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Vicki Welsh Fund for Ovarian Cancer Awareness: A Survivor’s Story of Giving Back

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Barbara Cornine is a 13-year survivor of ovarian cancer. “I was diagnosed with stage 3 ovarian cancer in February, 2005. I underwent six months of chemotherapy and had a follow-up laparotomy in September, 2005, followed by six more months of chemotherapy. I have been cancer-free since then.”

Barbara has been a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles since 1975. The Fraternal Order of Eagles is an international non-profit organization uniting fraternally to promote peace, prosperity, gladness and hope. The F.O.E. donates more than $10 million a year to local communities, fundraisers, charities and more. As part of its philosophy, the F.O.E. gives back 100 percent of monies raised in the form of grants.

“I was elected to the office of Missouri Madam State President in June 2012. As president, we are allowed to pick a charity to sponsor. I knew I wanted something relating to cancer, and I hoped to find something for ovarian cancer. My gynecological oncologist, Dr. Michelle Dudzinski, recommended the Vicki Welsh Fund for Ovarian Cancer Awareness. I got involved with the fund at that time.

“We had a very successful year for fundraising during my one-year term as president. In October, 2016, I was appointed the Regional Madam President for Missouri and Kansas. Again I chose the Vicki Welsh Fund as the charity.

“I am very proud of my involvement with this charity and it is very special to my family and me. I have also had the honor of walking in the Whisper Walk. I continue to stay involved with the Vicki Welsh Fund; it is a wonderful organization of very caring people and I deeply appreciate all they do in getting the word out about ovarian cancer.”

The Whisper Walk/Run will be September 16 at Zona Rosa. Visit to register or become involved.