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August 15, 2017

Warriors for a cause: Aunt and niece join together at National Race to End Women’s Cancer 
Our Research Impact: Charles N. Landen
Support clinical trials Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month!
Two Survivors Courses offered during GCAM
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Warriors for a cause: Aunt and niece join together at National Race to End Women’s Cancer

Like many advocates, Lindsay Sweet became determined to help end women’s cancer when the word “cancer” hit close to home.

Her beloved aunt, Wendy Ericsson, was diagnosed with endometrial (uterine) cancer in 2012. Wendy lived cancer-free for three years after surgery and chemotherapy, but she is currently undergoing treatment for a second recurrence.

Since Wendy’s diagnosis, the family joined the movement and started raising money at the Foundation for Women’s Cancer’s (FWC) National Race to End Women’s Cancer.  Lindsay, a resident of the Washington, DC, area, participated in the race three years ago and started fundraising at work, reaching out to local groups and joining the race host committee in 2015.

“My aunt is very smart and resilient,” she said. “When you are put into certain situations [like cancer] you have to educate yourself and be your own advocate.” Lindsay tries to model her aunt’s strength by advocating for women with gynecologic cancers and fundraising for Wendy’s race team, fittingly called Wendy’s Warriors.

Wendy loves her young niece’s energy and determination. “I couldn’t be there without my champion,” Wendy said. “Her drive and enthusiasm are contagious and inspiring.”

The aunt and niece duo believe that research is instrumental in the mission to end women’s cancer. Wendy is currently enrolled in a clinical trial to help with the advancement of medicine.

“I want to help give other women at least a fighting chance,” she said. “The more women that enroll in these trials, the faster the science can advance and more treatments can be discovered.”

The race is a perfect opportunity for survivors and supporters like Wendy and Lindsay to join together in the movement. In fact, the race and fundraising efforts have brought the two closer, even fostering friendly competition to see who can raise the most money.

“The event helps anchor you because you meet women who are going through the same thing as you are.” Wendy said. “Meeting all the survivors on race day shows you that what happened to you isn’t unusual. You are not alone.”

Wendy truly isn’t alone with family, friends and supporters like Lindsay, her husband George, and her entire warrior team on race day. “I am walking in honor of all the women I have met who have walked this same path with me,” she said.

Join Wendy and Lindsay in the 8th National Race to End Women’s Cancer on Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017, in Freedom Plaza in Washington, DC. If you cannot attend race day, feel free to donate to the race.

Our Research Impact — Charles N. Landen, MD

LandenWith more than $7.8 million in research funding given to researchers over the last 26 years, it is not surprising that the Foundation for Women’s Cancer (FWC) has made a lasting impression on the field of gynecologic oncology.

Charles N. Landen, MD, is a prime example. As a prior recipient of the Foundation/Carol’s Cause Outstanding Paper Award and the Foundation/Sarah Biedenhard Ovarian Cancer Research Grant in 2006 and 2009, Dr. Landen is grateful for the recognition from the official foundation of his professional organization, the Society of Gynecologic Oncology.

“The Foundation for Women’s Cancer grant opened doors for me as I started my research career,” Dr. Landen said. “It signifies that you are an emerging leader in the field.”

Dr. Landen said the grants and prizes help improve women’s lives and grow young physician scientists into leading researchers.

He is currently an associate professor, Division of Gynecologic Oncology, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Virginia. He was an assistant professor at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Alabama Birmingham and he completed his fellowship in gynecologic oncology at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

His research interests include novel therapeutics and chemotherapy resistance in gynecologic cancers, particularly ovarian cancer. His current research focuses on how to better understand the pathways contributing to chemotherapy resistance and how recurrence develops.

Dr. Landen’s FWC grant project was titled “Targeting the Notch Pathway in Ovarian Cancer Stem Cells.”

The FWC recently announced its 2017-2018 Research Grants & Awards, including 14 awards totaling $295,500.

Dr. Landen’s story is part of a series about the research impact of the Foundation.

Support clinical trials for Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month!

Throughout Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month in September, the Foundation is working to increase awareness campaign about the crisis in clinical trials for gynecologic cancers.

Even though clinical trials have significantly improved survival for women, enrollment in gynecologic cancer clinical trials have drastically reduced since 2011. The FWC encourages the public to participate in #trials4gyncancernow campaign. Throughout the month, the Foundation will share information and stories about clinical trials on social media. Follow and like us on social media today!

Two Survivors Courses Offered During GCAM!

September is Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month (GCAM). In honor of the month, the Foundation for Women’s Cancer will host Survivors Courses in Massachusetts and California. Topics will include clinical trials, recurrent ovarian cancer, survivorship, sexual health, hereditary ovarian cancer symptoms and cutting edge treatments.

Register for the September courses:

 

Ovarian Cancer Survivors Course

Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017
Worcester, MA
Sponsored by UMass Memorial Medical Center

Ovarian Cancer Survivors Course
Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017
Duarte, CA
Sponsored by City of Hope

Mark your calendar for upcoming Survivors Courses in Wisconsin, New Jersey, and Washington DC. View the entire Survivors Course listing.

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Spotlight

Elizabeth Young isn’t afraid to jump for a cause no matter how high. As a survivor of cervical cancer, Young empowers women through skydiving, running marathons and giving back to the cause. This year is no different with her second skydiving event Mother’s Day Weekend.

Awareness

September is Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month.  After creating the month in 1999, the Foundation strives to bring attention about these cancers through public awareness campaigns.

Research

The Foundation is proud to offer various Research Grants and Awards. Click here for more information.

Education

FREE Gynecologic Cancer Survivors Courses throughout the country. For more information, click here.