June 20, 2017

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June 20, 2017

Sisters in the Sky: Advocates jump again to end women’s cancer 
Four new educational brochures available online and for print
Check out the latest ovarian cancer webinar online today 
Don’t forget to schedule your exam! 
Save the Date for Survivors Courses 

Sisters in the Sky: Advocates jump again to end women’s cancer

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Cervical cancer survivor Elizabeth Young isn’t afraid to jump for a cause no matter how high.

Not only does Young empower women to enter into the male-dominated sport of skydiving, but she also is committed to bringing awareness and raising money to help end women’s cancer.

This year was no different. She hosted the second SIS (Sisters in Skydiving) Boogie on May 12-14 during Mother’s Day Weekend in Whiteville, TN with more than $3,000 donated to the Foundation for Women’s Cancer. Altogether, Young’s skydiving events have raised more than $5,500 for the FWC.

“As a cervical cancer survivor, I picked a cause that is very close to my heart,” Young said.

More than 71 women from 19 states jumped 14,500 feet in the air during the weekend. The event was hosted by the West Tennessee Skydiving organization and is part of the Sisters in Skydiving program.

The program, sponsored through the United States Parachute Association, is a female mentoring program where less experienced female jumpers are paired with mentors to enhance their skills.

For a long time, Young dreamed of hosting a Sisters in Skydiving program event to help more women grow in the male-dominated sport of skydiving. Unfortunately, Young said a small percentage of skydivers are women.

For more information about how to organize an event like Sisters in Skydiving, contact Paige Zelinsky at Paige.zelinsky@sgo.org

Four new educational brochures available online

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Patients, survivors and advocates can order new educational brochures focused on cervical cancer,
ovarian cancer, endometrial cancer and CA 125 levels.
The new brochures contain the latest information about these topics and were created by expert gynecologic oncologists for patients and caregivers.
The following brochures are available online and  as hard copies:

To order these titles, print and send back the FWC brochure order form.

Check out the latest educational ovarian cancer webinar online today

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The Foundation for Women’s Cancer hosted a live educational webinar called “Ovarian Cancer: It’s Personal” in June with more than 200 attendees. The webinar is now available online for survivors, family members and friends.

Topics covered in the webinar include the incidence, origin and management of ovarian cancer, genetic testing; current treatments for ovarian cancer and individualized or/personalized medicine.

The presenters are gynecologic oncologists, Angeles Alvarez Secord, MD, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Duke University Health System in Durham, NC, and Thomas Herzog, MD, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Deputy Director at the University of Cincinnati Cancer Institute. This webinar is made possible by an unrestricted educational grant from Clovis Oncology.  Grant funding excludes input on editorial and course content.

Share the link with family and friends to learn more about ovarian cancer:  http://bit.ly/ovariancancerpersonal.

Don’t forget to schedule your exam!

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Tuesday, June 13, was National Call Your Doctor Day. The awareness day encourages women to schedule a yearly well woman exam with their gynecologists.

FWC’s social media campaign encouraged women to call their doctors and remind family and friends to make their appointments. Share the following graphics with others to let them know it’s not too late to make an appointment this summer!

 Save the Date for Survivors Courses

20170505_150439Save the date for the FWC Survivors Course on Saturday Sept. 16 in Worcester, MA!

Interested individuals can register early today for the free one-day course filled with the latest information about ovarian cancer. More detailed topics will be available closer to the date.

Save the date for these additional Survivor Courses: Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI // Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017 Washington, DC

The FWC upcoming events are available online.

 Survivors Quote of the Month

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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.