Thank You to our 2016 Let’s ROC! Participants, Sponsors and Volunteers!
A heartfelt thank you to everyone who participated in and supported the 2016 Let’s ROC! Run for Ovarian Cancer. This year’s event was a tremendous success with 1300 friends, family members and survivors coming together to increase awareness about ovarian cancer and honor those who have been touched by this disease.
A significant highlight was the presentation of our 3rd annual OCERN Research Grant Award of $25,000 for Dr. Randy Carney, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine, University of California, Davis, for his research project “Multispectral Optical Tweezers for Profiling and Detection of Circulating Extracellular Vesicles in Ovarian Cancer Patients”. We are so honored to sponsor such ground breaking research and hope to fund even greater initiatives in the future.
Thank you again and we look forward to seeing you next year for our 10th Annual Run for Ovarian Cancer!
Each year more than 20,000 women in the United States are diagnosed with ovarian cancer and approximately 15,000 women die annually from the disease. Unfortunately, most cases are diagnosed in the later stages when the prognosis is poor. However, if diagnosed and treated early, the five-year survival rate is over 90%. There is currently no accurate screening test for the early detection of ovarian cancer; therefore, it is important to know and understand what the risks and symptoms are.
OCERN is dedicated to educating women and their families about ovarian cancer and to raise much needed funds to support ovarian cancer research. You can help by being a part of this year’s race. It is easy to donate as a team or as an individual.
Let’s ROC is organized by the Ovarian Cancer Education & Research Network, Inc. The mission of OCERN is to advocate for research for the early detection, treatment and cure of ovarian cancer. We promote ovarian cancer education in our communities and provide a network of resources and support for women and their families. OCERN is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization founded by several dedicated volunteers who have a personal connection to ovarian cancer.
One of Let’s ROC!!’s newest team members, Merlyn M. Potters, was diagnosed with Primary Peritoneal Cancer, (an ovarian-type cancer) a little more than two years ago. She has spent these past couple of years undergoing a barrage of treatment; her path has been incredibly difficult on every level. But, she has turned her positive energy toward educating and raising awareness for this disease, and her cancer journey has given her a richer life perspective.
She now more deeply knows the quality of life depends on ways to protect her own health and the health of all women. The cancer is a part of her and she owns it. Keeping her heart, mind, and spirit as strong as possible, she feels, are her greatest defense weapons
Merlyn is committed to expression of gratitude for the support of her family, friends, and medical community; to seek ways in which she may help educate all women of this disease's symptoms to achieve an early diagnosis; to advocate for more research funding for screening tools and treatments; and to create awareness -- to make ovarian cancer a speak-able disease, eradicating its nickname, "the silent killer."
Please join Merlyn and her amazing support system, as they ROC!! for ovarian cancer awareness and raise money for research!
My name is Relonda McGhee. I received my Ovarian Cancer diagnosis on November 5, 2013, two days shy of my 50th Birthday and four days before my milestone celebration with over 200 people. As I sat there in utter shock along with my husband, Brian, I noticed that Dr. Stern was as calm as a cucumber. My first thought was that he gave diagnoses all the time so my case was no different and there was no need for any emotions. Dr. Stern continued talking and I blanked out on all the information we were receiving. The time came when the doctor asked if we had any questions? I was speechless and began to pray while my husband stated he had a question. I slowly turned in his direction as he asked, “Will her treatments cause her to lose her hair? Upon hearing Dr. Stern say “Yes, she will”, I lost it. My tears were nonstop as Dr. Stern informed me that I would need to have surgery and chemotherapy. Through this health journey, I placed my FAITH in God, geared myself with Wonder Woman apparel, formed my Support team, Team Ree and faced Ovarian Cancer head on. After six chemotherapy treatments and one successful surgery, I can say I have BEAT OVARIAN CANCERS BUTT!! Team Ree’s Motto is ALL FAITH, NO FEAR!!!! “We Won The Battle”. As an Ovarian Cancer Survivor, I enjoy more birthdays, build new friendships and help raise money for the most important cause in my life, two events, Relay for Life and Let's ROC.
I am also a 2016 Hero of Hope for the American Cancer Society. Team Ree and I want to instill HOPE in all families affected by Cancer. We are able to instill hope by greeting and meeting other survivors, caregivers, family and friends at events that we participate in. Participating in Let's ROC makes us feel as though we are making a serious impact in the lives of others which is equally important to us. Team Ree wears Teal to bring Ovarian Cancer Awareness ever Tuesday for Teal Tuesday. This will be our 3rd year participating in the Let’s ROC Ovarian Cancer 5k/Walk. The first year, in 2014, it was just my husband and I. Last year, there were 10 Team Ree members and I'm excited to see which Team Ree members join the fun this year. Team Ree will always ROC with Let's ROC. We travel from Oakland to participate and it's so much fun.