Globe-athon’s Successful Global Engagement:
Globe-athon started in 2013 as a grassroots initiative with a series of walks hosted around the globe to increase public awareness about the global impact of gynecologic cancers. During its inaugural year, Globe-athon events were hosted in 139 cities around the world in over 7 continents, including Antarctica and the International Space Station. Since its inception, Globe-athon has been successfully working with physician leaders, advocacy groups, professional societies, government officials and participants from over 80 countries to build unprecedented public awareness about the global impact of gynecologic cancers. Each year Globe-athon has expanded to involve more countries and awareness events that include walks, runs, music and dance performances, parades, and lectures, with gynecological cancer education sessions.
Globe-athon Presence at the United Nations:
In the years 2014 and 2015, representatives from Globe-athon were invited to speak at the United Nations to political leaders from around the world on efforts to raise awareness about cancers below the belt.
Globe-athon in the Media:
Globe-athon’s Facebook page has grown to over 100,000 followers. Our social media community shares the common cause of raising awareness of gynecological cancers by sharing information on events, news, educational materials, and lectures on gynecological cancers. Our written materials, radio broadcasts and television appearances related to Globe-athon have reached over 200,000,000 people worldwide. The “One Step Can Make a World of Difference” campaign collected over 112,000,000 steps (enough to circumnavigate the earth almost 2 times).
Globe-athon’s Strategic Direction:
Globe-athon has become the leading grassroots movement for global awareness of gynecological cancers. Our goal is to expand our global presence in order to meet the following objectives:
- To raise gynecologic cancer awareness worldwide
- To create a global internet-based communications grid aimed at disseminating educational materials on screening and prevention of gynecologic cancer as well as information regarding treatment and quality of life for those affected by the disease
- To create a social media based community associated with gynecologic cancer advocacy for exchange of information, promotion of policies, and empowerment of the movement
- To direct survivors to established survivor registries aimed at collecting information and bio-specimens from patients for investigative purposes