Ride the Teal Wave for Ovarian Cancer: Paddling for a Cure in Bellingham Bay

by Kari Neumeyer




Campaign has ended


We had a wonderful event Sept. 3, 2022, and can't wait to do it again next year. In the meantime, you can still help us meet our fundraising goals through the end of Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.

When we started planning this event, I reached out to all the low-grade women I knew in the region. One of them was Jill Scott, who happened to live just a county away from Bellingham and also was receiving treatment at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, where both France and I were treated.

Unfortunately, Jill had ongoing complications following her surgery and was unable to participate. She promised to "share the hell out of it" anyway.

A few weeks after the event where Jill was supposed to join us on Bellingham Bay, she passed away from this sneaky bitch of a disease. Our hearts are broken and we send our love to her family, knowing that she deserved more time. She was diagnosed with low-grade earlier this year.

Please donate in support of research for effective treatments to improve the outcomes for people like Jill who are diagnosed with low-grade serous ovarian cancer.


This year, over 21,000 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer and about 14,000 women will die. There is no screening or early detection test available. Symptoms are subtle which results in only 20 percent of ovarian tumors being detected before they have progressed to an advanced stage.

STAAR Ovarian Cancer Foundation has created the Step Up America for Ovarian Cancer Campaign to raise awareness and funding for research, especially for the rare subtype, Low-Grade Serous Carcinoma.

Every year, women of all ages are affected by ovarian cancer, especially the rare form low-grade serous ovarian cancer (LGSC) which disproportionately affects younger women. The lack of screening tests and limited research for ovarian cancer adds to the importance of educating women about the symptoms of ovarian cancer and the need to raise funding for research, to help give these young women better treatment options and longer lives.  

Funds raised will support ovarian cancer research. STAAR is governed and run 100% by a volunteer board and committee members, half of whom are women previously diagnosed with LGSC. Since 2020, STAAR has contributed to funding two research project at MD Anderson Cancer Center with the most recent funding a LGSC research study for $150,000. 

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