Heather Weeks, pictured at left in 2006, died in 2008 at the age of 24 of colon cancer. In her last months, she dedicated her life to raising awareness about ovarian cancer. She will be honored at this weekend’s Party for a Cure, which aims to raise awareness for ovarian cancer. All proceeds from the event benefit Hope for Heather, a nonprofit started by Weeks’ family to carry on her legacy.
continued This year’s event will take place from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at Meghan MacMurphy’s on Route 57 in Liverpool. A $15 donation at the door gets you access to snacks and soda as well as music from Full Circle Band, Todd Hobin and Doug Moncrief, Lisa Lee Band featuring Lisa Henderson, Dennis Veator, and Dan Elliot and the Monterays. There’s also a cash bar. All money goes to Hope for Heather to fund their awareness programs, such as their information booth at the New York State Fair, their Teal Ribbon Run and Walk and comfort baskets for cancer patients.
Both Weeks and Martell articulated a desire to make people as aware of ovarian cancer as they are of breast cancer.
“I wanted to make ovarian cancer as talked about as breast cancer,” Martell said. “Men and women both talk about breast cancer, but never ovarian cancer. This event is just one way I can tell others about the warning signs so that no one has to go through what my wife had to endure.”
Weeks expressed gratitude to Meghan MacMurphy’s, the participating musicians and the community as a whole for their support.
“This is a true community effort,” she said. “We fight in memory of our daughter so that no one else will have to lose a daughter, a sister, a mom, a wife.”