Each year during the first weekend of February, Let Every Woman Know – Alaska hosts a weekend of great events in Anchorage. The gynecologic cancer awareness and arts of healing weekend aims to raise awareness about the cancers that are hard to talk about and bring together a community of men and women who have been touched by those cancers. If you haven’t already saved the date for Feb. 1-3, here is why you should.
- There is something for everyone
The weekend kicks off with a First Friday Art Showcase at Georgia Blue Gallery featuring artists who have been touched by cancer. The event is free, but if you love art and supporting a good cause, all the art is for sale and will benefit LEWK. On Saturday and Sunday, the Foundation for Women’s Cancer is hosting a free, two-day gynecologic cancer educational course. The course is open to survivors, friends, family and the medical community (you can even receive CME credits). At the event, you’ll have the opportunity to hear from some of the top experts in gynecologic cancer research from around the country. Finally, have a little fun on Saturday night at the Dance Like Barb Rhythm Heals concert at Koots. Headlining the evening will be Chapel Hill’s indie Americana quartet Mipso and local Alaska band Food For the Soul will open. The evening will also feature performances by Underground Dance Company, Team THRIVE and the Tap Studio.
- We could all be a little more “down there” aware
“Down there” cancers still have a stigma that make them hard to talk about but we all owe it to ourselves to be a little more aware. Most gynecologic cancers are treatable when they are caught early but because they can be hard to talk about the symptoms sometimes go unchecked for too long. For yourself, your sisters, mothers, wives and daughters, learn more about the symptoms, when to see a doctor and take away the stigma so we can catch gynecologic cancer sooner.
- You’ll be part of a strong community in Alaska
Whether you’ve had gynecologic cancer, know someone who has or if you simply want to be a part of the movement in Alaska to prevent, face and end gynecologic cancers, the Let Every Woman Know community will welcome you with open arms.