Family members of the late Judy Pollino will take to the race track twice this year to share the early warning signs of ovarian cancer with the public and raise money to help the Judy Pollino Memorial Cancer Care Fund grow larger. Through the fund, grants are given to WCA Hospital for cancer care and education, specifically ovarian cancer. The Pollino family and friends will sell 50/50 tickets for a fund raising drawing at Stateline Speedway on Fridays June 19 and July 3. Gates open at 6 p.m. and racing begins at 7 p.m.
Tammy Pollino, family spokesperson, shared their hope for cancer success stories.
“Ovarian cancer is a silent killer and very prevalent. Our wish is to help other people become aware and get the tests they need,” said Tammy Pollino. “We hope our family fund at WCA Foundation will help others with knowledge about the disease which will facilitate early detection of the cancer.”
For five years, the Pollino family has hosted benefit events entitled “Angels Among Us” which have raised almost $7,000 to support this endowed cancer care fund at WCA Foundation.
Ovarian cancer causes more deaths than any other cancer of the female reproductive system. Early symptoms may include bloating, pelvic pain, and abdominal swelling, among others. But, when ovarian cancer is found in its early stages, treatment is most effective. The American the American Cancer Society estimates that in 2015, about 21,290 new cases of ovarian cancer will be diagnosed and 14,180 women will die of ovarian cancer in the United States.
If you would like to contribute to this endowment fund, please contact Brigetta Overcash, WCA Foundation Executive Director, at (716) 664-5461. Tax-deductible donations and memorial gifts can be mailed to W.C.A. Foundation, P.O. Box 840, Jamestown, NY 14702-0840.