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

Women Magazine released a special report on ovarian cancer, featuring Q&A’s with three expert SGO surgeons and important facts about the disease.

Awareness

This year’s GCAM awareness is focused on the important link between obesity and endometrial cancer. Check out the new toolkit to learn more.

Research

The Foundation for Women’s Cancer is pleased to share its 2014-2015 Research Grants and Awards booklet. The booklet describes the prizes and the application process. Prize applications are due on October 8, 2014.

Education

The next Ovarian Cancer Survivors Course will be Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014 in Columbus, Ohio. For more information on educational events and courses, click here.