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       H.O.W. Hearing The Ovarian Cancer Whisper Announces

                           The Dr. Robert C. Knapp Medical Student Award 2022/23 Recipients

        H.O.W. Hearing the Ovarian Cancer Whisper is proud to     Ac c o rdi ng t o t he
      announce the Dr. Robert C. Knapp Medical Student Award   American  Cancer  Society,
      2022/23 recipients. H.O.W. provides these prestigious   in 2022 it is estimated
      scholarships to Florida medical students interested in   that 19,880 women will
      gynecologic oncology by working with a gynecologic   receive a new diagnosis of
      oncologist during their elective time in medical school.   ovarian cancer, and nearly
        The 15 Dr. Robert C. Knapp Medical Student Award   13,000 will die from it.
      2022/23 recipients include: John W. Figg and Miranda Solly   This insidious disease is
      from University of Florida College of Medicine; Akshara   called the “Whisper Killer”
      Sree Challa, Andrew D. Masciarella and Fay F. Pon from   because  symptoms  are
      University of Miami Miller School of Medicine; Marc W.   so subtle that the disease
      Chartier from Florida State University College of Medicine;   usually goes undetected
      Nicholas B. Conway, Monica Reyes, Shantell Rolle, Sarah   until it is often too late for
      Stavros and Justin Yeh from Florida International University   successful treatment.
      Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine; Erin E. Duffey,     H.O.W.  Hearing  the
      Oriana Fermin, and Caridad Infante from University of   Ovarian  Cancer  Whisper
      Central Florida College of Medicine; and Cianna Rivera from   raises money to support
      University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine.   basic or translational
        “This year, for the first time in H.O.W. history, every   research in ovarian cancer
      Florida university with a medical school had at least one   through the Jacquie Liggett
      medical student awarded the Dr. Robert Knapp Medical   Research Fellowship.
      Student Award,” shared Jennifer McGrath, executive   Women with ovarian cancer
      director of H.O.W. “These outstanding students will   experiencing financial
      be exposed to a wide array of gynecologic oncology   need are helped through
      practice activities and advanced research experience; and   the Jacquie Liggett Angel
      it is our hope they will be inspired to consider a career in   Fund. H.O.W. is dedicated
      gynecologic oncology.”                            to promoting awareness and
                                                        recent advances in ovarian
                                                        cancer by presenting
               all about KiDs                           educational programs to
                                                        women primarily in our
                                                        area. H.O.W. also provides
                                                        scholarships to Florida
                                                        medical students interested
                   Dyslexia                             in gynecologic oncology by
                                                        working with a gynecologic
           Warning Signs                                oncologist during their
                                                        elective time in medical
                                                        school  through  the  Dr.
                                                        Robert C. Knapp Medical Student Award.             Director  of  Gynecology  and  Gynecologic  Oncology  at
         By Jim Forgan, Ph.D., Licensed School Psychologist    Dr. Robert C. Knapp is the chairman of the H.O.W.   the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Dana Farber
                                                        Medical Advisory Board and the co-inventor of the blood   Cancer Institute.
         As a certified dyslexia                        test for ovarian cancer, CA125. He is the William H. Baker     He has published 210 medical articles and a textbook on
       testing specialist, I test a                     Professor of Gynecology and Gynecologic Oncology,   women’s cancer. Harvard and the Brigham and Women’s
       lot of children suspected                        Emeritus,  at  the  Harvard  Medical  School  and Visiting   Hospital have established the annual Robert C. Knapp
       of having dyslexia. A                            Scholar in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Weill Medical   Lectureship in Gynecology. He continues to lecture to
       mom recently brought                             College  of  Cornell  University.  He  is  also  the  former   medical students at Cornell and other medical schools.
       her second grade son
       for testing because his
       iReady/MAPP scores
       were low, he was saying
       he was the worst reader
       in his class, there was
       family history of reading
       difficulty, and her motherly instinct told her something was
       interfering with his ability to learn to read.
         These were classic dyslexia warning signs. The
       iReady/MAPP testing that children take give scores
       that show their reading level. However, the scores the
       school considers “low” don’t always align with real life
       because schools focus on helping the “extremely low”
       kids. Kids with dyslexia are smart and can fake reading
       because they memorize words but may still struggle with
       fluency and decoding.
         It’s a dyslexia warning sign when an elementary age child
       is saying, “I’m not smart.” Simply put, young children don’t
       want to go to school and fail. In a class of 20 kids, all the
       kids know the top and bottom readers. They know which
       kids’ papers are returned with a teacher’s red marks on it.
         Your child is at risk for dyslexia if you have a diagnosed
       or a suspected family history of reading struggles. Dyslexia
       is genetic and more than 50 percent of children identified
       have a family member who was not a good reader and
       might not like to read as an adult.
         If you are the parent, trust your instinct as you know
       something is underlying your child’s reading struggles.
       In my years of experience, moms’ instincts are highly
       accurate. Testing provides answers, future direction, and
       can put your mind at ease.
         If you suspect dyslexia, call our office as we test
       children ages 5.5 through college for dyslexia, ADHD/
       ADD,  gifted,  and  other  processing  disorders. Visit or call (561) 625-4125.
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