Survivors on set at Tristar Products, Inc.

By Jaimie Griffin

What a busy week! Georgi and I just got back from Fairfield, New Jersey where we were so excited to have been a part of the production of some brand new ovarian cancer public service announcements. Eight amazing women (who now are my eight personal heroes) made the long journey to come share their stories with us, the Tristar Studios production crew and potentially thousands of women across the United States. Not even the flooding that occurred over the weekend stopped us from taking over the studio to fight for our cause!

Tristar Products, Inc, a company known for their Power Juicer, Ab Roller, and more, were gracious enough to let us take over their “talkmercial” studio and production time in an effort to spread awareness about ovarian cancer and, more importantly, messages of hope from some influential and empowering survivors. These women were given the star-class treatment from the moment they were picked up by white limos to getting pampered by the hair and makeup artist to being in the spotlight on Tristar’s teal accented sets designed especially for us! The beauty and strength of these women had us laughing and crying from behind the rolling cameras. We cannot express enough how much we look forward to this project being finished and ready for distribution.

Here’s a sneak peek at the women’s stories (who you will see on our website soon … and hopefully on television!):

  • Chana Garcia, writer for AOL and Black Enterprise, told us all about her blog Cancer Slayer and how she uses writing as her tool to spread awareness of ovarian cancer.
  • Linda John explained the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance’s Survivor’s Teaching Students program and how important education is in saving women’s lives.
  • Annie Ellis shared her experience on Capitol Hill and how much her family helped her through her life changing journey.
  • Linda Felner had an inspirational message for women diagnosed with ovarian cancer that they can and will beat the disease and live happy, positive lives.
  • Joan Sommer’s story will empower women with ovarian cancer to stay strong and positive and get involved in things like attending OCNA’s Annual Conference.
  • Annette Leal Mattern, Marketing Chair of OCNA’s Board of Directors, told us about her long and courageous battle and uplifted us with her message of hope.
  • Laurey Masterton, our favorite chef and local celebrity, told us of her 3,100 mile bike ride across the country and all the life-fulfilling activities she takes part in (including bee keeping and glass blowing!)
  • Samantha Lovely, 21, shared with us how meaningful it was for her to be a part of our awareness and advocacy efforts at our Annual Conference.

Ladies, thank you for sharing your stories with us and the ovarian cancer community. Many lives will be touched by these videos. Your stories will inspire not only ovarian cancer survivors but all women to live happy, healthy and hopeful lives.

Oh, and if you are wondering what it’s like to be on the set of a production studio, take a look at some of our exclusive behind-the-scenes footage: