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This extends from recent discoveries about where ovarian cancer comes from and some of it is actually coming from the fallopian tube." He values the partnership between The Julie Fund and Mass General/Harvard, noting that clinical trials are much more difficult to fund than research in the lab. "Industry partners, such as The Julie Fund, make this research possible." Birrer continues, "I can say emphatically that The Julie Fund for Women's Cancers is the single largest contributor to ovarian cancer research at Massachusetts General Hospital, providing consistent targeted funding, which has been critical to our contributions in this field." Courage Two-time ovarian cancer survivor Bonnie Marinaccio knows firsthand that "cancer can take away my career, my stamina, my memory and so many other things, but it cannot take away my fighting spirit." She remembers her "life changing from one day being financially secure to a world where we were dipping into our savings. That's when The Julie Fund helped me. They paid for a month of my medical insur- ance." Just like Julie, Bonnie initially didn't even know she was sick with cancer. "I knew I was ill, but thought it was a cold, pneumonia perhaps." Beyond social services and research, The Julie Fund for Women's Cancers is focused on raising awareness of women's cancers. Knowledge is power, and power fuels courage. Check out The Julie Fund's new awareness piece, The Five Most Prevalent Women's Cancers, at juliefund.org. It details the risk factors as well as the early warning signs of five common women's cancers: breast, ovarian, cervical, uterine, and vaginal/vulvar. Forward it to your loved ones from juliefund.org. Selflessness While undergoing treatment in 2003, Julie outlined the mission for The Julie Fund: Funding meaningful research to fight women's cancers, providing money to families battling women's cancers, and increasing awareness. Ten years later, the mission remains exactly the same. 40 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s u m m e r 2 0 1 5 my turn op-ed issues speak up opinion sound off town green

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