Teal Gala 2018 Silent Auction
Ed Dauer gave a heartfelt account of the life of his late wife, Carol’s battle with ovarian cancer. Courtesy photos
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The fifth annual Teal Gala to support the Colorado Ovarian Cancer Alliance (COCA) took place Nov. 1. This was the first year that the Gala was held at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science and the event was a resounding success. More than 400 guests, attired in teal finery, attended and raised $133,000 for the nonprofit.
Joyful embraces are common at the Teal Gala as ovarian cancer survivors reunite with their medical providers. Guests enjoyed a silent auction, cocktails and dinner in the Museum’s South Atrium. Keynote speaker, Dr. Laura Shawver, founder of The Clearity Foundation captivated the audience with her story of discovering a genetic-based treatment approach to ovarian cancer – and then benefiting from that approach when she herself was diagnosed with the disease years later.
“We are thrilled with the success of this year’s Gala and overwhelmed by our community’s support of our programming and outreach efforts,” said Patrice Hauptman, executive director of COCA. “Our work to educate women and the medical community about the signs and symptoms of this disease so that it can be caught early continues to be the first line of defense.”
It is estimated that every 40 hours a woman in Colorado dies from ovarian cancer, which is not detected by annual gynecological exams and for which there is no screening test. Known as the silent killer, the disease is the deadliest of all gynecologic cancers and the fifth leading cause of cancer deaths among women. Since 2005, COCA has worked to help women and their families by empowering them with emotional support, educational resources, and financial assistance to diminish the occurrence of such alarming statistics.
During the Teal Gala, mistress of ceremonies, Theresa Marchetta, who serves as director of strategic communications and media policy for Mayor Michael Hancock, commended the audience for their generosity and commitment to eradicating the prevalence of ovarian cancer. Marchetta, who lost her younger sister to the disease, explained the significance of the event and the importance of the programs COCA has created throughout the years.
Specific recognition was given during the evening to a program that COCA is piloting called Carol’s Wish, which is spearheaded by Edward Dauer in honor of his late wife. Dauer, a former dean and professor of law at the University of Denver, provided a heartfelt account of the life of Carol Dauer, and her battle with ovarian cancer, bringing forth her passion to help others even in the midst of being ill with the disease.
In describing the course of Carol’s diagnosis and subsequent treatment, Dauer detailed the financial burden of cancer. He noted that Carol often expressed her concern for other women who may not be able to afford treatment – a phenomenon referred to as financial toxicity. Dauer explained, “Financial toxicity for a disease like cancer has an impact not only on patients’ finances, but also potentially has lethal impacts on their health. Because what too many people do when they can’t meet their share of the costs [associated with treatment] is forgo the regimen their doctors have prescribed. It was Carol’s wish that no one’s health would be threatened by financial toxicity. No one should ever have to choose between medicines, groceries or feeding their children.”
Marchetta closed the evening on a celebratory note, thanking the attendees for their generosity and urging everyone to talk about ovarian cancer with their neighbors, friends and colleagues to raise awareness and save lives. “Ovarian cancer has taken enough,” she shared. “It’s time for us to take back control.”
The mission of the Colorado Ovarian Cancer Alliance, a Denver-based nonprofit, is to promote awareness and early detection of ovarian cancer through advocacy and education, and to provide support to people affected by ovarian cancer. To learn more about COCA and its programs, visit colo-ovariancancer.org. COCA will participate in this year’s Colorado Gives Day Dec. 4. To learn more or donate, please visit coloradogives.org/COCA/overview.
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