From The Tribune staff reports
BIRMINGHAM — The Norma Livingston Ovarian Cancer Foundation’s (NLOCF) Together in Teal Butterfly Release is planned for Sunday, September 18, from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Aldridge Garden’s Pavilion, located at 3530 Lorna Road in Hoover. Rain or shine, the shuttle will be available to transport participants from the parking lot.
Just like the flutter of a butterfly’s wings, the signs of ovarian cancer can seem so slight.
The event will feature live music from Wellington Avenue and the release of hundreds of butterflies. Together in, Teal invites you to join them to honor women whose lives have been impacted by ovarian cancer.
NLOCF was founded in January 2004 by Lori Livingston, who lost her mother, Norma Livingston, to ovarian cancer.
The mission of the NLOCF is to raise funds for ovarian cancer research through various events and opportunities and to increase awareness about the disease’s risks, symptoms, and treatments.
Norma Livingston’s story inspired her daughter to help women recognize the silent symptoms that can be misdiagnosed as different health problems. This is why ovarian cancer is referred to as the “silent killer” because it could be too late when a proper diagnosis is made.
Norma Livingston was one of those cases. She was a healthy and active 65-year-old woman who took care of herself, and when she started experiencing weight gain, abdominal discomfort, and a chronic cough, she went to the doctor to find an answer. However, the answer’s turned into more questions when she was diagnosed with stage 4 ovarian cancer.
Norma Livingston was a fighter. She underwent nine hours of surgery, countless rounds of chemotherapy, and experimental drugs, but unfortunately, only 13 months later, Norma Livingston lost the fight. Nevertheless, Norma Livingston’s battle lit a fire in her daughter, and thus the Norma Livingston Ovarian Cancer Foundation was born.
You can get your butterfly today by visiting www.cureovariancancer.org.