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Tea party event to benefit
Ovarian Awareness of Kentucky

Former merchant remembered
through event she started

By Helen E. McKinney
Contributing Writer

LA GRANGE, Ky. (April 2011) – Former La Grange merchant Cindy Adams will long be remembered for the event she organized to bring awareness to the cancer that eventually took her life. Through Adams’ involvement in a support group, she brought attention to Ovarian Awareness of Kentucky.
Adams was the former owner of The Garden Party, a small tea room in La Grange. She then assumed ownership of Sue’s Emporium, renaming it The Emporium, and operated the business as long as she could.

Adams

Adams

When Adams was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in March 2008, “she became involved in Ovarian Awareness of Kentucky, a support group,” said Adams. After undergoing treatments she had the idea for a local tea party that would educate individuals about ovarian cancer and provide support.
“She thought it would be a fun thing to do in the spring to draw people to it and allow businesses to participate,” said her daughter-in-law Lisa Adams. Because Cindy “thought a little out of the box,” the event was very successful the first year, said Lisa.
Cindy planned but wasn’t able to attend the tea party the second year of its existence. She died March 31, 2009, at age 54 just a few weeks shy of the event.
Her daughter-in-law assumed the responsibility the second and third years to make sure the tea party was held to continue Cindy’s legacy. With the additional responsibilities of being a wife and working mother with two small children, Lisa Adams has had much needed help this year in planning the event.
The fourth annual Blue Hydrangea Progressive Tea Party will be held from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 17. It is hosted by Historic Downtown La Grange and in 2009 raised more than $5,000. Participants can check in at 12:30 p.m. at The Irish Rover, Too, where they can pick up a souvenir tea cup and shopping bag.
The main goal of organizers is to spread the word about ovarian cancer, often labeled The Silent Killer, through this event. Many times symptoms are misdiagnosed or not even noticed until too late. There is no test for detecting ovarian cancer; learning to identify early symptoms is the best way to recognize this disease in its early stages when treatment is most effective.

• Tickets for the Tea Party are $10 in advance and $15 the day of the event. Tickets can be purchased at C.U.B. Bank, La Grange Arts & Crafts, Laser Technology, Art Gallery on Main, Karen’s Book Barn & Java Stop, Serendipity Café, online at www.OvarianAwarenessofky.org or by contacting Linda Goin, Executive Director for Discover Downtown La Grange at (502) 269-0126.

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