Flower Sale for a Good Cause!

The Ovarian Cancer Project is in the midst of their 5th Annual Geranium Sale Fundraiser

The Ovarian Cancer Project, founded in 2012 is Western New York’s most trusted resource for women with ovarian cancer. The organization provides professionally facilitated support groups, mentoring, resources and information for women with ovarian cancer as well as their families. All proceeds of the sale directly support these specific programs, including the organization’s signature “Comfort & Hope” tote given to newly diagnosed women, which is filled with the necessities for chemotherapy, and most importantly a message of hope from fellow ovarian cancer survivors. Sale proceeds also contribute to keeping programs free of charge for current patients and survivors so that support is accessible to all women.

Women survivors who have benefited, like Barbara Karnyski from Cheektowaga, calls the group a “godsend,” helping her through her initial Stage 4 diagnosis in 2014 and a recurrence 7 months later.  Karnyski now just a month shy of her 3 year survival anniversary, attributes her survival to her doctor and also to the support she received through the Ovarian Cancer Project. She is a steadfast supporter of the organization, and when she met another patient, Deb Freeberg, in her doctor’s office, she immediately invited her to attend a support group meeting at the Ovarian Cancer Project. Freeberg, who lives in Tonawanda, was diagnosed 21 years ago at Stage 4 and was “overwhelmed by the care, concern and compassion” she felt at that first meeting. Now, she says, “I know how she got through the earlier years with the disease without the Ovarian Cancer Project’s support.” These women along with dozens of others have benefited from not only the emotional and psychological support that is offered, but also understand the importance of learning about their disease and how to navigate treatments, clinical trials and services available to them.

Kathleen Maxian, the Founder and President of the organization, and a survivor herself works help women understand all aspects of their disease so that they able to learn to advocate for themselves and their health. Maxian states, “Studies show that women with ovarian cancer, who attend support groups and are educated about their disease have better survival,” adding, “There is a real loss of control with a cancer diagnosis of this type, the women become patients – with routines focused on scheduled appointments, surgeries and chemotherapies. With our help and encouragement whether in our Support Group setting, in our Mentoring Program or One-On-One, we focus on things they can do to begin taking back control of their lives, our services are about as patient focused as you can get.”

With just over 18,000 plants sold since 2013, these bright & beautiful zonal geraniums are perfect gift for Mother’s Day, your favorite gardener, or your own home. According to repeat customers, these plants are the best geraniums available! Vivid color choices are Patriot Red, Tickled Pink, Patriot White, Evening Glow Salmon, and Hot Pink Berry Parfait. The group offers special discount pricing for businesses, as well. Each single order includes one full flat of 10 flowering geranium plants in 4.5” pots for only $34.95.

All orders must be submitted by Thursday, April 27th, 2017.  Pickup dates are Friday, May 12th and Saturday, May 13th with five convenient pickup locations in Buffalo, Amherst/Snyder, Clarence/Williamsville, Hamburg, and Lewiston. To order, visit the organization’s website www.ovariancancerproject.org or call 716-458-0382. While cancer may be a dark time, bright, Spring flowers bring hope and cheer to our lives and those around us.


The Ovarian Cancer Projecta not for profit organization, whose mission it is to educate the community on the symptoms and risks of ovarian cancer, and to provide supportive services for women with ovarian cancer.