Wednesday, February 4, 2009

wrap it up

(hooray! a happy chickadee apron recipient)

this chickadee was quite honored to be a guest at last night's benefit for ovarian cancer. even more honored to be asked to donate aprons to be given as door prizes to the generous donors and supporters of the ovarian cancer national alliance. while the food was fantastic, the speakers stole the show and brought the focus of the evening back to the facts of ovarian cancer. here are some (provided by the ocna):
  • ovarian cancer is the deadliest cancer of the female reproductive system and the fifth most deadly cancer for women because there is no early detection test and no cure
  • each year more than 22,000 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer and about 15,000 die from the disease
  • 1/3 of women diagnosed are age 55 or younger
symptoms of ovarian cancer include:
  • bloating
  • pelvic or abdominal pain
  • difficulty eating or feeling full quickly
  • urinary urgency or frequency
many times this symptoms are overlooked and unchecked. fewer than 20% of women are actually diagnosed in the early stages of the disease, when it is most treatable.

laurey masterton (one of the speakers) is among the lucky 20%. she listened to her body and was persistent with her doctor. her cancer was caught early and now she is a 20 year survivor! and she's on a mission to spread the word about ovarian cancer from coast to coast, one pedal at a time. on march the fifth she and her bicycle will set out from san diego and spin through the lower half of the u.s. until her front tire dips into the atlantic ocean. in september she's sponsoring a ride from asheville, nc to washington, dc to commemorate ovarian cancer month. to get on board with her, learn more or donate, visit her website.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

very interesting....great cause. thanks for sharing.