H.O.W. ‘Time is of the Essence’ Luncheon a Smashing Success

Flanking actress Fran Drescher, a guest speaker at the event, are Honorary Co-chairs Fern Fodiman and Frances Fisher.

Featured guest speakers were Fran Drescher & Dr. Andrew Berchuck

PALM BEACH, FL – More than 270 supporters of H.O.W. (Hearing the Ovarian Cancer Whisper) attended the H.O.W. Time is of the Essence Luncheon at The Flagler Museum Pavilion in Palm Beach.

Actress and activist Fran Drescher, along with ovarian cancer expert Dr. Andrew Berchuck, were guest speakers at the program. Fern Fodiman and Frances Fisher served as chairwomen, Alice Randolph was vice chair, while Helen Austin and Paula Cook were honorary chairwomen.

Drescher, an accomplished actress, leading health advocate and cancer survivor, shared with guests her motivation for becoming a powerful advocate for women’s health issues and to create the Cancer Schmancer Movement, where she serves as president.

“We have to take responsibility for our own bodies,” she told the audience, adding, “early detection is the key.” Berchuck, director of the Duke Division of Gynecologic Oncology, discussed the latest research and treatment developments for ovarian cancer.

Drescher was instrumental in passing the first Gynecologic Cancer Education and Awareness Act in U.S. history. She now works with the Centers for Disease Control to help determine the best ways for the appropriated funds to reach all women. She also has been appointed the distinguished position of Special Envoy for Women’s Health Issues by the State Department. She will be using her international celebrity to speak to women globally in emerging, third-world Middle Eastern and Eastern European countries and has introduced an initiative in California to mandate women’s cancer screening tests as their basic exams.

Some of those in attendance included Judy Grubman, Kathryn Vecellio, Andrea Stark, Lori Gendelman, Cobey Rapaport, Roberta Kozloff, Heather Henry and Dr. Gail Cooney.

Major sponsor of the luncheon were Frances Fisher, Betsy K. Matthews and Wilmington Trust.

The dedicated 2010-2011 host committee included: Robin Berman Ann Candido, Mona Davis, Ellen Eisenberg, Lori Gendelman, Sandra Heine, Miriam Knapp, Carole Koeppel, Betsy K. Matthews, Anne Messer, Cobey Rapaport, Doresy Smith-Seed, Andrea Stark and Suzette Wexner.

Proceeds benefited H.O.W. Hearing the Ovarian Cancer Whisper.

H.O.W., a program of Palm Healthcare Foundation, Inc. was founded by the late Jacquie Liggett and is a nonprofit organization that raises money for research, educational programs and offers financial assistance through their Angel Fund to women in need. H.O.W. is also dedicated to raising awareness and educating women of the symptoms and test available for early detection. Each year approximately 22,000 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer and 15,000 of them will not survive. For more information please call (561) 837-2285 or visit www.ovarianpbc.org or www.palmhealthcare.org.

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