In a remarkably few number of years, advocates, family members, health care professionals and supporters of women with gynecological cancers have done an amazing job raising awareness and offering hope in the effort to prevent and cure these diseases.

More than 82,000 women are diagnosed with cervical, ovarian or other gynecological cancers every year, yet attention to these deadly cancer lags behind other cancers.

But we would have to say here in Madison, gynecological cancers are overlooked no longer.

Here too we’re lucky to live in a community with great care and cutting edge research. But as important is the work of those dedicated to raising public awareness, funding research right here at the UW and celebrating the lives of victims.

Next Friday, the 30th, is the annual Sparkle of Hope evening to celebrate women.

Never has an event been aptly named, nor gratefully welcomed. Learn more at sparkelofhopemadison.org.