Sparkle of Hope Benefit for Gynecologic Cancer Research

We are delighted to announce the date for this year’s Sparkle of Hope Gala for the evening of Saturday, September 29th , 2018; once again it will be held at the beautiful Monona Terrace. Sparkle of Hope is a unique celebration of women whose lives have been touched by gynecologic cancers. During our annual event, learn how cancer research, effective screening, prevention and improved treatment can make a difference in the lives of all women. Join us for dinner, silent auction and music by Mad City trio!

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Saturday, September 29th, 2018 5:30 p.m.

Monona Terrace,

1 John Nolen Ave, Madison, Wisconsin.

This event is a collaboration between the UW Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology – Division of Gynecologic Oncology and the Carbone Cancer Center, and championed by our dedicated volunteers. And, as in the past, all revenue from this event supports vital research and raises much needed awareness about gynecologic cancers.

More than 82,000 women each year are diagnosed with gynecologic cancer including: cervical, ovarian, uterine, vaginal, vulvar and other rare gynecologic malignancies. Unlike other cancers, female reproductive tract cancers are sometimes over looked,with less attention and funding given to them. We are fortunate to live in a community where outstanding gynecologic cancer care is available and cutting-edge research is conducted.

This year again will be an evening of inspiration, fun and sparkle. Since Sparkle’s inception in 2007, the event has raised more than $630,000 for gynecologic cancer research, and these funds make an enormous difference. After years of research, many of these cancers are now curable and others are now managed over many years. However, we still regularly encounter some devastating cancers and focus our research on finding new treatments, improving quality of life of our patients and working towards the ultimate goal of a cure for these tougher cancers. We hope you join us this year and support our research and programs for gynecologic cancers. All of us, our dedicated physicians, researchers, clinicians, trainees and other staff who care for women, are deeply grateful for the support we received from—you—our community.

Eric Franke

Eric Franke is in his 21st year covering local news in Madison, and currently anchors the 5, 6 and 10pm news at WISC-TV in Madison. The 1995 Indiana University graduate served six years as the Sports Director at WISC-TV, before moving to the news desk in 2005. He and his wife Kim reside in Verona with their two boys Jordan and Hunter.

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  • Presented by John and Jeanne Flesch
  • Erik Jacobsen
  • Nancy Wettersten
  • James and Cindy Hoyt
  • Wisconsin Ovarian Cancer Alliance
  • Sub-Zero Wolf Foundation
  • Associated Bank
  • Department of Ob-Gyn
  • Department of Urology