Author Archives: Brit Thompson

CanCan at the University of Washington: Generously sponsored by the Kirwin Hinton Family

The world changed for Bobbie Hinton when her mother, Colleen Kirwin, lost her eight-year battle with ovarian cancer in 2011. Four years later, Bobbie herself was diagnosed with breast cancer. Bobbie and her husband, Dave, are inspired by the work of the Rivkin Center and its fight against two devastating diseases for women: breast cancer […]

Meet a CanCan Instructor and Facilitator: Helen Chen

The Rivkin Center for Ovarian Cancer’s CanCan program provides free health education workshops across the west coast. CanCan facilitators share their cancer journey with CanCan party attendees and help educate women on ovarian and breast health, while CanCan instructors educate women about their breast and ovarian health and cancer risks. Say hello to Helen Chen, CanCan […]

Meet a CanCan Ambassador: Jessica Woods

The Rivkin Center’s CanCan Program The Rivkin Center’s CanCan program provides free health education workshops. CanCan campus ambassadors are the feet-on-the-ground Rivkin Center representatives at universities across the west coast, helping set up workshops, identify opportunities to reach more students, and so much more. Say hello to Jessica Woods, CanCan ambassador at Arizona State University. […]

Meet a CanCan Instructor: Lauren Grabowski

The Rivkin Center’s CanCan Program The Rivkin Center for Ovarian Cancer’s CanCan program provides free health education workshops. CanCan instructors educate women about their breast and ovarian health and cancer risks. Say hello to Lauren Grabowski, CanCan instructor.   About Lauren Where are you from? Vacaville, California (Cowtown!) Where do you live now and what […]

Meet a CanCan Facilitator: Ilyse Wagner

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The Rivkin Center’s CanCan Program The Rivkin Center for Ovarian Cancer’s CanCan program provides free health education workshops across the west coast. CanCan facilitators share their cancer journey with CanCan party attendees and help educate women on ovarian and breast health. Say hello to Ilyse Wagner, CanCan facilitator.   About Ilyse Where are you from? […]

2018 SummeRun Honoree: Debbie McKenzie

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We are thrilled to have Debbie McKenzie as our 2018 SummeRun honoree! Debbie and her family and friends have been supporters of the SummeRun for the past three years and are great friends of the Rivkin Center. We know Debbie’s story will inspire you as you participate in this year’s event! Debbie’s Story Debbie had […]

Introducing Dr. Mary-Claire King: Symposium Keynote

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We’re excited to share that Dr. Mary-Claire King will be our keynote speaker at the Rivkin Center’s 12th Biennial Ovarian Cancer Research Symposium. Dr. King first discovered BRCA1, the breast and ovarian cancer gene, in 1990. Her work on BRCA1 was a game-changer for how scientists thought about the role of genetics in complex diseases […]

How to Reduce Your Risk for Breast and Ovarian Cancer

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In addition to genetics and family history, environment plays a role in breast and ovarian cancer risk. Here are 5 lifestyle behaviors that have been scientifically shown to reduce your risk of ovarian and breast cancer: Be Physically Active — at least 30 minutes per day, 5 days per week Exercise has numerous health benefits, […]

Community Fundraising: Mother’s Day Dash in Shelton, WA

The Mother’s Day Dash on Sunday, May 13th in Shelton, WA hosted by the Conklin family raised nearly $5,000 in the fight against ovarian cancer. The Dash is a 4 mile run/walk community fundraising event for the Swedish SummeRun & Walk to benefit the Rivkin Center. The Conklin’s are longtime supporters of the SummeRun and […]

Meet a CanCan Ambassador: Izzy Shahmirza

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Meet an Ambassador The Rivkin Center for Ovarian Cancer’s CanCan program provides free health education workshops across the west coast. CanCan campus ambassadors are the feet-on-the-ground representatives at colleges for the Rivkin Center, helping set up workshops, identify opportunities to reach more students, and so much more. Say hello to Izzy Shahmirza, CanCan ambassador at […]

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