News Release: UVA Doctor Hosts Celebrity Chef Fundraising Dinner to Benefit Foundation for Women’s Cancer

The Foundation For Women’s Cancer is pleased to announce its first fundraising dinner party in Charlottesville, VA on Saturday, May 4, 2013, part of a national campaign to create grass roots support and funding in the fight against gynecological cancers. This inaugural dinner will be hosted by Dr. Linda Duska, Associate Professor and Gynecologic Oncology Fellowship Director at UVA School of Medicine, and will feature celebrity chef Pippa Calland (winner of Chopped 2009, contestant on BBC America’s Chef Race 2012 and finalist on Chef Wanted 2013).

Ms. Calland will create a gourmet meal for 25 lucky guests using locally sourced ingredients. Proceeds from the event will help create a research grant in the name of Liza Chance, Pippa’s partner (and a patient at UVA) who died of ovarian cancer in 2010.

“In our own way, chefs work towards nourishing and healing people every day,” says Ms. Calland. “This is an amazing opportunity and honor for me to contribute to the fight against ovarian cancer through my work.”

Dr. Duska, who earned a Masters of Clinical Science at UVA in 2009, also serves on the executive committee of the Foundation for Women’s Cancer Board of Directors, and as Captain of the 2013 Surgeons Team for the National Race to End Women’s Cancer, an 8K/1Mile run/walk on Sunday, November 3 in Washington, DC. Her research focus is on clinical trials with particular attention to collaboration in translational research with the Women’s Oncology Group at UVA.

“I’m hosting this dinner to raise awareness about these “below the belt” reproductive cancers (cervical, ovarian, uterine, vaginal and vulvar) that receive a fraction of the attention and research funding as other cancers with similar incidence levels,” said Dr. Duska. “More than 90,000 women will be diagnosed this year, many in the late stages of their disease, and one-third will lose their lives. It’s time to change that.”

Photo: Dr. Linda Duska, UVA Associate Professor and Gynecologic Oncology Fellowship Director, center, with GYN cancer survivors serving as members of the National Race to End Women’s Cancer organizing team. On Dr. Duska’s left is Jennie McGihon (UVA ’98), ovarian and uterine cancer survivor and co-chair of the National Race.

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The Foundation for Women’s Cancer is a nonprofit organization dedicated to funding research and training, offering educational programs and resources, and raising awareness about gynecologic cancer prevention, early detection and optimal treatment. The National Race to End Women’s Cancer 8K/1 Mile Run/Walk on Sunday. Nov. 3, 2013 in Washington, DC is the Foundation’s major national event. For more information and to register, visit endwomenscancer.org

Spotlight

Visit the Sisterhood of Survivorship page to read “Dena’s Story” — by a vulvar cancer survivor who has shared her story and wise words, and channeled her energy into her National Race to End Women’s Cancer team.

Awareness

Vaccine efficacy against vulvar infection with HPV 16/18 was comparable to the efficacy found against cervical infection 4 years after vaccination, according to researchers with the National Cancer Institute.

Research

The Foundation has published its 2014-2015 Research Grants and Awards Booklet with Applications. Please consider applying to become part of an elite group of physician-scientists committed to the well-being of women at risk for/affected by gyn malignancies.

Education

The next Ovarian Cancer Survivors Course will be Saturday, July 26, 2014 in Boston. For more information on courses, click here.