(Filed Under Financial and General Interest News). Knock out! is the official panty of the Foundation for Women’s Cancer, and a sponsor of the 2012 National Race to End Women’s Cancer in Washington, DC on November 4th.
September is Gynecological Cancer Awareness Month, and the foundation kicks off its fall campaign with a 72-hour, continuous “purple ribbon” relay by survivors around the White House to raise awareness about reproductive cancers and the National Race in November. (Learn more at endwomenscancer.org).
Knock out! partnered with The Foundation for Women’s Cancer “when two women, with passion in their voices and empathy in their hearts,” approached CEO Angela Newnam. “They educated me on the struggles to get attention for these rarely mentioned reproductive cancers. They asked me for help in their cause – to spread the word and to raise research money for these “below the belt” killers, such as cervical, ovarian and uterine cancers. Why me? I am the founder of Knock out! - we make Smart Panties and are very focused on issues below the belt. We are committed to helping educate women and to raise money for a cure.”
The purple ribbon represents all reproductive cancers. “We strive for similar success in raising awareness about gynecologic cancers,” as has been achieved with breast cancer, says Karen Carlson, executive director of the Foundation for Women’s Cancer. “88,000 women are diagnosed each year, and nearly 30,000 die. Our mission is to raise research funds and educate women about how best to prevent, detect, treat and defeat women’s cancer. We are thrilled to have Knock out Panty’s support and sponsorship of the National Race.”
According to a Knock out! statement, “Gynecological cancers strike young and old, even teenagers. President Obama’s mother, Ann Dunham, died at 52 from ovarian cancer. The list goes on: Gilda Radner at 42, Dixie Lee at 42, Coretta Scott King was 78, and Jessica Tandy died at 84. Like breast cancer, age is not the driver. Olympic gymnast Shannon Miller and Kathy Bates are survivors. The National Race Survivors Committee Chair, Jennie McGihon, was diagnosed with stage three ovarian cancer at 32. Symptoms are difficult to detect, and the Foundation educates women to learn the symptoms, listen to your body, and seek care first from a gynecological oncologist, the specialists who have the best outcomes in treating these deadly diseases. Wear your purple ribbon Knock Out panties, register for the National Race (you can even sleep in and still support the cause) and get into action to help eradicate women’s cancers – below the belt.” Contact: Lorraine Chambers, firstname.lastname@example.org. 972-771-4404
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