Annie Collum, BSN, RN is the RIA Senior Manager, Physician Liaison in Denver, Colorado
May 27, 2019
RIA sponsors Jodi’s Race for Awareness
Saturday, June 8th, 2019 will mark the tenth annual Jodi’s Race for Awareness™, the brainchild of Colorado native, Jodi Brammeier.
In 2008, at the age of 41, Jodi was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Like so many other women, she was unaware of the often misdiagnosed symptoms and lack of accurate screening to test for ovarian cancer. She made it her mission to raise awareness of the risk factors and symptoms through a yearly run/walk event.
For the past four years, Radiology Imaging Associates has been a proud sponsor and participant in Jodi’s Race for Awareness. At RIA, we care deeply about women’s health.
This year, the crowd will be even more festive as they celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Race, which is now the largest ovarian cancer run/walk west of the Mississippi River and one of the top ten largest 5Ks in Colorado. The fundraiser, which features a 5k Run/Walk, 1-Mile Family Walk, Furry Friends Dog Zone and Expo, benefits the Colorado Ovarian Cancer Alliance (COCA).
Registration for the 2019 Jodi’s Race for Awareness is underway online at www.jodisrace.org with early bird discounts available through April 19.
All money raised from Jodi’s Race remains in Colorado and funds initiatives that support women with ovarian cancer, including COCA.Cares Financial Assistance, Nicki’s Circle Support Groups, the Ovarian Cancer Resource Guide, Comfort Kits for the newly diagnosed, an annual Raise Awareness campaign, and Survivors Teaching Students: Saving Women’s Lives®, a national program of the Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance (OCRA).
In addition to participating on June 8th, supporters can also register for a Virtual Run or an Ova Sleep option at www.jodisrace.org. More information about COCA and its programs is available at www.colo-ovariancancer.org.
1 in 72 women Colorado women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer annually and there is currently no screening test available for ovarian cancer (the pap smear is for cervical cancer). We want our patients, and women everywhere, to be aware of the symptoms. Often dubbed “the silent disease”, there ARE symptoms of ovarian cancer. Please see your doctor (preferably a gynecologist) if you have had any of these symptoms for more than two weeks in a month: Bloating, urinary frequency, pelvic pain, and getting full quickly at mealtimes.
Jodi believed she could have caught the cancer earlier if she had only been more aware of the signs and symptoms. RIA is committed to helping spread her message of information.