Libby’s H*O*P*E* is proud to partner with WORD through this global form of social media.”

The first podcast installment will feature the following seven episodes (three already posted; four pending) which address ten significant 2010 scientific research and clinical treatment topics within the field of ovarian cancer:

Viewers or listeners of WORD of HOPE™ Ovarian Cancer Podcast can contact Nathan Manahan, WORD Executive Director, via email to provide feedback and ideas for the podcast. To listen, watch or subscribe to the podcast series, visit http://www.wordofhopepodcast.com.

About the WORD of HOPE™ Podcast

Based in Indianapolis, Indiana (WORD) and Los Angeles, California (LH), WORD of HOPE™ serves viewers and listeners interested in up-to-date ovarian cancer information. Hosted by Nathan Manahan and Paul Cacciatore, WORD of HOPE™ ovarian cancer podcasts will be released several times a month and available for subscription through iTunes, RSS and YouTube.

About Women’s Oncology Research & Dialogue

Co-founded by gynecologic oncologists Drs. Kelly Manahan and John Geisler, WORD is an Indianapolis-based nonprofit organization dedicated to helping women conquer gynecologic cancers through catalyzing innovative scientific and clinical research, which results in empowering educational resources for women’s organizations and medical personnel regarding proper prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

About Libby’s H*O*P*E*™

Paul Cacciatore established Libby’s H*O*P*E*(*Helping *Ovarian Cancer Survivors *Persevere Through *Education)™ in March 2008 as an online resource to assist his 26-year-old cousin, Elizabeth “Libby” Remick, who was battling advanced-stage ovarian cancer. Although Libby ultimately lost her battle to the disease, Paul continues to assist ovarian cancer survivors worldwide, and their families and friends, through the website under the principle that “information is power” in the fight against ovarian cancer. Through Libby’s H*O*P*E*™, Paul has published approximately 250 weblog articles relating to ovarian cancer and cancer-related topics. Libby’s H*O*P*E*™ utilizes a variety of online media resources and social networks to disseminate critical information relating to ovarian cancer awareness, including the early warning signs and symptoms of the disease, important medical discoveries, relevant current clinical trials, and most importantly, stories of hope involving ovarian cancer survivors and their families. To learn more, visit https://healthinfoispower.wordpress.com

For more information, contact Executive Producer, Chad Braham at 317-855-8144 or visit the official website: http://www.wordofhopepodcast.com.

Libby’s H*O*P*E*™ Proudly Announces A Strategic Partnership With Women’s Oncology Research & Dialogue

It is our privilege and honor to announce a strategic partnership between Libby’s H*O*P*E*™ and Women’s Oncology Research & Dialogue.

It is our privilege and honor to announce a strategic partnership between Libby’s H*O*P*E*™ (LH) and Women’s Oncology Research & Dialogue (WORD). WORD’s overarching mission is to raise gynecologic cancer awareness and fund related scientific research.

The genesis of this partnership began approximately one year ago, when LH was contacted by Nathan Manahan, WORD’s Executive Director. WORD had performed extensive social media due diligence and determined that LH was a premier source of online ovarian cancer information.  As the LH Founder, I agreed to meet Nate and Chad Braham (WORD’s Director of Media Productions) in Los Angeles to discuss the possibility of both organizations working together.

I felt an immediate connection with Nate and Chad, especially after we discussed the personal reasons underlying our passion for cancer advocacy.  Nate explained that his mother was a breast cancer survivor, who battled the disease successfully due to vigilance, which caught her aggressive cancer at an early stage. It also happens that Nate’s sister is Dr. Kelly J. Manahan, WORD’s Founder and President. Chad discussed how he lost his father to cancer when he was 8 years old, along with the fact that his stepfather is a prostate cancer survivor, and his mother-in-law is a uterine cancer survivor (who was successfully treated by Dr. Manahan).

By the end of that initial meeting, we believed that a strategic partnership between both organizations would be highly synergistic. Although WORD advocates on behalf of women with all gynecologic cancers, it has designated LH as its “go-to” source for detailed ovarian cancer information. In turn, LH obtains a greater audience for its ovarian cancer advocacy by communicating to women interested in learning more about all gynecologic cancers through the new WORD website.

As a kickoff to our partnership, WORD created nine short videos about the genesis of LH, its mission, the credibility & understandability of the LH website, the early warning signs of ovarian cancer, LH assistance to ovarian cancer survivors, survivor success stories, the fast pace of medical research, and a brief discussion of the LH/WORD partnership. The LH/WORD partnership video is provided below. We will post the remaining eight videos over the next two weeks.

In the near future, we anticipate the creation and distribution of an ongoing video podcast series known as WORD of HOPE, which will address important ovarian cancer topics in an easily understandable format.

We are quite excited about the opportunities presented by this partnership, and hope to build upon the LH/WORD alliance for many years to come.

“The challenge of every team is to build a feeling of oneness, of dependence on one another because the question is usually not how well each person performs, but how well they work together.”

— Vince Lombardi (1913 – 1970), former Head Coach of the National Football League (NFL) Green Bay Packers & Winner of 5 NFL Championships, including Super Bowls I & II.

The Genesis of WORD

Drs. Kelly J. Manahan & John P. Geisler, Co-Founders, Women's Oncology Research & Dialogue (WORD)

Several years ago, as a gynecologic oncologist in training, Dr. Manahan learned first-hand that cancer is a formidable foe. This experience compelled her to take greater action.  In Fall 2005, Dr. Manahan established WORD, along with her husband Dr. John P. Geisler.  Currently, Dr. Manahan is the Interim Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Toledo Medical Center (UTMC), while Dr. Geisler is Director of  Gynecologic Oncology and Chief of Clinical Service Obstetrics & Gynecology at UTMC.  Dr. Geisler is also the Chairman of the WORD medical advisory panel.  Drs. Manahan and Geisler are both gynecologic oncologists, and are cited as authors in approximately 85 published medical articles relating to a wide array of gynecologic oncology topics.  Such topics include cutting-edge surgical techniques and novel gynecological cancer treatments.

WORD was founded with the mission of spreading global gynecological cancer awareness.  WORD exists to educate; to inform, to bring awareness, to teach prevention, and assist women who have been diagnosed with a gynecologic cancer. The passion of the WORD team is to provide women and their families with relevant, detailed, and up-to-date information that can save lives. In sum, WORD was formed to help win the fight against gynecologic cancers.

Past and present WORD research projects and initiatives include:

  • a study of hydralazine and megestrol acetate to treat advanced, chemoresistant cancers of the ovary, peritoneum, uterus, fallopian tube, cervix, and vulva;
  • a tissue bank of clinically annotated tissue specimens from patients with gynecologic cancers.

“We are a husband and wife team who have both been helping women battle gynecologic cancers for over two decades,” said Dr. Manahan. “Our passion is helping women have complete understanding when facing the battle of their cancer. We also want women to be empowered to make lifestyle and health decisions that can work to prevent cancer.”

“Our goal is to assure that all women are more aware of these diseases and to find a way to increase prevention, early detection, and optimal treatment,” said Dr. Geisler. “Awareness will lead to more research dollars. More research will hopefully lead to finding the detailed factors that influence the growth of these diseases. We ultimately want a cure. Wordoncancer.org is the integral foundation to many of these dreams.”

“I am a member of a team, and I rely on the team, I defer to it and sacrifice for it, because the team, not the individual, is the ultimate champion.”

— Mia Hamm, who is widely recognized as the world’s best all-around women’s soccer player (2 Olympic Gold Medals & 2 World Championships).

WORD’s New Website Launch

The average woman in the United States has a 1-in-12 risk factor of developing a gynecologic cancer in her lifetime. On November 9, 2010, WORD launched their new website at http://www.wordoncancer.org. WORD’s new website will inform women about preventions, signs, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of all gynecologic cancers. WORD’s website will inspire women to take actions that can, and will, save their lives, and was designed to expand and grow as new data and relevant information become available.

Today, most people do their research online. Accordingly, WORDoncancer.org was designed to achieve the overarching goals listed below.

  • Provide the best gynecologic cancer web video content, including survivor stories, expert advice provided by various medical professionals, and stories from families who have lost loved ones.
  • Guarantee current information about the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of gynecologic cancers, which is created in a simple and user-friendly interface.
  • Create pathways to dialogue among women and their physicians, so every woman is empowered to make an informed decision about her health care.
  • Utilize the most effective and relevant multimedia tools to accomplish our organizational mission.
  • Connect and create partnerships with grassroots groups throughout the United States, empowering them to create local efforts to conquer gynecologic cancers.

A few of the key highlights of the new site are listed below.

  • Animation – WORD sanctioned the creation of a 4-minute animated short story entitled, WORD on HPV (watch video below).
  • Formal launch of the Let’s Talk Video SeriesLet’s Talk is a personal history campaign aimed at archiving the stories of women who have battled gynecologic cancer. WORD has collected and edited many of these stories and the collection is available on WORD’s YouTube™ channel and throughout the copy on the website.

  • New Expert WORDS of Wisdom Video Series – WORD will work to create video vignettes to help women better understand gynecologic cancer prevention, diagnosis, and treatment. These videos will provide a complimentary explanation to web content and are also housed on WORD’s YouTube™ channel.

  • Targeted Campaign for 18-24 year old women regarding cervical cancer/human papillomavirus (HPV) – WORD is utilizing recently conducted research to create a personalized campaign for 18-24 year old young women to get the HPV vaccine and begin proper cancer prevention.
  • WORD Blog, FacebookTwitter – For readers “on-the-go,” make sure that you monitor significant WORD news and updates through its blog, Facebook page and Twitter account.

Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success. — Henry Ford, Founder of the Ford Motor Company

WORD Initiates a “Dialogue” During Cervical Health Awarenss Month.

“Those of us who work and volunteer with WORD know that the dialogue we create will often be controversial. The conversations we hope to create are critical, personal and sometimes intimidating. We are dealing with topics that have real and severe consequences. Often what we say may not be received well; our goal is not acceptance but dialogue. We want women to rise up and become advocates for their own health care. We want women to ask questions, the hard questions, to make sure they make the best informed decisions about their health. We want women to be respectful – staying true to their own convictions, but standing united through dialogue in one common purpose – ‘We must conquer cancer!'”

— Nathan Manahan, WORD Executive Director

This year, Over 11,000 American women will learn that they have cervical cancer, and nearly 4,000 will die from the disease. Tens of thousands more women will have precancerous cells treated.  January is designated as Cervical Health Awareness Month, which is intended to aid in the prevention and early detection of cervical cancer.  This month, WORD is committed to raising awareness of this preventable, detectable and treatable disease among all women in the United States.

One of the most controversial and uncomfortable subjects that WORD seeks to start dialogue on is the cause of cervical cancer, namely HPV.  HPV is a sexually transmitted infection that causes cervical cancer among other cancers and health problems.  In 2010, WORD set out to create an effective HPV and cervical cancer women’s health education campaign. In short, WORD wants to make sure that women of all ages can make informed health decisions about the HPV vaccine, annual gynecological exams, Pap tests and the HPV test. Through a series of excellent partners including Purdue University, David Bossert of Madison Beach Productions, Duck Studios and Publicis Group, WORD was able to create a comprehensive health education program.

In 2011, WORD is working toward an extremely ambitious but necessary goal: distribution of life-saving HPV/cervical information to 30 cities located in 15 states. “This campaign is the first of many campaigns to be created by the WORD team,” said Nate Manahan. “WORD hopes to partner with many individuals and organizations to see these new resources used in communities throughout the United States and ultimately the world.”

WORD encourages individuals and organizations to see how they might utilize the WORD on HPV campaign resources throughout the next year. This campaign includes an original four minute animated short story (view below), posters, brochures, magnets, rack cards, 30 and 60 second radio spots, 15 and 30 second television spots, and informative survivor and expert videos. In addition, WORD is participating in the Cervical Cancer Free America initiative (CCFA), which is is a multi-year, multi-state project aimed at preventing the disease through vaccination against HPV and effective screening for early signs of cervical cancer. WORD is proud to announce that the Cervical Cancer Free Indiana initiative is utilizing many of the WORD on HPV resources in 2011, through a collaboration with the Kristen Forbes EVE Foundation.

“WORD on HPV” Animated Short Story

Regular administration of Pap tests is the best means of detecting cervical cancer at an early stage. The addition of the HPV test further advances our ability to detect cervical cancer early. Furthermore, HPV vaccines have the potential to protect women from the disease, by targeting cancer-causing types of the HPV. “With the advancement of the HPV vaccine in women’s health and in cancer prevention, we may have the first opportunity to literally eradicate cervical cancer,” said Dr. Geisler. “We are all hopeful that between the vaccines, Pap tests and the HPV test, we will see the eradication of cervical cancer around the world in our lifetime.”

In further support of WORD’s overarching vision, Dr. Sharmila Makhija, Division Director of Gynecologic Oncology at Emory University said:

“WORD’s vision to offer resources and education to women of all ages to promote dialogue on prevention, diagnosis and treatment of gynecologic cancers (cervical, uterine and ovarian) is important and something I wholeheartedly support and encourage all individuals and organizations to support.”

About Women’s Oncology Research & Dialogue

WORD is an Indianapolis-based nonprofit organization dedicated to helping women conquer gynecologic cancers through coordinating innovative scientific and clinical research, which results in empowering educational resources for women’s organizations and medical personnel regarding proper prevention, diagnosis and treatment. They need your support to help spread awareness and raise money to help conquer gynecologic cancer.

More information can be found online at http://www.wordoncancer.org/media, including WORD’s informative brochures regarding (i) gynecologic cancer, (ii) ovarian cancer, (iii) cervical cancer, and (iv) uterine cancer.

If you are interested in making a donation to WORD, please go to http://wordoncancer.org/cms/word-site/get-involved/donate.

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“Smile, Open Your Eyes, Love and Go On.”

Today marks the 2nd anniversary of Libby’s death from ovarian cancer at the age of 26. Although the family healing process continues, we celebrate Libby’s life formally on this day to honor her memory, and remind ourselves that life is precious and should not be taken for granted.

Today marks the 2nd anniversary of Libby’s death from ovarian cancer at the age of 26. Although the family healing process continues, we celebrate Libby’s life formally on this day to honor her memory, and remind ourselves that life is precious and should not be taken for granted.  This day also reminds us that there is a considerable amount of work yet to be done in raising ovarian cancer awareness and finding a reliable screening test, and ultimately a cure, for this unforgiving disease.

As reported by the American Cancer Society earlier this month, the estimated number of newly diagnosed ovarian cancer cases and related deaths in the U.S. during 2010 will be 21,880 and 13,850, respectively.  Simply stated, a U.S. woman will die every 38 minutes from ovarian cancer in 2010. Cancer Research U.K. also reported this month that the 10-year ovarian cancer survival rate nearly doubled since the 1970s. Unfortunately, this much heralded statistical “doubling” represents an increase of the long-term ovarian cancer survival rate from 18% to only 35%. Ovarian cancer still remains the most lethal gynecologic cancer in women. I know that if Libby were alive today, she would say, “we must do better.”

Although the vast majority of visitors to this website never knew Libby, it is because of her that Libby’s H*O*P*E*™ was created and shared with the general public. What began as a family website used to exchange ovarian cancer and cancer-related information within the family during Libby’s illness, has rapidly become a global information resource for ovarian cancer survivors and their families after her death. It is my greatest hope that Libby would be proud of the following accomplishments achieved over the past two years, which are dedicated to her memory:

  • Created Libby’s H*O*P*E*™ mission statement to be carried out by a future nonprofit, tax-exempt organization.
  • Generated approximately 145,000 website visitors, from 60 countries around the world.
  • Generated 5% to 10% of daily website visitors from major U.S. and international cancer centers and elite academic institutions actively engaged in cancer research.
  • Established a website library containing over 500 videos relating to ovarian cancer and cancer-related topics.
  • Responded to approximately 700 ovarian cancer survivor (and family) general informational inquiries, which were answered within 96 hours of website posting or email receipt.
  • Created Vox Populi website article features which provide the general public with a better understanding of how ovarian cancer impacts the daily life of a woman diagnosed with the disease and her family. These stories have been well-received by our readers as a source of inspiration and hope.
  • Highlighted in the Eyes on Advocacy section of the 2010 University of Washington Tumor Vaccine Group (UWTVG) quarterly (Winter) newsletter entitled, TVG Focus. The UWTVG is headed by Mary L. (Nora) Disis, M.D., a Professor of Medicine and Adjunct Professor of Pathology and Obstetrics & Gynecology at the University of Washington, and a Member of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Dr. Disis is a world-renowned cancer immunologist.
  • Established a new working relationship with Women’s Oncology Research & Dialogue (WORD), a non-profit, tax-exempt organization dedicated to raising gynecological cancer awareness.  To promote this new relationship, WORD recently shot a video of Paul Cacciatore, the Libby’s H*O*P*E* founder.  In the video, Paul addresses the genesis of the website, the Libby’s H*O*P*E* mission statement, and why it is important for all women to educate themselves about the early warning signs of ovarian cancer.  WORD will be launching a new website before the end of 2010, and it is anticipated that this video will appear on both the WORD and Libby’s H*O*P*E* websites at that time.

“Remember Me”

Based upon instructions from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II (“Her Majesty”), a poem entitled, She Is Gone, was recited at the Queen Mother’s funeral, which was held in Westminster Abbey on April 9, 2002. The poem recitation sparked a glut of media interest because of its simple, upbeat nature – and mystery author, who was credited in the service program as “Anon” [i.e., Anonymous].  Apparently, Her Majesty found the poem while leafing through old memorial service books and she chose it to be read at her mother’s funeral, where it struck a chord with millions of mourners.

After the conclusion of the Queen Mother’s funeral, the BBC, The Times, and other U.K. media outlets took great effort to identify the author, with attributions going to, among others, Immanuel Kant and Joyce Grenfell. Eventually, it was discovered that the true author was Mr. David Harkins, who wrote the poem in 1981 while working at a bakery.  Mr. Harkins, who now works as an artist selling paintings over the Internet, said he “couldn’t believe his eyes” when he saw his poetry published in several newspapers after the funeral.

Quite shocked by all of the media attention, David Harkins sent the original manuscript of the poem to Prince Charles (of Wales), and St. James’s Palace replied thanking Mr. Harkins for explaining its origin. As it turned out, the poem was originally written by David Harkins in homage to an unrequited love. Mr. Harkins recalled: “I was 23 when I first met Anne Lloyd, my inspiration for the poem I called Remember Me.”  The reply received by David Harkins from the Prince of Wales’s office stated: “I have no doubt that it [Remember Me] will be reproduced on many occasions over the years to come. The Prince of Wales has asked me to send you his very best wishes.”

I chose to include Remember Me as part of our tribute to Libby for two reasons.  First, the poem is instructive as to how Libby would want all of us to continue on with our lives, energized by our loving memories of her.  Second, Libby would no doubt find great joy and humor in the fact that a talented baker from a small U.K. town became famous worldwide for his literary prowess rather than his pastries. The full text of Remember Me is provided below.

Remember Me

You can shed tears that she is gone

Or you can smile because she has lived

You can close your eyes and pray that she will come back

Or you can open your eyes and see all that she has left

Your heart can be empty because you can’t see her

Or you can be full of the love that you shared

You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday

Or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday

You can remember her and only that she is gone

Or you can cherish her memory and let it live on

You can cry and close your mind, be empty and turn your back

Or you can do what she would want: smile, open your eyes, love and go on.

— written by David Harkins, Silloth, Cumbria, U.K. (1981)

Did You Ever Hear An Angel Sing?

The inspirational story of Rhema Marvanne provides further proof that it is possible to “smile, open your eyes, love and go on,” after the death of a family member from ovarian cancer. It is difficult to believe that the life lesson highlighted by this touching story is provided to us through the example of a 7-year old child, albeit it a very talented one.

Rhema Marvanne was born on September 15, 2002.  Rhema lives with her father Teton Voraritskul, and a family pet dog named, “Mojo.” According to her father, Rhema began singing at the same time she began talking.

Rhema’s mother, Wendi Marvanne Voraritskul, loved Rhema with all of her heart. Wendi was diagnosed with ovarian cancer when Rhema was just 3 years old. Succumbing to the disease three years later, Wendi Marvanne died at the age of 36 on November 8, 2008.  According to Teton Voraritskul, most of Rhema’s memories with her mom were pleasant ones, but revolved around surgery, multiple chemotherapy treatments, sickness and struggle. Wendi was a strong believer in God and never complained about or questioned God during her illness. Teton explains that Wendi always encouraged those around her, even in the midst of her cancer battle. During Wendi’s final months, Rhema and Teton took care of her. Rhema spent almost every hour with her mother. When asked what her greatest accomplishment was prior to her death, Wendi simply replied, “Rhema.” A YouTube video featuring Wendi and her original songs is provided below. You can learn more about Wendi Marvanne’s life and music at www.jchouseofmercy.org.

It was less than a year ago that Rhema recorded her first song, Amazing Grace, and quickly became an Internet singing sensation. She obtains great inspiration from her mother, Wendi.  It is Rhema’s greatest hope to make her mother proud, both as a singer and as a “servant of God,” which is why she also performs for church congregations, non-profit organizations, charities, hospitals and special events.

Already a supremely talented singer, recording artist, and actor, Rhema counts the following among her recent accomplishments:

  • Acted in 1st featured film entitled Machine Gun Preacher, a Lionsgate production set to release in Fall 2011. The movie Machine Gun Preacher is based upon the true story of Sam Childers (portrayed by well-known actor Gerard Butler), a drug-dealing biker who finds religion and dedicates his life to helping Sudanese children escape the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) in Africa. Childers founded the Angels of East Africa, a children’s village located in southern Sudan, for the children he saves from the LRA.

During her free time Rhema enjoys playing with her friends and dolls, and loves to watch movies. The best description of Rhema is provided by her father:

…The best way to describe Rhema is that she has a beautiful heart and soul. She is sweet, kind, caring and most importantly pure in heart. Most people who have dealt with or are currently dealing with cancer, disease, challenges, etc…..see hope and inspiration in Rhema. The little girl who should have been scared or harmed by seeing her mother suffer and gone, is strong and perfect. I see Rhema as a cancer survivor. She gives me hope for goodness in mankind. God gave her a beautiful heart and the voice of an angel. Most people that hear her sing can not deny that God does speak through a child. Her voice touches people’s hearts.

Whenever we remember Libby, or any woman who lost her battle to ovarian cancer, we should follow Rhema’s example and heed the call to action set forth in the last line of the poem Remember Me, ” … smile, open your eyes, love and go on.”

Libby, we will always love you and keep your memory alive in our hearts and minds.

How Can You Help?

To support Libby’s H*O*P*E*™, you can make a donation ($10 minimum) through our Facebook Cause page.  All donations made to the Libby’s H*O*P*E*™ Facebook cause are designated for the benefit of the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund (OCRF). OCRF is one of the largest U.S. private, non-profit organizations dedicated to finding an early detection test, and ultimately a cure, for ovarian cancer.

If you are not a Facebook member, you can still make a donation through the Libby’s H*O*P*E*™ Facebook donation page (no membership or registration required).

If you are unable to donate, you can nevertheless support OCRF without any out-of-pocket cost by clicking on our “SocialVibe” widget that appears on the website homepage right sidebar, or by using our designated SocialVibe website. For each reader that clicks on the SocialVibe widget (or goes to our designated SocialVibe website), and watches the video presented and/or answers the question(s) listed, our current SocialVibe sponsor will donate money to OCRF on your behalf for ovarian cancer research. It’s fast & it’s free!

Special Thanks:

We would like to extend special thanks to Teton Voraritskul for allowing us to feature Rhema’s story and music videos, as well as the video of Wendi’s life.  To learn more about Rhema Marvanne and her music, go to www.RhemaMarvanne.com. Rhema’s songs are sold on iTunes®, Amazon.com, and RhemaMarvanne.com.

Sources:

  • Jemal A., Siegel R., Xu J. et. al. Cancer Statistics, 2010.  CA Cancer J Clin. 2010 Jul 7. [Epub ahead of print] [PMID: 20610543].
  • Remember Me, written by David Harkins, Silloth, Cumbria, U.K., PoeticExpressions.co.uk.

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*“Vox Populi,” a Latin phrase that means “voice of the people,” is a term often used in broadcast journalism to describe an interview of the “man on the street.”

In the spirit of Vox Populi, Libby’s H*O*P*E*™ searches online for original writings and visual media created by ovarian cancer survivors, survivors’ family members, cancer advocates, journalists, and health care professionals, which address one or more aspects of ovarian cancer within the context of daily life. The written and visual media features that we discover run the gamut; sometimes poignant, sometimes educational, sometimes touching, sometimes comedic, but always honest. The Vox Populi feature may take the form of an essay, editorial, poem, letter, story, song or video picture montage.

It is our hope that the Vox Populi feature will allow our readers to obtain, in some small way, a better understanding of how ovarian cancer impacts the life of a woman diagnosed with the disease and her family. We invite all readers to submit, or bring to our attention, original writings and visual media suitable for publication as Vox Populi features.