Hallie's Hearts Endowment
Hallie's Hearts Endowment, in memory of Hallie Olson Wastell, serves the health and well-being of the Northern Michigan community by providing support for public education to increase awareness of ovarian cancer and for women with ovarian cancer in Northern Michigan. Grant awards for this purpose are planned to be made to Munson Medical Center's Cowell Cancer Center.
Hallie’s Story – a wife, mother, sister, friend, women’s clothing stylist and store owner, entrepreneur, nature lover, jewelry artisan, torch bearer for the fight against ovarian cancer – Hallie (Olson) Wastell passed away on October 3, 2016, in her Arvada, CO home with her husband, son, daughter, dog, two sisters, brother, mother, and father at her side.
Despite her diagnosis with ovarian cancer in 2012, and the treatments that followed, Hallie never stopped living, loving, working, crafting jewelry, and writing her Facebook posts to share personal insights about ovarian cancer. She joined with other women in the fight against cancer and promoted “teal to heal,” her “Healing Hearts” logo (pictured below), and appeared on television and took part in fundraisers and other events to bring a personal face to ovarian cancer. Her Facebook posts were widely read by friends and strangers across the country, who have been touched by her open, honest, and sometimes humorous, accounts of living with cancer.
Hallie lived with a fun-loving, courageous luminescence that brought good will to her life, family, friends, and the good of others.
More about Ovarian Cancer
When caught early, about 94 percent of patients live longer than five years, according to The American Cancer Society. But in many cases, ovarian cancer isn’t diagnosed until later. Dr. Nikki Neubauer, a gynecological oncologist at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove, Ill. says women should be aware of these common warning signs:
- Common warning signs include:
- Abdominal or pelvic pain
- Early satiety or feeling full quickly
- Abdominal bloating
- Constipation or other changes in bowel habits
- Urinary urgency or other changes in urination habits
“I tell women I am concerned when they have symptoms that are new and persistent and don’t resolve with normal treatment options,” says Dr. Neubauer. “For example, when a woman goes to see her doctor about urinary urgency, they may give her antibiotics. If the urgency does not resolve itself with antibiotics, further investigation is required. In the end, women know their bodies best, so if you notice any of the above symptoms, you should bring them up with your physician.” Read more.