The Ovarian Cancer Education, Awareness and Research Fund was created to increase awareness of the signs, symptoms and risk factors for ovarian cancer as well as other gynecologic cancers (uterine, cervix, vulvar, vaginal and fallopian tube). The goals are to educate and improve the care of women diagnosed with gynecologic cancers and focus on innovative research in this field.
Susan Sandoval was diagnosed with stage three ovarian cancer in May 2005, and died May 2007, at the age of 53. She worked as a nurse at LDS and Primary Children’s hospitals for 21 years. She had many friends, talked passionately about patient care and rights and had incredible strength within her to always look at the positive in life and make the best of every day.
1st annual run: In 2007 the Department of OB/GYN hosted the inaugural Susan Sandoval Run for Ovarian Cancer. This event raised over $13,000 and had over 400 runners and walkers.
2nd annual run: In 2008, with the help of our sponsors, we raised an additional $10,000 and had 300 runners and walkers. The race was held on Sept. 13, 2008, at Sugarhouse Park and was, once again, a huge success.
3rd annual event: Susan Sandoval Run for Ovarian Cancer on September 19, 2009, at Sugarhouse Park was incredible. There were over 500 participants, and the group raised $20,000 between race registrations and donations. The race completed a three-day series of events that included a half-day lecture symposium at Huntsman Cancer Institute focusing on gynecologic cancers and the Gary H. Johnson MD Memorial Lectureship.
4th annual event: Susan Sandoval Run for Ovarian Cancer on Sept. 11, 2010, at Sugarhouse Park was record breaking. We welcomed 529 participants and raised $13,000 between race registrations and donations. Once again, the race completed a three-day series of events, including a half-day lecture symposium at Huntsman Cancer Institute focusing on gynecologic cancers, the A. Marsh Poulson, MD, memorial lectureship and finishing with the extremely well attended race on Saturday.
5th annual run: "Run for her life: Run for Ovarian Cancer" on Sept. 10, 2011, at Sugarhouse Park was our best year yet. We had over 600 participants and raised over $24,000 between race registrations and donations.
6th annual run: "Run for her Life: Run for Ovarian Cancer" on Sept. 8, 2012, was phenomenal! We had over 725 participants and raised over $27,000 between race registrations and donations. Our success would not have been possible without the help, support and commitment from all of our sponsors and volunteers. Many thanks to everyone who contributed to the success of the day. It was truly an extraordinary event and we appreciate everyone involved in making it happen. A special thanks to the Sandoval family.
7th annual run: The "Run for her Life: Run for Ovarian Cancer" was held on Sept. 7, 2013! This race was very successful with over 725 participants and $30,000 was raised between race registrations and donations. Our success was made possible with the amazing help, support and commitment from all of our sponsors and volunteers.
8th annual run: The "Run for her Life: Run for Ovarian Cancer", was held on Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014. This run was the most successful to date, with over 750 participants and raised over $32,000 for the Ovarian Cancer Research, Education, and Awareness fund.
9th annual run: The Sandoval Memorial 5K for Ovarian Cancer Awareness was held on Saturday September 12th. We welcomed 620 attendees and raised more than $18,000 for ovarian cancer research. Thank you all for joining us and we look forward to seeing you next year!
2016 will be the 10th annual "Sandoval Memorial 5K," and will be held in September at Sugarhouse Park. We look forward to seeing all the familiar faces and new participants committed to education, awareness and working toward finding a cure for all gynecologic cancers. Register online as an individual or a team with our secure registration page or contact the following for more information.