Karen Ball-Touray was diagnosed with malignant ovarian carcinoma in 1979 when she was only fourteen years old. Told by her doctor that it was extremely rare for children to be diagnosed with this version of the disease, her case was written in medical journals. Forced to have a hysterectomy when she was only a teenager, Karen then endured one and a half years of extensive chemotherapy.
For Karen, the story ends on a positive note. She has been cancer free for over thirty years and has used the experience to motivate her as an adult.
First introduced to CURE Childhood Cancer when she was a teenager battling the disease, Karen’s parents were impressed with the support they received by CURE and became monetary donors. Even after she was off treatment, Karen continued to attend CURE events, like the days at Six Flags Over Georgia.
“The fact that this organization cared so much about childhood cancer patients and former patients left a great impression on me,” shared Karen. “I still remember those years fondly and want to give back to an organization that has given so much to me.”
As a result, Karen has worked diligently to support CURE in any way that she is able. So, when her current employer, Hyundai Capital America, asked their employees to suggest group volunteer opportunities supporting worthy causes, Karen immediately nominated CURE.
Hyundai selected Karen’s nomination based on CURE’s dedication to funding pediatric cancer research, work within the community, focus on children, and determination to find a cure for childhood cancer. Now they are involved in planning a volunteer experience on behalf of Hyundai and CURE at the Scottish Rite campus of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.
“I hope that this volunteer experience with CURE will develop into a long-term relationship. We are excited that CURE has opened this door for us to be a part of what is such a worthy endeavor,” explained Karen. “My experiences with CURE as a child and the selfless desire the organization has to give back to the children and their families is a phenomenon beyond imagining. I want to continue to be a part of that.”