Sunday, September 16, 2018
“There are few things more powerful than people united. What they unite over is not what matters... The most important aspect is remembering our existing connection, and, through that, allowing ourselves to feel at peace.” Vironika Tugaleva
On September 16, please join us for the 11th annual Let’s ROC! Run for Ovarian Cancer. For the past 10 years, this race has brought the Sacramento community together to celebrate and honor the women and families affected by ovarian cancer. The race provides the opportunity to show the strength and grace of those fighting the disease, and to remember those we have lost. United, we fight alongside these amazing women, and continue raising awareness and much-needed research funds. Throughout the past 10 years, with your support, we have awarded $75,000 in research grants and have given the local ovarian cancer community a voice. We hope you will join us on race day. Thank you for your continued support!
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.
Arlynn and Ann Ward
My sister, brother-in-law, and Mom ran the first race back in 2007 because my Mom is a survivor of ovarian cancer. In 2008 we returned to run the race but this time I had symptoms of ovarian cancer, bloating, urinary tract infection, and exhaustion. I went for a physical and had a CA 125 and transvaginal ultrasound, both came back abnormal. I took matters in my own hands since my Mom is a survivor. I requested to go to a gynological oncologist in Sacramento. In January 2009 it was confirmed that I indeed had ovarian cancer but I am lucky because it was only stage 2. I went through 6 months of IV/IP chemotherapy and have recovered fully except for neuropathy in my feet and legs. At the race in 2009 we became "The A Team" after my mom, Ann and myself, Arlynn. I also have become involved with, STS, Survivors Teaching Students. This is where survivors go to UC Davis Med Center to teach interns about ovarian cancer. We put a face to the disease and go through our symptoms and experiences. We do this in hopes that they really listen to the women that come in with the same symptoms and order the correct tests. We want more women to be heard the first time they mention the symptoms to their doctors! I really love meeting the other women who have gone through this journey. I don't feel alone and I want to help the future women!