Posted: Apr 30, 2014 9:12 AM by Hunter Robinson
Updated: Apr 30, 2014 10:15 AM
BATON ROUGE - An emotional father visited 2une In Wednesday to tell Whitney Vann how he and his wife are carrying on the memory of their daughter.
Kelli Leigh Richmond lost her battle with ovarian cancer back in 2012 after a 2 1/2 year battle with the disease. Before her diagnosis, she spent nine months being misdiagnosed before the problem was discovered during surgery.
Dr. Vincent Cataldo is a medical oncologist at Mary Bird Perkins Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center. He says that Kellie's problem is one shared by many, and that late diagnosis is the biggest obstacle faced by those with the disease.
"Papsmears are an excellent screening test for cervical cancer," Dr. Cataldo explained, "But unfortunately in 2014, we don't have an effective screening test to find ovarian cancer at its earliest and curable stages."
Since Kelli's death, her parents Ron and Patsy Richmond have established the Kellie Leigh Richmond Ovarian Cancer Foundation. The foundation will open Kelli's Closet on June 1st. The idea is based off of a dream she had after her diagnosis. Kelli noticed that many cancer patients lost weight and did not have clothes that fit them after treatment.
"She told her mother, 'We're so lucky that we can buy new clothes. When I get better, I want to start a place where people can come to get clothes when they're being treated for cancer", Ron said, choking back tears, "She didn't get better, but we're following through."
The foundation also has other functions including a birthday giveaway. Each month, ovarian cancer patients/survivors can apply on the foundation's website to win a gift. This month's winner is Sybil Rhodes, a cancer survivor. She was presented with a check on the show
Check out the video for more information on Sybil and the Kelli Leigh Richmond Ovarian Cancer Foundation.