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Cynthia Kennedy felt fatigue for years. But it was normal for this successful interior decorator. She likes to say, "Everything I do, I do big." So she wasn't going to let a little exhaustion slow her down. Cynthia's life came to a screeching halt two years ago when her doctor told her she had ovarian cancer. Because of a paperwork error, she didn't have insurance. Access to Healthcare Network came through to get her chemotherapy. However, the chemo didn't touch her disease. Her health declined, rapidly. "It's really painful. Very painful. And not having a cure you don't know what to do. Like I can't get up out of bed now and I don't know what to do and I love life, I have so much to live for and here I am."

While she can no longer get out of bed, her presence is still being felt all over the country. When good friend, Jack Reviglio died, she started making bears to be used as auction items and even donations to hospitals. Since her cancer diagnosis, she created the Beary Couture Ovarian Cancer Awareness Foundation.

With the help of family members, Cynthia's foundation is hosting a picnic this weekend, raising awareness and funds to help women in Cynthia's shoes. Her husband, Stan, explains future plans of the foundation. "Have a nice home, a house, that when women are getting treatments and they have no place to stay that we can furnish that for them."

Of course, Cynthia's final wish was to make more women aware of the signs of this disease so they might have a fighting chance. "Be aware, be aware, be aware because you know as women, blow it off. Oh it will go away. That's not true."

Unfortunately, Cynthia passed away on Sunday, September 2nd. Her family at her side. She was just 64 years old.

So now, she will be at the Beary Couture Ovarian Cancer Awareness Foundation Picnic in spirit. And she's hoping you will be there too.

It's this Saturday, September 8th from 11am-6pm at Rancharrah. It will be a fun filled event to bring about awareness of ovarian cancer. For more information and to purchase tickets, go to www.bearycouture.com

The signs of ovarian cancer include:

  • A swollen or bloated abdomen or increased girth. Some women notice that their pants are getting tighter around the waist
  • Persistent pressure or pain in the abdomen, pelvis, or lower back
  • Difficulty eating or feeling full quickly
  • Increased incidence of nausea and gas
  • Urinary concerns, such as increased urgency or frequency
  • Change in bowel habits with constipation and/or diarrhea
  • Unusual weight gain or loss
  • Chronic fatigue, or lack of energy after ample sleep
  • Difficult breathing because of excess fluid in the lungs
  • Written By Wendy Damonte

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