JACKSON, Miss. – Newk’s Cares and St. Dominic’s are partnering again for the fourth annual Ovarian Cycle®Jackson, a spin celebration on Thursday, September 21st, at the Club at the Township. This fun, outdoor stationary bike event raises money to fund much-need ovarian cancer research through the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance (OCRFA).
“Ovarian cancer research is vital, since there is no early detection test” said Lori Newcomb, Newk's Cares co‐founder and ovarian cancer survivor. “Every dollar raised gives the one in 75 women who will develop ovarian cancer in their lifetime a greater chance of survival.”
According to OCRFA, ovarian cancer is the number one cause of gynecologic cancer deaths and the fifth cause of cancer-related death in women. Early diagnosis is key with ovarian cancer. If treated early the five-year survival rate is 92%, versus if diagnosed in an advanced state only 45% of patients survive longer than five years.
Ovarian Cycle®Jackson will kick off 8:30 a.m. with a welcome from St. Dominic’s and Newk’s Cares along with a tribute to honor ovarian cancer survivors and those who have passed away from ovarian cancer. Riders participate in one of five 45-minute sessions beginning every hour from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Participants ride at their own pace with music and instructors to keep them motivated. No spin experience is needed. Individual riders and teams are invited to register at NewksCares.com. Ovarian cancer survivors ride for free. Donations can also be made directly to the cause without riding by visiting NewksCares.com. The closing ceremony and check presentation will begin at 1:50 p.m.
Since 2014, Newk’s Cares has donated over $500,000 to OCRFA through Ovarian Cycle® Jackson and other fundraising efforts. Newk’s Eatery participates year-round in supporting ovarian cancer awareness and education at all 100+ locations with teal straws and 10 cents from every Newk’s water bottle sold going directly to OCRFA.