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Organized by: luigi calcagno

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  [Why Wings For The Cure? My wife has never had children (one of the risk factors of endometrial cancer) but she has an african grey named Ebeneezer which is like her child. She loves this bird and no one wants to outlive their children so he is an inspiration to fight and to educate other women so whomever their "child" is they can live a long and fulfilling life loving them.]

On May 14th of 2014 my wife Theresa Guerriero was diagnosed with endometrial cancer at the age of 38. Each year more than 43,000 women learn they have uterine cancer. Most of these women are over 55 but clearly not all.

  Our goal is to raise awareness about the risk factors, symptons, and diagnosis. My wife has told countless doctors and gynecologist about her history and symptons. She was never tested and the diagnosis was finally given at stage 2. You MUST be proactive with your health and demand testing if you have a family history or symptons NO MATTER YOUR AGE.

 Risk Factors include but are not limted to: Obesity, Have never had children, Have their first menstruasl period before age 12, Went through menopause after 55, Have taken estrogen alone, History of taking tamoxifen, Having radiation therapy to the pelvis, FAMILY health history.

  Family health history is very important! Women in familes that have an inherited form of colorectal cancer known as Lynch syndrome are at an increased risk of uterine cancer. Ask your doctor to test and see if Lynch syndrome is present.

  Symptons include but are not limited to: Abnormal vaginal bleeding (MOST COMMON), Pain emptying the bladder, Pain during sex, Pain in the area of the pelvis.

  Diagnosis can be accomplished with some of the following test: Pelvic exam, Ultrasound, Biopsy (How my wife was diagnosed). YOU MUST be proactive regarding your health. Despite years of explaining these symptons to various doctors my wife was never given a biopsy.

  We are raising money to educate women about this disease as well as help with medical cost associated with treating this condition. Every dollar raised we are donating 25 cents to the The National Cancer Institute Gift Fund. Their website can be found here: http://obf.cancer.gov/contribute/giftfund.htm  The NCI is the first place to go for questions and answers. They have live chat and I used them to help find the right hospital for my wife (MUSC).

  For the latest information about uterine cancer, visit NCI's website at: http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/types/endometrial

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