“Four days later, when we knew Mom’s life was drawing to a close, the two of us borrowed hymnals from the hospice chapel and climbed into bed with her. We told her ‘We’re not good singers, Mom, but we’re here with you and everything’s all right. We’ll be okay. You can let go.’ We sang her favorite hymn, Amazing Grace, as she was dying and were still singing it as she drew her last breath. We loved her so much. It’s emotional to talk about even three years later, but we know it’s not the end of the story. While she was sick, she always told us, ‘I will see you someday soon. It will be like a blink of the eye.’ We know she’s right, and that’s what we’re holding on to.
“We’re out here today because September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month in Memphis, and we’re turning the town teal to raise awareness. We want women to know the warning signs and symptoms, and we want to encourage the funding of research in this area. Breast cancer gets a lot of attention and funding and lives are being saved every day, but that’s not the only cancer there is. In 2015 alone, 22,000 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer and 14,500 will die from ovarian cancer. It’s the fifth leading cause of cancer death in women in the United States.”