Break the silence on Ovarian Cancer. AAMC staff fight back.

Break the silence on Ovarian Cancer. AAMC staff fight back.

Paula Kozik and Nancy Long (AAMC Nurse Practitioner), Co-Presidents, NOCC/Central MD Chapter

I was in Sam’s Club, wearing a wig (a third of my way through 18 months of chemo), when I spotted a lovely bald woman looking at the veggies. I approached her boldly and asked if she was also undergoing chemo. She said, “Why yes, how did you know?”

We began to chat and determined that we both had ovarian cancer. There were other similarities, we had the same doctor, were going through the same treatment, were the same age, were diagnosed in the same month, and we were both Italian. A match made in heaven! We promised each other that day that if we “made it,” we would work hard to promote ovarian cancer awareness and help other women going through this cancer.

Paula Kozik and I are now co-presidents of the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition (NOCC), Central Maryland Chapter, and we are working tirelessly to promote their mission of education and awareness.

Please join us at the 2nd Annual 5K Run/3K Walk to Break the Silence on Ovarian Cancer on Sunday, September 18 at Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis. Jill Sorenson will be the M.C. with entertainment by Brian Crow of Crow Entertainment. There will be refreshments, face painting and prizes for winners of the run.

Click here to visit our web page or make a donation for Team AAMC. Take your receipt to the Wellness Center (2nd floor, Sajak Pavilion) to receive an AAMC Energize T-shirt. For more information on NOCC and ovarian cancer visit their website at

Are you walking to Break the Silence? What does this event mean to you? Tell your story here.

-Nancy Long, RN, CRNP and Co-President, NOCC/Central MD Chapter

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