Many women succumb to this disease within a short period of time, because unlike cervical or breast cancer, ovarian cancer does not have a standardized early detection procedure. Billy Cundiff
Phoenix, AZ (PRWEB) May 01, 2013
NFL Kicker Billy Cundiff has launched the initial development of Kicking For The Dream, an effort to engage kicking specialists at all levels, to help Colleen's Dream Foundation fund research for the early detection and advanced treatment of ovarian cancer.
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Cundiff, who has been an NFL kicker for over 10 years for teams such as the Cowboys, Saints, Browns, Ravens and Redskins, recently lost his mother-in-law to ovarian cancer. He says ovarian cancer is often referred to as ‘the silent killer’ because many women do not discover their disease until it is in the late stages.
“Many women succumb to this disease within a short period of time, because unlike cervical or breast cancer, ovarian cancer does not have a standardized early detection procedure,” says Cundiff. “That is what happened to my mother-in-law, Colleen Drury.”
Cundiff says his goal for Kicking For The Dream is to enlist the help of kicking specialists at every level, to raise awareness, and money, to help change this situation. He says Kicking For The Dream will work directly with Colleen’s Dream Foundation to achieve this goal.
Colleen’s Dream Foundation started in 2012, as a result of his mother-in-laws’ battle with ovarian cancer. The Foundation supports research for early detection and improved treatment for ovarian cancer.
"My mother-in-law was diagnosed with late-stage ovarian cancer in 2007,” says Cundiff. “That experience made me – and my wife’s family - aware of a new world filled with invasive surgery, harsh chemotherapy, and lots of uncertainty.”
Cundiff says it was Colleen’s wish that a foundation be created to help other women facing the same situation she faced.
“Colleen felt it was important to raise money for research that will lead to reliable early detection testing and improved treatment for ovarian cancer,” says Cundiff. “Because so little is known about ovarian cancer in proportion to other women’s health issues, we have an incredible opportunity for research and education.”
Cundiff says Colleen’s Dream Foundation will work with some of the top research hospitals and universities that are researching ovarian cancer. He says the Foundation will be offering seed funding to fund “cutting-edge research” by some of the brightest young minds in the world.
“As much as we love and miss Colleen, unfortunately we are not the only ones to experience this reality,” says Cundiff. “Colleen’s Dream Foundation is our chance to help others who are directly affected by this terrible disease."
Cundiff says Kicking For The Dream will be one of the many fundraising projects created to support Colleen’s Dream Foundation.
"In March, Ride AZ Promotions held a motorcycle fundraiser for Colleen’s Dream Foundation, and last week, there was a ‘fashion’ fundraising event with renowned fashion designer Kendra Scott,” says Cundiff. “So we are not limiting our fundraising efforts to any particular group.”
“However, my experience is that kicking specialists are some of the most caring and generous people I know,” says Cundiff. “So I am looking forward to reaching out, and engaging them, in this effort to battle ovarian cancer.”
Cundiff says he plans to have the initial Kicking For The Dream ‘pilot’ launched by the end of May 2013.
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