Running and Rocking for Cancer Awareness

A couple of days ago, I received an email announcing the Inaugural Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Movement (GCAM) Weekend in Washington, DC. I was asked if I would write a piece about this event and the headlining act, and I agreed because this is a topic near and dear to me. In addition to being the Chief Herban Developer of Herban Lifestyle, I also coordinate the scientific review of cancer prevention and survivorship programs, and I volunteer for Inova Hospital’s Life with Cancer program, and I have a couple of friends who are gynecological cancer survivors.

The weekend includes a 5K and half-marathon race to end women’s cancer on November 8th, as well as a 1-mile walk intended to promote awareness for the diseases and raise funds for they Gynecologic Cancer Foundation (GCF). As part of this, a unique band, N.E.D., will conclude the events with a live performance at the post-race party. There will also be special celebrity appearances, including one by Mandy Moore, who is excited to be supporting the cause. Information on the race and associated activities can be found on the GCF Race website.

Interestingly, N.E.D. is comprised of six musically talented gynecologic cancer surgeons, whose mission is to create awareness about gynecologic cancers, to save lives and bring hope to women currently undergoing treatment.

The band and their EP have received support from MTV’s social change site, ThinkMTV where they were a  featured topic and Lifetime Women’s Network, who throughout the month of September, featured their public service announcement pushing women to know the warning signs and get checked regularly for gynecologic cancers.

The band has also created a viral widget to promote the initiative, which provides data/statistics about gynecologic cancers, album/band updates, event info, information about the diseases, the band, as well as links to donate and purchase N.E.D.’s music.

You can download a PDF copy of the Race Flyer here.


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