Thank you to everyone who participated in the 21st annual Sprint for Life® 5K Run/Walk. It was a great success.
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.
2018 Sprint for Life Leadership
Sprint for Life appreciates the support of Event Chair Kim Podraza and of Honorary Co-Chairs Kelli Blanton, Eddy Scurlock Blanton Sr., Lee Davis, Gayle Goodman, Wendy Schmitz and Kimberly Sperling.
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 22,440 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer and about 14,070 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.