NEW YORK , June 20, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Tina's Wish, the only nonprofit organization dedicated exclusively to funding scientific research for the early detection of ovarian cancer, is pleased to announce that it hosted 140 individuals and raised more than $125,000 for research grants at its Leadership Council Spring Reception Thursday night in New York City. The event featured actress and cancer survivor Fran Drescher, who delivered a powerful keynote address based on her own experiences and then moderated an expert panel discussion on a variety of topics related to ovarian cancer.
"We are in a race against the clock to finally find a process for early-stage detection of this insidious disease. With the five-year survival rate at 27% for women diagnosed with advanced-stage ovarian cancer, there is an urgent need for more medical and scientific research in this area," said Ms. Drescher, an Emmy award-winning actress, New York Times best-selling author and a 17-year uterine cancer survivor.
Ms. Drescher, who is the founder of the Cancer Schmancer Movement, also moderated the evening's panel on ovarian cancer awareness, which included Dr. Leslie Boyd, NYU Langone Medical Center, Dr. Kara Long-Roche, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and ovarian cancer survivor Claudia Garza. A major discussion point during the session was how we begin shifting the nation's focus from searching for cures to targeting prevention and early detection of cancer in order to save lives. "It's your body – don't give anyone Power of Attorney over it," Ms. Drescher told the crowd.
The event's success was also driven by The Mary Haas Foundation generously offering a challenge grant of up to $50,000 based on funds raised from the evening. This financial commitment and Ms. Drescher's participation helped send another vital message to the public about the importance of finding a means of early detection for ovarian cancer, which in 80% of affected women is diagnosed at an advanced stage. There is an urgent need for more medical and scientific research in this area.
Additional details can be found at tinaswish.org/lcreception17recap
Contact: Beverly Wolfer
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