Striking out Ovarian Cancer

DERON TALLEY, EDITOR @DeRonTalley
Gonzales resident Licia Chaney, LSU softball head coach Beth Torina and team, and the University of Georgia softball team cut ribbon to start the Geaux Teal walk for Ovarian Cancer Saturday at Tiger Park.

If you put 20 women in a group together one of two things could happen: you could move mountains or start a riot. For the Geaux Teal Committee it moves mountains.

Geaux Teal is an organization that was started two years ago to promote community-based events that raise awareness, increase education and research funds for ovarian cancer. Started by some Gonzales women and picked up by the LSU softball team, the group is on its way to strikeout Ovarian Cancer.

“You get 20 of us together and we don’t argue, we don’t fight, everybody just decides who needs to do what and what needs to be done, it’s just awesome,” Licia Chaney said, a committee member.

Chaney’s daughter was diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer at age 33, and later died. Since then Chaney and friends have been working to raise awareness Brandi’s memory.

Last Saturday, Geaux Teal hosted its second annual walk at Tiger Park on LSU’s campus. In partnering with LSU softball head coach Beth Torina, Geaux Teal was able to raise $19,500.01.

In this year’s walk, the Geaux Teal organization tripled its success from the first year in participants with nearly 700 walkers.

Licia Chaney said she’s not usually a speechless person, but after the walk on Saturday she was.

“It’s overwhelming,” Chaney said.

The LSU softball team was also set to host the University of Georgia softball team Saturday evening where the team would honor Ovarian Cancer survivors and loved ones. Georgia’s team also participated in the Geaux Teal event before the game.

“What does it say about that coach, that’s what I think of, what does it say it say about that coach,” Chaney said. “We’re all women fighting for the same thing. It sees no color, no education, no religion, it could strike all of us.”

LSU softball head coach Beth Torina’s mother was diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer, and after the support she saw on Saturday said it was amazing.

“The support that we’ve received from the community, the outpour that we’ve received is so awesome and we’re just so honored to host this event for such a great cause,” Torina said.

Torina said with Georgia’ participation in the event no matter what happens the game scheduled for the evening, “this day is a win for both teams, which is everything that we’ve accomplished today.”

“We have won this day, we have won it for all of the wonderful women who have dealt with this cancer and for promoting awareness is our community,” Torina said.

Chaney said in her talk before the walk that each of persons involved in Geaux Teal are committed and believe that awareness about Ovarian Cancer equals survivors.

“Many thanks to LSU softball and Geaux Teal for allowing me to honor Brandy’s life and to continue her fight. To my family and friends, thank you for your never ending love and support. And last but not least, happy birthday Brandi Nicole Chaney. Yep, today really is her birthday.”