Newk's Partners With Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance To Raise $250K In September
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Newk's Partners With Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance To Raise $250K In September

Restaurants go teal for Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month in honor of co-founder Lori Newcomb

September 01, 2021 // Franchising.com // JACKSON, Miss. - September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, and Newk's Eatery is pledging to raise $250,000 in its restaurants and online for ovarian cancer research in partnership with the Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance (OCRA).

Throughout the month of September, the restaurants will go teal, the color of ovarian cancer awareness, with signage, collectible teal cups, donation ribbons and more. Guests will have multiple ways to participate in the fundraiser, including donating $1, $3 or $5 in the restaurant, online. They can also purchase Newk's Cares-themed water bottles, Newk's Cares H2O, online or in restaurants, with 10 cents per bottle donated to OCRA all year long.

Additionally, Newk's has designated Tuesday, Sept. 28, as Lori's Day, named after Newk's Cares co-founder Lori Newcomb, who lost her physical battle with the disease in February 2019. On Lori's Day, Newk's will donate 20% of all sales at participating locations to OCRA.

"We are deeply committed to ovarian cancer awareness and research because we have felt firsthand the devastation of this disease," said Newk's founder Chris "Newk" Newcomb. "Lori wanted to help women like her who are or will be affected, with the hope that one day, no one will ever have to face losing their own life or losing a wife, mother, sister or daughter to ovarian cancer."

Newk's Cares has raised more than $1.6 million for OCRA since 2014. OCRA is the largest global organization dedicated to advancing ovarian cancer research while supporting women and their families.

"Recent breakthroughs in drug therapy for ovarian cancer patients have been made possible through funds from OCRA, but there's so much more work to do to stop this disease, which is the deadliest gynecologic cancer," said Dr. Paul Seago, who treated Lori Newcomb at St. Dominic Hospital in Jackson. "I know Lori would be so proud that Newk's Cares has increased screenings and awareness throughout the South and raised money that has truly made a difference."

One in 78 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer this year. The symptoms can be subtle and include bloating, difficulty eating, pelvic or abdominal pain, frequent urination, fatigue and back pain.

Because proper diet plays a key role in staying healthy during ovarian cancer treatment, Newk's is highlighting its Shrimp & Avocado salad, inspired by Lori Newcomb, throughout September. The salad is made with seasoned shrimp, avocado, arugula, feta, grape tomatoes and green onions tossed with lemon basil vinaigrette, providing healthy greens and lean proteins recommended by doctors.

SOURCE Newk's Eatery

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