Author Archives: Brit Thompson

A Gut Feeling: How advocating for my health led to early detection of breast cancer

My mom was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004 when she was 50 years old. Luckily, she caught it at an early stage and after a mastectomy and hormone therapy, she’s been living cancer-free ever since. It was scary watching my mom go through such a big health scare when I was just 23. In […]

Exciting News for Women with Newly Diagnosed Ovarian Cancer

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We’re excited to share results of three recent studies that provide hope for women with newly diagnosed ovarian cancer. The studies, reported at the annual meeting of the European Society of Medical Oncology and two of which were published in the New England Journal of Medicine recently, show that three different types of PARP inhibitors […]

How Genetic Testing Helped Our Family Navigate Breast and Ovarian Cancer

My mother-in-law, Marcia, was first diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 38. Her older sister had been treated for breast cancer a few years before, so Marcia knew what to expect. Medicine had not yet linked genetics to cancer risk.   Years later, science discovered the BRCA gene mutation and its link to breast […]

Northwest Gynecological Cancer Symposium: Fostering Community and Collaboration in the Field of Gynecological Cancer

The Rivkin Center hosted nearly 90 scientists from across the Pacific Northwest for the second biennial Northwest Gynecological Cancer Symposium. The event was held at the University of Washington on September 25th, 2019.  The symposium was designed to facilitate communication and foster collaboration between scientists in the region — all working towards ending ovarian and […]

Meet a Survivor: Michele Kohorn

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The Rivkin Center aims to foster an ever-growing community of survivors, patients, researchers, clinicians, advocates, and supporters — all working together in the fight against ovarian and breast cancer. Meet Michele, a breast cancer survivor and Rivkin Center education coordinator. ABOUT MICHELE Where are you from? I was born in Los Angeles, CA and grew […]

Meet a Survivor: Allisa Mensin

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The Rivkin Center fosters an ever-growing community of survivors, patients, researchers, clinicians, advocates, and supporters — all working together in the fight against ovarian and breast cancer. Meet Allisa, an ovarian cancer survivor and SummeRun participant. ABOUT ALLISA Where are you from? Born in Seattle and raised in Burien Where do you live now/what does […]

Meet an Instructor: Sarena Perez

The Rivkin Center’s Education Program The Rivkin Center’s education program provides free health education workshops. Instructors educate women about their breast and ovarian health and cancer risks. Say hello to Sarena Perez, one of our instructors and an ovarian cancer survivor. ABOUT SARENA Where are you from? Sacramento, CA Where do you live now/what does […]

Meet a Facilitator: Julie Duggan

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The Rivkin Center’s Education Program The Rivkin Center’s education program provides free health education workshops. Facilitators are cancer survivors who share their story in an effort to educate women about their breast and ovarian health and cancer risks. Say hello to Julie Duggan! About Julie Where are you from? Bellevue, WA Where do you live now/what […]

2019 SummeRun & Walk for Ovarian Cancer

More than 2,000 participants joined us at the SummeRun & Walk for Ovarian Cancer on Sunday, July 14th — helping raise awareness and funds for critical ovarian cancer research and education. We are so grateful for the support of the community at this inspirational event every year, and this one did not disappoint! Sachia Powell […]

3 Ways to Raise Money for Your SummeRun Team

As the annual Swedish SummeRun & Walk for Ovarian Cancer approaches, we wanted to share some fun and creative ways participants have been raising money for their SummeRun teams. Host a Silent Auction Kevin Westrick and his daughter, Whitney, started Rockin’ for Rosie in 2014. The event is in honor of Kevin’s mother, Rosemarie “Rosie”, who passed away […]

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