Determination to give back:
5th Annual Alaskan Survivors Course growing strong
Joanie Mayer Hope, MD., is determined to raise awareness about gynecologic cancers throughout the state of Alaska. Dr. Hope is currently a Gynecologic Oncologist at Alaska Women’s Cancer Care in Anchorage, Alaska. She is also Director of GynOncology at Providence Alaska Cancer Center.
Stemming from a calling for social justice and a determination to give back to her community, she started Let Every Women Know-Alaska, a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness, sharing information and saving lives through local education for all Alaskans.
From events and education to support groups, Let Every Women Know-Alaska has been instrumental in creating a community for women with gynecologic cancers, especially in rural parts of Alaska, where women travel miles for treatment and surgery. In an effort to create an educational course for her community, Dr. Hope’s nonprofit collaborated with the Foundation for Women’s Cancer and started hosting a Survivors Course weekend.
This two-day Survivors Course is also filled with music and the arts because of a recommendation from one of Dr. Hope’s patients and that patient’s sister. Originally, the women wanted a performance from Dr. Hope’s band, No Evidence of Disease (N.E.D.), which is comprised of gynecologic oncologists from around the United States.
This sparked the idea for a Gynecologic Cancer Awareness and Arts of Healing Weekend filled not only with education but with music and the arts.
Attendance has increased every year since the first event in 2013, and this year is no exception. Gynecologic cancer patients from all over the state of Alaska are encouraged to register for Gynecologic Cancer Awareness and Arts of Healing Weekend filled with valuable information for patients and survivors from personalized treatment to survivorship.
For a list of upcoming courses, visit our Survivors Course page.