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Wendy Heacock

I was born in Pottstown, PA and grew up on Long Island, NY for the first 14 years of my life. My father died suddenly and we moved back to Pottstown to be close to my mother's family. I attended Pottstown High School and after graduating I went to Hiram Scott College in Nebraska, where I met my husband. We were married and had 3 children. My mother died when she was 60 and I was 25. It wasn't until many years later that I found out that she had died from ovarian cancer. There was also a very strong history of breast cancer in my family.

In the year 2000 I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. That is when I became involved with Fox Chase Cancer Center. I took part in a protocol they were doing at that time which included having some of my stem cells removed and frozen to be given back to me after chemotherapy. I was in the hospital at Fox Chase for months at a time between April and September of that year. I also found out that I have the BRCA 2 gene mutation, which greatly increases risk for breast and ovarian cancer. My oldest daughter also has this gene and had a hysterectomy last August. I have been cancer free for 11 years and owe it to Fox Chase for their excellent work and wonderful staff. I'm very involved in the Sandy Rollman ovarian cancer foundation and serve am on their board of directors. My mission is to educate women about ovarian cancer and to work to raise money for a cure.