“Paint the Town Teal” with Memorial City Mall

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If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter, I’m sure you’ve seen me posting up a storm about the going-ons of one of my favorite clients, Memorial City Mall.

If you haven’t, here is the low-down.

Inspired by the survivorship story of its Assistant General Manager, Marion Burch, Memorial City Mall has kicked off a month-long initiative to raise funds and awareness for the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund (OCRF). Yesterday marked the beginning of the mall’s  “Paint the Town Teal” event and it will continue until September 30. Teal is the color that symbolizes ovarian cancer and the mall is going to great measures to promote awareness. They’ve even painted teal ribbons on the ice skating rink!!

Here is where you come in. The mall is selling “Paint the Town Teal” bags stuff with amazing offers from various mall merchants; including Metropark, Radio Shack AND Chick-fil-a. The bags are adorable and sell for only $15, with proceeds benefiting the OCRF. If you live or work near MCM, stop buy Guest Services and buy one of your own.

The bags have many uses including, but not limited to:

  • Environmentally friendly grocery shopping bag
  • Tote for all of the random things you bring to work every day
  • For the boys, they would make a great gift for your significant other or mom

Why is a mall going above and beyond to promote awareness of ovarian cancer? Ovarian cancer is a very silent and very deadly breed of cancer… in many women, it’s caught way too late for a total cure. Awareness of the disease is key to discovering it, because it doesn’t show up in your normal well-woman exam.

Marion was diagnosed with Stage IIIC ovarian cancer in August 2007 and continues chemotherapy to remain stable. She recently had her 37th round of treatment. She says, “We want to raise awareness so more women will recognize the symptoms and get diagnosed early. The main signs are easy to ignore — bloating, eating less and feeling fuller, abdominal pain, or trouble with your bladder — but, if they occur persistently for weeks, go to the doctor! Experts say that when caught in the initial stages, ovarian cancer has a much better chance of being cured.”

I am proud and humbled to have clients that do such amazing things.

3 Responses

  1. Roger Conant says:

    Great post, Maggie. I knew Marion had one heck of a story when I met with her the other day…but had no idea of her challenges. She is a very special person to have had to deal with all that and have such a great attitude. Thanks again for the "post" and bag "promo". I'll have to get one on 1 of my daily walks in the mall.

  2. Chris Stagg says:

    Keep up the good work Maggie.

  3. Mary Lynn says:

    Margaret – a good blog post and now I know so much more behind "Paint the Town Teal" – Marion will be in my thoughts

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