Press Release: DC Has Highest Ovarian Cancer Rate in US: Local Survivor Raises Awareness and Funds

Washington, DC has the highest ovarian cancer rate in the nation. As Survivors Committee Chair and Spokeswoman for the National Race to End Women’s Cancer, Jennie learned first hand the importance of seeking care first from a gynecologic oncologist if you suspect or have been diagnosed with a gynecologic cancer.

Following a series of appointments, tests, treatments, complications, infections, fatigue, roiling emotions, forgetfulness and pain, two life-altering surgeries and six rounds of chemotherapy later, Jennie has been cancer free for almost two years.

“I learned about being a survivor from my mom, who was diagnosed with cervical cancer — another reproductive cancer — when I was seven,” Jennie says. “28 years later, she continues to inspire me every day.”

Jennie, a senior marketing manager for Deloitte Services, also knows how to motivate individuals and organizations — and uses those skills to raise awareness and crucial financial support for research on women’s cancers.

“Twenty years ago a group of dedicated women got together and waged a battle to save lives,” Jennie points out. “That movement resulted in an explosion of awareness and research funding for breast cancer and today, 34% less women die of that disease. It’s time to wage a similar battle against gynecologic cancers.”

Jennie urges others to help save women’s lives by registering for the National Race to End Women’s Cancer on November 6th in Washington, DC. Those who aren’t runners or can’t make it to Washington can still participate and support the cause by joining a “virtual team.”

For more information and to register, visitwww.foundationforwomenscancer.org.

Spotlight

This special section in Self Magazine features a GYN surgeon and 34-year-old (at the time of diagnosis) patient.

Awareness

This year’s National Race to End Women’s Cancer aims to spread the word that all women should Love Your Ladyparts! Check out site’s new features and join the MOVEMENT.

Research

The Foundation’s research award winners will be notified in January. Thank you to all who sent in their applications.

Education

The next Gynecologic Cancer Survivors Course will be February 7-8 in Anchorage, Alaska. For more information on educational events and courses, click here.