A wife, mother, grandmother, banker, community volunteer, friend, and so much more, Beth Quinn had always been proactive with her health. Over a period of months, she began having abdominal pain and bloating, and went to see various doctors at regular intervals to determine the cause.
After undergoing a long series of diagnostic tests, a CT scan on her abdomen revealed a thickening of her gall bladder. On December 23, 2013, Beth went into surgery to have her gall bladder removed, and woke up to the news that she had stage IV ovarian cancer.
Because there are no early diagnostic screenings for ovarian cancer, and a person is typically asymptomatic until the cancer is in an advanced stage, Beth could not have caught this disease earlier. Her best friend, Mary Barto, agreed that this was unacceptable, and the two of them partnered with another close friend, Tracy Brown, to do something about it.
She ROCKS exists to bring awareness and attention to ovarian cancer through funding groundbreaking research at UNC Lineberger in Chapel Hill and by helping patients who are undergoing treatment for cancer in the Wilmington and Triad regions.
Each year, our board members chose one word that is meant to guide them for the year. We hope this inspires you to consider the one word you want to live by for this year.