In 2011, Sachia was looking for a 5K to race as motivation to keep running; she had no family history of cancer or connection to the Rivkin Center. She found the Swedish SummeRun and has captained a team ever since. Six years after her first SummeRun, her gynecologist felt a mass during a routine gynecological exam. She had no symptoms other than minor bloating and dull low back pain. Following an ultrasound, CT scan, and hysterectomy, she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, stage IIA. In July 2017—three weeks after her last chemotherapy treatment—Sachia walked the SummeRun, still team captain of Team MidCentury Modern. She is motivated to spread the word that cancer doesn’t just happen to “other people,” and that regular medical screenings can save your life.
The Rivkin Center’s CanCan program provides free ovarian and breast health education workshops.