Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Ovarian Cancer - The Whisper
Every September Tman and I participate in a walk/run 5k called The Race For The Whisper. Ovarian Cancer is often referred to as 'The Whisper' due subtle symptoms that are often confused with other illnesses. This type of cancer is disproportionately deadly because it lacks any clear early detection or screen test, meaning that most cases are not diagnosed until they have reached advanced stages.
Unfortunately, this was the case for our friend Robyn. We had just moved to Ohio to begin my husband's Medical Residency Program as a Med/Peds Resident. A fellow Resident had recently been diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer. The prognosis was poor but she did everything she could to raise awareness and win the fight against cancer. Our first year at The Race For The Whisper we ran as 'Robyn's Hood', supporting our friend and co-worker. Unfortunately we ran those races without Robin our final two years but her memory was close to our hearts.
Researchers are studying ways to improve ovarian cancer treatment as well as looking into ways to detect cancer at an earlier stage -- when a cure is more likely.
Laura Mercier is giving back through the launch of the Laura Mercier Ovarian Cancer Fund. The mission of this is to raise awareness and help fund research and educational efforts to diagnose, treat and support women with ovarian cancer.
Beginning in September 2012, 100% of the profits from the sale of two Laura Mercier products -- Bonne Mine Healthy Glow for Face & Cheeks Creme Colour Palette and Rose Hope Lipe Glace -- will be donated to the Laura Mercier Ovarian Cancer Fund.
The Whisper: the Silent Crisis of Ovarian Cancer from michelle m. kim on Vimeo.
In honor of Robyn and everything she worked towards, I am grateful to help spread this message.