Looking for a way to combine physical fitness with a great cause? Then you’re cordially invited to join the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition’s 13th Annual Run/Walk to Break the Silence on Ovarian Cancer on September 21st.
Ovarian cancer causes more deaths than any other type of gynecological cancer in this country, but with early screening, the lives of many women can be saved. The purpose of the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition (NOCC) is to raise awareness and promote education about ovarian cancer, a disease which kills approximately 15,000 women every year in the United States.
How to Join
The 5k race takes place at the Rangers Ballpark located at 1000 Ballpark Way here in Arlington on Saturday, September 21st. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and the race starts at 9:00 a.m. The event is presented by The Next Chapter, which is a project of Medical City Hospital Dallas, and is the largest awareness event and fundraiser for the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition.
The purpose of the 5k is to raise money through pledges and donations to help the NOCC reach its fundraising goal of $250,000. However, while funds are welcomed, they’re not required to participate. Anyone is welcome to join and registration is open for all who wish to remember those who have lost the battle against ovarian cancer while celebrating the lives of those who have survived.
Not the athletic type? You can still come on down and enjoy the fun. The event will include an ovarian cancer survivor area, balloon release and ovarian cancer memorial wall. There will also be music performed by Derek Anthony, food from local restaurants, exhibitions and shopping courtesy of various vendors are all part of the fun. There will even be kids’ activities, so bring the whole family along.
Every year more than 20,000 women in this country are diagnosed with ovarian cancer. In the same year, 15,000 American women die from this disease. Ovarian cancer is frequently a preventable death. Women who are diagnosed and receive treatment early have a 90 percent survival rate over the next five years. Early detection is the key to surviving ovarian cancer. See your doctor for regular pelvic examinations and know the signs of this disease, which include bloating, urinary urgency, pain in the abdomen and pelvic area and difficulty eating. If you haven’t visited your gynecologist in six months or more, make an appointment today to schedule a screening.
The 13th Annual Run/Walk to Break the Silence on Ovarian Cancer promises to be fun and informative for everyone involved. To learn more about the event, contact the Chapter at (214) 273-4208 or by email. See you there!
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