History

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How She ROCKS Began…

She ROCKS was established in May of 2014, but the story begins in the fall of the year before.

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.

Fast forward to January 2017 and a few counties west, Marie Wood and Michelle Miller were both diagnosed with stage IIIC ovarian cancer in Greensboro, NC. These ladies are 10 years apart, both caught off guard by this unwelcome disease. Becoming a part of a community of women battling ovarian cancer, these ladies sought to bring more awareness around and attention to this disease in the Triad area, serving Greensboro, High Point and Winston Salem. After quite a bit of research, Marie made the call to Mary Barto, Board Chair of She ROCKS.  In January 2018, shortly following the death of founder Beth Quinn, the Board voted to include a second market, expanding their awareness and fundraising efforts to the Triad area of NC.

As She ROCKS continued to host events and increase awareness across the Wilmington and Triad areas, the Board began discussions around hiring a staff member to coordinate efforts and streamline messaging. They searched across both markets and hired Jennifer Reavis as the first Executive Director in May 2020. Jennifer brings years of nonprofit professional and volunteer experience to the table and She ROCKS is excited to see what the next five years hold!

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Beth Quinn & Mary Barto