Although the Foundation for Women’s Cancer (FWC) is headquartered in Chicago, Washington D.C. always seems like a fitting place for the FWC to host their annual national event, The National Race to End Women’s Cancer and their Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Movement Weekend. After all, the FWC is all about making this event part of a national movement that raises awareness and funding to fight women’s cancer, and what better place to host the heart of this national movement then at the nation’s capital.
Here at WORD, we have been fortunate enough to attend every National Race to End Women’s Cancer since its inception. Truly, the event gets better and better every year. Despite Hurricane Sandy slowing down the east coast just days earlier, the weather was perfect for the race and weekend festivities. The event had a great turnout.
The Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Movement Weekend started on Friday, November 2nd, with a preview showing of a film by Spark Media, “No Evidence of Disease”. The film is about the rock band N.E.D. which is made up of Gynecologic Oncologists from around the country. The evening also included a sold-out performance by N.E.D. themselves.
On Saturday, the FWC hosted all-day survivor courses on Ovarian, Uterine and Cervical cancer for survivors and their caregivers. These courses were all offered free of charge and taught by medical and scientific experts in the field. But the main event of the weekend, of course, is the National Race to End Women’s Cancer on Sunday at Freedom Plaza.
WORD was thrilled to be able to connect with key people involved in this weekend event, including survivors, caregivers, advocates, and even the medical and scientific experts who treat these diseases. In the summary video below, we briefly interview some of these people and give an overview of the Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Movement Weekend as a whole.
To watch other videos from this event (including the entire interviews from those featured in the interview above), please visit the YouTube playlist of all the videos from that weekend at this link, or view the clips in the embedded player below. A special thanks to all of the people who spoke with us at the event including: Michelle L. Whitlock (How I lost My Uterus and Found My Voice), Tamika Felder (Tamika and Friends), Dr. Rusty Robinson (N.E.D. the band), Dr. Carol Brown, Dr, Ginger Gardner, and everyone else who took the time to interview with us. And as always, thanks to Nate Manahan for his excellent on-camera interviewing work.
Finally, be sure to learn about next year’s Gynecologic Cancer Weekend and register for next year’s Race to End Women’s Cancer at the event website at EndWomensCancer.org
Until next time,
- Chad Braham
Director of Media Production