Annual Awareness & Arts of Healing Weekend

 

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Each February, Let Every Woman Know – Alaska will host a widely publicized weekend full of events geared towards awareness and support for women with gynecologic cancers.

The Annual Awareness Weekend follows an “Arts of Healing” theme in which Let Every Woman Know – Alaska recognizes the positive effects art has on women coping with cancer and raises awareness through creative arts and community.

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The 5th annual GYN Cancer Awareness and Arts of Healing weekend on Feb. 3-5 2017 offered a free two day Foundation for Women’s Cancer Survivors Course featuring talks from nationally recognized gynecologic oncologists coming from all over the United States, support groups, experiential learning and breakout workshops for gynecologic cancer survivors, family and friends, doctors, care takers and other members of the medical community. In addition, a First Friday Art Showcase was held at Blue Hollomon Gallery featuring works by artists whose lives have been touched by cancer, and a  Saturday night Rhythm Heals Benefit Concert at Taproot. The concert featured a hip hop performance by Underground Dance Company and the debut performance of Team THRIVE:hip hop dancers touched by cancer.  Nationally renowned musical group SHEL returned along with local band The Super Saturated Sugar Strings

Our 4th annual Gynecologic Cancer Awareness & Arts of Healing Weekend  in 2016 was an amazing success. We saw outstanding attendance at all of our events including a full-house First Friday Art Showcase at Blue Hollomon, maximum capacity at our free 2-day Foundation for Women’s Cancer Course for both survivors and medical community, and a sold out Dance Like Barb Rhythm Heals Concert on Saturday with SHEL and N.E.D. Attendees flew in from all over the state (and even a few from out of state) to be a part of the weekend. Over $100,000 was raised to contribute to carrying out the mission of gynecologic cancer awareness and support in Alaska. Thank you to all who attended and donated!

The 3rd annual Awareness & Arts of Healing Weekend took place February 6, 7 & 8th, 2015. The weekend featured another free, 2-day Foundation for Women’s Cancer Survivors course, this time with CME accredited lectures for providers too. There was a Rhythm Heals Concert at Taproot featuring internationally renowned musical act Rupa and the April Fishes, and a special appearance by the KJ Denhert band of New York City. There was weekend closing celebration at Hard Rock Cafe with dancing, live music and a tribute to women diagnosed with GYN Cancer in Alaska.

The 2014, 2nd annual Awareness & Arts of Healing Weekend took place on February 7, 8 & 9. The 2014 weekend offered a two day Foundation for Women’s Cancer Survivors Course at the Providence Cancer Center as well as a Rhythm Heals Concert at the Anchorage Museum featuring several local female musicians, a First Friday Art Showcase at Blue Hollomon Gallery, and a monologue performance “I Got Sick Then I Got Better” written and performed by nationally recognized writer and activist Jenny Allen.

For its first Annual Awareness Weekend in 2013, Let Every Woman Know – Alaska hosted the nationally recognized rock band of Gynecologic Oncologists, No Evidence of Disease (N.E.D.), for a Rhythm Heals Concert and musical tribute to Alaskan women lost to GYN cancer. An Art Showcase featuring artists whose lives had been touched by cancer was displayed in various venues throughout Anchorage. Let Every Woman Know – Alaska screened a documentary film premiere of No Evidence of Disease, which follows doctors and patients through their healing journey of music and GYN cancer. The weekend also offered Alaska’s first ever Foundation for Women’s Cancer Survivors Course  as a day-long free educational seminar open to all Alaskan women with GYN cancers, friends, family and care providers. In addition, a large team of Let Every Woman Know –Alaska athletes, GYN cancer survivors, care providers, and supporters competed in the Ski for Women to promote awareness and demonstrate the first chapter of the Let Every Woman Know – Alaska Leading a Healthy Lifestyles Campaign.

The Awareness Weekend was a resounding success as it received publicity on both the local and national levels, which in turn continued to perpetuate the Let Every Woman Know – Alaska message of gynecologic cancer awareness. Educating women to know the signs and symptoms of gynecologic cancers can save lives.