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| Sunday, July 20, 2003, 12:00 p.m.

Francesmary Modugno

  • Residence: Rosslyn Farms

  • Age: 37

  • Family: Husband, Jeff; son, Emmanuel Jacob; daughter, Aria

  • Education: Modugno earned a Ph.D. in computer science from Carnegie Mellon University in 1995, then returned to school at the University of Pittsburgh for her master's degree in public health in 1998.

  • Background: Assistant professor of epidemiology at Pitt, with a research focus on prevention and understanding of ovarian, breast and prostate cancers. Modugno also is a researcher at the Magee-Womens Research Institute, which investigates women's health issues.

  • Noteworthy: She is helping organize Walk for the Whisper on behalf of the Pittsburgh chapter of the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition. The five-mile and one-mile walk scheduled for September is intended to raise awareness and support research of ovarian cancer. She also is beginning what she says will be, when completed, the largest study of women with ovarian cancer in the United States.

  • Quote: Thoughts on the volunteer efforts of many ovarian cancer patients: "It's so inspirational to me to see these women, with what time they have left, helping other women and not falling into, ‘Why me?' "

    -- By Amy McConnell

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