Collaboration with Carmen Marc Valvo

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I am thrilled to be partnering with Carmen Marc Valvo on a special post that promotes awareness of colon cancer and early detection screening. I am wearing gorgeous blue gowns from Carmen’s Spring/Summer 2017 collection representing the color of colon cancer awareness month (March).

Carmen Marc Valvo is a talented designer best known for his elegant and sophisticated eveningwear. Over the years, he has dressed many celebrities for red carpet events and galas, including Eva Longoria, Oprah Winfrey, and Catherine Zeta- Jones. His bi-annual couture shows at NYFW consistently draw a number of high profile industry influencers, bloggers, and PR/media outlets. He is also a generous ambassador for National Colorectal Cancer Research Alliance and activist in promoting early detection screening for colon cancer.

His philanthropic endeavors began when he was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2004. As he discovered, life in the fashion industry isn’t always so glamorous. Sometimes life has other plans. The battle with cancer can have a profound impact on an individual’s perspective on life. It also brings much emotional turmoil to family members and loved ones.

From a personal standpoint, I can relate to the emotional turmoil that a cancer diagnosis creates. I have lost several friends and family members to cancer over the years, including my grandmother who passed away from colon cancer in 2007. My grandmother, for those of you who don’t know, is the one that inspired my blog, ‘Ginny’s Closet.’ She was a wonderful person and very stylish woman. And I do often wonder, if she had been screened early for colon cancer could she have beaten the disease?

Happily, Carmen is a survivor of colon cancer. As a result of his battle, he is dedicated to educating others of the importance of early colon cancer detection. According to the CDC, colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States and around 136,119 people are diagnosed every year. However, the good news is there is an advanced early detection screening that may give individuals a chance at beating the disease. (Cont.)

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Photos by: Laurel Creative (website)

Outfit details: Dress #1 c/o (here and here on special Friends and Family sale), Dress #2 c/o (here)

When it comes to your health, why take a chance? It is recommended that individuals 50 and older get screened every 5-10 years (depending on test results of colonoscopy). I know that colon cancer and various other cancers run in my family, so I definitely plan on getting an early screening when I am of age. Early detection can save lives.

Check out the CDC website and the Colon Cancer Alliance website for guidelines and recommendations for screening.

Carmen Marc Valvo is offering 10% off of blue dresses from his latest Spring/Summer 2017 collection 2017 on his website. Of that, 10% of the proceeds will be donated to the CCA during the month of March. Also, be sure to shop Carmen Marc Valvo’s beautiful collections also available at: Bloomingdales, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue and other fine retailers.

A huge thank you to Carmen Marc Valvo for partnering on this post! It was truly an honor to participate in this amazing cause.

xo,
Lauren

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