Massage for a Cause: Support Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

Written by Marilyn Hawkes Category: Health & Fitness Issue: September 2015
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From left: Michelle Batschelet, Billie Drury, Colleen Drury, Danielle Kamm, Nicole CundiffOvarian cancer has claimed the lives of many of our national treasures – comedian Gilda Radner, actress Madeline Kahn, singer Dinah Shore and activist and civil rights leader Coretta Scott King. But the insidious disease has also taken the lives of millions of ordinary women - our sisters, mothers, cousins, aunts and friends.

The National Ovarian Cancer Coalition was formed 1n 1995 to raise awareness about the disease and provide education and support for women with ovarian cancer. In 2000, the organization named September “Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month,” which resulted in educational and fundraising events being held across the country.

Locally, the family of Colleen Drury, who died of ovarian cancer in 2013, established Colleen’s Dream Foundation to increase the public’s knowledge about the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer, as well as to fund scientific research with the goal of developing an accurate and accessible early detection test. Colleen left behind four daughters who are devoted to finding improved treatment and higher survival rates for the deadly disease.

“When ovarian cancer is caught in the early stages, its cure rate is over 90 percent,” says Nicole Cundiff, executive director of Colleen’s Dream Foundation and one of Colleen’s daughters. “Unfortunately, because there is no early detection screening tool on the market, most ovarian cancer cases are not diagnosed until the disease has reached stage 3 or 4, when it is much more difficult to treat.”

Through Oct. 31, Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa is offering “Spa for a Dream,” an opportunity to get a 60-minute massage or facial for $99. The spa will donate 10 percent of the proceeds to Colleen’s Dream Foundation. To book a treatment, call 855-525-0588.

“The money we raise goes to support research at teaching hospitals all over the country, including the University Medical Center in Tucson, University of California San Diego Moores Cancer Center and MD Anderson, to name a few,” Cundiff says. “We currently have over 14 active research partnerships in the United States.”

For more information, visit colleensdream.org.

Colleen's Dream Foundation