JACKSON, Miss. – Newk’s Cares, the ovarian cancer awareness movement founded by fast-casual restaurant Newk’s Eatery, will observe Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month this September, through a number of events and initiatives designed to increase public awareness and honor co-founder of the movement Lori Newcomb. Lori’s story is all too familiar, as ovarian cancer is the fifth leading cause of death in women. After six years of fighting the disease and spearheading local awareness efforts, Lori lost her battle to ovarian cancer in February, leaving behind significant strides for the ovarian cancer community.
“This year, we honor my wife Lori by carrying on her passion and personal mission to help all women affected by this disease,” said Chris Newcomb, Newk’s Eatery CEO and Newk’s Cares co-founder. “Lori’s commitment to this cause lives on through our Newk’s family, and we hope to continue encouraging women to listen to their bodies and take action right away to improve the success rate of early diagnosis.”
Since 2014, Newk’s Cares has raised more than $1,000,000 for ovarian cancer research through the organization’s partnership with Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance (OCRA), the largest global organization dedicated to advancing ovarian cancer research while supporting women and their families.
To support Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, Newk’s Cares will host OCRA’s Ovarian Cycle® Jackson. The event will be held at The Club at The Township in Ridgeland on Thursday, September 19. Riders can participate in one of five 45-minute time slots every hour from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. There is a $50 registration fee to ride and ovarian cancer survivors ride for free. Attendees can register online and registrants will receive an OCRA gift bag with complimentary items for the event, including a shirt and box lunch from Newk’s Eatery. For more information, visit NewksCares.com.