BLOG: Steps toward a better future

BLOG: Steps toward a better future

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Mayo Clinic gynecologic oncologist Dr. Jamie Bakkum-Gamez (pictured left) is part of a team of doctors, nurses and Mayo staff walking and running in the women-only Spring Fling Diva Dash in Rochester on April 28. Dr. Bakkum-Gamez tells us why she encourages others to run and walk for ovarian cancer research and MOCA.

Making a difference to women with ovarian cancer is my calling in life. And no matter how many times I’ve had to tell a woman – “You have ovarian cancer” – the truth is, it doesn’t get easier to say those words.  Too often I see women dealing with the difficult emotions and physical hardships related to their diagnosis and treatment, and I can only wish for something better.

A better way to detect ovarian cancer so patients may be able to receive an earlier diagnosis. Better treatment options for ovarian cancer so women have as many choices as possible. Simply put: a better way to beat the disease.

That’s why I’m joining dozens of my Mayo Clinic colleagues as we launch a fundraising team called “Running Our Ovaries Off” at the annual Spring Fling Diva Dash in Rochester, Minn. this Sunday, April 28.

We’ve joined forces to show our patients that we care about them and their future. We’re dedicated to “run our ovaries off” to show support for the women we serve every day. Some of us are running, some of us are walking, but we’re all dedicated to raising money for the research that may change the way we look at ovarian cancer.

I hope you’ll consider taking part in this great event and join the many teams and individuals at the Spring Fling Diva Dash 5K/10K by registering this Saturday, at the Rochester Recreation Center as part of the Spring Fling Expo from 2 – 6 p.m.; or on the day of the race from 6:30 – 8:45 a.m. at Jefferson Elementary School. And don’t forget that kids can take part in the race with the Kids 1K Run!

Each registration provides a $5 donation to the Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance and each runner or walker can donate even more than that. Every amount helps!

We’re excited to lace up our shoes (in teal, of course!) and make steps to make a difference against ovarian cancer and support MOCA. And we hope you’ll join us.