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Friday, March 15, 2013
Zeal for Teal Penny Appeal
Zeal for Teal, an
ovarian cancer fundraiser, began in 2009 the year after I was diagnosed with the
so-called disease that whispers. Zeal for Teal was actually the brainchild of
my amazingly supportive daughter, Amanda. She wanted to help. She needed to find
a way to help give back and support her mama. So she came up with the idea of holding a
special scrapbooking day where we could both fundraise and help educate women
about the insidious signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer.
Zeal for Teal Executive 2010
The idea was a hit right off the starting line. We hosted
the first Zeal for Teal in the fellowship hall of our church. The response was fantastic and we were
encouraged to make this an annual event. Over the past four years, our numbers
grew so we ended up having to rent the local arena. For the past couple of
years we have almost reached capacity.
As outlined in our Statement
of Purpose, the original intention for Zeal for Teal [when chairpersons,
Amanda and Glynis started it in 2009] was to first of all – raise awareness and
inform participants and others – especially susceptible women, about the signs
and symptoms and the importance of detecting ovarian cancer in the early
stages. The secondary purpose of Zeal for Teal was/is to raise funds for the
Sunflower Seeds team as they participate, annually, in the Ovarian Cancer
Canada Walk of Hope in September.
Zeal for Teal Executive 2011 (The serious side!)
Zeal for Teal 2012 (As photogenic as ever!)
I know there are people out there who are likely fed up
of hearing me speak about this insidious disease and how unsuspecting women can
succumb without even realizing anything is amiss initially. And I know there
are women who have much sadder stories than I do, but when I was first
diagnosed with ovarian cancer and endured the rigours of chemotherapy, I made a
pact with God. My friend actually prophesied at that time, that I would go
around speaking, writing and helping other women who may one day face the same
diagnosis. So because of encouragement from my friend, a promise to God and a
brilliant idea of Amanda’s, Zeal for Teal will be celebrating five years on April
27. We expect women from near
and far to gather for another wonderful informative day of hope and encouragement.
A wonderful blessing and encouragement during this year’s
Zeal for Teal planning has been Johanne Robertson, Maranatha News editor, and
great friend to many TWGers. She has not only spurred me into action, she had a
great, practical idea.
“How about asking each person to bring their pennies?”
It seemed perfect. Zeal
for Teal Penny Appeal. It not only rhymed - it made sense. The government
is getting rid of the penny; those of us involved in Zeal for Teal want to do
our part to help get rid of ovarian cancer!
How blessed we are. One hundred percent of the Zeal for
Teal Penny Appeal goes to the Sunflower Seeds Team for the Ovarian Cancer
Canada Walk of Hope. I am so grateful to Johanne for spearheading this and,
like I said in a recent article I wrote for Maranatha News (, “…the turmoil
that happened as I journeyed through the valley of cancer changed my life
forever, but the people God brought into my life as a result was a blessing
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good,
for those who are called according to His purpose.