“Be ‘Down There’ Aware” Weekend Dedicated to Gynecologic Cancer Awareness
Cancer education course, art showcase and benefit concert to bring Alaskan cancer community together.
ANCHORAGE—The seventh annual “Let Every Woman Know – Alaska Gynecologic Cancer Awareness & Arts of Healing Weekend” is set for February 1-3, 2019. The weekend in Anchorage invites cancer patients, survivors, caregivers, families and friends and is dedicated to the arts, community and education surrounding gyn cancers and survivorship. It also encourages women to be “down there” aware of the signs and symptoms of gynecologic cancers.
Events will include presentations by six nationally renowned experts in gynecologic cancers, First Friday Art Showcase at the Georgia Blue Gallery and Rhythm Heals benefit concert at Koot’s, featuring nationally recognized band MIPSO, with local opener Food for the Soul and special dance performances by Underground Dance Company and The Tap Studio. All events are hosted by Let Every Woman Know – Alaska, an Anchorage-based nonprofit working to raise awareness, share information and save lives through local education and support for women living with gynecologic cancers. Gynecologic cancers include cervical, ovarian, uterine, vaginal and vulvar cancers and often have subtle symptoms that be difficult to detect.
“We want women to be aware of their bodies, understand risk factors and be able to notice signs and symptoms of gynecologic cancers. We want to empower women to talk about such issues with their doctors,” said Ali Tolman, program director at Let Every Woman Know – Alaska. “When provided the right resources, education can save lives.”
Highlights of the 2019 Awareness and Arts of Healing weekend include:
- A free, First Friday Art Showcase at the Georgia Blue Gallery from 5-8 p.m. featuring works by artists whose lives have been touched by cancer.
- A free, two-day Gynecologic Cancer Survivors Course open to all cancer survivors, family members, friends and medical professionals at Providence Health Park on Saturday, Feb. 2 and Sunday, Feb. 3. Registration for the Survivor Course can be found on the Foundation for Women’s Cancer site.
- Celebrate hope and healing at the Dance Like Barb Rhythm Heals Benefit Concert on Saturday, Feb. 2, at Koot’s, featuring Chapel Hill’s Indie Americana Quartet MIPSO and local opening band Food for the Soul. All ticket sales go towards gynecologic cancer awareness, education and support in Alaska. Tickets can be purchased here.
More information on the Let Every Woman Know – Alaska Gynecologic Cancer Awareness and Arts of Healing Weekend can be found at on the Let Every Women Know website.
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