November 15, 2016


November 15, 2016

More than $385,000 raised by National Race to End Women’s Cancer: Survivors,families join movement 
‘Joyfully’ first: Survivor devotes time, money to cause 
Camille Grammer given public service award for commitment
2017 Schedule for Ovarian Survivors Courses Announced

More than $385,000 raised by National Race to End Women’s Cancer: Survivors, families join the movement

raisinghandsOn Nov. 6, survivors, advocates and families from across the country gathered at Freedom Plaza in Washington DC for the National Race to End Women’s Cancer and raised more than $384,000 to support the movement to end women’s cancer.

The sunny day was filled with a whirlwind of purple tutus, dyed hair and headbands of survivors and loved ones sharing their stories and giving back to the cause. There were 130 race teams with more than 1,400 participants that showed their support for those affected by a gynecologic cancers through T-shirts, banners and posters. Participants also added photos and handwritten messages to loved ones on the Memory Wall.

Individuals can still donate to the Foundation until Dec. 31 on the race website.

“The money raised from our 7th National Race to End Women’s Cancer will go to mission-based programs of the Foundation for Women’s Cancer,” said Karen Carlson, FWC Executive Director. “Our programs focus on raising public awareness, providing education about gynecologic cancer, and supporting promising, innovative gynecologic cancer research.”

Next year’s race is tentatively set for Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017, in Washington, DC. A photo collage of the 7th National Race to End Women’s Cancer is now available online

Race winners:

Female Male
1. Elyse Braner (20:29; 5th overall) 1. Matthew Rodjam (17:04; 1st overall)
2. Kelly Buroker (20:40; 6th overall) 2. Charles Kascur (17:55; 2nd overall)
3. Anastasia Richman (20:48; 7th overall) 3. Dr. Claudius Noack (18:31; 3rd overall) Masters


1. Chelle Anderson (22:52, 20th overall) 1. Michael Coffman (19:49; 4th overall)

Fastest Surgeons 

1. Dr. Stephanie Blank (26:00; 43th overall) 1. Dr. Robert Giuntoli (21:00; 9th overall)

***The Foundation for Women’s Cancer incorrectly announced that Dr. Brooke Schlappe was the fastest female surgeon. We deeply apologize for the error. 

Top 3 Race Teams

1. Joyful Cancer Warrior- $23,220


2. Wendy’s Warrior- $14,865


3. Rosemary’s Team Cure Logic- $10,163.


‘ Joyfully’ first: Survivor devotes time, money to cause

DebiGiven only four to six months to live, Debi Fournier wasn’t going to let her diagnosis of Stage IV-B cervical cancer stop her from giving back. After hearing about the Foundation for Women’s Cancer from her friend and 2016 National Race Chair Camille Grammer, Fournier asked Karen Carlson, Executive Director of the FWC, how she could help the cause.

The solution for Fournier was to create a race team for the 2016 National Race to End Women’s Cancer, and her hard work and dedication have paid off. As of today, her race team has raised more than $23,000 and won the top race team award during the Nov. 6 event.

Fournier named her team, Team Joyful Cancer Warrior, to emphasize how important it is to stay “joyful” during her cancer diagnosis. Her family and friends traveled from southern California and New Mexico to participate in the race. Fournier was also awarded the Top Super Survivor Award Recipient for her efforts.

In the following video, Fournier discusses her determination to give back and how she managed to get so many other people involved. Donations are still being accepted for Team Joyful Cancer Warrior until Saturday, Dec. 31.

 ’Real Housewives’ star given public service award for commitment

CamilleFormer ‘Real Housewives’ of Beverly Hill’s star Camille Grammer was awarded the Public Service Award at the 2016 National Race to End Women’s Cancer from the FWC because of her commitment and dedication to end women’s cancer.

Grammer joined the movement three years ago, serving as the National Race Chair and spokesperson for the Foundation. She captains her own team at the race, called Camille’s Crusaders, raising more than $50,000.

“I appreciate this Foundation so much,” said Grammer, at the 7th annual National Race to End Women’s Cancer in Washington DC, Nov. 6. “It is such an important cause, raising awareness for female cancers and raising critical funding for diagnostic testing and hopefully a cure one day.”

Three generations of Grammer’s family have been diagnosed with a gynecologic cancer. She is a three-year survivor of endometrial cancer. Her mother was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, and her grandmother had endometrial cancer.

Since 1997, the award has been presented to an individual or individuals who have engaged in extraordinary efforts to support women diagnosed with a gynecologic cancer through programs of the Foundation. Past recipients include Larry King, Barbara Walters, Fran Drescher and Doctor Saralyn Mark, the first Senior Medical Adviser to the Office on Women’s Health.

Listen to Grammer’s reaction to the recognition and her dedication to the end women’s cancer. To read more about Grammer’s award, go to E! online.

 2017 Schedule for Survivors Courses Announced

Survivors CourseThe Foundation for Women’s Cancer has announced the upcoming 2017 schedule for Ovarian Cancer Survivors Courses. The course provide cancer survivors, loved ones, caretakers and friends a chance to hear from leading experts in the field of gynecologic cancers.

As one previous attendee of FWC’s Survivors Course described it, “Words are almost inadequate to convey the depth of value it held for attendees.” Mark your calendars for the following dates to learn valuable information about treatment, clinical trials and survivorship.

The 2017 survivors courses list:

  • Friday – Sunday, Feb., 3-5, 2017  Providence Alaska Cancer Center Anchorage, AK

  • Saturday, February, 25, 2017  Hilton West Palm Beach, West Palm Beach, FL

  • Saturday, Apr. 22, 2017  City of Hope Cancer Center Duarte, CA

  • Saturday, May 5, 2017  MD Anderson Cancer Center Houston, TX

  • Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017  Washington D.C.

Additional courses are planned for 2017. Visit the Foundation’s website for updates.

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