The 20th anniversary of Sprint for Life was a success on Saturday, May 6, 2017. Thank you for joining us for this milestone as we celebrated two decades of research advancements for ovarian cancer.
Hosted by the Gynecologic Oncology and Reproductive Medicine department since 1998, Sprint for Life has now raised over $5.2 million for the Blanton-Davis Ovarian Cancer Research Program at MD Anderson. Laura Lee Scurlock Blanton and Sandra G. Davis are the courageous women for whom the Blanton-Davis Ovarian Cancer Research Program is named.
On Race Day, survivors, their families and friends, businesses and MD Anderson employees came together to achieve two goals:
- Raise funds for research
- Increase awareness about ovarian cancer and its symptoms
Why support is important
This year, about 21,290 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer and about 14,180 women will die, making ovarian cancer the leading cause of death from gynecologic cancers.
Unfortunately, because there is no screening or early detection test available and ovarian cancer symptoms are subtle, only 25% of ovarian tumors are detected before they have progressed to an advanced stage.
2017 Sprint for Life leadership
Sprint for Life appreciates the support of Kelli Blanton, Eddy Scurlock Blanton Sr., Lee Davis and Gayle Goodman, who chaired the 2017 event.