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