Monthly Birthday Wishes
When we were trying to decide what the foundation could do for ovarian cancer patients, we remembered that 80% of of ovarian cancer patients only live for an average of 2 years from the time they are diagnosed. The main reason for the short life expectancy is that most ovarian cancer patients aren’t diagnosed until their cancer is Stage 3 or 4 because there is no test for ovarian cancer. Kelli had 3 birthdays during her 2 1/2 year illness and she cherished each one. We can remember where we celebrated all of them. That’s why we started the monthly birthday wishes.
MAY 2017 BIRTHDAY WISH
Our May 2017 recipient of the Kelli Leigh Richmond Ovarian Cancer Foundation Monthly Birthday Wish of $1000 was Mona Guidry of New Roads, La. Mona's Birthday is May 31st and I presented Mona a $1000 check on Monday May 15th at Woman's Hospital. Mona was diagnosed with cancer over 2 1/2 years ago. She went through chemo and radiation and then was in remission. However, it came back and was recently informed that she will not likely ever be cured or in remission again. However she and her family are relying on their faith and are believing in a miracle! Mona restarted chemo a few months ago and she is such a strong person and a trooper even in the face of such difficult circumstances. While all of this has been going on, her husband who has had 3 surgeries and his own health problems and her son in law who is 38 years old, has also been diagnosed with a rare cancer. Mona told me while her family has been through so much in the last couple of years they are stronger because of it. Nora was very excited about receiving her Birthday Wish and said it would certainly was a Great Blessing.
Please keep Mona and her family in your prayers.
APRIL 2017 BIRTHDAY WISH
Our April 2017 recipient of the Kelli Leigh Richmond Ovarian Cancer Foundation Monthly Birthday Wish was Cheryl Jones, from St John Parish. Her birthday was April 11th. Cheryl was diagnosed with Stage 1 Ovarian Cancer back in 2015 and unfortunately it returned in March of this year. I met Cheryl, her husband, Kenneth and Robin Maggio, (social worker Woman's Hospital) at Woman's Hospital on April 20th and presented Cheryl with a $1000 check for her birthday. Cheryl was so happy to receive her check? She said that she could really use it since she had just quit her job at McDonalds a few weeks ago because after starting her new chemo treatments she didn't have enough energy to do her job.
Please keep Cheryl and her family in your prayers
MARCH 2017 BIRTHDAY WISH
Our March 2017 recipient of The Kelli Leigh Richmond Ovarian Cancer Foundation Monthly Birthday Wish was Sandra Smith whose birthday was March 26! Sandra was diagnosed on May 5, 2016 with Stage 2c Ovarian Cancer. After surgery and chemo, she had a clear scan in November 2016!!
I love helping our beautiful Ovarian Cancer ladies have an even happier Birthday!!
This is a portion of what the funds we raise at our annual Gala, “Kelli’s Party for Ovarian Cancer Awareness” goes to. Our next Gala, the 4th Annual “Kelli’s Party for Ovarian Cancer Awareness” is set for Saturday, August 12 at Boudreaux's. Come out and support our efforts to continue to help these beautiful ladies!
Congratulations Sandra Smith! and please keep Sandra and her family in your prayers.
FEBRUARY 2017 BIRTHDAY WISH
February 2017 recipient of the Kelli Leigh Richmond Ovarian Cancer Foundation Monthly Birthday Wish of $1000.00 was Lisa Sylve of Walker, La. I met with Lisa and her husband Nathan yesterday at the Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center, right after Lisa had received a radiation tre.(80% of ovarian cancer patients only live for an average of 2 years.) atment, I presented her with her $1000.00 Birthday Wish check. What an amazing couple!! They have had a long journey battling her stage 4 ovarian cancer that Lisa was diagnosed with way back in January of 2002. God truly has a plan for Lisa to let her live with ovarian cancer for almost 15 years.(80% of ovarian cancer patients only live for an average of 2 years.) Lisa has had about 10 or 11 surgeries, over 6 rounds of chemo treatments and now getting monthly radiation treatments. Along with fighting cancer, Lisa and her family lost their home in 2006 during hurricane Katrina and moved to a home in Walker that was in a "NO FLOOD ZONE". Their home has been flooded 5 times since moving in. I can't imagine what her and her family has been through these past 15 years. How ever meeting with Lisa and Nathan yesterday, you would never be able to tell that they have had any problems from their "CAN DO ATTITUDE". Our Sweet Kelli had this same attitude while dealing with her cancer. Lisa has never wanted anyone to feel sorry for her and her family. Just like Kelli said many times, Lisa said, God gave us these cards and we are playing them!!! As you can see from the length of this story, this family really touched my HEART! I always ask our Birthday Wish recipients what they have planned for their donation. (there are no restrictions on what they can do with it). Lisa said, that her children are sending Lisa and Nathan on a well deserved cruise soon, and she had been praying about some spending money. Now Kelli, has answered her prayers with the Kelli Leigh Richmond Ovarian Cancer Foundation's $1000.00 monthly Birthday Wish. By the way, Lisa's birthday was Feb 13th. I can't relay to everyone the Blessings that Patsy and I get from the passing out the Birthday Wishes to such outstanding and deserving family's. I have to thank all the people who donate to our foundation and donate and attend our Annual Fundraising Gala, which this years Gala, the 4th Annual "Kelli's Party for Ovarian Cancer Awareness" will be Saturday August 12th. (Mark your calendars, more info to come) Without every ones help, none of this would be possible. Please keep Lisa and her family in your prayers!
JANUARY 2017 BIRTHDAY WISH
DECEMBER 2016 BIRTHDAY WISH
NOVEMBER 2016 BIRTHDAY WISH
OCTOBER 2016 BIRTHDAY WISH
SEPTEMBER 2016 BIRTHDAY WISH
September 2016 Birthday Wish. September 2016 recipient of the Kelli Leigh Richmond Ovarian Cancer Foundation Birthday Wish of $1000 was Sandra Navarre of Baton Rouge. Patsy met with Sandra at her home September 23rd and presented her with a $1000 check. Sandra was very excited to receive her Birthday Wish. Sandra was diagnosed with Ovarian cancer April of 2016. Sandra's Birthday was September 22nd. Please keep Sandra and her family in your prayers.
AUGUST 2016 BIRTHDAY WISH
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Unfortunately, we did not have anyone apply for the January 2016 birthday wish. We decided to use the money from January towards ongoing fundraisers.
DECEMBER 2015 BIRTHDAY WISH
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JULY 2015 BIRTHDAY WISH
Unfortunately, we did not have anyone apply for the July 2015 birthday wish. We decided to use the money from July towards ongoing fundraisers.
JUNE 2015 BIRTHDAY WISH
MAY 2015 BIRTHDAY WISH
APRIL 2015 BIRTHDAY WISH
April’s recipient of our Birthday Wish of $1000 went to Dot Carter of Shreveport. Dot had a recurrence of Ovarian Cancer about eight months ago. Please keep her in your prayers.
FEBRUARY 2015 BIRTHDAY WISH
February’s Birthday wish went to Amy Teague of Baton Rouge. I visited with Amy at her home Tuesday 2/24/2015 and presented her a $1000.00 check from the Kelli Leigh Richmond Ovarian Cancer Foundation. She was very touched. The February Birthday wish was suppose to go to Elizabeth Born’e of Baton Rouge. Elizabeth requested we give it Amy instead. Amy was diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer in December 2014. Please keep Amy and her family in your prayers.
DECEMBER 2014 BIRTHDAY WISH
December 3, 2014 Patsy & Ron made a visit to to Baton Rouge General Foundation and presented Taressia White, Development Coordinator, a check for $1000.00 from the Kelli Leigh Richmond Ovarian Cancer Foundation. The money will go to the Pennington Cancer Center.
December 3, 2014 Patsy & Ron made a visit to Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center and made a donation of $1000.00 from the Kelli Leigh Richmond Ovarian Cancer Foundation. We presented the check to Carter Stone, Director Of Development.
December 3, 2014 Patsy & Ron made a visit to Cancer Services of Baton Rouge. We presented Aimee Doyle, CFO a check for $1000.00 from the Kelli Leigh Richmond Ovarian Cancer Foundation.
December 3, 2014 The Kelli Leigh Richmond Ovarian Cancer Foundation made a donation of $1000.00 to the Drew Moscona Foundation at Guaranty Broadcasting Baton Rouge. Pictured are Jordy Culotta, Patsy Richmond, Ron Richmond & Derek Ponamsky. Jordy & Derek work at Guaranty Broadcasting on the morning sports talk show Cullota & The Prince on 104.5 & 104.9 ESPN.
December 4, 2014 Patsy & Ron made a visit to Woman’s Hospital, Baton Rouge and presented Thongkum Mathis of Baton Rouge, a Ovarian Cancer patient, a Christmas gift of $1000.00 from the Kelli Leigh Richmond Ovarian Cancer Foundation. Mrs. Mathis was nominated by the Woman’s staff. She was getting a chemo treatment and was over whelmed with joy.
NOVEMBER 2014 BIRTHDAY WISH
We didn’t have anyone apply for the monthly Birthday Wish. The Kelli Leigh Ovarian Cancer Foundation made it’s annual donation of $1000.00 to Woman’s Hospital, Baton Rouge.
OCTOBER 2014 BIRTHDAY WISH
October 2014 Birthday Wish of $1000.00 went to Stephanie Dauzat of Hessmer, La. Stephanie will be 35 on October 23, 2014. We wish her a Happy Birthday. She was diagnosed with Stage 3 ovarian cancer June 30, 2014. She has had surgery and 4 cycles of chemo so far. It looks like she is responding to the chemo and will have a Pet scan in another month or so. She has been married for 11 years and has 7 year old twin boys. Please keep her and her family in your prayers.
SEPTEMBER 2014 BIRTHDAY WISH
September recipient of the Kelli Leigh Richmond Ovarian Cancer Foundation Monthly Birthday Wish was presented to Alzina “Princess” Dixon of Baton Rouge. Princess was diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer May 2014. She had surgery and is now receiving chemo treatments at Woman’s Hospital. Her birthday is September 16. Princess is a hearing impaired teacher for EBR Schools.
Pictured, Breyon Dixon (daughter), Patsy Richmond, Alzina “Princess” Dixon and Ron Richmond.
AUGUST 2014 BIRTHDAY WISH
August recipient of the birthday wish of $1,000 was sent to Tiffany Landry of Pierre Part, LA. Tiffany was diagnosed with stage 4 ovarian cancer on April 15th, 2013. She has had 5 surgeries since being diagnosed. Please keep her and her family in your prayers.
JULY 2014 BIRTHDAY WISH
Unfortunately, we did not have anyone apply for the July 2014 birthday wish. We decided to use the money from July towards ongoing fundraisers.
JUNE 2014 BIRTHDAY WISH
MAY 2014 BIRTHDAY WISH
Mays recipient of our Monthly Birthday wish went to Sybil T Rhodes of Baton Rouge. Sybil’s birthday was May 14th. She was diagnosed with stage 4 ovarian cancer July 2010. April 30th Patsy and I presented Sybil a $1000.00 check on the Baton Rouge Channel 2 Morning Show. Dr. Vince Cataldo from Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center was a special guest.
Pictured Dr. Vince Cataldo, Sybil T Rhodes,Whitney Vann, Ron Richmond, Patsy Richmond and John Pastorek
April 2014 BIRTHDAY WISH
Unfortunately, we did not have anyone apply for the April 2014 birthday wish. We decided to use the money from April towards ongoing fundraisers.
MARCH 2014 BIRTHDAY WISH
March recipient of our Monthly Birthday Wish went to Bobbie Bizette of Jarreau, La. Bobbie was diagnosed with stage 3 Ovarian Cancer May 23. 2000. She has had over 5 surgeries & 8 recurrences. Bobbie had met our Kelli a few times before she passed away. We presented Bobbie her gift at a Cancer Survivors luncheon in New Roads, La Saturday March 15th.There were over 300 people at the luncheon.Over 30%of the attendants had cancer or was a survivor. The guests speaker was Sally Ann Roberts, sister of Robin Roberts the Good Morning America show. It was a great event. We got to spread the news about our foundation and received a few donations.
FEBRUARY 2014 BIRTHDAY WISH
February recipient of the birthday wish was Carolyn Lafluer, from Ville Platte, LA. Carolyn was nominated by her sister Deborah Paul. Carolyn was diagnosed with stage three Ovarian Cancer in October 2009. Kelli was diagnose the same month. Carolyn had read about Kelli's battle with cancer from the stories she shared with the Morning Advocate. We surprised Carolyn at an appointment she had with her doctor on February 4th. Her birthday was February 5th. She was over whelmed with joy from receiving a $1000.00 check for her birthday.
Pictured: (Ron Richmond, Carolyn Lafluer, Patsy Richmond, Sage Kelli)
JANUARY 2014 BIRTHDAY WISH
January reciepient of the birthday wish was Julie Guerin, from Central, LA. Julie has just finished up chemo a few weeks ago. She had a CT scan on February 4th, and the results showed that she was cancer free. Ron and Patsy presented Julie with her $1000.00 check on the channel 9 morning show January 30, 2014, which was her birthday.
Pictured: (Patsy Richmond, Diane Deaton, Ron Richmond, Lauren Westbrook, Johnny Ahysen, and Julie Guerin)
DECEMBER 2013 BIRTHDAY WISH
Instead of giving $1,000.00 to an ovarian cancer patient this month, we donated to Womans hospital. Kelli was very fond of Womans during her illness. Kelli always said that if she had to be in the hospital, Womans would be where she would want to be. During Kelli's chemo treatments, the staff at Womans treated Kelli with special care. In the background of the picture, you can see Kelli's window which was dedicated in her memory. The window is on the 5th floor of their new hospital. Recieving the $1000.00 check is Beverly Thompson, who recently replaced Lynn Weil. The foundation has promised womans hospital a $1000.00 donation for the next four years, and hopefully it can continue to grow.
(Ron Richmond, Beverly Thompson, Patsy Richmond)
NOVEMBER 2013 BIRTHDAY WISH
November reciepient of the birthday wish was Sarah Sibley, from Zachary, LA. Sarah has been in remission for over 2 1/2 years from stage 1 ovarian cancer. Sarah was very excited to recieve her gift which she said she was going to purchase a new windshield and tires for her car. Sarah recently lost her brother because of illness which he left a wife and five children. Sarah is very excited to help out the Kelli Leigh Richmond Ovarian Cancer Foundation in any way she can.
(Ron Richmond, Sarah Sibley, Patsy Richmond)
OCTOBER 2013 BIRTHDAY WISH
The first recipient of the Kelli Leigh Richmond Ovarian Cancer Foundation birthday wish was Wanda Waite, from Prairieville, LA. Wanda was presented her check on channel 9 WAFB Morning Show. Wanda was diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer early this year. Wanda has just finished her last treatment 2 months ago with a clean bill of health. With her birthday wish money, Wanda is taking her and her family on a much needed vacation to Florida. Wanda is excited to help the foundation out in any way she can.
(Lauren Westbrook, Tori Waite, Patsy Richmond, Ron Richmond,
Wanda Waite, and Matt Williams)