Ice Cream For
A Cause

Mom of three, daytime talk show host diva and multi-tasker extraordinaire Kelly Ripa is on a mission to stop the often fatal ovarian cancer from claiming yet another life. She has teamed up with the good folks at Electrolux and the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund to spearhead a fund raising project poised not only to raise money for researching efforts but also awareness about this disease. We hung out with her and built some banana splits for a cause, courtesy of New York City’s infamous café Serendipity 3 (home of frozen hot chocolate) and watched as the petite hostess built and actually ate one of her own.

Kelly Ripa

She Knows: What motivated you to be a part of this project?

Kelly Ripa: Ovarian cancer is a silent but deadly disease that affects thousands of women and their families each year, including someone who was close to me. But there's hope. That's why Electrolux has joined me in supporting the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund, which helps women to fight and prevent this disease. And you go help. Go to and get cool for a cause by building your ultimate banana split. When you do, Electrolux will donate $1 to OCRF as part of its $750,000 commitment to the cause. Plus, you'll be entered to win the daily prize – $50 towards sweet summer treats – and the ultimate kitchen "split":  the new stand-alone refrigerator and freezer from Electrolux.

Early detection of ovarian cancer

She Knows: How much fun was it making banana splits with the kids –we saw you making a really big one – tell us the truth do you actually eat ice cream?

Kelly Ripa: We had so much fun building those banana splits! I was amazed at how creative the kids got with the toppings. I'm not a big chocolate person, but I have to say, mint chocolate chip ice cream is my favorite! And it tastes even better when it's for a good cause…

She Knows: What do you hope women take away from this site and this endeavor?

Kelly Ripa: That every effort, big or small, can make a difference. So build a banana split and help OCRF fund research to find a method of early detection for this disease. And in the meantime, pay attention to your body. If you notice abdominal bloating, difficulty eating or feeling full quickly, decreased desire to eat, urinary problems – any of these that are new and unusual and persist, you need to get them checked out.

Kelly Ripa

Kelly talks parenting

She Knows: We know you're a city girl – any favorite places to hit up with your kids in Manhattan – and any special summer vacation plans?

Kelly Ripa: We just got back from Italy! It was wonderful to get away with the family. In the city, most of all, we love to hang out at home and with the kids' friends.

She Knows: One last thing – how do you juggle it all?!

Kelly Ripa: I'm really lucky – I only work an hour a day! So I have lots of time to spend with my family, pick up the kids at school, and take them to summer camp, whatever. We're very fortunate.

Find out more here about the signs and symptoms of Ovarian cancer.

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Comments on "Kelly Ripa fights ovarian cancer"

Sandra Jerden July 15, 2013 | 8:32 AM

Thank you so much for helping get the word out about Ovarian Cancer. On my 62nd birthday I had a CT scan after working months with GI doctors trying to figure out what was wrong with me. I also went for regular GYN visits & had seen her less than 4 months prior. Diagnosed the next day with Stage 3 ovarian cancer & CA125 of 1200! Normal CA125 is below 30. After extensive surgery & 7 rounds of chemo there were no visible signs on CT but CA125 numbers started creeping up almost immediately. A few months later I was put back on chemo & still taking it. I'm 18 months into this journey & prayers for a cure and early detection. They tell me CA125 is not a reliable. It may not be for everyone but if this simple blood test had been done on me early, it may not have gotten to this late stage. Brutal, aggressive & high recurrence are the words my doctor used to describe this cancer. More research has got to be done! Look what they have done for breast cancer! Thanks again for what you are doing & for listening! Sandra

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