History of the SummeRun


SummeRun Survivors 2017

The SummeRun & Walk for Ovarian Cancer was founded in 1994 by renowned Swedish Cancer Institute medical oncologist Saul E. Rivkin, MD (now retired), in partnership with Swedish Medical Center. Dr. Rivkin and his five daughters were morning the loss of Dr. Rivkin’s late wife, and the girls’ mother, Marsha Rivkin, who had recently lost her life to ovarian cancer.

Marsha’s death left Dr. Rivkin and his girls devastated and lost in a dark sea of grief, despair, and doubt. Her battle with ovarian cancer was over, but theirs was not. Determined to turn their grief into something positive, they decided to step out and show the world they could help fight this disease. They had no idea that their efforts would start an event and ultimately an organization that would become one of the largest private funders of ovarian cancer research in the country!  

That first SummeRun was a huge success, and the Rivkin Center for Ovarian Cancer was founded in Seattle in 1996 to extend survival and reduce suffering for women living with or at risk of developing this disease. Today, the Rivkin Center is the SummeRun’s only beneficiary, and because of the hard work of SummeRun team captains and participants and many other generous donors, the Rivkin Center has already made more than $9 million in grants to ovarian cancer researchers throughout the world.

We are proud of the progress that has been made to date, but there is still much, much more work to be done to realize our shared vision of a day when women no longer die of ovarian cancer. Thank you in advance for your support of the 2017 SummeRun & Walk.