Foundation for Women's Cancer Launches Super Survivor Contest for National Race to End Women's Cancer

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The Foundation for Women’s Cancer kicks off its Super Survivor Contest this week, inspiring thousands of women diagnosed with a reproductive cancer to help raise awareness and funding for these “below the belt” cancers that strike 88,000 American women each year.

National Co-Chairs Erin Rothfuss (three-year ovarian cancer survivor) and husband Brian Watanabe of San Francisco kick off the Super Survivors Contest for the National Race to End Women’s Cancer, to b

The Foundation for Women’s Cancer wants all women to LEARN (the symptoms), LISTEN (to their bodies), and ACT (by seeking care from a gynecologic oncologist) to increase early detection and the best outcomes.

The Foundation for Women’s Cancer kicks off its Super Survivor Contest this week, inspiring thousands of women diagnosed with a reproductive cancer to help raise awareness and funding for these “below the belt” cancers that strike 88,000 American women each year.

Erin Rothfuss, 41, a partner with a major law firm in San Francisco, is a three-year survivor of Stage 3 ovarian cancer. A participant in the inaugural National Race to End Women’s Cancer in 2009, Erin won the first Super Survivor Contest last year by raising more than $39,000 from colleagues, family and friends. She and her husband Brian Watanabe are co-chairs of the 2012 National Race.

“Brian and I are incredibly touched by all the support we’ve received through our involvement in the National Race, and it was a real turning point in our struggle,” Erin remembers. “The race gave us the opportunity to stop feeling sorry for ourselves during a year of difficult treatments and to start doing something productive, meaningful and positive. We had a great time, and were honored to be the top fundraisers.”

The National Race to End Women’s Cancer, an 8K/1 Mile Walk/Run, takes place Sunday, November 4th in Washington, DC. The race is part of a weekend of awareness-raising and educational events for survivors, surgeons and other caregivers, families and friends. To learn more about the Super Survivor contest and to register, visit endwomenscancer.org.

“GYN cancers are difficult to detect but there are symptoms,” Erin says. “The Foundation for Women’s Cancer wants all women to LEARN (the symptoms), LISTEN (to their bodies), and ACT (by seeking care from a gynecologic oncologist) to increase early detection and the best outcomes.”

The Foundation for Women’s Cancer is a non-profit organization dedicated to funding research and training, and ensuring education and public awareness of gynecologic cancer prevention, early detection and optimal treatment.

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