Lunch and learn plus spin celebration planned for ovarian awareness

St. Dominic’s and Newk’s Cares continue to stand with, and fight for, the one in 75 women diagnosed with ovarian cancer each year. The pair are coming together again to raise critical awareness and support of ovarian cancer prevention and treatment with a free lunch and learn on Thursday, August 31 followed by the fourth annual Ovarian Cycle®Jackson spin celebration on Thursday, September 21, in recognition of September as Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.

“Ovarian cancer is the number one cause of gynecological cancer deaths,” said Lori Newcomb, Newk’s Cares co‐founder and ovarian cancer survivor. “But educating yourself, and loved ones on the symptoms you can increase the possibility of early detection and raise your five-year survival rate to 94 percent.”

Newcomb, along with St. Dominic’s gynecologic oncologists Dr. Paul Seago and Dr. Christen Haygood, and ovarian cancer survivor Cathy Jeffcoats, will share their stories and educate Mississippians at the public lunch and learn in the Sparkman Auditorium at the MS Agriculture and Forestry Museum at 11:30 a.m. on August 31.

In addition to receiving detailed information on ovarian cancer and enjoying a complimentary meal, guests will hear from Dr. Michael Goldberg, of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute regarding his latest research. Money raised by the Ovarian Cycle®Jackson, the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance (OCRFA) and other Newk’s Cares initiatives, funded Goldberg’s study siRNA Targeting Immunosuppressive and Oncogenic Pathways in Ovarian Cancer.


The Ovarian Cycle Jackson at The Club at The Township September 21, riders can participate in one of five 45-minute time slots by registering at A light breakfast will be provided at 8:30 a.m. and the first cycling session will begin at 9 a.m. with sessions to follow every hour until 2 p.m.

“This year, over 14,000 women will die from ovarian cancer in the United States,” said Lester K. Diamond president of St. Dominic Hospital. “We will work tirelessly with Newk’s Cares and the OCRFA to make this statistic history.”

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Refill Café is a developing organization, run by Jeff Good, that will open late this year.