Houston's a city of great giving and the CultureMap Charity Challenge, presented by Yellow Cab, aims to highlight that. CultureMap selected 12 deserving nonprofits to compete for a grand prize as they all raise awareness for worthy causes. CultureMap is highlighting the charities over the next several weeks. Today: Peach Outreach.
Marcy Kurtz is helping bring attention to a form of cancer that many may not be very knowledgeable about with the help of her nonprofit, Peach Outreach. As a two-time uterine cancer survivor, Kurtz is using the color peach — just as breast cancer organizations use pink — to spread the word about uterine (also called endometrial) cancer as well as to raise funds to support research and education.
Kurtz hopes that although the symptoms of uterine cancer might make some people blush — such as pain during or after sex, gas pains, bleeding and a change in bowel movements — she hopes to get people educated so they can recognize them as early as possible.
Uterine cancer accounts for nearly 7 percent of all cancers diagnosed in women.
For many women, it mimics the symptoms of menopause, leading many to ignore the signs as they aren't aware of the symptoms of uterine cancer.
In addition to promoting further education about uterine cancer, which accounts for nearly 7 percent of all cancers diagnosed in women, Peach Outreach also operates a support group on the second Wednesday of each month.
The nonprofit recently held a rooftop yoga event to raise funds for its programs. Nearly 300 people participated in the class, several of whom were uterine cancer survivors themselves, and all proceeds benefited Peach Outreach.
Funds raised by the nonprofit support research and education to advance early diagnosis, treatment and the quality of life of uterine cancer and other gynecological cancer patients, survivors and their families, as well as for organizations like The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Uterine Cancer Research Fund.