DALLAS ORTHODONTIST AND TRIATHLETE RAISES MONEY FOR OVARIAN CANCER AWARENESS
Jeff Genecov, a 52-year-old orthodontist from Dallas, started participating in triathlon in 2005, eighteen months after back surgery. Inspired by his brother, a two-time Ironman, Dr. Genecov needed an exercise outlet after being inactive for so long. He worked with a coach, and his first sprint triathlon was the day before his 47th birthday.
He had no idea that five years later triathlon would become much more than a way to get exercise.
In October of 2010, Dr. Genecov found out that his younger sister, Julie Shrell was diagnosed with stage 3 ovarian cancer.
“As soon as she was diagnosed,” Dr. Genecov said, “I knew there was something I could do to help.”
He decided to dedicate the 2011 racing season to Julie, who finished treatment and is currently cancer-free. He plans to do at least one race per month, and is working toward raising $50,000 with 100% of the donations going to the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition.
The mission of the NOCC is to raise awareness and promote education about ovarian cancer. The Coalition is committed to improving the survival rate and quality of life for women with ovarian cancer.
More than 20,000 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer each year, and approximately 15,000 women die from the disease. Unfortunately, most cases are diagnosed in their later stages when the prognosis is poor. However, if diagnosed and treated early, when the cancer is confined to the ovary, the five-year survival rate is over 90 percent. That is why it is imperative that the early signs and symptoms of the disease are recognized, not only by women, but also by their families and the medical community.
The symptoms of ovarian cancer are often seen as vague and can be misdiagnosed. The NOCC urges women to see their gynecologist if they experience any of the following symptoms daily for more than two weeks:
• Pelvic or abdominal pain
• Difficulty eating or feeling full quickly
• Urinary symptoms (urgency or frequency)
“Swimming, cycling, and running are hard, but triathlon is nothing compared to cancer. If I can help raise awareness in the name of my sister, who has been so brave in her fight, then I feel like I’m making a difference.”
About the NOCC
The National Ovarian Cancer Coalition is a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization that provides public education and awareness about ovarian cancer through a toll-free Help Line, local NOCC Chapters, comprehensive website, peer support, publications, and awareness, education, and survivorship programs. NOCC’s mission is to raise awareness and promote education about ovarian cancer. The Coalition is committed to improving the survival rate and quality of life for women with ovarian cancer. For more information, visit www.ovarian.org or call 1-888-OVARIAN.