July 19, 2016


July 19, 2016

Sisters in the Sky: Survivors jump to end cancer
Register for Race to End Women’s Cancer, pre-race survivor’s course
Limited time offer: Support the Foundation through Wrapped in Love
Upcoming free Survivor Courses
Golf for a Cause: Register for FWC summer golf outing
FWC offers $660,000 in funding for 2016-2017 research grants/awards

Sisters in the Sky: Survivors jump to end cancer


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.

She is determined to fight for her passions, which is why Young hosted a Sisters in Skydiving event on May 7-8 in Whiteville, TN with more than $2,500 in proceeds donated to the Foundation for Women’s Cancer

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

More than 60 women from 21 states jumped 14,500 feet in the air during the Mother’s Day weekend, which was hosted through the West Tennessee Skydiving organization. For a long time, Young dreamed of hosting a Sisters in Skydiving event to help more women grow in the male-dominated sport of skydiving.

The Sisters in Skydiving program, sponsored through the United States Parachute Association, is a female monitoring program where less experienced female jumpers are paired with mentors to grow their skills. Unfortunately, Young said a small percentage of skydivers are women and skydiving is a male-dominated sport. Female jumpers with 100 jumps or more were paired with less experienced jumpers to be her mentor or “big SIS,” during the event.

During the weekend, two Tennessee records for skydiving were broken, one for the largest female formation and the other largest female sequential diving formation in the state. Some of the women were survivors of cancer themselves. Next year, Young said she plans to host the event again over Mother’s Day weekend.

For more information about the specific event, visit the West Tennessee Skydiving organization. For more information about how to organize an event focused on giving back to #Endwomenscancer, contact the Foundation for Women’s Cancer at FWCinfo@sgo.org.

Register for Race to End Women’s Cancer

2016 Race logo high res_final colorsRegistration is open for the 7th annual National Race to End Women’s Cancer. The 5K/Walk race will kick off at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 6 at Freedom Plaza in Washington D.C. The race supports cancer survivors and loved ones by raising awareness while funding crucial education and research to support the cause.

Registrants can organize an event or make a direct donation if they cannot make the race in person. Visit the Race to End Women’s Cancer for more information. Race participants are encouraged to attend the free Gynecologic Cancer Survivor’s Course in Washington D.C. on Saturday, Nov. 5.

Limited time offer: Wrapped in Love donation

wrapped in love

Now until Sept. 30, 2016, the Wrapped in Love fashion line will donate 30 percent of sales from its website to support the Foundation for Women’s Cancer. Products include a line of fleece wraps, ponchos, head wraps and scarves designed to give comfort to women who are cancer patients, chemo patients, seniors and those convalescing from a recent illness. Designer Karen MacDonald created the Wrapped in Love line of products after her mother’s stay in a hospital. Visit the FWC Marketplace for more products that support FWC’s mission to #Endwomenscancer.

Upcoming free Survivor Courses

Each year hundreds of women, their loved ones and caregivers from around the U.S. attend one of the Foundation’s free Survivor Courses. FWC provides the most current information about treatment options, research and quality of life strategies taught by leading experts, mostly gynecologic oncologists. For more information, please contact Teri Jordan at teri.jordan@sgo.org or 312.676.3902.

Ovarian Cancer Survivors Course

  • Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016 Oklahoma City, OK
  • Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016 Duarte, CA
  • Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016 Chicago, IL
  • Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016 Mansfield, CT

Gynecologic Cancer Survivors Course

  • Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016 Washington, DC

Golf for a cause: Register for FWC summer golf outing

Join the Foundation for the 14th annual summer golf event on Monday, Aug. 15 at the Bristow Manor Golf Club in Bristow, VA. All proceeds go to gynecologic cancer research and awareness. The event is hosted by Mark and Paige Anderson and their friends Tom and Kathy Hammond- RSVP to Tom Hammond by Aug. 1 at (703) 597-6919 or thammond@thehammondgrp.com.

The Andersons are long-time supporters of the foundation after Paige’s diagnosis with cervical cancer. The golfing event combines their passion for eliminating women’s cancer with their interest in golf (Mark was a former golf professional). Onsite registration for the event will take place at 7:30 a.m. and the shotgun start is at 8:30 a.m. The golf package includes golf package includes 18 holes of golf with cart, unlimited range balls, use of practice facility, lunch and raffle prizes.

The following sponsorships include:

  • Platinum Sponsor: $5,000- Includes two foursomes, sponsor sign, hole sponsor sign
  • Gold Sponsor: $2,500- Includes one foursome, sponsor sign, hole sponsor sign
  • Hole Sponsor- $1,500-Includes one foursome, hole sponsor sign
  • Foursome: $750-You chose your players!

Please make checks payable to: Foundation for Women’s Cancer, Attn: Karen Carlson; 230 W. Monroe, Suite 710; Chicago, Illinois 60606. For more information and directions to the golf outing, download the event flyer.

FWC offers $660,000 in funding for 2016-2017 research grants/awards

For the 2016-2017 year, the Foundation for Women’s Cancer will offer $660,000 in funding in research grants, awards and prizes. Since 1991, research funding has been the core of the Foundation’s mission. A total of 11 grants totaling $282,500, five fellowship awards totaling $320,000 and four research prizes totaling $57,500 will be awarded this year.

As the Foundation celebrates its 25th anniversary, it recognizes the importance of its research grants in the successful careers of grant recipients. The FWC has provided more than $7 million in research funding to-date supporting more than 125 research grants. At the national level, the number of physician-scientists has continuously declined over the past 30 years. This is in sharp contrast to the beneficiaries of foundation research grants and awards, where 94 percent of recipients continue careers as physician scientists.

This year’s brochure contains deadlines, funding opportunities and detailed instructions about the application process. The Foundation’s Research Grants and Awards Committee carefully considers each application-always a challenge given the competitive nature of the program.



Couldn’t make it to the National Race to End Women’s Cancer? You can still support women with gynecologic cancers by making a contribution today.


September is Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month. #GCAM


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


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