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MOBILE, Alabama — The 9th Annual GO Run drew almost 1,000 participants to the University of South Alabama on Saturday, September 17, where runners and walkers braved the rain to raise funds for GYN cancer research.
“This gives our patients a chance to get out here with their families and celebrate their journey,” said Dr. Jennifer Scalici, a GYN oncologist at USA Mitchell Cancer Institute. “And we’re raising money for important research being conducted right here in Mobile.”
Scalici leads a GYN research team at MCI, which is working to better understand ovarian cancer and test new compounds for its treatment. Ovarian cancer accounts for more deaths than any other cancer of the female reproductive system, an expected 14,240 in the U.S. this year.
GYN cancers still carry a stigma that needs to be overcome, Scalici said. “We’re taught that things below the belt stay below the belt and we don’t discuss them,” she said. “If you look at what we’ve done with breast cancer, every woman out there knows to get a mammogram. Every woman out there knows what pink stands for, and it’s okay to talk about breast cancer.”
The GO Run is held annually during September, which is GYN Cancer Awareness Month. Sponsored by the Catranis Family Charitable Foundation, the event raised $82,000 last year.
The event included kids’ activities, refreshments and information booths, including a free skin screening.
“This race saved my life,” said Robin Poole, one of the participants in the race. “In 2014, I was here running and I visited the free cancer screening booth. And they diagnosed me with melanoma. Fortunately, I was able to run again here today.”
See photos from the ninth annual GO Run here!
USA Mitchell Cancer Institute is an academic cancer research and treatment facility with offices in Mobile, Fairhope and Monroeville, Ala.
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