October 18, 2016
Monica Brown Jones, MD, will be a co-moderator for the Survivors Course during the National Race to End Women’s Cancer Weekend.
As a postdoctoral researcher at the National Cancer Institute, Monica Brown Jones, MD, dreamed of researching and learning everything about gynecologic cancers.
After two years of researching the molecular biology of ovarian cancers, the Foundation for Women’s Cancer offered Dr. Jones the opportunity to continue her research journey. In 1999, Dr. Jones was awarded a research fellowship in partnership with the Foundation and the National Cancer Institute. That fellowship helped jumpstart a successful career from Mayo Clinic to Duke University, where she is a Gynecologic Cancers Specialist. She is also an active member of the Society of Gynecologic Oncology.
More than 15 years later, Dr. Jones has not forgotten the generosity of the Foundation. This September Dr. Jones organized her second National Golf Event to End Women’s Cancer in Raleigh, NC, with almost $30,000 raised for the Foundation.
Last month’s National Golf Event to End Women’s Cancer was held at the Lonnie Poole Golf Course in Raleigh, NC. Concurrently a silent auction and a survivors education event were taking place during the golf event. The course included topics such as clinical trials and interactive medicine approaches to cancer care. All proceeds benefited mission-based programs of the Foundation.
The event, completely organized by Dr. Jones, is a “family affair” with her family members each taking part in the planning. Her first fundraiser in 2014 raised more than $23,000.
Dr. Jones’s commitment to the Foundation and her patients doesn’t stop at the golf fundraiser. For her birthday, some of her family donated money to the cause. By asking her family to donate money to gynecologic cancers, she believes that she is starting a conversation about the need to continue research in the field. Her commitment to the Foundation includes service on the education committee to giving lectures at Survivors Courses. She will be a c0-moderator for the Survivors Course during the National Race to End Women’s Cancer.
As a doctor, Dr. Jones is amazed by the courage of survivors as they sit in her office every day. “Their courage inspires me to do my work,” she said.
The National Race to End Women’s Cancer is less than a month away. The race is scheduled to kick off
Right now, Team Joyful Cancer Warrior is the leader in donations with more than $9,000 raised. The team is supporting Debi Fournier, a five-year cervical cancer survivor presently fighting Stage IV-B metastasis to her lungs. Gynecologic cancer advocates can help support survivors like Debi by donating to the race. She is from California.
Debi’s team plans to attend the event in Washington DC, but virtual participants are also encouraged to donate. For last couple of years, the team, AFSCME Council 18 in New Mexico, has raised an average of $4,000 for the race even though they do not attend the event in Washington D.C.
AFSCME Council 18
Free Survivor Course in Washington D.C.
Registration is open for the Ovarian Cancer Survivors course at JW Marriott Hotel Washington D.C. at 1333 Pennsylvania Avenue on, Saturday Nov. 5, from 9:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m. The course will be offered at the Salons F/G, Ballroom Level. The course is open to all cancer survivors, loved ones caretakers and friends who are interested in hearing from leading experts in ovarian cancer research. As one previous attendee of the an FWC’s Survivors Course described it, “Words are almost inadequate to convey the dept of value it held for attendees.”
The schedule for the Washington D.C. course includes “Enhanced Recovery Programs in Gynecologic Oncology,” “Surveillance for Recurrence and Understanding CA 125 Levels,” Clinical Trials and New Treatments,” “The Hope and Promise of the Cancer Moonshot,” “Hereditary Cancer Syndrome/Managing Risks,” “Survivorship and Side Effects: How to Feel Like a Warrior,” and “Embracing Yourself After a Cancer Diagnosis.” These presentations will be followed by a panel discussion.
A continental breakfast and lunch will also be included. Parking at the JW Marriott is valet only and is $59 per day. Course attendees are responsible for their own parking charges. For attendees who are using public transportation, Union Station is 2 miles east of the Hotel; Subway Station: Metro Center (Orange, Silver, Blue & Red Lines) is 0.4 miles northeast of the hotel train station.
The FWC will offer two additional courses in 2017 if someone cannot attend the Washington D.C. course, with more courses tentatively in the works for next year.
Thank you friends and advocates for your involvement with Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month! In September, the Foundation for Women’s Cancer launched a campaign to bring awareness about gynecologic cancers using the hashtags #sharethepurplelove, #GCAM and #EndWomensCancer. Every day on social media channels, the Foundation posted inspiring stories, photos and quotes. The campaign helped spread the word about the symptoms and risk factors of the five main gynecologic cancers: cervical, ovarian, uterine, vaginal and vulvar. The Foundation personally thanks the advocates and friends who shared this message on social media or posted a graphic in his/her office.
The graphics are still available to be downloaded from our website. These informational graphics can be passed out throughout the year, not only in September. We encourage our friends and advocates to keep sharing the purple love every month of the year. If anyone would like to share feedback about the month, email or call at 312-578-1439 with any suggestions or ideas. Don’t forget to like or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.