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October 16, 2018
 
Only Two Weeks Until Race Weekend!
You Got This: Getting Prepared for Paclitaxel/Carboplatin Chemotherapy
A Heroine With Humor
Ovarian Cancer Education Course near Richmond

Only Two Weeks Until Race Weekend!

2017 Race SurvivorsThe 2018 National Race to End Women’s Cancer is on Sunday, Nov. 4, at Freedom Plaza in Washington, DC. Hosted by the Foundation for Women’s Cancer (FWC), this 5K run or 1-mile walk is part of End Women’s Cancer Weekend, which also includes a free gynecologic cancer education course and brings together a community of caring advocates.

Proceeds from the race benefit the mission-based programs of the FWC, including research, education and public awareness of gynecologic cancers. Online registration closes on Wednesday, Oct. 31, so sign up today! You can also register at one of our packet pick-up locations or on race day. If you’re unable to attend, you can still participate virtually by donating to support those impacted by gynecologic cancers.

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You Got This: Getting Prepared for Paclitaxel/Carboplatin Chemotherapy

FWC Webinar Crop shutterstock_512123833Free 75-minute educational webinar
Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018
6:00 p.m. CT / 7:00 p.m ET

From the perspectives of a pharmacist, physician and patient, you’ll learn:

  • How the paclitaxel/carboplatin chemotherapy drugs work;
  • What to expect on the first day of treatment and your progress;
  • Tips and strategies to help prepare for chemotherapy treatment; and
  • The onset and duration of side effects, and when to call your doctor.

Speakers include Judith A. Smith, PharmD, BCOP, CPHQ, FCCP, FISOPP; Rebecca A. Brooks, MD and Kim Hurley. Kim is a mother, grandmother and ovarian cancer survivor whose paclitaxel/carboplatin chemotherapy treatment lasted for seven months.

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This webinar is made possible through sponsorship support from Genentech.

A Heroine With Humor

4198593_origAfter being diagnosed with Stage IIIA Micropapillary Serous Carcinoma at age 29, Amy Murrah developed a passion for changing the image of ovarian cancer being an “older women’s disease” and impacting the lives of women with ovarian cancer.

Amy was in and out of doctor’s offices for 13 years—starting at age 16. She was misdiagnosed or told her symptoms were, “all in her head,” until being properly diagnosed after an exploratory surgery for what she thought was a hernia or endometriosis.

“I’ve since had five major surgeries, including two miscarriages and two bowel resections,” she wrote.

Amy first connected with the Foundation for Women’s Cancer (FWC) in 1999 and today she’s a National Race to End Women’s Cancer host committee member and the team captain of OvaRy’nforced—which consists of her family, friends and supporters.

“I’ve participated in the race every year, even when I could not physically run or be there,” she wrote. “Since I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, I wanted that to be connected to the team name, yet with a little fun to it, and the ‘Big O’ was already taken by Oprah.”

This year, Amy organized the first Raise the Hood 4 Woman car show in King George, VA on Saturday, Sept. 8, to raise funds for the race and the FWC.

“My husband is a car guy and I thought this would be a good way to more closely connect him to the cause. His car is included in the event logo and I thought the name would catch both men and women, with a sense of humor attached to it.”

The second annual car show will be held on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019.

On Sept. 9, 2018, Amy celebrated 20 years of being cancer free—join her and other survivors at the National Race to End Women’s Cancer on Nov. 4 in Washington, DC, or show your support by donating to team OvaRy’nforced today.

“Cancer does not define you. No matter how hard it may get, it’s okay to make fun and have a sense of humor as you muster through the good and the bad.” – Amy Murrah

Ovarian Cancer Education Course near Richmond

2017 FWC EWCW Weekend_0245Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. ET
Richmond Marriott Short Pump Hotel
4240 Dominion Blvd, Glen Allen, VA 23060

This free education course is for all ovarian cancer patients, survivors, partners, family members, friends and anyone else interested in hearing from leading U.S. experts in ovarian cancer research. Topics include infertility, genetics, clinical trials and the latest advances in ovarian cancer care.

This full-day session includes continental breakfast and lunch. There is no charge for attendance, but we ask that you register in advance to help with our planning.

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This course is hosted jointly with UVA Cancer Center and VCU Massey Cancer Center.

Spotlight

Couldn’t make it to the National Race to End Women’s Cancer? You can still support women with gynecologic cancers by making a contribution today.

Awareness

September is Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month. #GCAM

Research

The FWC is proud to offer various Research Grants and Awards. Click here for more information.

Education

FREE Gynecologic Cancer Education Courses throughout the country. For more information, click here.