NOCC to Host Annual “Walk To Break The Silence On Ovarian Cancer” in the Greater Washington, D.C. Area

The National Ovarian Cancer Coalition (NOCC) Central Maryland Chapter announces its annual “Walk to Break the Silence on Ovarian Cancer” to be held on Sunday, September 18, 2011 at Quiet Waters Park, located in Annapolis, Maryland.

The National Ovarian Cancer Coalition (NOCC) Central Maryland Chapter announces its 2nd Annual “Walk to Break the Silence on Ovarian Cancer” to be held on Sunday, September 18, 2011 at Quiet Waters Park, located in Annapolis, Maryland. This event will be held “rain or shine.”

Registration will open at 7:30 a.m. at the Blue Heron Center located within the park. The 5K Run will begin at 9:30 a.m. The 3K Walk is scheduled to kick off at 9:35 a.m. All participants will receive a T-shirt. The race will be timed and various age awards will be presented.

To view a complete schedule of events, click here. To view the event brochure, click here. To view a video from last year’s event, click here.

September is Ovarian Cancer and Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month. “We walk and run to raise funds but just as importantly we walk and run to raise awareness”, said Nancy Long, Co-president of the Central Maryland Chapter. “There is no early detection test for ovarian cancer. That is why education and awareness are currently our best defense against this disease.”

Survivors are celebrated at the Run/Walk, so please visit the survivors’ tent for gift bags. In addition, you can commemorate the occasion with a special survivors’ photo. Bring a photo of yourself, a survivor you know, or a lost loved one for the survivor/memory banner.

Quiet Waters Park - South River Overlook, Annapolis, Maryland

Quiet Waters Park - Bridge & Fountain, Annapolis, Maryland

More than 20,000 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer each year, and approximately 15,000 women die from the disease annually. Unfortunately, most cases are diagnosed in late stages when the prognosis is poor.  However, if diagnosed and treated early, when the cancer is confined to the ovary, the five-year survival rate is over 90 percent.

There is currently no early detection test for ovarian cancer, and Pap tests do not detect the disease.  That is why it is imperative that the early signs and symptoms of the disease are recognized, not only by women, but also by their families and the medical community.

Symptoms of ovarian cancer may include bloating, pelvic or abdominal pain, trouble eating or feeling full quickly, and feeling the need to urinate urgently or often. Other symptoms of ovarian cancer may include fatigue, upset stomach or heartburn, back pain, pain during intercourse, constipation, and menstrual changes. Women who experience these symptoms for longer than two weeks, especially if these symptoms are new to them, are encouraged to visit their health care provider.

Many women attending this NOCC event are anxious and willing to tell their stories of, or related to, diagnosis, misdiagnosis, the hardships of treatment, the potential for inherited genetic mutations, and the fears and joys of being a survivor.

To register for the NOCC Central Maryland Chapter’s “Walk to Break the Silence on Ovarian Cancer,” please call 443-433-2597 or visit www.nocc.kintera.org/mdcentral.

Nancy Long and Paula Kozik are the Co-presidents of the NOCC Central Maryland Chapter. Libby’s H*O*P*E*™ will be featuring the inspirational stories of these two amazing women as part of its Vox Populi (“voice of the people”) feature during National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.

About the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition

The mission of the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition, a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization, is to raise awareness and promote education about ovarian cancer. The Coalition carries out its mission through a toll-free Help Line, local NOCC Chapters, a comprehensive website, peer support, written publications, and awareness/educational programs. The Coalition is committed to improving the survival rate and quality of life for women with ovarian cancer. If you would like more information about the “Break the Silence” campaign, or wish to contact one of the local NOCC Chapters, visit www.ovarian.org or call 1-888-OVARIAN (1-888-682-7426).


NOCC To Host 6th Annual “Walk To Break The Silence On Ovarian Cancer” In Washington, D.C. Area

The National Ovarian Cancer Coalition (NOCC) Central Maryland Chapter announces its 6th Annual “Walk to Break the Silence on Ovarian Cancer” to be held on Sunday, September 12, 2010 at Quiet Waters Park, located in Annapolis, Maryland.

Pureology is the Premier Sponsor of the NOCC 6th Annual "Walk To Break The Silence On Ovarian Cancer" Event

The National Ovarian Cancer Coalition (NOCC) Central Maryland Chapter announces its 6th Annual “Walk to Break the Silence on Ovarian Cancer” to be held on Sunday, September 12, 2010 at Quiet Waters Park, located in Annapolis, Maryland.

Registration will open at 8:00 am, and the 5K Run will begin at 9:00 am. The 3K Walk is scheduled to kick off at 9:05 am. To view a complete schedule of events, click here. To view the event brochure, click here.

September is Ovarian Cancer and Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month. “We walk and run to raise funds but just as importantly, we walk and run to raise awareness,” said Nancy Long, NOCC Central Maryland Chapter’s Co-President. “There is no early detection test for ovarian cancer. That is why education and awareness are currently our best defense against this disease.”

Special events will include a survivor’s area with prizes and gifts available for ovarian cancer survivors. Refreshments will be provided, as well as face painting for the kids, big and small, and a table to make a flag in honor of or in memory of a loved one.

All participants will receive a T-shirt and a Pureology gift pack containing Pureology Hydrate Shampoo and Pureology Hydrate Conditioner. Pureology is the premier sponsor of the NOCC’s “Walk to Break the Silence on Ovarian Cancer.”

Quiet Waters Park - South River Overlook, Annapolis, Maryland

Quiet Waters Park - Bridge & Fountain, Annapolis, Maryland

More than 20,000 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer each year, and approximately 15,000 women die from the disease annually. Unfortunately, most cases are diagnosed in their later stages when the prognosis is poor.  However, if diagnosed and treated early, when the cancer is confined to the ovary, the five-year survival rate is over 90 percent. There is currently no early detection test for ovarian cancer, and Pap tests do not detect the disease.  That is why it is imperative that the early signs and symptoms of the disease are recognized, not only by women, but also by their families and the medical community.

Symptoms of ovarian cancer may include bloating, pelvic or abdominal pain, trouble eating or feeling full quickly, and feeling the need to urinate urgently or often. Other symptoms of ovarian cancer may include fatigue, upset stomach or heartburn, back pain, pain during intercourse, constipation, and menstrual changes. Women who experience these symptoms for longer than two weeks, especially if these symptoms are new to them, are encouraged to visit their health care provider.

Many women attending this event are anxious and willing to tell their stories of, or related to, diagnosis, misdiagnosis, the hardships of treatment, the potential for inherited genetic mutations, and the fears and joys of being a survivor.

To register for the NOCC Central Maryland Chapter’s “Walk to Break the Silence on Ovarian Cancer,” please call 443-433-2597 or visit www.nocc.kintera.org/mdcentral

About the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition

The mission of the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition, a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization, is to raise awareness and promote education about ovarian cancer. The Coalition carries out its mission through a toll-free Help Line, local NOCC Chapters, a comprehensive website, peer support, written publications, and awareness/educational programs. The Coalition is committed to improving the survival rate and quality of life for women with ovarian cancer. If you would like more information on the “Break the Silence” campaign, or wish to contact one of the local NOCC Chapters, visit www.ovarian.org or call 1-888-OVARIAN (1-888-682-7426).

Source: NOCC Central MD Announces the 6th Annual Walk/Run To Break the Silence on Ovarian Cancer, National Ovarian Cancer Coalition, Central Maryland Chapter, Press Release, July 2, 2010.

Libby’s H*O*P*E*™ National Ovarian Cancer Coalition 6th Annual Women’s Health Expo Presentation

On March 20, 2010, Libby’s H*O*P*E*™ made a presentation at the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition’s 6th Annual Women’s Health Expo.  The presentation was entitled, A Patient Advocate’s Perspective on the Importance of Ovarian Cancer Awareness and Helpful Online Resources.

On March 20, 2010, Libby’s H*O*P*E*™ made a presentation at the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition’s 6th Annual Women’s Health Expo.  The presentation was entitled, A Patient Advocate’s Perspective on the Importance of Ovarian Cancer Awareness and Helpful Online Resources.  The topics covered in the presentation include:

  • Genesis of Libby’s H*O*P*E*™,
  • Ovarian Cancer Overview,
  • Helpful Online Resources,
  • Stories of Hope, and
  • Making a Difference

The full presentation is provided below in Adobe Reader PDF document format. To view the full presentation, simply click on the image below.  If you require free Adobe Reader software, click here.

I want to extend special thanks to Nancy Long and Paula Kozik, co-presidents of the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition’s Central Maryland Chapter, for the invitation to speak at this worthwhile event.  Nancy and Paula are two very special ovarian cancer survivors, who put together an informative conference that was well attended and enjoyed by all.  It was both an honor and a privilege to meet Nancy, Paula, and many other ovarian cancer survivors during the conference.  Many women shared with me their personal stories of struggle, inspiration and hope.  These women are my “everyday heroes.”  If you have any questions regarding the presentation, please feel free to contact me by clicking on the homepage “Contact” tab.

Libby’s H*O*P*E* to Present At NOCC 6th Annual Women’s Health Expo (REJUVENATE Finding Balance)

On March 20, 2010, the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition (Maryland Chapter) will hold its 6th Annual Women’s Health Expo entitled, REJUVENATE Finding Balance (NOCC Rejuvenate), at the Sheraton Annapolis Hotel. … On behalf of Libby’s H*O*P*E*™, I will conduct a seminar as part of Session II entitled, A Patient Advocate’s Perspective on the Importance of Ovarian Cancer Awareness and Related On-line Resources.

On March 20, 2010, the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition (Maryland Chapter) will hold its 6th Annual Women’s Health Expo entitled, REJUVENATE Finding Balance (NOCC Rejuvenate), at the Sheraton Annapolis Hotel. NOCC Rejuvenate is sponsored by the National Breast & Ovarian Cancer Connection and Cancer Treatment Centers of America.  Additional funding was also provided through a grant from the Maryland Attorney General Settlement.

NOCC Rejuvenate is designed to appeal to all women who want to rejuvenate their mind, body and spirit. The event is divided into three sessions. Each session offers seven to eight different seminars for attendees. The seminars address a variety of topics including make-up and skin care, going green, photography, plastic surgery, decorating, fashion, finance, retirement solutions, nutrition, fitness, and holistic approaches to wellness. A list of all event seminars is provided below.

Informative seminars about ovarian and breast cancer are offered as part of each session. Knowing the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer, the screening guidelines for breast cancer, and the basics about hereditary breast and ovarian cancer, could save your life or the life of someone you love.  On behalf of Libby’s H*O*P*E*™, I will conduct a seminar as part of Session II entitled, A Patient Advocate’s Perspective on the Importance of Ovarian Cancer Awareness and Related On-line Resources.  My presentation will address the genesis of the Libby’s H*O*P*E*™ website; highlight critical ovarian cancer awareness information; summarize available online ovarian cancer and cancer-related resources; describe stories of hope involving ovarian cancer survivors and their families; and explain how each individual can make a difference in the fight against ovarian cancer.

NOCC Rejuvenate also targets cancer survivors. The devastating effects of these diseases can rob women of hope and peace. This event will offer an opportunity for survivors to reinvent their self-image and gain more knowledge, offering a sense of hope and a chance to connect with other survivors.

An exhibitor’s area will be offered at the event. This area will include informational tables as well as vendor tables that have been specifically chosen to meet the overarching vision of the event. At the completion of the three event sessions, a nutritious lunch will be served while information is provided on the signs and symptoms of ovarian and breast cancer.

NOCC 6th Annual Women's Health Expo

What:  National Ovarian Cancer Coalition 6th Annual Women’s Health Expo entitled, REJUVENTE Finding Balance (click here to view event brochure, including mail-in registration)

When: Saturday, March 20, 2010 (8:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M.)

Where: Sheraton Annapolis Hotel, 173 Jennifer Road, Annapolis, Maryland 21401 (driving instructions).

Register: To register online click here.

Contact: Nancy Long (NOCC Maryland Chapter Co-President) at 443-433-2597, or email (click here).

Keynote Speaker:  Yarrow, The Energy Whisperer

Session I Presentations (9:30 A.M. – 10:30 A.M.)

  • Treating Cancer By Alternative Medicine
  • The Survivors’ Connection
  • The Skinny on Fat – Cancer Prevention Naturally
  • Interior Design in Difficult Times – Cost Saving Design Solutions
  • Relaxation & Healing
  • Identifying & Solving the Challenges of Baby Boomer Women
  • Cancer and The Healing Power of Forgiveness
  • Belly Dancing

Session II Presentations (10:45-11:45)

  • Dr. Zandra Cheng, Breast Surgeon at Anne Arundel Medical Center
  • Hereditary Syndromes That Include Ovarian and Breast Cancers
  • Facial & Body Rejuvenation
  • A Patient Advocate’s Perspective On the Importance of Ovarian Cancer Awareness & Related On-line Resources (Paul Cacciatore, Founder, Libby’s H*O*P*E*™)
  • Designing Green Interiors
  • Creating Better Images with the Camera You Own
  • Some Expert Fashion Tips
  • Yoga:  A Balanced Life
  • Relaxation & Healing

Session III Presentations (12:00 P.M. – 1:00 P.M.)

  • New Advances in Ovarian Cancer (William McGuire, M.D., Medical Director of The Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Cancer Institute at Franklin Square Hospital)
  • What is My Daughter’s Chance of Getting My Cancer?
  • Planning for your Retirement Lifestyle:  The New Retirement
  • Super Health Begins with Super-food Nutrition
  • Around the World to Your Backyard
  • Balancing Your Life Wheel
  • Get Fit & Healthy with the Simple Rules of the Big 3
  • Relaxation & Healing

About the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition

The mission of the NOCC is to raise awareness and increase education about ovarian cancer. NOCC is committed to improving the survival rate and quality of life for women with ovarian cancer. Through national programs and local Chapter initiatives, the NOCC’s goal is to make more people aware of the early symptoms of ovarian cancer. In addition, the NOCC provides information to assist the newly diagnosed patient, to provide hope to survivors, and to support caregivers. NOCC programs are possible only with the help of its volunteers; committed men and women dedicated to the mission of the NOCC in communities across the country.  For more information go to http://www.ovarian.org/.

About the National Breast & Ovarian Cancer Connection

The mission of the NBOCC is to raise awareness and educate the general public about the link between breast and ovarian cancer. The organization is dedicated to teaching all women about their inherent risks and how to improve their chances of survival through early detection and research developments.  For more information go to http://www.nbocc.org/.