MEET LAMBIE STOUT
Lambie Stout loved life! And she believed in living hers to the fullest. She was an amazing person who always put others before herself. She was a devoted mother and wife, and a loyal friend. She was naturally easy-going; her energetic spirit, witty sense of humor and easy laugh made her fun to be around. Lambie, learned from a very early age, the joy of helping others. Needless to say, she had many friends in many circles. And Lambie loved bringing people together, whether it was for celebration and friendship or for a greater cause!
Lambie was passionate about giving back to her community. Whether it was providing the opportunity for children from the Boys & Girls Club to see the latest Harry Potter movie at the theatre, serving on the vestry at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church or attending speaking engagements with her sister Lissa in support of the American Cancer Society, Lambie was always willing to lend a hand and support.
She gave her time and commitment to so many organizations, including the Camp Storer Scholarship Committee, United Way Young Leaders Council, Smith College, Maumee Valley Country Day School, the Junior League, the National Society of the Colonial Dames and various local animal rescue organizations.
Lambie was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 36 when her daughter Elizabeth was just 1 year old. She was overwhelmed by the news. She had lost her father to Colon Cancer when she was just seven, and could not bear the thought of Elizabeth experiencing such grief. She knew she had to fight. She had so much life yet to live, and so much more time to share with Elizabeth.
During her treatments, Lambie took reprieve in spending time with Elizabeth. It was during the holidays that they recreated an after-school recipe that Lambie’s mother used to prepare for her. She referred to the recipe as “Merry Mix.” Leftover batches became a household staple served to friends and family who visited with Lambie after her chemotherapy treatments. It also became the only food that she could stomach.
Finally, after the good news of remission was received, Lambie decided to turn her “Merry Mix” into a business called Comfort Crunch as a promise to herself to move beyond her illness and contribute something substantive to the world. The sale of Comfort Crunch products empowered her to donate five percent of company profits to further cancer research. You can visit her company here.
While in remission, Lambie also served on the Board of Directors of The Victory Center and the Northwest Ohio chapter of The Susan G. Komen Foundation for the Cure. Lambie rallied her family and friends to join her Komen team, Pretty in Pink for the Race for the Cure. Each year her team and support grew.
In 2009 after 4 years of being in remission, Lambie’s cancer was back and had metastasized into her bones. Her courage was monumental while she visited the country’s leading cancer centers and listened to her Stage IV diagnosis and treatment options. She bravely decided to participate in the clinical trial of a drug that managed to miraculously shrink her tumors. The treatment was ongoing, but had minimal downside and it seemed to be working.
COCKTAILS FOR THE CURE
It was during this time that Lambie decided to host the 2010 “Cocktails for the Cure,” an event to raise awareness and money to end Breast Cancer. She would host a party in her garden that would feature pink drinks and pink desserts. At the party, people could sign up for the race and bid on silent auction items. And so the planning and the fun began!! Because Lambie was competitive, her first priority was to become #1 fundraising team in Northwest Ohio. Her second priority was creating and testing pink cocktails with her girlfriends! The event was a great success and led to more “Pretty in Pink” events like “Ice Cream for the Cure” and “Shop for the Cure”.
In 2011, Lambie she was diagnosed a third time. With ongoing chemotherapy and radiation, she knew she would not be able to host a 2nd Annual Cocktails for the Cure as she had hoped. Without hesitation, “Lambie’s Flock” of friends wanted to help continue her efforts. It was a difficult time, because as Lambie’s friends were planning this event in her honor, Lambie was fighting for her life. But as hard as it was for Lambie, she never lost her positive spirit, sense of humor or love of life.
On September 11th, 2011, Lambie lost her six year battle with cancer.
HER FLOCK CONTINUES
Three days later, on September 14th 2011, the 2nd Annual Cocktails for the Cure event to raise money and awareness became a celebration for an incredible woman who made a difference in our lives and our community. The event and the race efforts together raised over $42,000 making Team Pretty in Pink Northwest Ohio’s top overall fundraising team for the 2011 Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. And Lambie’s race day team presence grew to over 160 participants!
A FOUNDATION IN HER HONOR
All of Lambie’s efforts in the fight against breast cancer were personal, but ultimately those efforts were selfless, in that she fought for all the women still fighting and who have yet to be diagnosed. We may have lost an incredible person, but this fight is not over. To help find a cure for this devastating disease and to honor our friend, Lambie’s Flock has formed a foundation in her name, Lambie’s Legacy: The Margaret Lamb Guyton Stout Fund. The foundation is a 501(c)3 so any donation is tax deductible.
Lambie’s grace, courage and strength to not only fight for her life, but to live life to the fullest is an inspiration to us all. And it is her spirit of generosity and outreach that is her legacy.
Lambie Stout loved life. And she believed in living hers to the fullest. The devoted mother, wife, and loyal friend, was first diagnosed with breast cancer at age 36 when her daughter was just 1 year old. Throughout the course of three breast cancer diagnoses, Lambie’s dedication to breast cancer awareness continued to grow and bring people together to raise funds for the cause.