And Help Fund Research for Early Detection and Protection of Ovarian Cancer
By Grace Bennett
Tina Brozman was my age, 54, in June 2007 when she passed away, just two short years after being diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Tina was the former chief judge of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York, an outstanding lawyer, law partner and had a profound influence on the lives of those she mentored. But most importantly she was a beloved wife and mother who was the center of her family.
Tina and her husband Andrew lived and raised their children in Chappaqua and were heavily involved in the community. During the last few months of her life, Tina laid the groundwork for Tina’s Wish, the only nonprofit organization dedicated exclusively to funding research for the early detection and prevention of ovarian cancer.
With all the attention surrounding Angelina Jolie’s brave decision to undergo surgery to remove her ovaries, now is a great time to shine light on the staggering statistics about ovarian cancer and the desperate need for an early detection screen. 61% of ovarian cancer patients are diagnosed in advanced stages of the disease when the 5-year survival rate is only 27%. Those diagnosed in Stage I/II have a 5-year survival rate of 92%. Today, there are no early detection tests available for ovarian cancer. Diagnostic tools for early detection are critical to changing the global impact of this disease and Tina’s Wish is looking to solve this on a local, national, and global stage.
On Tuesday, April 14th, Tina’s Wish will present fellow Westchester/Chappaqua resident President Bill Clinton with the inaugural Tina’s Wish Global Women’s Health Award at a reception at The Waldorf Astoria. President Clinton is the ideal first recipient as both Tina’s Wish and the Clinton Foundation were founded on the principle that collaboration is the key to making change. The award was created to honor those individuals whose contributions to the betterment of women’s health have made a great impact.
After leaving the White House, President Clinton established the Clinton Foundation with the mission to improve global health, strengthen economies, promote health and wellness, and protect the environment.
I’ll be covering the event to help raise awareness. I hope you can join me on April 14th for a night that will celebrate those who support the betterment of women’s health around the world. Award reception tickets, VIP tickets and sponsorship opportunities are still available, and all proceeds from the evening will benefit Tina’s Wish. For more information and purchase tickets, visit www.tinabrozmanfoundation.org/globalhealth/ or contact Beverly Wolfer, Executive Director, firstname.lastname@example.org, 212.880.5757.