It was a night of mystique and enchantment at the St. Regis Houston with 300 people in attendance at Ovarcome’s 5th Annual Gala, UnMasque. Emceed by Rekha Muddaraj from KHOU 11, the annual fundraiser was hosted to honor and celebrate ovarian cancer survivors.
In a very touching display of solidarity, Caly invited all survivors in the room to join her on stage as she sang her anthem, Rachel Platten’s “Fight Song.” Caly and the survivors received a standing ovation from the audience.
In the summer of 2015 at age 15, Caly was diagnosed with stage 3 ovarian cancer. The months that followed were filled with activities no teen should have to go through. High school, trips to the movie theater and long hangouts with friends were replaced with home schooling, chemo treatments and lots of sleeping while she fought to get her health back. For many, this kind of battle at this young of an age would be enough to send anyone into a state of depression. Instead, Caly decided to fight. And inspire. And eventually, win. She fought through the entire process, staying positive, determined to not miss out on what the future had planned for her.
“This one is for all the kids that are fighting cancer. To show them there is hope. Keep chasing your dreams!” Musician Caly Bevier said after receiving the 2018 Ovarcome Excellence Award.
Other awards and honorees included:
- 2018 Ovarcome Heroes Awards- Dr. David Gershenson, MD Anderson Cancer Center; Dr. Dineo Khabele, University of Kansas Cancer Center; and Dr. Joseph Lucci, UTHealth & Memorial Hermann Cancer Center
- Young Investigator Research Awards- Christine Rojas, Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine, and Satish Ramraj, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
- Survivor Honorees- Kathy Miller, Cheryl Esco, Liz Camacho, and Diana Ploch
Proceeds from the gala will benefit Ovarcome’s core programs of awareness work, research funding, as well as the OvarCare financial assistance program for ovarian cancer patients in need.