Wednesday, August 17, 2011

When Writers Give Back: Avon Books Supports Ovarian Cancer Research

Avon Books publishes some of the greatest authors in Romance including my personal favorite NYT Bestselling Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy author, Jeaniene Frost. I've always admired this imprint for publishing top quality books and now they've taken it one step further in proving they're greatness.
September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness month. In honor of this month, Avon Books has joined with the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance to donate 25¢ from the sale of each book, physical and eBook, in the "K.I.S.S. and Teal" campaign from August 30, 2011 to February 28, 2012. They've also made an initial donation of $25,000 and need your help in reaching they're $50,000 goal.
Ovarian cancer research and support is an issue close to my heart. My mother passed away over ten years ago from stage 4 ovarian cancer. She was forty-one years old. Due to the lack of early detection and screenings, the cancer was not discovered until it already moved into her surrounding organs. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Program of Cancer Registries the morality rates for ovarian cancer has not improved in over thirty years.
Debbie Moss and baby Tina
We honor my mother's memory with the Debbie Moss Ovarian Cancer Walk and every year, I'm tested twice per year in standard medical exams, but it is not enough. Even with the genetic link in my family, no screenings currently exist to find ovarian cancer in its early stages. More research is needed. Funds are needed along with a push from supporters to demand additional research. There is new hope everyday, but without funding, without support, ovarian cancer will remain the nation's deadliest gynecologic cancer. Each year approximately 15,000 women - mothers, daughters, sisters, aunts, friends - will lose their lives in the struggle against this disease. Please join us in the fight to find a cure for ovarian cancer.
Personal donations are accepted through the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance.Thank you!


  1. Great picture of you with your mom. Losing her must have been tough. It is very cool what Avon is doing for ovarian cancer research. Kudos to you for this post.

  2. Tina - I'm sorry to hear about losing your mom at such a young age, and to a such a horrible disease.

    This post is well-timed this week...last Thursday we lost a mother of 3 young girls, sister, friend and pillar of strength to Ovarian Cancer here in NC. She was diagnosed with Stage 3 about 3 years ago and has shown everyone what it means to fight for your life.

    Thank you for the wonderful post and bringing this to light. And kudos for continuing to support the cause! I will definitely be showing my support by purchasing quite a few books in the next few months.

  3. I'm always glad to see a picture of your mom! I miss her so much! Great post! Hopefully they can get some great donations and really make a difference! oxox

  4. Kudos to Avon for supporting this great cause. So sad to hear about your mother, but inspired by how you're championing this cause in her memory.

  5. Wonderful post! I'm so sorry about your mother but I'm glad this company is supporting research in order to help detect and prevent ovarian cancer. Also, thank you so much for your comment on my totally made me cry (although I've been crying on and off for two days now so it doesn't take much to set me off :)).