WalkingForKaren Presidio 5k
ForKaren is dedicated to raising awareness and money for ovarian cancer research through community engagement. All donations go to the UCSF Helen Diller Comprehensive Cancer Center and support ground-breaking research lead by Dr. Jocelyn Chapman, a leading Gynecologic Oncologist.
As a faculty member within the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, Dr. Jocelyn Chapman is a surgical and medical cancer expert in gynecologic malignancies and treats patients with cancerous and complex noncancerous diseases of the female reproductive system. She has expertise in aggressive surgical management of advanced ovarian and uterine cancers with special training in minimally invasive surgery (laparoscopy and robotic surgery).
Dr. Chapman is leading a pioneering study to develop the first reliable blood test or “liquid biopsy” aimed at detecting ovarian cancer at the earliest or precancerous stages. If successful, this will be a landmark breakthrough with the potential to increase survival to 90% or higher. Dr. Chapman’s clinical research also focuses on innovating surgical and preoperative processes. In addition, she has expertise in computational genomics and collaborates with UCSF cancer center researchers to understand the genetic vulnerabilities in gynecologic cancer that can be exploited for therapeutic targeting. Her research has been published in Gynecologic Oncology, Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network and Nature Biotechnology.
All proceeds will benefit Dr. Chapman's ovarian cancer research within UCSF’s Center for BRCA Research.
On May 24th, 2014 my mom lost her year long battle to ovarian cancer. At that point, I realized that there were two avenues of response that I could travel down. The first and easiest one, to be depressed, pissed off and sad. The second was to take action and turn this extremely difficult and emotional loss into a positive. So, I took action. I decided from that point on I wanted to be a flag bearer for raising awareness and funds to combat this horrible disease that takes so many mothers, daughters, sisters, and role models every year.
Each year I look to the outdoors and wilderness to reconnect with my mother, simplify life down to fundamental terms (walk, drink water, rest), and organize an event to bring attention to this fight. This year I’ll be hosting a community walk through the Presidio starting at William Fort Scott Field along the Ecology Trail, Bay Area Ridge Trail, and ending back at Fort Scott.
I’m asking for a minimum donation of $40/person (patients, survivors, kids, dogs are all free) to register for the event; however, please consider donating more to this important and under-served cause. We also have event t-shirts and stickers for purchase separately. All donations through this platform will go directly to Dr. Chapman's groundbreaking research.
The experience of losing my mother was and is the hardest thing I've ever had to deal with. However, by taking action and making the pivot from depression to advocacy, it is one that has instilled values that I'll take with me for the rest of my life.
Thank you for joining the fight #ForKaren