Heather Weeks wanted to change the world.
Weeks dedicated her life to raising awareness about ovarian cancer, the leading cause of death from gynecological cancers in the U.S. and the fifth leading cause of cancer death among American women. Weeks wanted to make ovarian cancer as well-funded and well-researched as breast cancer, with teal being its symbolic color. But her life was cut short before she could see her goal come to fruition; she died of colon cancer last November at the age of 24
Now, in an effort to further that goal, the Hope for Heather Foundation, started by her family, fianc (c) and former dance teacher, is hosting Star Search Karaoke for a Cause from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday July 31 at Meghan McMurphy's on Route 57 in Liverpool. The event, which calls for a $10 admission donation, will feature an "American Idol"-style singing competition with professional judges reviewing the performances. The winner will receive a $100 cash prize. All proceeds will go towards ovarian cancer research.
Frieda Weeks, Heather's mother, said the idea came from a similar event held last year to benefit The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
"I attended the karaoke night last year for leukemia and lymphoma," she said. "It was great fun, and I learned a long time ago to never be too proud to copy something good!"
The women who hosted that benefit helped plan this one.
"The three women who had that fundraiser are very good friends, and now serve as part of the Hope for Heather Advisory Board," Weeks said.
The hope is that Karaoke for a Cause will help accomplish Heather's goals of raising awareness about ovarian cancer.
"Our mission with this event is to bring awareness to our cause, which is raising money for cancer research, bring awareness and education to the community about ovarian cancer, and to have a fun evening," Frieda Weeks said.