Two-dozen years ago this September, ovarian cancer took one of my best friends. Hardly a day goes by that I don’t think about her and wonder what she would say about this or that. I think about how nice it would be just to pick up the phone and hear her voice, telling me I need to take better care of myself, or encouraging me to do something I had been putting off. I think about her daughters and her husband and how different their lives would have been if they had never lost her.
Every year 22,440 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer. It’s the number one cause of gynecologic cancer deaths and the fifth most common cause of cancer-related deaths in women. This year 44,080 women will die from ovarian cancer. That is a lot of best friends, mothers, wives, sisters, grandmothers and aunts. And yet…ovarian cancer research is severely under-funded.
That’s where Newk’s Cares comes in. Newk’s Cares was co-founded by Newk’s Eatery CEO Chris Newcomb and his wife Lori. In 2013, Lori was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and they became painfully aware of the lack of funding for ovarian cancer research and education. In 2014 Newk’s Cares teamed up with the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance to raise awareness and educate women and their loved ones about early warning signs of the disease, and to promote research for a cure in an event called Ovarian Cancer Jackson. To date, Ovarian Cycle Jackson and Newk’s Cares has raised over $500,000 for ovarian cancer research.
Here’s what you can do. The fourth annual Ovarian Cycle Jackson will be held on September 21, 2017 at The Club at Township from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The cost to register is just $50 and participants ride for 45-minutes of the five-hour event (time slots are chosen during registration). Ovarian Cancer survivors can ride for free.
Ovarian Cycle Jackson is for anyone interested in supporting ovarian cancer regardless of athletic ability. You can ride at your own pace. There will be instructors and a DJ to keep you motivated. This year’s fundraising goal is $175,000. Come on out and spin your way toward helping find a cure for ovarian cancer. Do it for somebody you love. Do it so someday none of us will have to face what my friend DeeDee and Lori, and so many others have gone through…and that’s no spin.
For more about ovarian cancer, including the signs and symptoms, and to register for Ovarian Cycle Jackson 2017, visit www.newkscares.com.