On March 19, 2018, The Endometriosis Foundation of America (EndoFound) would like to welcome you to its 9th annual Blossom Ball, an evening of celebrating and recognizing the tireless efforts of endometriosis medical experts, advocates, friends and supporters. We are pleased to announce our esteemed 2018 honorees: Grammy-nominated singer Halsey will join us and lend her star power to the evening with her magnetic presence, and we will also recognize Lone Hummelshøj, Secretary-General of the World Endo Society.
Thanks in part to these brave, bold, innovative women, I am happy to note that there is an even brighter spotlight on endometriosis than ever before. As the #metoo and Time’s Up movement ushers in an era of female empowerment, a new crop of women are finding the strength to step forward and stand in their truth by revealing their endo diagnosis and letting their fellow endo sisters—an estimated 178 million and counting—know that they are definitely not alone.
That’s not the only reason this ball comes amid a pivotal moment. March is Endometriosis Awareness Month, which reminds us that while we have made strides in understanding and diagnosing this disease, many questions and challenges remain. The medical research community still doesn’t have the answer to what causes endometriosis. Proper endometriosis care continues to elude millions of women as they can, sadly, face a triple-whammy—a decline in quality of life and financial and insurance-based roadblocks to relief.
Despite these setbacks, the EndoFound endeavors to aid and empower endo women across the nation, with a multi-tiered approach from educating schoolteachers, to funding endometriosis research and facilitating expert surgical training. And we’re not alone in the fighting for their health and well-being. Organizations across sectors including academia, non-profit and for-profit industries continue to pool resources—and we are thrilled to be part of this change!
As you can see, there is a lot to be done. But thanks to your generosity, we can help make it happen. Thank you for attending, thank you for shedding light on this disease, and thank you for supporting women. I am excited you have joined us.
Tamer Seckin, MD
Co-Founder, The Endometriosis Foundation of America