Summer Classics remembers Susan Lambeth, for her smile, her ‘whatever it takes’ attitude, and for putting her customers first. Lambeth was a dedicated member of the sales team for 17 years in the states of North and South Carolina. In 2009, she lost her battle to Ovarian Cancer after courageously fighting for three years. President of Summer Classics Private Label Harold Hudson, states, “She is remembered not only as a valuable sales rep, but also as a loving wife, mother, and advocate for Ovarian Cancer.” Hudson worked closely with Lambeth throughout her tenure with the company.
Susan was not alone in her battle. According to the Pathology department at Johns Hopkins University, 1 in 57 women are diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer, and this number has risen in recent years. While the disease is very treatable in its early stages, it is often difficult to diagnose due to a lack of reliable screening tests. Further research is needed to distinguish Ovarian Cancer symptoms from other diseases in order to save lives.
In honor of Mrs. Lambeth—and in support of millions of women who have fought the same fight—Summer Classics released the Halo Collection shortly after her death. The ribbon used for Ovarian Cancer awareness inspired the collection’s hand woven resin wicker design. Thanks to Halo’s success, Summer Classics has been able to donate substantially to Ovarian Cancer Research.
Summer Classics CEO, Bew White, says, “We hope that the Halo collection encourages our customers to become actively invested in this issue. When so many women in our communities, workplaces, and families are affected, apathy is not an option.”
How you can help:
- Donate to the University of North Carolina Lineberger Cancer Center, where Ms. Lambeth received treatment during her fight http://unclineberger.org/waystohelp. Another way to donate is through the fundraising landing page, created in memory of Susan www.summerclassics.kintera.org.
- Make a donation to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund—the leading research, support, and advocacy organization for Ovarian Cancer. If you’re looking for more involvement than a one-time donation, consider signing up for a race or hosting a holiday HOPE party. http://www.ocrf.org/donatenow
- Share Ms. Lambeth’s story, as well as other global and local narratives from people who have battled Ovarian Cancer. It’s their lives and memories that keep us fighting.