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Who's Involved?

A State of Teal is an awareness campaign made possible through the efforts of the following organizations:

  The CanSurvive Support Group, who originally initiated A State of Teal, is now a program under the Laura Crandall Brown Foundation.  The Mission of The Laura Crandall Brown Foundation is offering hope through research for early detection of ovarian cancer, empowering communities through gynecologic cancer awareness, and enriching lives through support. 
We are pleased to have Newk’s Eatery as a partner for our 2016 campaign. This September we will work together to further our common mission to raise awareness for ovarian and gynecologic cancers. We will kick off the month with a Spirit Night held on September 1st at all Birmingham area Newk’s locations. Show your support by visiting any location to meet local survivors, patients, family and friends. In addition, other Newk’s locations throughout the state including Huntsville, Auburn, Tuscaloosa and Montgomery may also host Spirit Nights with the local Ovarian and GYN cancer groups.

Click here to see our News section to see all the cities who have or will be issuing proclamations during September 2016.

The organizations listed below are providing additional assistance in reaching out to the community to garner support for our awareness campaign:

The Mission of the Norma Livingston Ovarian Cancer Foundation is to raise funds for ovarian cancer research through various events and opportunities and to increase awareness about the risks, symptoms and treatments of this disease. Our hope is that Norma Livingston's death will make a difference in other women's lives.
The Teal Magnolias Ovarian Cancer Support Group was founded in January 2013. They are sponsored by Oak Bowery United Methodist Church in Lafayette through their parish nurse program which is affiliated with East Alabama Medical Center in Opelika. The Teal Magnolias meet every other month on the 2nd Thursday of the month at 6pm at the East Alabama Medical Center's Health Resource Center at 2027 Pepperell Parkway in Opelika. 
Lilies of the Valley Ovarian Cancer Support Group was founded in 2004. The Lilies of the Valley Foundation’s mission is to educate, raise awareness, and disseminate information about ovarian cancer to ovarian cancer patients and survivors, the general public, and the medical community in the Tennessee Valley region.   The Lilies meet on the last Tuesday of each month. Visit their website for more details regarding their meetings.

Stephanie Williams was diagnosed with ovarian cancer at age 38. Stephanie was a beloved wife, mother, sister, daughter, aunt, cousin, friend and teacher at Section HS. She lost her battle 14 months later. Stephanie's family and friends created the Stephanie Williams Memorial Scholarship Fund and the Hope on Heels organization to honor her life and memory. 

Hope on Heels raises awareness each September by turning their town teal with ribbons, flags and signs. They also host a teal out football game each Fall. A memorial golf tournament is played each Spring which helps fund Stephanie's scholarship fund. 

Their mission is to make every person familiar with the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer as awareness and early detection are the keys to survival. 

This is a fund/support group established in Memory of Mildred Ann Davis Grisham. Our goals: raise awareness of Ovarian/Female Cancer & assist families financially.

 

Funding for our efforts in 2014 and 2015 has been made possible in part by the following:

 

 

History

In September 2012, CanSurvive GYN Cancer Support Group lit the State Capitol teal to bring awareness to ovarian and gyn cancers. An awareness ceremony was held in Montgomery and people from all over the state attended. In 2013, the RSA Dexter Tower and the Renaissance Hotel were also lit along with the Capitol Building. CanSurvive hoped this effort would continue to grow over the years.

In 2014 CanSurvive GYN Cancer Support Group, the Norma Livingston Ovarian Cancer Foundation and the Laura Crandall Brown Foundation teamed up to take this awareness effort farther than any of the organizations could have done on their own. As a result of this partnership prominent buildings not just in Montgomery but all across the State of Alabama were lit up in teal. Additionally municipalities across the State of Alabama issued proclamations declaring September as GYN Cancer Awareness Month.

The 2014 official awareness ceremony was held at the Birmingham Barons Regions Field on Tuesday evening, September 2nd. 

In 2015, The Club on the top of Birmingham's Red Mountain was the venue for our awareness gathering on September 1st.

The 2016 survivor celebration and memorial observance is planned for the evening of Thursday night, September 22, on the lawn of the Preserve Town Hall in Hoover, Alabama. More details to follow soon. 

Click to view a list of the participating municipalities and buildings in 2015.

Download our official flyer here.  Why should I get involved? What's needed to participate? Click here to get more information.

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