Thursday, February 28, 2013


First off, I want to say a huge thank you to Natalie Vogel and Jennifer Ralston! These two fabulous ladies are donating 100% of their commission to the Jaymie Jamison Foundation for Hope! Natalie and Jennifer have been huge supporters of the foundation from the beginning. Thank you for all your support and donations!

Another huge thank you to everyone who ordered this month from Cheryl Saylor and Missy Frazee's 31 party! In February 31 had a special of spend $31 and get a keep it caddy bag for $5. The Jaymie Jamison Foundation is using these $5 bags to give to women who are newly diagnosed with cancer. Because of YOUR help we were able to get 20 bags!!!! That is absolutely amazing!!!! Thank you for helping us make this new journey real for us! I can't thank you enough. Thank you to Cheryl and Missy for hosting these parties to help us!

Between now and May 1, 2013 you can host a 31 party with Natalie or Jennifer as your host. Bring a pair of panties to the party and win a prize!!! The commission of your party will be donated to the foundation. To schedule your party contact Natalie at 937-618-1151.

Thank you to everyone who continues to support us and our mission. We are continuing to raise awareness for gynecological cancers! We couldn't do it without you!

Wednesday, February 27, 2013


Panties Across the Bridge is quickly approaching!! July 13, 2013 is the date. Panties Across the Bridge is our largest awareness event. We will string thousands of panties across the Purple People Bridge in Cincinnati, OH. This event was created by Jaymie's daughter Hope, who was only 14 at the time.

Here's where we need YOUR help! We need panties and a lot of them! Donate a pair make women aware!!! Make it fun! Have a panty decorating party! Decorate panties- make them funny, inspiring, colorful, or even make a dedication to a love one! Our goal is to have 8,800 pairs (the number of women who will lose their life to a gynecological cancer this year). We need your help to reach this goal!

You can send the panties to:

Jaymie Jamison Foundation for Hope
PO Box 147
Hamersville, OH 45130

Or bring them to the bridge July 13th to be hung!

We look forward to seeing your creativity!

Monday, February 25, 2013

Cancer Fighting Food

Is your diet full of cancer fighting, cancer preventing foods? Check out the list to see if you have anything you need to add to your daily intake!

1. Strawberries- they are one of the leading anti cancer foods. It is believed by researchers that people who eat them on a regular basis are 70% less likely to develop certain cancers.

2. Green Tea- scientists have found a compound in green tea that inhibits cancer growth. This is great news for regular tea drinkers!

3. Tomatoes- They are rich in lycopene which is a strong cancer fighting nutrients.

4. Dark Chocolate- This contains molecules that slow the development of cancer. A single square of dark chocolate has twice the anti cancer properties as red wine.

5. Red Wine- antioxidants help inhibit the development of certain cancer cells.

6. Nutmeg- not only does it help fight cancer, but can prevent cardiovascular disease.

7. Tuna- even small amounts of this fish can help protect against Ovarian Cancer. A compound in the fish ultimately causes cancer cell death.

8. Pineapple- pineapples contain bromelain. This keeps cancer from even getting started.

9. Garlic- it can damage cancerous cells.

10. Grape Seed Oil- antioxidants are thought to reduce the risk of developing cancer. It is also thought to protect the liver from damage cause by chemotherapy medications.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Cincinnati Enquirer- Whispers of Hope Gala

What a surprise! Today, Sunday February 24, 2013 the Whispers of Hope Gala was in the local section of the Cincinnati Enquirer newspaper!!

Thank you to the Cincinnati Enquire for covering our event! With your help we can continue to educate women about gynecological cancers! Wisdom is power! Early detection and prevention are key!!!

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Teal Off to Cancer Golf Outing

May 18, 2013 is our 2nd Annual Teal Off to Cancer Golf Outing at Friendly Meadows Golf Course! I am excited to announce Jeff Knight from State Farm is catering our outing once again! Last year Jeff provided our outing with food and cake from Servattis. I can't wait to see what menu he plans this year!

Last year we turned 2 teams away. We have a 36 team limit! So register early!! Registration opens Friday March 1st!! That's only 5 days away! Do you have your team planned? Stay tuned to Facebook on where to register.

More exciting news! Dixon Golf is going to be on location! Arrive early to work with a golf professional. Also there will be a golf simulator. Compete for the longest drive and win a golf club curtesy of Dixon Golf. The top three teams will receive invitations to play in the Charity Golf Tournament in Florida at the end of the year!

Provided will be breakfast (shot gun start at 11:00 am), drinks throughout the day, and dinner by Jeff Knight at the end. We will be holding a silent auction, raffle and split the pot!

If you are interested in being a hole sponsor contact Shannon Helton

$200- 12x12 sign at a specific green.
$100- 6x6 sign at a specific green.
$50- In memory of a loved one sign at a specific green.

We are also accepting donation items for the raffle and silent auction.

We are looking forward to another fun and exciting golf tournament!

Friday, February 22, 2013

A Survivors Tale

Jaymie had never heard of cervical cancer. After her diagnoses and after the start of the Jaymie Jamison Foundation for Hope women shared their stories with us. And what do you know? So many women have a story that needs to be shared! Their story helps other women be aware of this disease. With awareness we can help other women learn about early detection and prevention. I want to share a story with you about how early detection can save a life. In this case, Brooke was very lucky to catch her diagnoses of cervical cancer in the early stages.

I don’t think of “my story” as being much of a story, but I suppose everyone has a story to tell whether big or small. If I can give someone who is reading this insight, courage, and/or strength, I suppose “my story” is an important one to share.
Background information: I am a 31 year old female, married August 2011. A few months prior to the wedding I was put on birth control, in which that particular visit/pap smear was normal. April of 2012, I was due for another exam. I thought of it as a normal procedure the only difference was that I had switched doctors. A few days later, I received a phone call from my doctor’s office stating that the doctor found HPV and that I needed to have a coloscopy to further detect any abnormal cells. So a week later from the initial exam I had a coloscopy, which for those who have not had one, is a bit painful similar to a bad menstrual cramp; however, manageable, with a not-so glamorous discharge to follow. I received a follow-up phone call stating that the doctor needed to speak with me about my results (nothing else was mentioned). My husband thought it was “good news” since the doctor himself didn’t call, little did either of us know. A few days later, I (by myself, because it’s “good news”, right?!) went to speak with my doctor about the results. It is there that I found out that I DID have abnormal cells, being diagnosed with Stage 0 Cervical Cancer. Stage 0 means that abnormal cells have been discovered and if untreated could become Stage 1 or higher, resulting in cancer of the cervix. Although Stage 0, the cells still needed to be removed to prevent further spreading and/or further growth, therefore, I received a conization, a surgical procedure where the doctor cuts out a “cone” shape (cells) from the cervix. Once completed, there will be a series of visits, once every 3 months for a year and then once every 6 months for a year. Currently, I have completed 1 visit, which came back negative!
I think for anyone who has gone through, is going through, or knows someone going through this understands how scary it can be, no matter the severity. And I am a person that believes until you have walked in someone’s exact shoes, which no one ever will, you have no idea of how they should react, the emotions they are going through, and the courage it takes to overcome an obstacle such as this.
There were several hardships that I faced: that it happened to ME, that it has happened to others (which made me feel as though I didn’t have the “right” to be emotional), and that a couple of months prior to my annual exam, in April, my husband and I had just begun trying to have our first child. Even as I write, this part brings heartache and tears. It was difficult to hear that I had to stop trying and go back on birth control. Being a late bride, I did and still wonder if I’ll be able to have a child(ren). It was also difficult to hear people tell me instantly “You can always adopt”, which is definitely not out of the question but at the time not an “option” I wanted to consider. Even though I’ve already had my first “negative” checkup, and believe that I am on the road to recovery, it is still difficult to hear about people having their first child or becoming pregnant, playing the “why me?” or “why them?” card.
I believe through it all anyone facing any stage of cervical cancer needs a support system. I personally, am a fairly private person (but once out, I’ll share…obviously!!!) and thankfully I have a supportive husband, family, and church family. I am a Christian and without my faith, this would have been impossible to overcome. I know God has a plan and if it is His will, I will overcome this hurdle, whether it is to be cancer free and have a family full of children or not. Whatever the outcome he will receive and deserve my praises!
This is my story…
I hope and pray that as you read, whether you are fighting the fight or someone dear to your heart is, know that “through God, all things are possible”. If you are going through this, know its ok to hurt and have heartache, but also know and believe you are strong; you have the courage to fight!

Brooke Carr

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Whispers of Hope

I can't believe it has been almost a month since our evening of magic; The Whispers of Hope Gala. Did you attend?

For those that did not, here is a short summary of the evening, including some of the photos by the fabulous Alicia Eads from Alicia Eads Photography.

As guests arrived they were able to mingle while checking out the amazing silent auction items! There were quite a few bidding wars going on! A
Magician walked around and entertained the guests! He even made my keys disappear... I am sure that's what happened to them!!!

As the guests entered the teal lighted ballroom in their finest evening wear masks and all, Sheree Paolello emceed the event. She began by sharing her story of how she meant the Jamison Family and how she wanted to help them keep Jaymie's memory alive and help other women by battling this dreaded disease. Dr Kelly Flood-Shaffer lead us in prayer before dinner was served.

Shortly after dinner the Guardians of Hope were awarded. These new members included survivors, a fighter, family of an angel, and people and companies who have helped us along this road we are traveling to make every single women aware of gynecological cancers and the importance of early detection and awareness.

Following the awards the Guardian of Hope Balloon Auction began! This auction provided us with funds to help provide uninsured women with gynecological screenings. This was one of the most exciting parts of the evening!

Soon after dancing began and everyone enjoyed themselves out on the dance floor! I can't wait until next year, and we hope you will join us again! Thank you to everyone who came to the event! Thank you to everyone who donated or bought an auction item! Thank you to all the wonderful volunteers! This night couldn't have been a success with out you!

A special thank you to:
Mike Castrucci Motors
Sheree Paolello
Dr Flood-Shaffer
Hilton Netherlands Hotel
Elite Vacations
Heather Frye and Jared Cornett
Alicia Eads Photography
Goodwin Lighting
Elements Conference and Event Center
Pretty Living PR
Cincy Sweets
Valet Coffee

Please view more photos at and entering password Teal.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Florence Freedom

The Jaymie Jamison Foundation for Hope is beyond excited to announce we will be a receiving charity of a Florence Freedom Baseball Fundraiser!!!! How amazing is that!?

The game will take place on June 16, 2013. This also happens to be Father's Day! What a cool way to spend the day with dad!! Tickets are $10! After the game kids can run the bases and get autographs from the players!! Sunday is always family fun day at the park. Between each inning is a fun activity for kids! I can't wait to spend the day at the park with my kids!!

How can you get tickets? Good question! You can purchase your tickets from the Jaymie Jamison Foundation or you can go to and enter promotion code: panties.

Another cool aspect of the day? Jaymie's oldest daughter Hope will be singing the National Anthem! Jaymie would be so ecstatic that her daughter is singing a National Anthem for an independent team! She always loved to hear her sing and share videos of Hope at the school talent show! A dream come true for her!

Bring your dads and kids and come out! This would be awesome for whole little league ball teams to come as well! And don't forget to wear your TEAL! Let's teal out the stadium!!!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

How Can You Help a Newly Diagnosed Cancer Patient?

A question a lot of people have when they know someone who has recently been diagnosed is: what can I do to help?

Looking back at the days when Jaymie was recently diagnosed Jaymie was helped out in numerous ways! Here are a few of the things Jaymie appreciated and enjoyed the most.

1. Jaymie enjoyed receiving get well cards! Especially funny ones.

2. Jaymie appreciated meals. Even though Jaymie could not eat she still was happy having her family receiving the meals and it was a relief for her knowing they had a good meal.

3. Be yourself! Don't act gloomy! Act how you normally would BEFORE the diagnoses.

4. Humor! Make them laugh.

5. Gas cards. Traveling back and forth to treatment is a financial strain.

6. Give them soft clothes and blankets. Jaymie enjoyed anything that was soft and warm.

7. Make a scrapbook with them. It's a way for them to focus on their favorite memories.

8. If you have a baby in the family- bring over the baby! Babies always bring joy into someone's life!

Do you have any suggestions? Add them below!

Monday, February 18, 2013


How healthy are you? Are you aware certain foods can fight off cancer? Did you know that eating breakfast on a daily basis can improve your chances of not getting cancer? Well it can! Eating breakfast can help your body get the nutrients it needs to help fight off cancer. You should choose a protein, whole grain, fruits/vegetable, and healthy fats.

As it is important for you to eat healthy it is important for you to teach your children how to eat healthy. Eating healthy is a lifestyle. Get them in the habit of eating healthy as they are young, so hopefully they will continue to do so as they grow older and make their own food choices. Set an example by eating healthy yourself! Your habits today may save you from cancer in the future!

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Living Our Dash

January 2012 The Jaymie Jamison Foundation for Hope had the pleasure of having Linda Ellis speak at our "Teal Your Dash" luncheon. Linda is such an amazing author and motivational speaker. Linda wrote the world famous poem, "The Dash".

Today I had a moment where I thought "Am I making the most of my life? Do I have any regrets?" So my question for you is: are you living your life to the fullest? Would you have any regrets?

There is going to come a day when only the people you know and love are going to remember what your dash is worth. What will you be remembered for? Did you love with all your heart? Linda says its best, material things do not matter... Your house, your car, your cash. What matters most is how you lived and LOVED and how you spent your dash.

With that said- smile more! Say kind words to others. Help others when they need it. Be compassionate. Be a friend to everyone! Love your enemy! You waste more energy not liking someone than being a friend.  Look for the good in everyone.

Is there something you want to change in your life? Don't wait- do it NOW! We are not guaranteed tomorrow- only today! Live your life the way you want to be remembered! You are living your dash!

Please visit Linda's website and read her poem "The Dash."

Thank you Linda Ellia for sharing your inspiration with our foundation! You continue to inspire us on a daily basis!

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Who is Jaymie Jamison and Why is she important?

Jaymie Jamison was a beautiful 34 year old mother. She had 3 girls Hope, Lexi, Madison and 1 boy Jet. Jaymie was the glue that held her family together. Jaymie enjoyed watching her children play sports, listening to her daughter sing, and spending as much time with them as possible. Everytime you would see Jaymie she had a contagious smile on her face!

Jaymie, like many women, did not have health insurance. Jaymie was noticing signs that were not right with her body. Like most women, she ignored them. In May 2010 Jaymie finally went to the doctor. She was diagnosed with Stage 2B Cervical Cancer. She immediately had a hysterectomy, and began chemo and radiation shortly after. Unfortunately Jaymie lost her battle to cervical cancer February 6, 2011. 10 months after her initial diagnoses. Jaymie left behind her husband of 14 years Jon, daughters Hope 14, Lexi, 11, Madison 8, and Jet 4.

While Jaymie battled cervical cancer Jaymie's community rallied to support her and her family. They provided dinners, Christmas presents, helped with financial situations, helped care for their children, and was a support system for her emotionally. Jaymie was so greatful and felt she could never pay them back. Jaymie had a vision for this foundation. Jaymie wanted to fight for other women.

The day after Jaymie passed, her oldest daughter Hope had an idea! "Why don't we string panties across the Purple People Bridge for awareness?" And with Hope's big idea Panties Across the Bridge came to life! Panties Across the Bridge is our largest awareness event for gynecological cancer. It took 4,000 panties to cross the bridge, and ironically that is the number of women who will lose their battle to cervical cancer this year.

Awareness is at the center of EVERYTHING we do! Cervical Cancer is the only cancer that has a known cause- HPV- making it entirely preventable! We have branched out from cervical cancer, and are raising awareness for ALL gynecological cancers! Prevention and early detection is key! Along with awareness we are providing support for families battling gynecological cancers. We are supporting research efforts for gynecological cancers. And lastly we are honoring Jaymie's direct wish. Hospice of Hope provided outstanding care for Jaymie in her final days. We are supporting Hospice of Hope.

Please stay tuned to our blog. Please view our webpage at to learn more about us. Please help us combat gynecological cancers!