Actress, Scientist Fight Ovarian Cancer

More than 250 supporters in the fight against ovarian cancer met at the Flagler Museum Pavilion. Above are Betsy Matthews, actress Andie MacDowell and Anita Michaels.

PALM BEACH, FL – Actress Andie MacDowell and top ovarian cancer researcher Karen Lu teamed up at the Flagler Museum Pavilion for H.O.W.’s 11th annual Time is of the Essence luncheon and lecture.

Lori Gendelman, Cobey Rapaport, Anita Michaels and Ann Candido chaired the luncheon, which raises funds for H.O.W. (Hearing the Ovarian Cancer Whisper). Frances Fisher and Fern Fodiman were honorary chairwomen.

Guests learned about the latest research in ovarian cancer. Lu discussed her main clinical interests, which include the surgical and medical treatment of women with ovarian and endometrial cancers, as well as the management of women at genetically high risk for these cancers.

Dr. Douglas Marachion, Dr. Karen Lu

Lu is the co-director of MD Anderson’s Clinical Cancer Genetics Program and director of the High Risk Ovarian Cancer Screening Clinic. Her research is supported by the National Cancer Institute and private foundations, and she has published numerous articles and book chapters.

MacDowell, famous for her roles in “Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes”; “Sex, Lies and Videotape”; “Groundhog Day”; and “Four Weddings and a Funeral,” has been a spokesperson for ovarian cancer through her relationship with L’Oreal Paris.

“I have taken it upon myself to reach out to organizations that support ovarian cancer awareness,” MacDowell said. “Also, having been the face of a beauty line, it’s been important for me to develop my interior life to feel that I have substance and something to offer the world beyond an image.”

Frances Fisher, Fern Fodiman

More than 250 guests filled pavilion on Jan. 30, 2012. The event raises funds for H.O.W., which helps educate women about the early warning signs of ovarian cancer and provides financial assistance to patients. Supporters also make it possible to fund breakthrough ovarian cancer research and scholarships for medical students interested in a career in gynecologic oncology through the Dr. Robert C. Knapp Medical Student Award.

Among those who attended were Betsy K. Mathews, Mark Cook, Dorothy Kohl, Dr. Melanie Bone, Dr. Gail Cooney, Frances Fisher, Trish Donnelley, and Alice and Cater Randolph.

Introductions were made by Dr. James W. Orr, Jr., Medical Director, Florida Gynecologic Oncology & Lee Center Care as well as Ted Furniss, Managing Director, Senior Investment Office at Wilmington Trust.

The luncheons major sponsors were Betsy K. Matthews and Wilmington Trust.

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H.O.W. is a program of Palm Healthcare Foundation, Inc. and was founded by the late Jacquie Liggett. Each year approximately 22,000 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer and 15,000 of them will not survive. For more information, call (561) 837-2285 or visit or

Photos by Lucien Capehart Photography.


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