Anyone who knows me knows that neither waking up early on a Sunday morning nor participating in a group run is normal behavior for me. This, however, is my second year doing just that for the Below The Belt Stride and Thrive Run/Walk, an event I feel passionate about. 25 years ago, my mother died from a rare and aggressive type of gynecologic cancer called Mixed Mullerian. She was robbed of the chance to know her grand-children and for them to know her. I participate in her honor and in the hope that none of our daughters will ever have to suffer her fate. Every five minutes a woman in the US is diagnosed with a “below the belt” gynecologic cancer. Over 30,000 women die from these cancers each year. As a physician I know the importance of awareness and early detection in preventing these deaths. I know that the diagnosis of cancer can be an isolating experience and how important support programs are. Most importantly, I know that although we have made much progress since my mother’s time, there is much more progress to be made. I am honored to have been asked to be an honorary chairperson for this event. I do this as a daughter, as a mother, as a friend and for all the wonderful women I know. Please help me in supporting this wonderful cause.