Mom was our best friend
Queen of Hearts Foundation
“Mom was our best friend — loving, caring and fun,” Kim says. “If her cancer had been detected earlier on, she’d be alive today. That is our motivation.”
For her son and three daughters, holidays mark the milestones of Ann Dobbie’s brief battle with ovarian cancer. “On July 4, 1999, we were relaxing by the swimming pool when Mom told me she was going in for testing,” remembers Kim Beaudette.
The diagnosis was upsetting, but after a successful surgery, the family was optimistic. Then, on the day before Thanksgiving, Ann learned her cancer had returned. She passed away on Christmas Day at age 65.
Kim and her sisters, Cathy Greinke and Lori Hunter, decided to honor their beloved mother by helping to find better treatments and, ultimately, a cure for ovarian cancer. Their mother’s tragic story is all too common, as the insidious disease’s “silent” symptoms often remain unnoticed until too late.
In 2000, the trio launched the Queen of Hearts Foundation to raise money for ovarian cancer research, and they have raised almost $1 million to date. The foundation has funded long-term ovarian cancer research projects conducted by UC Irvine gynecological oncologists Wendy Brewster and Robert Burger.
UC Irvine’s Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center is internationally renowned for its work in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer. Thanks to the support of the Queen of Hearts Foundation, a new ovarian cancer research lab will bear its name.
“Mom was our best friend — loving, caring and fun,” Kim says. “If her cancer had been detected earlier
on, she’d be alive today. That is our motivation.”
— Bill Ross, University Advancement