YORK – The annual Ruth Boyd Memorial fundraiser is putting a new spin on this year’s fundraising efforts to benefit ovarian cancer awareness and research.
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Instead of hosting a 5K fundraising walk to raise money for cancer fighting organizations, on September 13 there will be two Zumba dances in the York Town Hall at 10a.m. and 11:15a.m., led by Jenna Wodjan, owner of the MOVE dance studio in Batavia.
After Ruth H. Boyd of Pavilion lost a brutal four-month battle with ovarian cancer in January 2012, two of her granddaughters decided to host the Ruth H. Boyd Memorial walk in her memory to raise money for ovarian cancer research. Both previous years of fundraising generated over $1,000 for Livingston County Hospice, the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition, and the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund.
Judging from current cancer diagnosis trends, the American Cancer Society anticipates that this year, 14, 270 women will die from ovarian cancer, and about 21,980 new cases will be diagnosed.
The Cancer Society says that since ovarian cancer is so hard to detect, the 5-year survival rate after diagnosis is even lower than other cancers. The money raised by the Ruth Boyd Memorial,besides funding the search for the cure, will help doctors detect ovarian cancer sooner, and increase patients’ 5-year survival rate.