WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Beth Quinn knew her ovarian cancer would eventually claim her life. Her doctor was upfront. So was her research of the deadliest gynecological cancer.
It was a lack of research that inspired Quinn to start She Rocks, a non-profit organization that funds ovarian cancer research.
There is no specific test for ovarian cancer like Pap smear screenings are for cervical cancer.
"A lot of women feel that if they get their Pap smears, that will help diagnose ovarian cancer and, unfortunately, they should know Pap smears are not a means of diagnosing ovarian cancer or uterine cancer early on," says Dr. Walter Gajewski, a gynecologic oncologist at New Hanover Regional Medical Center's Zimmer Cancer Center.
Quinn, a patient of Dr. Gajewski, learned that after her diagnosis. A nagging pain in her abdominal area led to a gall bladder surgery that revealed the cancer.
Quinn died of ovarian cancer in January, but the organization she founded five years ago lives on.
On Wednesday, Sept. 12, the annual She Rocks luncheon will be held at the Wilmington Convention Center. The event has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars over the past five years, funding research and purchasing chemotherapy chairs for the Zimmer Cancer Center.
Despite her late diagnosis, Quinn never got down about her cancer. Instead, she worked tirelessly to help other women getting an ovarian cancer diagnosis.
In an interview with WECT in 2013, Quinn explained how she accepted her fate.
"I never went into a black hole. I just refused to," she said. "I said 'Lord, I didn't sign up for this, I don't know anything about it, but if you walk with me, I'll do it and I'll help the very next person."
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