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ARM Foundation expects to reach fundraising goal of $100,000

August 15, 2012

ARMed with a new venue and a new president, the Anne Rita Monahan (ARM) Foundation is poised this year to reach its original fundraising goal of $100,000 for ovarian cancer research at the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen).

The 4th annual Tea for Teal, a traditional high English tea, will be from 2-5 p.m. Sept. 29 at Scottsdale's DoubleTree Resort by Hilton, 5401 N. Scottsdale Road. This is the first year the event is being held at the DoubleTree.

"ARM has raised $75,000 for TGen through Tea for Teal, and this year we hope to surpass our original goal of $100,000 for TGen research in memory of our beloved Anne Rita Monahan," said Jennifer Graves, recently named President of the ARM Foundation.

Anne Rita Monahan of Phoenix, a heroic ovarian cancer fighter, established the ARM Foundation in 2007. Until her passing in 2009, following a 20-year battle with this disease, Monahan urged women to "ARM yourself against ovarian cancer." Just as pink is the color representing the fight against breast cancer, teal is the color that represents the fight against ovarian cancer. Read about Anne Rita Monahan at: http://AnneRitaMonahan.org/annesstory.

All proceeds from Tea for Teal will benefit research led by Dr. Heather Cunliffe, Head of TGen's Breast and Ovarian Cancer Unit, whose team of scientists seek to develop reliable tests in 3 areas of clinical unmet need:

  • Screening for earlier detection, when ovarian cancer is most curable.
  • At first diagnosis, quickly identifying patients whose disease is predicted to resist standard-of-care therapy and require alternative treatment options.
  • Identifying new vulnerabilities in all drug-resistant forms of ovarian cancer that can be exploited with targeted therapy.

"Ovarian Cancer is the most lethal of all gynecologic malignancies, with no improvement in patient survival in the past 30 years. A major impediment to clinical management is the persistence or rapid emergence of drug-resistant disease," Dr. Cunliffe explained. "This study, funded by the generosity of the ARM Foundation, proposes to define and overcome drug resistance by using leading-edge genomic research."

Tea for Teal includes a champagne reception, a silent auction, a purse auction, raffle, and fashion marketplace. The full English tea service includes an assortment of finger sandwiches, fresh baked scones, and petite desserts.

Individual tickets for the tea are $60; a table for 10 is $500. To register, please visit http://tea4teal.eventbrite.com.

In addition, the ARM Foundation is seeking applications from Undergraduate and Graduate students for its new scholarship program. The Anne Rita Monahan Foundation Scholarship has been established to provide financial assistance and to encourage training towards a career in cancer-related research, particularly (but not limited to) research leading to improved healthcare for ovarian cancer patients. Applications are being accepted through August 31 and can be downloaded at http://AnneRitaMonahan.org.

Common signs of ovarian cancer:

  • Difficulty with eating or feeling full quickly
  • Urinary symptoms "urgency or frequency"
  • Pressure or pain in the abdomen, pelvis, back or legs
  • A swollen or bloated abdomen

Less common symptoms:

  • Nausea, indigestion, gas, constipation or diarrhea
  • Excessive fatigue continually
  • Shortness of breath
  • Unusual vaginal bleeding (heavy periods, bleeding after menopause)


What to do:
Women who experience these symptoms almost daily for more than a few weeks should see their gynecologist. They should also ask their doctor about the CA-125 blood test and ask to explore ultrasound options.

About The Anne Rita Monahan (ARM) Foundation
The ARM Foundation was established by its namesake, a heroic ovarian cancer fighter, to pursue her vision of warning other women against the disease. Because the disease is often difficult to detect, The Anne Rita Monahan Foundation is dedicated to educating and raising awareness of these signs and symptoms so that early detection will increase and instances of misdiagnosis will decrease. The Foundation also raises finances to help fund the discovery of an effective, reliable screening tool that will help detect this type of cancer early and give women the best opportunity for full remission. The ARM Foundation marches towards its mission to eradicate ovarian cancer through outreach and educational programs to both the public and the medical community. For more information, visit: http://AnneRitaMonahan.org.

About TGen
The Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) is a Phoenix-based non-profit organization dedicated to conducting groundbreaking research with life changing results. Research at TGen is focused on helping patients with diseases such as cancer, neurological disorders and diabetes. TGen is on the cutting edge of translational research where investigators are able to unravel the genetic components of common and complex diseases. Working with collaborators in the scientific and medical communities, TGen believes it can make a substantial contribution to the efficiency and effectiveness of the translational process. For more information, visit: www.tgen.org.

Press Contacts:

Jennifer Graves, President
The ARM Foundation
480-444-8964
[email protected]

Rachel Brockway, Event Chair, Tea for Teal
The ARM Foundation
602-561-1707
[email protected]

Steve Yozwiak
TGen Senior Science Writer
602-343-8704
[email protected]


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