The first annual She ROCKS (Research, Ovarian, Cancer, Knowledge, Support) event held recently in Wilmington raised funds that will go directly towards ovarian cancer research based at UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Victoria Bae-Jump, MD, PhD, associate professor with the UNC Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, served as the keynote speaker at a luncheon hosted by She ROCKS (Research, Ovarian, Cancer, Knowledge, Support) on September 19, 2014 in Wilmington, North Carolina. Dr. Bae-Jump talked about incidence, risk factors and treatments associated with one of the deadliest cancers for women – ovarian cancer. She also spoke about her research which focuses on obesity, diet and the development and progression of ovarian cancer as well as metabolic targeted therapies in the treatment of this disease.
The luncheon was hosted by ovarian cancer survivor and bank executive Beth Quinn, who leads the organization, She ROCKS. About her diagnosis Beth commented at the event, “I never went into a dark hole.” She adds. “I said ‘You know Lord, I didn’t sign up for this. I don’t know anything about it, but if you will walk with me, I’ll do it and I’ll help the very next person.”
Proceeds from the luncheon were earmarked for New Hanover Regional’s Zimmer Cancer Center and Dr. Bae-Jump’s research in ovarian cancer at UNC.
Dr. Bae-Jump shares, “I feel very honored to have been at the very first She ROCKS event. Beth Quinn, her friends
and family have done an amazing job in starting She ROCKS bringing increased awareness and research dollars to combat ovarian cancer.” She adds, “The funds from She ROCKS will help accelerate our research efforts, especially those projects focused on early detection and the relationship between diet and ovarian cancer development and progression. Thank you so much Beth Quinn and she ROCKS!”
The inaugural event was such as success; Beth has already secured a bigger venue in Wilmington for next year’s event.
Guests of the luncheon were encouraged to wear teal, which is the color for ovarian cancer awareness.