Carol’s Ribbons: Fife Lake Community Promotes Ovarian Cancer Awareness in Honor of Local Patient

Thursday night, the Fife Lake community painted the town teal.

Teal is the official color of ovarian cancer awareness, promoted every September. Carol Saylor, of Fife Lake, started tying teal ribbons throughout downtown last year after being diagnosed in 2012.

She found out about her diagnosis during a simple blood test at the doctor. The diagnosis was surprising, as she had no pain or out-of-the-ordinary symptoms.

“This is a silent killer you don’t know you have it until it’s too late,” said Saylor, to 9&10 news in 2018.

Saylor started advocating for ovarian cancer awareness and even set up booths at the farmers market to promote the cause.

Saylor coordinated with the town to put up the ribbons again this year.

She fought for ovarian cancer awareness right up until her very last days.

Carol Saylor lost her battle with ovarian cancer on August 28. She was 77.

Thursday, more than 100 friends and family gathered to remember her life at her funeral, and later hang up teal ribbons in her honor.

“I promised her that as long as I was here that I would be honored to do this for her on her behalf,” said Carol’s neighbor David McGough. “I did personally hang one on her front porch.”

Ovarian cancer is the fifth deadliest kind of cancer for women, and 21,000 women are diagnosed every year.

Symptoms include bloating, and pelvic/abdominal pain.

Saylor’s family wants everyone to remember Carol’s generosity and fighting spirit.

“She was so strong. So strong. I’ve never seen someone so strong in my life,” said her sister in law Cynthia Saylor. “She always said she was going to beat it…she never gave up until the last trip.”

“She helped everybody. There wasn’t anything she wouldn’t do for anybody,” said her brother Al Saylor. “Even total strangers. She’d help everybody.”

And even in death, she continues to fight for her cause.

“Her body has been donated for research. That’s something that was hard for all of us. But…so generous for her,” said her friend Linda Forwerk.

To learn more about ovarian cancer, visit MIOCA.org.