Donna Karan's Response to Personal Tragedy

Donna Karan has turned a double tragedy into something positive. The  award-winning designer used her fashion experience and her desire to make an impact to create the world's largest designer garage sale, known as Super Saturday. This massive event, which would make Carrie Bradshaw's jaw drop to the ground, is in its 14th year. In addition to attracting the who's who of Hollywood, Super Saturday raised $3.5 million for the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund.

Ilyssa Panitz • Celebrity Reporter
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More: This cause is near and dear to your heart?
Donna Karan: I started Super Saturday fourteen years ago with my friend Liz Tilberis who died of ovarian cancer.

More: Cancer also claimed another love of your life.
DK: Yes, my husband had lung cancer.

More: You must miss your husband.
DK: I was fortunate. He lived seven years with lung cancer. Normally people with lung cancer are expected to live a short time.

More: How did you come up with the Super Saturday idea?
DK: The idea of Super Saturday was to bring philanthropy and retail together, two things I know a lot about. It went from Liz’s backyard to what you see today.

More: Is your goal is to wipe out cancer?
DK: I have lost so many to cancer. I realize the importance of what it is like to go through something this.

More: Losing your husband and friend must have been a very painful time for you.
DK: It was awful.

More: Does it upset you that with all of the money raised and all of the celebs devoting their time, there is still no cure?
DK: I honestly believe the environment has so much to do with it.

More: What do you hope for?
DK: We have to find a cure, but at the same time, we have to applaud the people who have been given the opportunity to live so much longer.

Read: Ovarian Cancer Runs in Lisa Rinna's Family. 

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First Published Wed, 2011-08-03 00:52

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