Posts Tagged ‘breast cancer’

QVC Wins Award For FFANY Breast Cancer Events

October 15, 2019

QVC is doing at least one thing right.

In recognition of the network’s 25-year commitment to FFANY Shoes on Sale, the Fashion Footwear Association of New York (FFANY) presented QVC with the Jodi & Jerome Fisher Humanitarian Award at the organization’s gala in New York City.

The award “honors QVC’s exceptional leadership, corporate commitment and visionary philanthropy to fund breast cancer research and education,” the home shopping network said in a press release Monday.

QVC host Nancy Hornback, a longtime supporter of FFANY and breast cancer survivor, and Mike George, president and CEO of Qurate Retail Inc., the network’s parent, accepted the award on behalf of the entire QVC team who work on QVC Presents “FFANY Shoes on Sale.”

“We’re all incredibly proud of the impact we’re able to make on breast cancer research and education,” George said in a statement. “Since our first QVC Presents ‘FFANY Shoes on Sale’ broadcast in 1995, QVC and FFANY have generated millions for breast cancer research and education.”

In addition to QVC, Designer Brands Inc., Rebecca Minkoff and Jamie Salter were also recognized as 2019 honorees at the event.

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HSN Jean Queen Diane Gilman Returns

November 15, 2018

HSN jean queen Diane Gilman, who has been off the air for about a year to be treated for breast cancer, is finally returning.

Gilman this week posted a video on Facebook saying that she will be back on HSN Nov. 17 with a Today’s Special. During her illness, Gilman’s line has continued been sold on HSN since her absence, with a host filling in for her on-air.

In the video you can see that Gilman has a whole new look following her cancer treatments. Gone is the big, frizzy long red hair. She is sporting short curly white-gray hair, and we think it looks great “post cancer,” as she puts it. She is four-months post chemo.

She noted that she received more than 130,000 supportive comments from well wishers the first two days after she announced she had cancer, and it was an inspiration to her.

Gilman, who got teary-eyed in the video, said she had continued to design but missed going on the air to talk to her customers.

We welcome her back, but ol’ New York accent and all.

And while we are at it, we see that HSN has taken a page from Evine’s book and is now introducing its TSs at 10 p.m., not midnight. Guess the Qurate overlords don’t want HSN’s Today’s Special debut competing against sister channel QVC’s Today’s Top Value, which bows at midnight.

QVC Selling $500,000 Of Donated Shoes For Breast Cancer Research

October 18, 2016

We’ve already blogged on this, but here is the QVC press release.

QVC Strides Towards A Cure, One Stylish Step At A Time

QVC and FFANY Collaborate for Charitable Shoe Sale to Battle Breast Cancer

WEST CHESTER, Pa., Oct. 18, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Contribute to the cure while scoring a great deal. For the 23rd consecutive year, leading video and ecommerce retailer QVC is set to join forces with the Fashion Footwear Association of New York (FFANY) to help conquer breast cancer with its annual QVC Presents “FFANY Shoes on Sale” broadcast event, benefitting various breast cancer research and education institutions.

During the annual QVC Presents “FFANY Shoes on Sale” broadcast, scheduled to air Thursday, October 20 from 6 to 9 PM (ET), shoe aficionados will be offered a chic variety of over 180 donated shoes styles from more than 85 brands. As an added bonus, all shoes will be offered at HALF the manufacturer’s suggested retail price* with a minimum of 80 percent of the purchase price** benefitting various breast cancer research and education institutions, including:

The Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania

The Breast Cancer Research Foundation

The Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

The Susan F. Smith Center for Women’s Cancers at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

The University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Breast Oncology Program

The University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute

The Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

The Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine

The Margie and Robert E. Petersen Breast Cancer Research Program at the John Wayne Cancer Institute at Providence Saint John’s Health Center.

The success of this event is contingent upon the generous donations of so many brands. This year, four footwear companies have been designated as Special Pink Benefactors for contributing more than $500,000 worth of shoes each. Nine West Group, which boasts such brands as Nine West, Anne Klein, Bandolino and Easy Spirit; Caleres, offering items from Bzees, Dr. Scholl’s Shoes®, Lifestride, Rykä, Sam Edelman, Franco Sarto, Via Spiga, Fergie Footwear and Carlos By Carlos Santana; Camuto Group, whose donation includes styles from Vince Camuto, Louise Et Cie, Jessica Simpson, Bcbgmaxazria, Bcbgeneration, Ed By Ellen Degeneres and Lucky Brand; and Marc Fisher Footwear, featuring Guess, G By Guess, Indigo Rd., Ivanka Trump, Marc Fisher, Tommy Hilfiger and Tretorn.

Also lending support to QVC Presents “FFANY Shoes on Sale” is Zendaya, actress, singer, dancer, fashion icon and shoe lover, who serves as the spokesperson for the 2016 PSA campaign.

In addition to the broadcast event, shoe lovers can shop the Shoe of the Day, a special style unveiled each weekday from 7 to 9 AM (ET) on QVC during the month of October. Additional styles can be found in the online collection offered on QVC.com beginning October 1 and continuing throughout the month. Shoes will be available beginning in October through QVC.com, the QVC apps or by calling 800.345.1515, while supplies last.

*The manufacturer’s suggested retail price is based on supplier’s representation of value. No sales may have been made at this price.

**Purchase price excludes shipping, handling and tax.

Zendaya Steps Up For QVC FFANY Shoe Sale

September 27, 2016

Actress-singer Zendaya — one of those one-named divas like Madonna and Cher — will be appearing in TV and print PSA’s to promote QVC’s 23rd Annual “FFANY Shoes on Sale” charitable event, the home shopping network said Tuesday.

During the three-hour broadcast, set for Oct. 20 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., more than 170 donated shoe styles from more than 80 brands will be on sale to raise money to fight breast cancer.

All the shoes will be offered at half the manufacturer’s suggested retail price with a minimum of 80 percent of the purchase price benefiting various breast cancer research and education institutions.

“Like most women, I love a great pair of shoes, and I especially love scoring a great deal,” Zendaya said in a canned statement. “Being a part of QVC Presents ‘FFANY Shoes on Sale’ allows me to share my passion for shoes with my fans while also demonstrating how fun it can be to contribute to such a worthwhile cause.”

The event has generated more than $50 million to date for breast cancer research and education institutions.

“Each year, we look forward to collaborating with the Fashion Footwear Association of New York and providing our customers with a unique shopping experience that not only celebrates the joy of discovery but also the joy of giving back by standing as one against a disease that affects many,” QVC’s top honcho, President and CEO Mike George, said in his canned statement.

“It is an honor to have Zendaya’s support this year and we have no doubt that her captivating spirit will endear her to viewers across the country.”

Beneficiaries for the 2016 QVC Presents “FFANY Shoes on Sale” event include: The Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania; The Breast Cancer Research Foundation; The Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center; The Susan F. Smith Center for Women’s Cancers at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute; The University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Breast Oncology Program; The University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute; The Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences; The Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine; and The Margie and Robert E. Petersen Breast Cancer Research Program at the John Wayne Cancer Institute at Providence Saint John’s Health Center.

Carolyn Gracie Returns To QVC Sept. 8, Cancer Free

September 3, 2015

For those wondering when host Carolyn Gracie will return to QVC, the answer is next week.

Gracie, who has been off the air all summer recuperating from a double mastectomy for breast cancer, posted on Facebook that she will be back next Tuesday, Sept. 8.

http://qvc.co/TakingCareOfMe

“I am now doing great, I’m cancer free, got a green light from the doc, and am happy to report that I will be back on the air,” Gracie wrote. “YAY!! WOO-HOO!! YIPPEE!! I have missed you all so much and I want to thank you all again for helping to speed my recovery through all of your kind notes, well wishes, words of encouragement, great advice, stories shared, and sweet photos.”

She also thanked everyone for their prayers.

Welcome back, girlfriend.

QVC Host Carolyn Gracie Discusses Double Mastectomy

July 9, 2015

Once again, one of our readers tipped us off to some news, about QVC host Carolyn Gracie. We weren’t even aware that Gracie had been on sick leave since June. In a very moving blog on QVC.com, the host explained what is going on: She has breast cancer and had a double mastectomy.

If you are like us, we bet you have friends and loved ones who have or had breast cancer, so Gracie’s story will resonate with you, we’re sure, as it did with us.

QVC host Carolyn Gracie and a canine member of her support group

QVC host Carolyn Gracie and a canine member of her support group

“I feel it is time to let you know what’s up,” Gracie blogged. “There have been a few speculations popping up on Facebook and the QVC Community pages (no, I have not had knee replacement surgery) and I know it is only because you have been so worried. I asked my fellow Hosts to keep all of this private until I could tell you myself, which is why you haven’t heard anything yet. So here is my story.”

http://community.qvc.com/t5/Blogs/Taking-Care-of-Me-For-a-Change/ba-p/1937234

Gracie, who lost her brother to cancer when he was 14, describes in detail the process she went through in order to make the decision to have the mastectomy.

The 56-year-old host is undergoing reconstructive surgery now, and is able to joke about it.

“I told my husband that he now has something in common with Brad Pitt and Tom Hanks (other than being handsome and funny)…his wife will now have undergone the same surgery as their wives and he will be taking care of me, just like they took care of Angelina and Rita,” Gracie wrote. “As it turns out, both of my surgeons are Chiefs of Surgery in their specialty areas at the hospital that I chose. I have been VERY well taken care of by these two and their staffs.”

Gracie lauded her fellow QVC hosts for their support during this tough time.

“They have cooked me the most delicious homemade meals (which Nancy Hornback, who is also a breast cancer survivor, has so kindly delivered to my door on several occasions),” Gracie wrote. “Shawn Killinger organized a group of the hosts to send us healthy, yummy Blue Apron meals, which I can now cook at home myself. The hosts send me wonderful messages every day to cheer me up! … I have received the most beautiful flower arrangements from so many thoughtful, caring folks…family, friends and co-workers.”

We wish Gracie a swift recovery and pray for a happy outcome for her, as we do for our friends and family who have battled breast cancer.

Ivanka Trump Comes To QVC To Fight Breast Cancer

September 12, 2014

Ivanka Trump, the very savvy businesswoman and entrepreneurial daughter of The Donald, is helping to fight breast cancer through her involvement with QVC Presents “FFANY Shoes on Sale.”

A charitable collaboration between QVC and the Fashion Footwear Association of New York (FFANY), the sale has generated more than $44 million to date.

During the month of October, shoes donated by more than 80 brands will be offered at special prices to benefit breast cancer research and education.

The event is scheduled to air live on QVC Oct. 16 from 6 PM to 9 PM (ET), and Trump will appear in both print and television public service announcements supporting the cause.

“I am honored to be part of this important initiative, and I find it incredibly rewarding to help women come together for this significant reason, through something we all love … shoes,” Trump said. “Breast cancer, unfortunately, impacts so many lives, but it is liberating and comforting to know that we can help fight back and tackle it one step at a time.”

During the three-hour event, shoppers can choose from more than 200 styles being offered at half the manufacturer’s suggested retail price.

In addition, each weekday from 7 AM to 9 AM (ET) during the month of October, buyers can shop the Shoe of the Day on air, online or on the QVC apps.

A minimum of 80 percent of the purchase price will benefit various breast cancer research and education institutions. Select styles from the Ivanka Trump footwear collection are scheduled to be included in the assortment.

“Ms. Trump’s dedication and enthusiasm both inside and outside of the boardroom are outstanding,” said Ron Fromm, FFANY’s president and CEO. “We are thrilled to have her as our spokesperson and know that she will help draw people to the cause.”

Beneficiaries for the 2014 QVC Presents “FFANY Shoes on Sale” event include: The Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania, The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, The Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, The Susan F. Smith Center for Women’s Cancers at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, The University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Breast Oncology Program, The University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, The Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, The Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine, and The Margie and Robert E. Petersen Breast Cancer Research Program at the John Wayne Cancer Institute at Providence Saint John’s Health Center.

“In addition to success in both the business and fashion worlds, Ivanka’s philanthropic spirit is admirable,” QVC President and CEO Mike George said.

“As someone who routinely gives back through various charities, she brings a unique perspective to this year’s event. I think her passion will be contagious, allowing shoppers to feel even more empowered by their purchases knowing that they can help make a difference.”

Good News Today: We’re Clear After Second Mammo

January 18, 2014

We were thinking positive thoughts, but it was with some trepidation that we went to get a diagnostic 3D mammogram on Friday.

As we blogged earlier this week, we had our annual mammogram two days after Christmas and shortly thereafter got a letter saying we had to come back to have some abnormalities checked out.

At our appointment today the second technician seemed to hint that if the 3D mammo looked OK to the radiologist we’d be off the hook. After it was finished, we were told to wait a bit.

The tech came out and said we had to get the ultrasound, which scared the hell out of us. After it was done, that tech asked us to wait in the exam room so she could show it to the radiologist.

We nervously waited again. When she came back in, she said everything had checked out and that they would see us next year for our annual mammogram.

We felt like doing cartwheels out of the office.

For those we know with breast cancer, and we know several with it, keep fighting the good fight. Every day, our prayers are with you.

And that goes for those we don’t know, such as Jewelry Television host Dawn Tesh, who was recently diagnosed with breast cancer.

JTV Host Dawn Tesh Has Breast Cancer, And We Have A Second Mammo

January 14, 2014

We were surprised, and saddened, to learn Monday that Jewelry Television host Dawn Tesh has breast cancer. The news really resonated with us, because we recently had a mammogram and were notified a few days later that we have to go back for additional tests. Our follow-up appointment is Friday.

“Your recent breast imaging exam showed a finding that requires additional imaging studies, such as additional mammographic views or ultrasound, for a complete evaluation,” the letter from our radiology center said. “Most such findings are benign (not cancer).”

That’s the kind of letter you don’t want to get, no matter what “most such findings” usually are.

JTV host Dawn Tesh

JTV host Dawn Tesh

Fearing what might be discovered in our case, but hoping for the best, we are so sorry to hear about Tesh. The pretty blonde posted her news on Facebook yesterday.

Hello my JTV family. I want to share with you some news. A few weeks ago I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I am blessed to have the best doctors and the best support group.

I am ready to win this fight! I will be gone for a little while but I will be working off and on when I can. I am a believer in the power of prayer. Please keep me and my family in your prayers. I am humbled by so many amazing people in my life. I am so thankful for everything everyone has already done for me.

I will keep you posted from time to time during this difficult journey. Please know I will miss you all. I love you all and….see you soon. xoxoxox

Tesh’s Facebook page was deluged with posts offering her prayers and support.

If you aren’t familiar with her, here is Tesh’s bio from JTV.com.

Chicago native Dawn Tesh is no stranger to the camera. A Jewelry Television® host for more than a decade, she put herself through college modeling across the U.S. and Europe. She worked for various modeling agencies and lived in Italy for two years.

She earned her undergraduate degree in accounting, but it was her love for fashion and jewelry that made her transition to Jewelry Television a natural one. When Dawn started at JTV, there were only 40 employees, compared to the more than 1,200 we have now. She says the tremendous growth, friendships, and knowledge she’s gained here over time is invaluable.

Like any human being on this earth, it seems, we are familiar with cancer — including breast cancer. We have family and friends who have fought and survived cancer, including breast cancer. We have friends and family who are fighting cancer, including breast cancer. And we have friends and family who have died of cancer, including breast cancer. They live on in our hearts.

So Dawn, you have our prayers. We know you will win your battle. But can you say a few prayers for us this Friday?