Thank You For Such a Wonderful Night
During our first ever Endo-Inspire Gala we sold out and had near 100 attendees supporting our cause to promote proper care and community for patients. Together we pushed to help patients live empowered and inspirational lives. Joined with doctors, specialists, performers, and endo allies we raised $11,000 to help our mission in empowering patients to live beyond their diagnosis.
Speakers and Attenders
Kaitlyn Morell is a singer/song writer. Her recent single “My Forever” has been hitting the radio across the country. Her song “Invinsible” has empowered many individuals with endometriosis as she revealed her struggles with the disease and story behind the song.
Dr. Karli Goldstien
Dr. Goldstien is an associate gynecologic surgeon at Seckin Endometriosis Center in NY. She dedicates her practices to deep excision surgical methods and is a driving force for endometriosis research. Dr. Goldstien has a special compassion for patients with endometriosis as she herself battles stage IV endo with multiple IVF failures and losses. With proper care and incredible drive, Dr. Goldstien has defied the odds by continuing her work as a surgeon while becoming a new mother to her sweet baby girl. Dr. Goldstien is passionate about creating a hopeful and empowering outlook for patients’ futures with proper care and support.
Alexandra is a passionate endometriosis advocate using her social media as a way to share education and awareness with other patients. Alex has battled both pelvic and thoracic endometriosis. She recently underwent video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) to excise endometriosis around her lungs. Having a mother who was also diagnosed with endometriosis Alex knew about her condition from an early age. Despite an early diagnosis she has still had to fight for proper care unrelentingly. Instead of rolling over in self-pity as many in her situation would feel inclined to do, Alex has fought to become an incredibly knowledgeable patient sharing her journey with others in an insightful, hope-filled, and positive manner.
Dr. Kenneth Barron
Dr. Barron is a gynecologic surgeon who took an interest in helping patients with pelvic pain. After two residencies, including training at the Endometriosis Center of Atlanta, Dr. Barron opened his own practice dedicated to helping patients through endometriosis excisional therapy, education, and understanding. Over 75% of Dr. Barron’s patients struggle with endometriosis. He has become an invaluable resource for EndoArmy by sharing his knowledge and support for the nonprofit and, also, by helping many members find relief from pain.
Kianna is the founder and executive director of EndoArmy. She started this nonprofit after personally experiencing the need endometriosis patients have for tangible support, easily accessible information, and hope for their future. After battling endometriosis herself, undiagnosed for many years, she finally got answers in early 2018. Endometriosis had led to a multitude of other secondary effects and disease processes. Kianna has always been passionate about human connection and medicine (she works as a professional in the veterinary medicine industry). Her diagnosis pushed her to take actions so that others would not have to suffer alone, for as long, or lose hope as she had before surgery. Kianna is now planning to ride horseback over 2,000 miles from Mexico to Canada to raise funds and awareness for patients with endometriosis.
Maggie is a country-style musician from Bloomfield, Missouri. She has been performing since she was 15. Her most recent album “The Other Side” made its way to the top 100 albums being considered for Country Album of the Year by The Grammy Association receiving airplay on Americana Radio Stations across the USA as well as winning “Album of The Year” at the 2018 Josie Music Awards. Maggie recently underwent pelvic and thoracic endometriosis excision. She has spoken openly about her journey with endo through social media.
Dr. Tamer Seckin
Dr. Seckin is considered to be one of the pioneers of endometriosis care and research. He has developed many innovative gynecologic surgical techniques such as the Aqua Blue Excision technique. He has been practicing deep excision and advanced gynecologic surgery for over 30 years. He is the co-founder of the Endometriosis Foundation of America. He pushes to increase disease recognition, provide advocacy, facilitate expert surgical training, and funds landmark endometriosis research.
Gillian is a true icon of female empowerment having traveled over 10,000 miles in the backcountry with her horses. She has overcome countless obstacles and has inspired many individuals by sharing her journeys. One of the individuals she inspired was Kianna, founder of EndoArmy. As Kianna was recovering from surgery and treatments she knew she wanted to do something for the endometriosis community. A small, crazy voice in the back of Kianna’s mind thought, “Well, you have always wanted to ride horseback from Mexico to Canada and because of your pain you never thought you would be able to. Maybe if you do that, you could get sponsors to raise funds for patients.“ She knew it sounded crazy, she thought to herself, “I need a sign, I need something to push me if I am going to do this. Ride over 2,000 miles with a chronic illness? Maybe I am crazy… but what if…” So Kianna googled “riding horseback from Mexico to Canada”. Gillian’s blog showed up and something very odd happened… Gillian’s horse looked identical to Kianna’s horse. Kianna kept reading… wait! Gillian’s horse’s name was also the same as Kianna’s! A rather uncommon name at that, Shyla! So Kianna thought “hey… maybe this is the sign?”. So she messaged Gillian, not really expecting a response. After all, Gillian has 37k followers why would she respond? However, not only did Gillian respond, she has become an incredible resource of knowledge for Kianna. She has responded to all of Kianna’s questions regarding preparation for the Awareness Ride in-depth with encouragement. When Kianna asked if she would speak at the gala about her journey and the journey Kianna is soon to embark on for endometriosis awareness, she did not hesitate. Gillian is an amazing example of the people endometriosis patients need in their lives. People who have not struggled with endometriosis themselves, but are willing to encourage and empower our journeys and help us fight in our own unique ways.
Karen is the Co-Founder and North Carolina Chapter Director for EndoArmy. She also serves as the North Carolina State Representative for Worldwide Endo-March. Her passion is very real to her as she has survived over 11 surgeries and the removal of eight organs herself. And like most, it hurt her deeply to hear medical professionals one after another say “we didn’t find anything”, “just get pregnant” and “it’s all in your head”, just to name a few. She has now dedicated her life to helping those who are walking out their own Endometriosis journey. She refused to give up and you can too. She believes that no other EndoArmy warrior should ever have to feel the isolation and mental stress that comes with any level of an Endometriosis. Karen’s heart is to heal, encourage, and give fellow Endo Warriors the hope and courage to dig deep, join together and fight another day. EndoArmy is more than a non-profit it’s a battle cry for the unheard and unseen, which is why she joined forces with fellow Co-Founder Kianna Scott to help make someone’s endo journey just a little more peaceful.
Sponsor Disclaimer: EndoArmy is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit run by patients for patients. We have made the desition to deny financial support from pharmaceutical companies. We have also made the choice to keep the nonprofit patient-driven. To avoid conflicts of interest or accusations of patient funneling we do not allow any doctors or gynecologic medical professionals on our board. We avidly seek advice and support from professionals but choose stay a third party unbias patient-centered organization. All speaker and performers at this event are voulenteers and are not recieving financial compensation for their performances.
Barrel Oak Winery
Barrel Oak Winery is allowing EndoArmy to use their space to host The Endo-Inspire Gala. They have been an invaluable supporter of our nonprofit from the early stages. We would like to thank them for all the opportunities they have granted us through their generosity.
Life Captured Photography
Sharon is a passionate photographer who runs Life Captured based in Hamilton, VA. Her daughter suffers from endometriosis and upon meeting Kianna in late 2018 Sharon has been a driving force for EndoArmy donating countless hours of her professional skills as a photographer. Sharon will once again be donating her time as she photographs The Endo-Inspire Gala
Center for Advanced Gynocology
The Center for Advanced Gynecology has graciously sponsored our event, helping make it possible to bring so many inspirational individuals together. With their help we are able to create this memorable night.
Nova Blooms by Megan is a local florist located in Chantilly, VA who is donating 100% of her time to create elegant floral arrangments for The Endo-Inspire Gala.