Byline: David Moin

NEW YORK — It was a simple cocktail party with a very special message — celebrating life.
“The courage Liz [Tilberis] has shown has made each and every one of us stronger in our own lives,” Bloomingdale’s chairman Michael Gould told the crowd of 400 invited guests, at a reception at the 59th Street flagship Tuesday to benefit The Ovarian Cancer Research Fund. Tilberis, editor in chief of Harper’s Bazaar and a survivor of ovarian cancer, was the guest of honor.
The store’s renovated accessories arcade was the setting for the party, for drinks, for a performance by singer Lisa Loeb and for encouragements from Bloomingdale’s staff for everyone to shop the new floor. Ten percent of the evening’s sales will be donated to research.
“Events like this are terribly, terribly important,” Tilberis said.
Women, she noted, have become much more familiar with the dangers of ovarian cancer. “Early detection is vital,” she stated, though she noted that 26,000 American women will die of the disease this year because it’s very difficult to diagnose. “In the first and second years of contracting the disease, it’s totally undetectable,” Tilberis said. In the third year, there is a chance of living, but if the disease is not detected until the fourth year, “they send you home to die.”
However, she also said research indicates “a strong link” between ovarian cancer prevention and the birth control pill, explaining that “if the ovaries stop ovulating, it gives them a rest and creates less of a chance of ovarian cancer…It’s a great breakthrough.”

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