Ovarian cancer survivor Nanci Lipp-Cacossa and her friend Steven Eliades co-founded the nonprofit organization Circle of Strength, which has supported Ovarian Cancer Research Fund (OCRF) for many years. When Steven began working at Alex and Ani as a District Manager and learned about Charity By Design, he immediately thought OCRF would be a great fit and reached out to make the introductions.
We were thrilled to meet the lovely and dedicated Alex and Ani Charity by Design team. For OCRF, Charity By Design’s incredible enthusiasm and commitment to giving back and to helping others give back, is special because it’s fueled by Steven’s passion for our cause and reinforces our women’s fashion roots. Our first president was the late Editor-in-Chief of Harper’s Bazaar, Liz Tilberis, who garnered the support of the fashion industry, brought ovarian cancer and OCRF into the national spotlight, and helped educate and empower women. Together with Charity by Design, we can continue this legacy.
Our partnership began in 2012 with Charmed by Charity events benefiting OCRF in select stores and has now grown with the creation of the unique Strength in Full Bloom Bangle Set of 3, which was created exclusively for OCRF with our signature teal color. During September, which is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, we are thrilled to introduce the beautiful set, with charms representing growth, strength and grace, as a fitting tribute to ovarian cancer survivors and their loved ones and to honor those lost to the disease. We hope that our partnership will help raise both awareness and funds for much-needed research so that we will find better ways to detect, to treat — and ultimately — to cure ovarian cancer.
We lost Nanci Lipp-Cacossa to ovarian cancer last year on her 50th birthday. Nanci was not only our good friend, but one of too many mothers, daughters, wives, sisters, aunts, grandmothers and friends whose lives were claimed by this terrible disease. With more scientific research grant funding, we can one day eradicate ovarian cancer and change the future.
Written by Audra Moran, CEO, Ovarian Cancer Research Fund
For more information on the Strength in Full Bloom Bangle Set of 3 click here. To learn more about the symptoms and risk factors of ovarian cancer or to join us in the fight please visit www.ocrf.org.