September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness month and this is something that hits home for me personally as my mother succumbed to the disease last summer after a shocking Stage 4 diagnosis that took her life soon thereafter.
My mother, Dr. Judith Gale was diagnosed in June 2018 and was gone before Labor Day.
We were floored how quickly the disease metastasized.
Ovarian cancer is known as a silent killer because there’s no reliable early detection test. That means the majority of women who contract the disease are diagnosed at advanced stages. For most, it’s too late. Sadly this is the fate for thousands of women each year both here in the U.S. and abroad as ovarian cancer is contracted by 1 in 78 women.
In Concord, Derek Swaim, a devoted father of 3 young children, lost both his mother to ovarian cancer and his beloved young wife, Jenna, to the disease last year.
Derek and his family have created a 5K run/walk charity event called Mighty Moose to help fund critical early detection testing that’s being developed by top doctors and researchers here in Boston.
Dr. Kevin Elias from Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Dr. Dipanjan Chowdhury will be guests on the Adriana Cohen Show this Wednesday starting at noon, along with Derek, to discuss their groundbreaking research.
“We started the Mighty Moose in memory of my wife Jenna Swaim who passed away in July 2018 at age 43 after a courageous four-year battle with ovarian cancer,” Derek told me. “Our three kids wanted to start a race to raise money for ovarian cancer research and help prevent other women and mothers from dying from the disease.”
“If there had been an effective diagnostic test then, Jenna’s cancer would have been detected at Stage 1 or even earlier and she would very likely be alive today. We started the Mighty Moose to raise money to support critically important research at Brigham & Women’s hospital and Dana Farber for the early detection of ovarian cancer to help save the lives of thousands of women and mothers like Jenna in the future.”
Too many lives are shattered by this stealth disease. Please consider participating in the Mighty Moose fun run or making a worthwhile donation to help fund early detection.
You’ll be saving lives in the process and doing a world of good combating a devastating disease that affects so many.