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Oct
21
Inaugural Newk’s Cares Campaign Raises Awareness and More than $100,000 for Research to Find a Cure for Ovarian Cancer

Newk’s co-founder/CEO Chris Newcomb with wife Lori (right)
presenting the check for funds raised to OCRF

OCRF’s Ready. Set. Ride!® Jackson Ovarian Cycle fundraiser was the largest first-time ride for Ovarian Cancer Research Fund
 
Jackson, MS (Restaurant News Release) Newk’s Eatery and participants in the Newk’s Cares OCRF Ready. Set. Ride!® Ovarian Cycle fundraiser generated more than $117,500 for the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund (OCRF) in the inaugural year of the Newk’s Cares campaign, a drive committed to raising awareness and financial support for ovarian cancer research. The September 25 event, held in honor of Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month in Newk’s home base of Jackson, Mississippi, raised more than twice its $50,000 goal. The OCRF Ready. Set. Ride! Jackson Ovarian Cycle is the first of what will become an annual Newk’s Cares event in Jackson and other cities throughout Newk’s footprint.
 
“Thanks to our amazing Presenting Sponsor, Newk’s, OCRF’s Ovarian Cycle Jackson Ready. Set. Ride! was the most successful first-time ride for OCRF,” said Audra Moran, CEO of Ovarian Cancer Research Fund, the non-profit dedicated to eradicating ovarian cancer. “The phenomenal success is a testament to the dedication of Lori and Chris Newcomb and their Newk’s Eatery family to our cause. We are already envisioning the impact the longer-term Newk’s Cares campaign will have in our search for a cure.”
 
Jackson’s Lori Newcomb, the wife of Newk’s Eatery co-founder and CEO Chris Newcomb, launched the Newk’s Cares campaign in Newk’s restaurants after being diagnosed with stage IIIC ovarian cancer in early 2013. Inspired by her personal journey with the disease and the daunting survival rate–with only 45 percent of women surviving longer than five years after diagnosis– Lori began working to raise awareness about ovarian cancer within the national community. The Newk’s Cares movement stresses the importance of early detection and treatment which has been proven to increase the 45 percent survival rate to greater than 92 percent. By educating women about early warning signs, promoting research for a cure and sharing her story, Lori hopes to be a source of strength, inspiration and hope in the fight against ovarian cancer.
 
At the company’s more than 70 restaurants, from mid-August through September, Newk’s signature black cup was replaced with a teal cup in recognition of Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. Information on ovarian cancer’s early warning signs and Lori Newcomb’s personal story were also available to guests at each restaurant location and online at the Newk’s Cares website. The campaign culminated in the raising of more than $68,000 at the September 25 OCRF’s Ready. Set. Ride! Ovarian Cycle fundraiser, paired with an additional $50,000 in company gifts and matching donations, for a total donation of $117,500 to the OCRF.
 
“In the U.S., ovarian cancer causes more deaths than all other gynecologic cancers combined and is the 5th leading cause of cancer death in women,” said Lori Newcomb, Newk’s Cares founder. “There is no effective early screening test for ovarian cancer. Through greater awareness and research, we hope to improve early diagnosis, positively impact the prognosis for women and keep families together.”
 
For more information about ovarian cancer and to hear Lori’s story in her own words, visit Newk’s Cares.
 
About Newk’s Eatery
 
As a refreshing casual dining experience in a stylish atmosphere with an emphasis on freshness, flavor and unparalleled customer service, Newk’s Eatery boasts a comprehensive menu of freshly-prepared entrees with sizable portions and exceptional ingredient combinations. Rapidly expanding since the first restaurant opening in Oxford, Miss. in 2004, Newk’s currently operates and franchises 69 units in 13 states. Headquartered in Jackson, Miss., the rights to more than 100 units of the culinary-driven dining concept have been sold across the South. For more information visit newks.com, join the Roundtable Club, or follow Newk’s on Facebook and Twitter.
 
About Ovarian Cancer Research Fund
 
Ovarian Cancer Research Fund (OCRF) is the oldest and largest charity in the United States funding ovarian cancer research.  Our mission is to fund scientific research that leads to more effective identification, treatment, and ultimately a cure for ovarian cancer, as well as related educational and support initiatives. Each year there will be approximately 22,000 new cases of ovarian cancer in the United States, and about 15,500 women will die of the disease.  Currently there is no effective means of early detection.
 
Since 1998, OCRF has awarded 217 grants to scientists at more than 65 leading medical centers in the U.S., an investment of nearly $60 million for ovarian cancer research. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, OCRF-sponsored investigators are developing innovative strategies for early detection; exploring the genetics that increase risk for ovarian cancer; understanding the underlying molecular biology of the disease; identifying new and better targets for treatment; and deciphering how and why ovarian cancer spreads, and how to stop it. To learn more or join us in the fight, please visit www.ocrf.org.
 
Contact:
Lauren Cable or Nathalie Strickland
865-742-3618, lcable@waterhousepr.com
423-619-9900, nstrickland@waterhousepr.com
 
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Aug
29
RAISING AWARENESS Lori Newcomb, family join fight against ovarian cancer

Lori Newcomb

The family of the co-founder one of Mississippi’s most successful restaurants is in a fight against a life-threatening disease, and they are courageously going public with their battle in an effort to raise awareness and save lives.
 
Early last year, Lori Newcomb, the wife of Newk’s Eatery co-founder Chris Newcomb, began exhibiting symptoms that are common with innocuous women’s health issues – bloating, abdominal pain, difficulty urinating. But, the mother of three initially brushed aside her pains and pushed on with her busy life.
 
However, the condition persisted, and subsequent tests revealed that Lori had stage IIIC ovarian cancer.
 
“My first thought was this can’t be happening to me – this isn’t real,” Lori said. “Then, my next thought was my family. How was I going to tell them?”
 
Indeed, the prognosis was bleak. More than 15,000 women die each year in the U.S. due to ovarian cancer – more deaths than all other gynecological cancers combined. It is the fifth-leading cause of cancer death in American women.
 
The key to survival is early detection.
 
“Only 45 percent of women diagnosed with ovarian cancer survive longer than five years,” Lori said. “With early detection and treatment, the rate increases to greater than 92 percent.”
 
The problem is that there is no effective early screening test for ovarian cancer; however, tests can help identify women who are at risk for the disease.
 
To that end, the Newcombs are doing more than just talk about Lori’s health.
 
The family has launched Newk’s Cares, in conjunction with Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. Through September, the 70-plus participating Newk’s restaurants will replace their signature black cups with teal cups to raise the spotlight on early detection and continuing research of ovarian cancer. Newk’s will also provide educational information on ovarian cancer signs and symptoms at each restaurant – an ovarian symptoms card – and the story of Lori’s personal journey will also be available to guests in restaurants as well as on the Newk’s Cares website (www. www.newks.com/newkscares).
 
Newk’s will donate a minimum of $15,000 to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund, or OCRF (www.ocrf.org) as part of its charitable initiative. And on Sept. 25, Lori and Newk’s Cares will also raise funds for OCRF through a five-hour Ovarian Cycle indoor cycle event in Jackson, where Newk’s is headquartered.
 
OCRF’s Ovarian Cycle Jackson Ready. Set. Ride! will be held at the Country Club of Jackson. Riders pay a registration fee of $50 and set a fundraising goal of at least $250 per individual rider prior to the event. The fundraising goal for the Jackson event is $50,000.
 
For more information and/or to register, visit ovariancycle.kintera.org/JACKSON2014.
 
“Through the courage Lori has shown during her battle with ovarian cancer I know that many women’s lives will be impacted by her story,” said Chris Newcomb, who co-founded McAlister’s Deli in the late 1980s before going on to launch Newk’s 10 years ago. “It is our hope that through her we can improve early diagnosis, positively impact the prognosis for women and keep families together.”
 
“Obviously, we would love to see a cure,” Lori said. “But we want to raise funding so that research continues at least toward an effective early screening.”
 
The Newcombs do have hope, and the current news is positive. Lori said she is “feeling good,” is currently in the maintenance phase of her illness and that she hopes other women draw as much inspiration as she has from Newk’s Cares.
 
“My message to other women is that there is hope,” Lori added. “I urge women to watch for the symptoms. They might be vague, but if they persist don’t hesitate to go to your doctor. With early detection and proper treatment, there is no reason why women with ovarian cancer cannot live a long, beautiful life.”
 
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Aug
18
Newk’s Eatery To Launch A Companywide Ovarian Cancer Awareness Campaign In Support Of One Of Its Own

Lori Newcomb, wife of Newk’s Eatery founder and CEO Chris Newcomb*

Jackson, MS (RestaurantNews.com)  Newk’s Eatery is launching a Newk’s Cares campaign to raise awareness about ovarian cancer, a disease that hits close to home in the Newk’s family. Lori Newcomb, the wife of Newk’s co-founder and CEO Chris Newcomb, was diagnosed with stage IIIC ovarian cancer in early 2013. From mid-August through September, Newk’s is teaming up with Lori and Ovarian Cancer Research Fund (OCRF) to educate women and their loved ones about early warning signs of the disease, as well as promote research for a cure.
 
Through September, Newk’s signature black cup will be replaced by a teal cup in recognition of Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month at the company’s more than 70 restaurants. During the campaign, Newk’s will provide educational information at each of the locations and the story of Lori’s personal journey will also be available to guests in restaurants, as well as on the Newk’s Cares website. Newk’s will donate a minimum of $15,000 to OCRF as part of its ovarian cancer charitable initiative. And on September 25, in partnership with Ovarian Cancer Research Fund, Lori and Newk’s Cares will also raise funds for OCRF through a 5-hour Ovarian Cycle® indoor cycle event in Jackson, Mississippi, where Newk’s is headquartered.  The fundraising goal for this event is $50,000.
 
“Only 45 percent of women diagnosed with ovarian cancer survive longer than five years,” said Lori Newcomb. “With early detection and treatment, the rate increases to greater than 92 percent. Through education and by raising money for severely underfunded research, we hope to make a difference in the future progression of this disease.”
 
In the months leading up to her diagnosis, Lori, a busy mother of three, put the needs of her family first and dismissed changes in her health that were early warning signs of the disease. Her symptoms mimicked those of other innocuous conditions affecting women — bloating, abdominal pain, difficulty urinating. Like most of the 200,000 women nationwide currently living with the disease, Lori’s cancer was advanced at the point of diagnosis and her prognosis was bleak.
 
In the U.S., ovarian cancer causes more deaths than all other gynecologic cancers combined and is the 5th leading cause of cancer death in women. Symptoms are often vague and ovarian cancer frequently recurs after initial treatment. This year alone, 22,000 cases will be diagnosed and 15,500 women will die from the disease. While there is no effective screening test for ovarian cancer, tests can help identify women who are at risk for the disease.
 
“Through the courage Lori has shown during her battle with ovarian cancer I know that many women’s lives will be impacted by her story,” said Chris Newcomb. “It is our hope that through her we can improve early diagnosis, positively impact the prognosis for women, and keep families together.”
 
By sharing her story, Lori and the Newk’s Eatery family hope it will be a source of strength, inspiration and hope in the fight against ovarian cancer.
 
To hear Lori’s story in her own words or for more information about ovarian cancer, visit Newk’s Cares or Ovarian Cancer Research Fund.

 
*High resolution images available upon request.
 
About Newk’s Eatery
 
As a refreshing casual dining experience in a stylish atmosphere with an emphasis on freshness, flavor and unparalleled customer service, Newk’s Eatery boasts a comprehensive menu of freshly-prepared entrees with sizable portions and exceptional ingredient combinations. Rapidly expanding since the first restaurant opening in Oxford, Miss. in 2004, Newk’s currently operates and franchises 69 units in 13 states. Headquartered in Jackson, Miss., the rights to more than 100 units of the culinary-driven dining concept have been sold across the South. For more information visit newks.com, join the Roundtable Club, or follow Newk’s on Facebook and Twitter.
 
About Ovarian Cancer Research Fund
 
Ovarian Cancer Research Fund (OCRF) is the oldest and largest charity in the United States funding ovarian cancer research.  Our mission is to fund scientific research that leads to more effective identification, treatment, and ultimately a cure for ovarian cancer, as well as related educational and support initiatives. Each year there will be approximately 22,000 new cases of ovarian cancer in the United States, and about 15,500 women will die of the disease.  Currently there is no effective means of early detection.
 
Since 1998, OCRF has awarded 217 grants to scientists at more than 65 leading medical centers in the U.S., an investment of nearly $60 million for ovarian cancer research. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, OCRF-sponsored investigators are developing innovative strategies for early detection; exploring the genetics that increase risk for ovarian cancer; understanding the underlying molecular biology of the disease; identifying new and better targets for treatment; and deciphering how and why ovarian cancer spreads, and how to stop it. To learn more or join us in the fight, please visit www.ocrf.org.
 
Contact:
Nathalie Strickland or Lauren Cable
423-619-9900, nstrickland@waterhousepr.com
865-742-3618, lcable@waterhousepr.com

 

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Mar
04
Lori’s Story and How Newk’s Cares™ is Raising Awareness about Ovarian Cancer

A mother of three, active and very health-conscious, Lori Newcomb really had no warning signs. Not at first. In fact, by the time she knew something was drastically wrong, time had passed and there was no rewinding of the clock. There was only moving forward into some of the darkest hours of her life. But the aged proverb proved to be very true: the darkest hour is just before the dawn. And while her journey hasn’t been easy, by any means, her destination; her mission now is clear: helping other women.

Early warning signs of ovarian cancer are sometimes very easily missed and often thought to be just normal aches and pains that we all have. That’s the reason behind Newk’s Cares and Lori’s calling.
 
In February 2013, Lori Newcomb was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and her journey began.
 
The Newcombs are co-founders of Newk’s Cares, which is the philanthropic arm of Newk’s Eateries, where Chris is co-founder and CEO.
 
”The reason Chris and I decided to create Newk’s Cares was because we discovered that there were really no symptoms, no early detection tests for me to find out whether or not I had ovarian cancer” Newcomb said. “With breast cancer, there are mammograms and with cervical cancer, a woman can have a pap smear, but this is literally one of those diseases that you don’t know you have until sometimes it’s too late.”
 
Newcomb said that with Newk’s Cares, the mission is to bring awareness to the symptoms of ovarian cancer and to encourage women to visit their doctors on a regular basis, especially if they detect any change or pain within their bodies, to not just chalk it up to everyday aches when it could be something much more.
 
“We definitely want to raise money for ovarian cancer research” Newcomb said, “but at the same time, my true passion right now is that I want women to know the symptoms; I want them to be aware of the symptoms, so if they are having any of the warning signs, they will go to the doctor and take care of their bodies.”
 
Newcomb said when she first realized something was very wrong, her main symptoms were irritable bowel syndrome, which was a tricky one, because at first, she just thought she was having normal bathroom issues, but she said it consistently got worse and never went away. She was also throwing up two and three times per week for over a month right before her diagnosis.
 
“I had lower back pain that was excruciating,” she said. “It wasn’t like a pulled muscle and it was chronic; it never went away. Another symptom was a lot of abdominal pressure and I would eat maybe two bites of something and then I’d feel very full, but was still hungry. I found out that this particular symptom is a very strong and consistent sign of ovarian cancer. The lack of energy was also a very big issue with me and so totally out of character. I have always been a person who is very energetic and went everywhere all the time.”
 
Newcomb said she would come home and literally fall asleep, feeling so fatigued that she had absolutely no choice but to take a nap. She knew that she ‘ want to live like that and had tried all the homeopathic remedies before seeing her doctor.
 
“Not in a million years did I think that I was going to be diagnosed with cancer,” Newcomb said. “I’ve always been healthy; I’ve always been someone w ho ate right, exercised; I was constantly in motion. When I started having to take naps in the afternoon and after an entire month of that, I still didn’t feel good; I knew something was wrong. That’s when I started self-diagnosing. I’d go on WebMD and say to myself: OK, maybe I have this issue or that issue and I’d try to pinpoint it; by the time I did see my gynecologist for my yearly check-up, I was afraid that I did have cancer. At that point, I had seen three previous doctors and no one was helping me; so when I went in for that yearly check-up, I told my doctor that I was scared to hear what he was going to tell me.”
 
Ovarian cancer cannot be diagnosed through a pap smear. Instead, bloodwork has to be done and the patient has to have either an MRI or a CAT scan. Newcomb’s doctor immediately ordered a CAT scan and that’s when three tumors were discovered, total weight for all three was 10 pounds.
 
“One tumor alone weighed 6 pounds,” she said. “In comparison, my middle child weighed 4lbs.-11oz. when she was born. “That’s one of the problems with early detection; those tests are not routine procedures. That’s why it’s so important to know the symptoms. And why we have symptom cards in Newk’s Eateries all across the south, because so many women don’t know the symptoms and sometimes just dismiss them.”
 
Newcomb was diagnosed with Stage IIIC ovarian cancer in February 2013 and is determined to educate women about ovarian cancer and promote research for a cure.
 
“It’s been a little over two years and it’s been quite a journey,” she said. “I’ve gone from being this cancer patient who was scared and frightened, with hardly any information about this disease or my own future with it, to someone who finally knows what I have and how important it is to bring awareness about the disease to women everywhere. I’ve had to educate myself. My oncologist, Dr. Paul Seago, gave me the tools I needed for that and to find some comfort in living with cancer.”
 
She had a year and three months of chemotherapy and went in every three to four weeks for her treatments.
 
“I lost all my hair, had no eyebrows or eyelashes,” Newcomb said. “To be honest with you; I learned a lot about myself at that time. And without my husband and my family; I wouldn’t have made it. They were the ones who were strong and brave and kept me going. During that year of chemo, I found myself asking the question I’m sure everyone with cancer asks: why did this happen to me? My husband was great and we talked about everything, the why’s and the what if’s, everything. One day I looked at him and said, let’s make something good come out of all this. He said fine, what do you want to do?
 
“I told him that I had found this really cool fundraiser and it was all about raising money on spin bikes and I used to spin every day before I became sick. I love to spin. And I told him that I wanted to bring this spinning fundraiser to Jackson and asked him if we could do it through Newk’s and he jumped on the idea and said let’s do it. And we began to put things together.
 
“September is ovarian cancer awareness month and he suggested for that month to change the Newk’s cups to teal instead of black, teal being the color for ovarian cancer. So, really, where Newk’s Cares came from was Chris and I sitting in our home, walking together through the pain of my cancer, and knowing that I wanted to be around much longer than five years, which is the average lifespan for someone diagnosed with the disease. The idea came from our hopelessness when it came to controlling the cancer to what can we do to contribute positively to my outcome and the outcome of others.”
 
Chris Newcomb is in awe of his wife’s strength and determination to get the word out about ovarian cancer. He has nothing but praise for her efforts and her amazingly positive nature.
 
“Whenever you hear the C-word, you’re always immediately scared,” Chris Newcomb said.”And not knowing the full extent about ovarian cancer, you’re even more scared. It was a scary time, especially with my wife being so young and athletic. Lori is one of the strongest and most determined women that I know. Newk’s Cares came about because of her sincere desire to help other women going through ovarian cancer and to bring awareness to the warning signs and to educate women with as much information as possible. She’s an amazing lady.”
 
Her father-in-law retired Oxford dentist, Dr. Don Newcomb, believes in his daughter-in-law’s efforts and supports her and Newk’s Cares wholeheartedly.
 
“Lori has been a tremendous inspiration to us, “Don Newcomb said. “To see how she has attacked this cancer has been amazing. We love her and support her in every way.”
 
Through Newk’s Cares, Newcomb and her husband embraced Newk’s Cares Ready, Set, Ride, a spinning fundraiser that was held in September 2014 for the first time, where they raised nearly $120,000 for research and they’re already prepping for the second event in September 2015. They hope to grow their branch of the Ready, Set, Ride fundraiser brand into a larger event that spans the entire southeast, wherever their 77 Newk’s franchises are located.
 
Newcomb said one of the blessings that she’s had through this entire journey was the way the entire community of ovarian cancer patients all across the southeast, through Newk’s Cares, reached out to her and were so happy that someone was finally putting some information about the disease out there for women everywhere.
 
“It’s been such a support system,” she said, “and it keeps me energized and moving forward and looking toward the future. With Newk’s Cares, we’ve created something that’s helping people and educates them about ovarian cancer; now we just have to make it bigger and better each and every year. We want to help women get diagnosed earlier, at Stage I, versus where I am, which is Stage III. Being able to catch ovarian cancer at Stage I is a huge turning point for someone when facing this disease. And what is so awesome about all of this is we have the support of everyone in our Newk’s family. It blew our minds how everyone jumped on board for this effort, from the franchisees to the hourly partners, just everyone. Newk’s is our family and we love them.”
 
For more information on Newk’s Cares, go to Newk’s website.

 

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