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A Message from Janet

April 3rd, 2011

Many of you may have heard recently that my caregiving has been given over to hospice. With that in mind, I wanted to share my appreciation for everyone who has supported me and offer my thanks for this organization that has done so much locally and regionally to fight for those of us living with cancer.

I am proud to have played an integral role in the South Carolina Ovarian Cancer Foundation. Over the years, I have poured my heart and soul into its vision and reality, and my hope is that I will leave a legacy of dedication and passion to energize the future growth of the foundation.

Although my personal battle with this disease has ended, other women are only just beginning to face life with cancer. We must tirelessly encourage and support them, but our mission has another critical component: to make healthy women aware of ovarian cancer and its symptoms so that we can detect early and fight relentlessly new diagnoses.

We all know intimately that ovarian cancer affects not just the patient but everyone involved, including advocates, extended family members, and foundation supporters and employees. I’d like to gratefully acknowledge all of you who have been a part of my journey and the foundation’s journey since the very beginning. I also give many, many thanks to Andie MacDowell for volunteering her time and celebrity status to help us raise awareness, as well as to the new chapters in Charleston and Columbia for stepping up so faithfully.

Although cancer was an unanticipated part of my wonderful life, it has brought me into contact with a host of amazing people, and it is allowing me to say my good-byes with time and with gratitude. I would ask each of you to share your love abundantly and to please keep my legacy alive by raising awareness, supporting each other, and – most of all – finding a cure.

With all my love,


Message dictated on April 2, 2011

Janet passed away peacefully on April 5, 2011