By Julia Alvarez, JVA Consulting
On Saturday, June 4, 11 JVA staff members will lace up their running and walking shoes to participate in Jodi’s Race for Awareness (JRA), the Colorado Ovarian Cancer Alliance’s (COCA) annual 5K and one-mile race at City Park in Denver. We could not be more excited to support Guadalupe Torres, former JVA team member and current executive director of COCA, and the rest of the COCA team.
The mission of COCA is to “promote awareness about ovarian cancer through advocacy, education and support,” and JRA is just one example of how the organization is doing that. With more than 50 registered teams and 560 individuals participating in the race, JRA is an important awareness-raising initiative for COCA and one of the organizations’ largest fundraisers. According to one JVA staff member, “COCA is really becoming a terrific resource for Colorado women diagnosed with ovarian cancer, as well as doing a great job of raising awareness about symptoms so that women pay attention to warning signs and don’t dismiss them, (hopefully) leading to earlier diagnosis. This is important work, go team!”
JRA is the largest gathering of ovarian cancer survivors and supporters in the state of Colorado. It’s an opportunity to come together as a community, to raise awareness about this disease and to support the women who are currently undergoing treatment. When we told Guadalupe that we were forming a team to participate in JRA, she said “it’s great to know that there are friends of COCA out there that are wanting to help. Come on out and have a fabulous time celebrating life and remembering those who have passed, but whose lived touched our hearts forever!”
Symptoms of ovarian cancer, which often go undetected, include bloating, feeling full quickly, abdominal pain and urinary urgency or frequency. According to Guadalupe, “individuals need to be their own best health advocates. Know your body, trust your instincts and ask questions.” Women who experience these symptoms almost daily for several weeks should visit their doctor or gynecologist. For more information about COCA or ovarian cancer, please visit the organization’s website.
If you are interested in participating in the 5K or one-mile run/walk, you can register here. In addition, the JVA team has started a fundraising page! If you are interested in supporting us in our efforts to spread the word about COCA and the important work the organization is doing, you can check it out here.