Randy Hopper will attend the National Women’s Survivors Convention, to be held July 31-Aug. 2, in Nashville, Tenn.

Hopper, an academic services coordinator for Upward Bound, is a board member for the GYN Cancers Alliance, which serves more than 20 counties in Southwest Missouri.

“It’s a really unique, one-of-a-kind organization,” he said. “Unfortunately, we can only serve women in this area. We do a lot of awareness promotion, help people with bills, offer support meetings and beauticians come in to do hair and makeup for women going through chemo.”

The national convention will include empowerment sessions, presentations by guest speakers and a 5K walk/run.

Hopper’s wife, Charlotte, is an adjunct English professor who was diagnosed with Stage III-C ovarian cancer in March 2012.After surgery and chemotherapy proved successful, her family decided to create a scholarship to help ease the burden of students facing a similar situation.

The annual Zumbathon at Missouri Southern raises funds for the Charlotte Ollinger Hopper Scholarship as well as the GYN Cancers Alliance.

Charlotte Hopper, an adjunct English professor, was diagnosed with Stage III-C ovarian cancer in March 2012.