LET EVERY WOMAN KNOW PRESS RELEASE – January 26, 2015
Internationally touring band raises local cancer awareness; Rupa & the April Fishes led by musician and doctor Rupa Marya to headline Anchorage cancer awareness weekend.
Rupa & the April Fishes, an internationally touring band that draws from a long list of global influences including reggae, ska, jazz, French chanson and Latino cumbia, will perform as part of the third annual Gynecologic Cancer Awareness & Arts of Healing Weekend hosted by Let Every Woman Know – Alaska, Feb. 6-8 in Anchorage.
With a sound the Los Angeles Times calls “ecstatic and powerfully evocative,” the band will travel from San Francisco to Anchorage for the Rupa & the April Fishes Rhythm Heals Concert at Tap Root Public House on Saturday, Feb. 7, as part of the weekend of events.
The band’s lead singer and songwriter, Rupa Marya, is also an internist on staff at the University of California, San Francisco Hospital where she treats terminally ill patients. Her songs often draw from her experiences as a doctor, as well as from her world travels where she bears witness to social issues such as health, immigration, poverty and violence.
“Our focus for the Rhythm Heals Concert is on music of healing and Rupa & the April Fishes truly represents this,” said Sierra Winegarner, program director for Let Every Woman Know – Alaska. “The band’s music draws from people all over the world from all kinds of cultures dealing with the same issues of life, love and healing. We can’t think of a better way to bring the community together and enjoy the healing power of music while raising local awareness for gynecologic cancers.”
The Rupa & the April Fishes Rhythm Heals Concert will take place on Saturday, Feb. 7, at 7 p.m. at Tap Root Public House. The New York-based KJ Denhert Band, whose special blend of urban folk and jazz has earned them four Independent Music Award nominations, will make a guest appearance. Tickets are $20.
The Gynecologic Cancer Awareness & Arts of Healing Weekend will also include a First Friday Art Showcase at Blue Hollomon Gallery featuring works by artists whose lives have been touched by cancer; a free two-day gynecologic cancer survivors course, presented by the Foundation for Women’s Cancer at the Providence Cancer Center; and a weekend closing celebration at Hard Rock Café with the KJ Denhert Band.
LET EVERY WOMAN KNOW PRESS RELEASE – January 22, 2014
“I Got Sick Then I Got Better,” a one-woman show written and performed by nationally-recognized writer, actress and ovarian cancer survivor Jenny Allen, will be part of the second annual Let Every Woman Know – Alaska Gynecologic Cancer Awareness and Arts of Healing Weekend taking place Feb. 7-9 in Anchorage.
Allen will travel from New York City to perform the piece at the Wendy Williamson Auditorium on Sunday, Feb. 9. The comedic monologue follows her adventures “down the medical rabbit hole,” as she is diagnosed and treated for ovarian cancer. Allen connects with her audience and “speaks with passion and precision,” according to a review in the New York Times.
Allen will also be facilitating the “Writing as a Form of Healing” workshop as part of the Foundation for Women’s Cancer Survivor Course, hosted by local non-profit Let Every Woman Know during the awareness weekend. Held at the Providence Cancer Center, the course is free and open to gynecologic cancer survivors, friends, family, supporters and the medical community. It will offer lectures given by nationally recognized gynecologic oncologists, as well as support groups, experiential learning and breakout workshops.
The awareness weekend will also include a First Friday art showcase and a benefit concert. The art showcase will feature artists whose lives have been touched by cancer and will be held at the Blue Hollomon Gallery on Friday, Feb. 7. The Rhythm Heals Concert will be held on Saturday, Feb. 8, at the Anchorage Museum, and will feature local musicians Emma Hill, Anna Lynch, Amy Lou Hettinger, Sophia Street and Adele Morgan. The performance will benefit gynecologic cancer support and awareness programs specifically for Alaska women.
“I Got Sick Then I Got Better,” directed by James Lapine and Darren Katz, is on Sunday, Feb. 9 at 5 p.m. at the Wendy Williamson Auditorium. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $10 for students. The Rhythm Heals Concert is on Saturday, Feb. 8, at 7 p.m. at the Anchorage Museum. Tickets are $20.
Let Every Woman Know – Alaska is dedicated to gynecologic cancer awareness through the arts, community and education. Gynecologic cancers claim the lives of thousands of women every year but many don’t know the signs and symptoms of these cancers. Raising awareness can save lives. For more information and a full breakdown of event information, times and locations, or to purchase tickets, visit www.LetEveryWomanKnow.org.
LET EVERY WOMAN KNOW PRESS RELEASE – August 27, 2013
2013 Alyeska Climbathon
Let Every Woman Know – Alaska is partnering with the 6th Annual Alyeska Climbathon on September 14, 2013 to host a gynecologic cancer awareness event and fundraiser as part of the Globeathon, an international movement of over 80 countries coming together to raise awareness and funds for education and research about gynecologic cancers during the month of September, Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month.
The Alyeska Climbathon will be an annual Let Every Woman Know – Alaska GYN cancer awareness event and is the key component of the organization’s “Leading a Healthy Lifestyle” Campaign highlighting the importance of an active lifestyle to women’s health. Participants of this event will include gynecologic cancer survivors, supporters and care providers as well as the usual mountain running athletes who will climb the Alyeska North Face Trail, ascending approximately 2.5 miles and gaining 2,000 vertical feet from the Hotel Alyeska to the top terminal of the Alyeska Aerial Tram, and take the tram down as many times as they can in a 10 hour period. The GYN cancer survivors participating in this event are in various stages of overcoming or battling their diagnosis and will demonstrate their incredible capacity to continue to achieve greatness despite the difficulties of these diseases.
Sponsors are pledging funds to support individual climbers or teams including the three Let Every Woman Know – Alaska Climbathon teams: the Gynecologic Cancer Survivor Team, the Survivor Supporter Team, and the Cancer Care Provider Team. Each team will be recognized for their vertical accomplishment and for funds raised.
Nationally touring rock band N.E.D. makes first Alaska appearance as headliner for gynecologic cancer awareness weekend Feb. 1-3
No Evidence of Disease (N.E.D.), a band composed of six of the nation’s leading gynecologic oncology surgeons including Anchorage-based surgeon Dr. Joanie Hope, will perform at Tap Root next month. Their inaugural appearance in Alaska is part of the Feb. 1-3 weekend dedicated to raising awareness and education about women’s cancers.
The Rhythm Heals concert at Tap Root will be N.E.D.’s first performance in lead vocalist Dr. Joanie Hope’s stomping grounds, where she practices as Alaska’s only gynecologic oncology surgeon. Formed in 2008, the nationally recognized band has released two albums and toured throughout the nation promoting awareness of gynecologic cancers.
“Our mission is to encourage women to be ‘down-there’ aware,” said Dr. Hope. “The themes of our songs intersect rock music and the struggle of living with cancer – life, loss and universal love. Alaska has never had this many gynecologic oncology surgeons in one place at one time before.”
Alaska sensation the Meg Mackey Band will open the Rhythm Heals concert on Feb. 2 at 9 p.m. Tickets are $20 at the door or $15 online in advance.
The concert is presented by local volunteer group Let Every Woman Know – Alaska, as part of a series of events geared toward women’s cancer awareness. Events throughout the first weekend of February include an arts showcase featuring works by artists whose lives have been touched by cancer; an inspirational survivors workshop, presented by the Foundation for Women’s Cancer; and the “No Evidence of Disease.” documentary film premiere at Bear Tooth Theatrepub, featuring another live set from N.E.D. and a special tribute to Alaskan women affected by gynecologic cancers.
A full breakdown of event information, times and locations is available at leteverywomanknow.org/events.
Let Every Woman Know – Alaska is a group of Anchorage-based volunteers dedicated to raising awareness and education about women’s cancers in Alaska. For more information, visit www.LetEveryWomanKnow. org