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"Sparkle of Hope" Features Activist Actress Laura Clark Hansen

Madison, Wisconsin - Hilarity is not the usual response to the ovarian cancer experience, but theater professional Laura Clark Hansen brings laughter and tears to the audience as she engages them in her "adventures with ovarian cancer."


Hansen's one-woman show, "Please Send Hats," will highlight the annual Sparkle of Hope being held Oct. 3 to raise money for gynecologic cancer research at the UW Carbone Cancer Center.


Hansen, a Madison native, was living in the Twin Cities, where she worked as an actress and theatrical producer, when she was diagnosed with stage II-C ovarian cancer in 2005.


She moved back to the Madison area to be close to family for what she thought might be her last months. Instead, treatment was successful and she went on to apply her acting skills to telling the world about gynecologic cancer, which will affect one woman in every 20.


"It made me into a passionate advocate for education," says Hansen, who always includes an entertaining description of the four warning signs of ovarian cancer.


She calls her performance "the most important role I've ever played."


Her talk touches on the heartbreak as well as the funny moments.


"You never have to do anything you don't want to do again," she tells the audience. "Cancer is the ultimate 'Get Out of Jail Free' card."


This year’s event begins at 5:30pm Oct. 3 at The Madison Concourse Hotel. Please RSVP online at or contact Katie Williquette at (608) 263-0160 or



Date Published: 09/12/2013

News tag(s):  cancer

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