The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2018, over 22,000 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer, and over 14,000 will die from it. The disease ranks as fifth in cancer deaths among women, and affects mostly those who are 63 years and older.
Chaffin Luhana Associate Justin Joseph was one of many in the country personally touched by ovarian cancer. “My wife’s mom was diagnosed with ovarian cancer,” he said, “and passed in May 2013 after a three-year fight with the disease.” The cancer affects the ovaries, with tumors usually developing in the other layer. Scientists don’t know yet what causes these cancers, but they do know that certain factors can put some women at risk, including older age, inherited gene mutations, and a family history of ovarian cancer.
The National Ovarian Cancer Coalition (NOCC), which works to help prevent and cure ovarian cancer and to improve the quality of life for survivors, started as a grassroots program founded by survivors and other cancer advocates in Boca Raton, Florida. The organization was incorporated in 1995, and has been working ever since to raise awareness of ovarian cancer and to provide education and support for women and their families.
Throughout the year, the Pittsburgh chapter of the NOCC hosts a variety of events to help raise funds for the growth of the organization. One of their more popular ones is the annual “Run/Walk to Break the Silence on Ovarian Cancer.”
“Maria and I support the NOCC by putting together a team of family and friends at their annual walk in Pittsburgh in memory of her mom,” Joseph said.
He’s pleased that at his request, the Chaffin Luhana Foundation is donating $250 to the organization. “These donations are truly an awesome act of kindness that the Chaffin Luhana Foundation does for firm employees and the community.”
If you’d like to contribute as well, you can make a donation via the information listed below:
National Ovarian Cancer Coalition
Contact: Rachel McCune
6507 Wilkins Ave, Suite 100
Pittsburgh, PA 15217
To Donate: https://events.ovarian.org/nocc/Donate
Exclusively focused on representing plaintiffs, especially in mass tort litigation, Eric Chaffin prides himself on providing unsurpassed professional legal services in pursuit of the specific goals of his clients and their families. Both his work and his cases have been featured in the national press, including on ABC’s Good Morning America.