If you’ve noticed a lot more teal around you this month, it’s no coincidence. September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, and teal is the signature color of support. Many spa industry companies are going above and beyond for research and outreach for the more than 20,000 women diagnosed with ovarian cancer annually in the US. When found early, the disease has a high survival rate, but when diagnosed in later stages the prognosis is poor according to the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition. That’s why spreading awareness of the early symptoms is crucial. Here’s what a few spa professionals are doing to make a difference:
Merri Gleckler, president and owner of Kashwére, brought together donations from Zents, Kypris, Essence of Vali, Coola, Haute Mutha Voodoo, and Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain to fill up 100 Feel Good Bags. The bags will be hand delivered to women being treated for ovarian cancer in several different states. Gleckler also designed a Circle of Good necklace, and proceeds will be donated to support Colleen’s Dream Foundation, which started in 2012 to fund ovarian cancer research for developing an accurate and accessible early detection test.
Grande Naturals is a sponsor of the T.E.A.L. Walk and 5K Run in Brooklyn, NY, this Saturday. The goal of the event is to celebrate the courage of ovarian cancer survivors and the strength of the families affected by the disease. Alicia Grande, CEO and owner of Grande Naturals, has organized a team, and participants get a free t-shirt and a Grande Naturals gift bag (while supplies last).
Here are more ways the spa industry gives back and helps charity. Is your spa involved with Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month or other local outreach? We’d love to hear about this and other community outreach efforts!