Nicole's Annual 5K for Ovarian Cancer

by Nicole Andrews

Supporting: Step Up America for Ovarian Cancer for STAAR Ovarian Cancer Foundation



Two years ago was the scariest time of my life--I was told I had a rare form of ovarian cancer.  I immediately assumed I would die shortly.  

Through research and from organizations such as STAAR OC, I learned more about my form of cancer, discovering that even with surgery and the current forms of treatment, my cancer had a likelihood of reoccurrence. I also learned ovarian cancer receives little cancer research money and that my subtype of ovarian cancer is extremely underfunded---the medicine I take wasn't even created for ovarian cancer!  So, during chemotherapy, I decided I needed to do something and created a walk to raise awareness and raise research dollars.

Here I am two years later and planning the third walk!  For the past two years with the help of amazing friends, I've been able to raise $50,000 for research!  My hope is that when my current medicine begins to fail me, and I've tried anything available currently, with the research money raised, doctors will have a new treatment option for me.  Bottom line--I want to live!  I want to live to see my family grow, enjoy old age with my husband and friends, and live to see a test developed to screen for ovarian cancer!

Please join me on September 25, 2022 for our Third Annual Walk.  This year I hope to see friends bring their families, friends invite old and new friends, people using this walk as a reunion of friends and family.  I have friends from so many times of life and see friends as one extensive family!  We are family!  Whether we were in each other's lives for a short time or for years, I believe we were meant to cross paths and enrich one another's lives.  

So grab some friends and make a group with me.  Make your own team of friends and help me raise funds.  Be on the lookout for team competitions and prizes to win!

I look forward to seeing lots of smiling faces, hearing laughter, but most of all seeing you, my family, having fun!


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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