Alpha Delta Kappa focuses on women’s health during Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

TAYLOR COUNTY—The local chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa each month chooses a charitable organization to help, and this year, they have set their sights on one that can help save lives.

Alpha Delta Kappa, an International Honorary Organization for Women Educators has made it their mission to give due recognition to outstanding women educators and build a fraternal fellowship among women in the field of education.

The sorority also works to promote educational and charitable projects and activities, sponsor scholarships, in order to further and maintain worthy standards in the field of education and to cooperate with worthy community programs relating to education and charities.

Earlier this month, the Delta Chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa held their first meeting of the year, and among the topics of discussion was their monthly philanthropy project.

For this month’s project, the Delta Chapter donated over $250 to the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition.

“Not only is September Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, but the Delta Chapter also wanted to honor the legacy of two former sisters who recently passed away from ovarian cancer,” shared member Amber Kirkpatrick. 

She reported that last May, the sorority collected donations and had Advanced Oncology Certified Nurse Practitioner Adrienne Duckworth come and speak to the sisters about the signs and symptoms of Ovarian Cancer.

According to the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition, common symptoms of ovarian cancer include but are not limited to bloating; pelvic or abdominal pain; trouble eating or feeling full quickly; and frequent trips to the bathroom to urinate.

Some more uncommon symptoms that can be present are pain during intercourse; lower back pain; fatigue; menstrual chances including additional or heavier bleeding; upset stomach; heartburn; or constipation.

The coalition suggests that women take seriously any indications of ovarian cancer and should seek medical attention if symptoms persist or get worse within two weeks of following normal interventions such as resting, the use of pain relievers or making changes to diet and exercise.

And because there is no effective screening test for ovarian cancer, it is important to know the signs and symptoms and report them to your doctor.

“We just want to raise awareness to this type of cancer in women and help fund research to make it more curable,” Kirkpatrick voiced. “Prevention and awareness are key in fighting the disease.”

Those wishing to make donations can visit the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition’s website at

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