AK: Hope

 Dr. Joanie Hope talks with Galena Fechik during a clinic appointment on Tuesday, January 22, 2013. Fechik, 30, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer just days before. Anchorage's Joanie Hope is the lead singer of N.E.D., a rock band made up of six gynecologic oncology surgeons from across the country. Hope is the only gynecologic oncologist based in Alaska. Photo by Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News
Dr. Joanie Hope talks with Galena Fechik during a clinic appointment on Tuesday, January 22, 2013. Fechik, 30, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer just days before. Anchorage’s Joanie Hope is the lead singer of N.E.D., a rock band made up of six gynecologic oncology surgeons from across the country. Hope is the only gynecologic oncologist based in Alaska. Photo by Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News
Dr. Joanie Hope prepares to enter an operating room at Providence Alaska Medical Center on January 18, 2013. Anchorage's Joanie Hope is the lead singer of N.E.D., a rock band made up of six gynecologic oncology surgeons from across the country. Hope is the only gynecologic oncologist based in Alaska. Photo by Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News .
Dr. Joanie Hope prepares to enter an operating room at Providence Alaska Medical Center on January 18, 2013. Photo by Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News .

If you’re in the habit of running East Anchorage trails in the winter in the dark, then you might have run by a compact, dark-haired doctor named Joanie Hope, jogging slowly with her headphones on, singing. She is the state’s only gynecologic oncologist. But she’s also in a rock band, that tours nationally to raise awareness for gynecological cancers. Their first Alaska concert is tomorrow. Anchorage Daily News columnist Julia O’Malley has the story.

This story is a collaboration between the Anchorage Daily News and APRN.

Read Julia O’Malley’s print story and hear Marc Lester’s audio postcard:

Anchorage Daily News: Doctor brings noise to a silent killer of women by Julia O’Malley (26 January 2013)

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