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: foundationforwomenscancer.org.

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 foundationforwomenscancer.org.

“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.

Spotlight

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.

Awareness

Vaccine efficacy against vulvar infection with HPV 16/18 was comparable to the efficacy found against cervical infection 4 years after vaccination, according to researchers with the National Cancer Institute.

Research

The Foundation has published its 2014-2015 Research Grants and Awards Booklet with Applications. Please consider applying to become part of an elite group of physician-scientists committed to the well-being of women at risk for/affected by gyn malignancies.

Education

The next Ovarian Cancer Survivors Course will be Saturday, July 26, 2014 in Boston. For more information on courses, click here.