Tickle Tiki Teal

by Alyssa Toomes

Supporting: Step Up America for Ovarian Cancer for STAAR Ovarian Cancer



In early 2020 I received a call from my childhood friend telling me she had been diagnosed with stage 3 ovarian cancer. Together we cried and began a journey that has brought me to my knees in prayer and anguish, but also lifted my heart as I watched her battle this disease with grace. Nicole is now leading STAAR and has inspired me to host my own STEP UP event. I am honored to host the kick off event for the Houston/Galveston area on Labor Day weekend on Tiki Island. 

Event Details: 

What Tickles Your Fancy? 

All participants will receive a free t-shirt while supplies last!

Saturday, September 3rd  9:00 am 

Tiki Island Pavailion

Tiki Drive

Free t-shirts, swag bags, and some incredible raffle items will be available! 

After party at the Toomes home. (address and directions will be provided at walk)


This year, over 21,000 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer and about 14,000 women will die. There is no screening or early detection test available. Symptoms are subtle which results in only 20 percent of ovarian tumors being detected before they have progressed to an advanced stage.

STAAR Ovarian Cancer Foundation has created the Step Up America for Ovarian Cancer Campaign to raise awareness and funding for research, especially for the rare subtype, Low-Grade Serous Carcinoma.

Every year, women of all ages are affected by ovarian cancer, especially the rare form low-grade serous ovarian cancer (LGSC) which disproportionately affects younger women. The lack of screening tests and limited research for ovarian cancer adds to the importance of educating women about the symptoms of ovarian cancer and the need to raise funding for research, to help give these young women better treatment options and longer lives.  

Funds raised will support ovarian cancer research. STAAR is governed and run 100% by a volunteer board and committee members, half of whom are women previously diagnosed with LGSC. Since 2020, STAAR has contributed to funding two research project at MD Anderson Cancer Center with the most recent funding a LGSC research study for $150,000. 

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