Summerside Press Authors Champion a Cause Close to Their Hearts: Ovarian Cancer Research

Summerside Press and its authors help fund research for Ovarian Cancer.The facts can be daunting:
•    A woman’s lifetime risk of developing ovarian cancer is 1 in 71, with most cases developing post-menopause.
•    Approximately 22,000 women in the United States will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer this year.
•    Currently, there is no reliable method of early detection for ovarian cancer.
•    Ovarian cancer is usually diagnosed in advanced stages and only 45% of patients survive longer than 5 years. If detected and treated early, the five-year survival rate increases to greater than 92%.

Two years ago, when author Sandra D. Bricker was invited to contribute to a lighthearted Christian devotional for women, she immediately saw an opportunity to combine two of her passions into one great project.

Summerside Press and its authors help fund research for Ovarian Cancer.“I was diagnosed with stage three ovarian cancer completely by accident,” she explains. “And during my surgeries and treatment, I learned so much about the disease that no one ever seems to talk about. Breast cancer? I was well-informed. But ovarian cancer? Not so much!”

Bricker decided to educate herself and, in doing so, sparked a passion for doing the same for as many women as possible.

“I’d been talking to one of my favorite authors, Andrea Boeshaar, about the idea for Be Still…and Let Your Nail Polish Dry, a devotional for busy women. As the plans blossomed, I was also learning about an amazing organization called the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund and their fight to develop public awareness about the disease, as well as an effective diagnostic tool and eventual cure.”

Bricker asked Boeshaar and the other authors involved in the book, Debby Mayne and Loree Lough, if they would consider approaching the publisher as a group and asking for permission to include the OCRF logo on the back of the book as a sign that the authors all planned to donate a portion of their proceeds to the charity. Summerside Press hopped onboard immediately with enthusiasm for the cause.

“When we had book signings, people came out in droves,” says Mayne. “Many of them were either ovarian cancer survivors and patients or they were close to someone who was. Their stories were compelling, and I felt a connection with each one of them.”

“When Summerside’s awesome creative team started talking to me about making it an annual event,” Bricker adds, “I couldn’t get started fast enough!”

Next spring, the second devotional in the series from Summerside Press will be released. Delight Yourself in the Lord…Even on Bad Hair Days mixes up the players a bit with Bricker and Mayne bringing some different names to the project. Popular CBA authors Kristin Billerbeck, Diann Hunt, and Trish Perry eagerly signed on. The project combined the opportunity to both support the OCRF connection AND provide a poignant and fun devotional for busy women who yearned for a few moments of quiet time with God to round out their daily routines.

Summerside Press and its authors help fund research for Ovarian Cancer.“It was a no-brainer for me,” says Perry. “I’d seen the first devotional and was so impressed with the heartfelt approach to the theme of taking time with God. But the OCRF connection just sealed the deal.”

Billerbeck has been friends with Bricker for years, and the two knew one another when Bricker faced ovarian cancer herself, but Billerbeck is also a co-member of the very popular Girls Write Out blog with Diann Hunt. “When Sandie came to me about contributing to the Bad Hair devo, my friend Diann was fighting her own battle against ovarian cancer. Any opportunity at all to raise awareness and direct research funds on behalf of OCRF really excited me.”

“Co-writing this devotional was such a blessing for me,” Hunt explains. “I was able to face down the fears and challenges of my own battle through my writing, but it also bonded me in a major way with Sandie and the other writers. We had a weekly email loop where we prayed for each other, we talked about OCRF and the strides they’re making through research, and we shared our concerns and challenges as women. I think that solid circle of support really shines through in the finished product.”

The five authors, some of whom had never met in person before, had the opportunity to spend some time together recently at the American Christian Fiction Writers convention in Indianapolis. “I knew Debby and Kristin already,” Bricker explains, “but five minutes with Trish and Diann, and I felt like I’d known them my whole life.”

Bricker brought along a very special gift for each of the authors, for book trailer producer Marian Miller, and for her agent Rachelle Gardner whom Bricker calls “instrumental” in pulling the devotional together. “There’s an organization called Choose Hope that sells these awesome ovarian cancer awareness bracelets with teal Swarovski crystals and the little ovarian cancer teal ribbon. A portion of the proceeds for anything on their site goes to cancer research,” she tells. “I thought that was the perfect gift for the members of our team.”

“I’ve been wearing the bracelet every single day since Sandie gave it to me,” says agent Gardner, whose blog has been named Summerside Press and its authors help fund research for Ovarian Cancer.multiple times as one of the 101 Best Websites for Writers by Writer’s Digest. “I tend to be a creature of habit, wearing the same jewelry almost all the time, so I’m thrilled to have a new piece that is not only adorable, but a nice conversation piece, too. Plus it reminds me what a blessing Sandie is to me, and how happy I am that she won her battle against such a terrible disease.”

The line of devotionals from Summerside Press will tentatively be released each spring, and Bricker will lead the teams of authors involved. “We hope to change up the authors every time,” she explains. “For instance, Debby will probably come back and contribute to a future book, as well as our original co-authors Andrea Boeshaar and Loree Lough, as we bring in new contributors here and there. Each book will have a specific theme relevant to today’s busy women, and of course we also hope to benefit OCRF with each edition. With everything they’re doing on a daily basis for women everywhere, I’m thinking it’s the very least we can do.”

The Ovarian Cancer Research Fund now includes Be Still…and Let Your Nail Polish Dry in their online store as a way to thank the authors and Summerside Press for their partnership.

For more information about the authors, the publisher and/or the line of devotionals, contact publicist Jeane Wynn on Facebook at WynnWynnMedia.


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  1. I am so excited that there are more devotional books coming out in the future from Summerside Press! I love ‘Be Still…and Let Your Nail Polish Dry.’ The authors share some of the trials they have endured and how they leaned on the Lord through them all. Some of the devotions are lighthearted and fun as well. I will stand in line for any of those devotionals!

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