RENO, NV - “I love life,” was what Cynthia Kennedy told us almost a year ago,
Tired of pink in September for Breast Cancer--which is October, she wanted to see more Teal this month.
The color is set aside for Ovarian Cancer --a disease she knew nothing about until she was diagnosed with it.
“I said no way, no way, how ,what ,were?” said Kennedy
An interior designer by trade, Kennedy made bears from expensive fabric remnants for cancer patients.
Little did she know she would be in their same situation.
But instead of feeling sorry for herself, she made it her mission to make sure women and their families knew about Ovarian Cancer and its vague warning sign.
She's featured in public service announcements.
We shot them on a day she received bad news--her cancer was not responding to treatment.
“The disease whispered to me,” said Cynthia said during the production—describing the subtle warning signs of Ovarian Cancer.
She didn't survive to see the Beary Couture Awareness Picnic at Rancharrah on Saturday.
But she will be there in spirit--with local businesses and volunteers committed to the cause.
Money raised at the event will go to See Teal Get Real Campaign to bring awareness to and education of Ovarian Cancer.
Her friend Barb Giacomini owner of Daughter's Cafe described it this way.
“Lives will be saved and we want to honor her.,”
Many of Cynthia's bears will be available for silent auction tomorrow.