Press Release: The Foundation for Women’s Cancer Announces the 2011 National Race to End Women’s Cancer

March 2, 2011

The Foundation for Women’s Cancer, formerly the Gynecologic Cancer Foundation, celebrates its new name and 20th anniversary by kicking off registration today for the 2011 National Race to End Women’s Cancer, which will be held November 6, 2011, in Washington, DC.

Founded by the Society for Gynecologic Oncologists in 1991, the Foundation supports research, education and increasing public awareness about cancers unique to women.

“The Foundation for Women’s Cancer is thrilled to open registration for the 2011 National Race to End Women’s Cancer,” said Race Director Debbie LeHardy. “Through this signature national event, 5,000 survivors, family members, caregivers, doctors, nurses, runners, walkers and all who support our efforts will unite as a community to raise awareness and crucial funding to eradicate reproductive cancers.”

You can register for the National Race to End Women’s cancer via the foundation’s new Web site landing page by clicking on the race link at the bottom of the page:

In addition to gatherings of the Society of Gynecologic Oncologists and other special events, the race weekend also includes three concurrent courses for survivors of cervical, ovarian and uterine cancer on Saturday, November 5th.These courses, taught by expert gynecologic oncologists, are free to cancer survivors, their family and friends. Registration is required and is available online at

“Every seven minutes, a woman hears a diagnosis of a gynecologic cancer, touching more than 78,000 women in the US each year,” said Foundation Chairman, David M. Gershenson, MD. “The Foundation for Women’s Cancer is committed to increasing the knowledge and research necessary to prevent, detect and defeat women’s cancers.”

Celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2011, the Foundation for Women’s Cancer, formerly the Gynecologic Cancer Foundation, is dedicated to expanding public awareness, education, research and training to improve the prevention, early detection and optimal treatment of gynecologic cancers. A national organization dedicated to the eradication of all reproductive cancers, the Foundation has provided more than $4 million in research funding since 1995, earning recognition from Worth Magazine as one of the nation’s 100 best charities.


Visit the Sisterhood of Survivorship page to read “Dena’s Story” — by a vulvar cancer survivor who has shared her story and wise words, and channeled her energy into her National Race to End Women’s Cancer team.


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As of the July 23 deadline, 55 research abstracts were submitted in hopes of receiving one of only 6 grants from the Foundation. This points to a need for more funding so that the Foundation may award grants to every deserving applicant.


The Gynecologic Cancer Global Health Forum will be Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014 in D.C.. For more information on educational events and courses, click here.