The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford department of athletics will host its fifth annual “Teal There’s a Cure” campaign during the Saturday home basketball doubleheader to raise awareness for ovarian cancer.
The Panthers will take on Mount Aloysius with the men tipping off at 2 p.m. and the women following at 4 p.m. Members of the basketball teams will be sporting teal shirts during warmups and on the bench.
The games will include raffles for gift baskets and gift cards from Bradford area stores and restaurants as well as a silent auction. There are three major prizes to be won in the silent auction: a basketball signed by Pittsburgh University head men’s basketball coach Jeff Capel, a football signed by Pittsburgh University head football coach Pat Narduzzi and four tickets to a University of Pittsburgh basketball game at Petersen Events Center in Pittsburgh.
All proceeds will be donated to the Evans-Krivak Gynecological Cancer Research Foundation, founded by Bradford residents Dr. George and Susan Evans. Susan Evans is an ovarian cancer survivor and established the fund in honor of Dr. Thomas Krivak, the doctor who treated her.
Ovarian cancer ranks fifth in cancer deaths among women, accounting for more deaths than any other cancer of the female reproductive system. A woman’s risk of getting ovarian cancer during her lifetime is about 1 in 75. It can be deceptive and difficult to identify, as no test for detection currently exists; Susan Evans was diagnosed from an ER scan that was probing the cause of a swollen ankle.
“Funds from this event go toward research and education,” Evans said. “I’ve found that education is the most important part. Early detection can save so many lives.”
She has spoken to more than 150 groups in the last five-plus years in an effort to raise awareness for ovarian cancer, and she penned a book, “Don’t Write the Obituary Yet,” an unfiltered testimonial to her personal journey and the emotional challenges she faced during diagnosis, treatment and surveillance. The book has sold over 1,600 copies.
All of the proceeds go toward supporting the Evans-Krivak fund. Copies are available for purchase at the Ameriprise Financial Services Inc. office in Bradford’s Union Square or directly from Evans. Contact her via email at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Evans, who is in remission, is retired after teaching English at Bradford Area High School for 32 years. Her husband is a retired journalism professor, who spent 29 years teaching at St. Bonaventure University. They currently reside in Bradford and are annual donors of Pitt-Bradford as members of the Founders Society and also members of Brackenridge Circle and 1787 Society at main campus.
“It’s never too early to educate on this disease,” Evans concluded. “Just last year, I met a seven-year-old-ovarian cancer survivor. She’s a wonderful, energetic second grader. That solidifies that it’s never too early and this event helps bring it to the forefront.”
Visit www.pittsburghfoundation.org for more information on how to donate to the Evans-Krivak Gynecological Cancer Research Fund.