The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford department of athletics and Alpha Phi Omega chapter hosted its fourth annual "Teal There's a Cure" campaign during the Saturday, February 2, home basketball doubleheader to raise awareness for ovarian cancer.
The event raised about $800 and the service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega matched it, totaling $1,600 raised.
All money raised was donated to the Evans-Krivak Gynecological Cancer Research Foundation, founded by Bradford residents, Dr. George and Susan Evans, who is an ovarian cancer survivor and established the fund in honor of Dr. Thomas Krivak, the doctor who treated her.
"Once again, the Pitt-Bradford students and University have jumped into the cause to provide awareness and raise money for ovarian cancer research," Susan Evans said. "We really couldn't do any of this without them."
After the Feb. 2, 2019, campaign Teal There’s A Cure has now raised over $5,600 for ovarian cancer research.
"Funds from this event go toward research and education," Evans said. "I've found that education is the most important part. Early detection can save so many lives."
She has spoken to more than 140 groups in the last four-plus years in an effort to raise awareness for ovarian cancer, and she penned a book, "Don't Write the Obituary Yet," an unfiltered testimonial to her personal journey and the emotional challenges she faced during diagnosis, treatment and surveillance which has sold over 1,600 copies.
All of the proceeds go toward supporting the Evans-Krivak fund. Copies are available for purchase at the Ameriprise Financial Services Inc. office in Bradford's Union Square or directly from Mrs. Evans. Contact her via email at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Mrs. Evans, who is in remission, is retired after teaching English at Bradford Area High School for 32 years. Her husband is a retired journalism professor, who spent 29 years teaching at St. Bonaventure University. They currently reside in Bradford and are annual donors of Pitt-Bradford as members of the Founders Society and also members of Brackenridge Circle and 1787 Society at main campus.
"It's never too early to educate on this disease," Evans concluded. "Just this year, I met a seven-year-old-ovarian cancer survivor. She's a wonderful, energetic second grader. That solidifies that it's never too early and this event helps bring it to the forefront."
Visit www.pittsburghfoundation.org for more information on how you can donate to the Evans-Krivak Gynecological Cancer Research Fund.