HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV)-- When Barb Winegord found out she had cancer, she decided to help other families fighting the disease. Unfortunately, she lost her battle, but her effort continues.
"It is what they call the silent killer of women," said Lisa Jenkins, who knew Barb Winegord.
Jenkins spent her Saturday trying to raise awareness about ovarian cancer, which is the fourth leading cause of cancer deaths in women at any age.
"I saw this week where three 10-year-old girls were diagnosed with ovarian cancer and one of them passed away," said Jenkins.
Because of deaths like this, the Barb Winegord Ovarian Cancer Golf Tournament came about to raise money for families dealing with the disease.
"They can't afford the gas to drive back and forth, they can't afford the meals while they're staying there with their loved one while they're getting treatment and this money helps them with their expenses," said Jenkins.
Jenkins was friends with Winegord when she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. After watching her friend lose a battle with this cancer, she's warning women of the symptoms of the disease.
"It's some of the symptoms women have every month, but if those symptoms persist every month for two weeks, then get it checked," said Jenkins.
Members of Winegord's family say they think she became an iconic person at the University of Virginia (UVA) cancer center because of the many people she touched.
"Once she found out she had cancer, she became a real spokesman for that program and she would have given it all for anybody," said Fred Malmstone, Winegord's father
Her legacy will help many more who suffer with the disease.
"She lost but in a way she won, for the battle that she fought and we love her for that," said Malmstone.
The golf tournament has helped raise more than $35,000 for the fund over the past five years and they plan to continue it next year.
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