UW Health Sports Medicine 

Female student-athletes raise awareness for ovarian cancer

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Sept. 26, 2013

MADISON, Wis. -- Eight UW student-athletes helped raise awareness for ovarian cancer at the inaugural Whisper Walk and 5K Run sponsored by the Wisconsin Ovarian Cancer Alliance (WOCA) on Sept. 22.

The walk, which took place at the McKee Farms Park in Fitchburg, Wis., welcomed more than 400 participants in support of the cause.

Katy Josephs and Brittany Ammerman of the UW women’s hockey team, Kate Bednarke, Emily Bongiorno and Heidi Bailey of women’s crew and Rachel Johnson, Annie Tamblyn and Anna Meinholz of women’s swimming and diving were all in attendance at the event.

After being introduced to the participants, the student-athletes took part in the 5K Walk alongside them, including commemorating those who lost their lives to the disease.

“As female athletes, we are very excited to be here representing UW Athletics,” said Ammerman, a redshirt junior from River Vale, N.J. “It is great to see so many people out for ovarian cancer, a disease that has yet to be discussed.

“Hopefully it will gain as much recognition as breast cancer. Being a female athlete, we are very much in touch with our bodies so being able to support women’s health is a great way to spend our time.”

The morning concluded with all eight student-athletes cheering on walkers and runners at the finish line.

“The Wisconsin Ovarian Cancer Alliance was thrilled to receive volunteer participation from eight female student-athletes that served the commitment of UW Athletics to public service,” said Scott Jens, WOCA volunteer. “By participating in the Whisper Walk, these Badgers showed the finest in community support with their connection to ovarian cancer survivors and support of those who were celebrating the women who lost their lives.”

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