party event to benefit
Ovarian Awareness of Kentucky
through event she started
Helen E. McKinney
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 Sues Emporium, renaming
it The Emporium, and operated the business as long as she could.
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 wasnt 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 Cindys 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,
Karens Book Barn & Java Stop, Serendipity Café, online
or by contacting Linda Goin, Executive Director for Discover Downtown
La Grange at (502) 269-0126.
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