Race raises over $300,000 for FWC
At least 1,171 people—including local runners, gynecologic cancer survivors and their doctors, family members, friends and virtual supporters—came together on Nov. 3 for the 10th National Race to End Women’s Cancer on Freedom Plaza in Washington, DC, to support the Foundation for Women’s Cancer (FWC). The event has raised $313,000 so far from sponsors, participating runners, race teams and online donors. The top three fundraising teams were as follows:
- Wendy’s Warriors ($30,179)
- Team Susanna Quinn ($15,375)
- Team GENE ($8,595)
The Race was the culmination of the End Women’s Cancer Weekend, which included a daylong Gynecologic Cancer Education Course on Nov. 2.
“The education course this weekend had an awesome agenda,” said session presenter Ebony Hoskins, MD, from MedStar Washington Hospital Center, Washington, DC. “We addressed patients and any symptoms and issues that they might have after the treatment, including sexuality, behavioral health, and coming up with survivorship plans.”
Cervical cancer survivor Dawnia Bell gave a presentation on survivorship during the education course.
“I feel great. Things are wonderful, I’m really blessed to not just be surviving but thriving and I feel that is available for everyone,” said Dawnia. “Regardless of the diagnosis and the stage, I believe that you can live life powerfully and you can thrive with, and beyond, a cancer diagnosis.”
Host Committee member Krista Bower participated in the Race for the third year in a row in memory of her sister Cass, who died of cervical cancer in 2012. “This journey and this race are a very meaningful part of who I am and it’s my way to remember her and to share her story,” she said.
“[This weekend] I spent a lot of time reflecting on my sister Cass, her journey, her grace, and her courage that she showed,” Krista added. “The Race is a truly special experience because everyone there has a story. There’s a lot of love and celebration of life.”
Donations to the National Race to End Women’s Cancer are still being accepted through Dec. 31. Additional photos from the Race are available on the Society of Gynecologic Oncology (SGO) Flickr site. The FWC is the official foundation of SGO.