Amy Murrah was in and out of doctor’s offices for 13 years—starting at age 16. She was misdiagnosed or told her symptoms were, “all in her head,” until being properly diagnosed after an exploratory surgery for what she thought was a hernia or endometriosis.
After being diagnosed with Stage IIIA Micropapillary Serous Carcinoma at age 29 in 1998, Murrah developed a passion for changing the image of ovarian cancer being an “older women’s disease” and impacting the lives of women with ovarian cancer. She established a non-profit, advocated awareness and wrote a book. She took her strenuous experiences and turned them into fuel to seek change.
“When I get involved in something that I am passionate about, I am all in – 100%,” she said.
Living in an area filled with car enthusiasts prompted Murrah to host a car show in her own community. The 4th Annual Car Show: Raise the Hood 4 Women has gained a lot of traction and a huge response. Each year sponsorship, donations and in-kind opportunities help make this event a success, including a friendly competition for “best of show,” “best engine,” “best paint and more people’s choice.
Murrah’s goal to create unique fundraising events focus on the balance between participant interest and raising awareness effectively. There are hopes this event will continue to grow and evolve, particularly to be inclusive towards families with kid-friendly activities.
For now, the event continues to be a hit among car enthusiasts and making a powerful impact for gynecologic cancer research and awareness.
Find out more about this event at http://raisethehood4women.com. Proceeds benefit the Foundation for Women’s Cancer.