Here's an idea: this July 4, before the hot dogs and fireworks, get back in touch with good-old-fashioned American community activism by taking part in the 1st Annual Teal There's a Cure 5K Run/Walk.
The event is set to kick-off at 9 a.m. Saturday July 4 in Marcellus Park to help raise awareness about ovarian cancer. Kevin O'Hara, of Marcellus said his family is organizing the event to help get the word out about this type of cancer that is often untreated and not diagnosed until it has already progressed to a later stage.
"Most women, when they find out they have it, are already in stage three or stage four," O'Hara said. "And you don't hear a lot about it, so we're trying to get awareness out."
The O'Hara family knows all too well how little-known ovarian cancer is: one of Kevin's six sisters was diagnosed recently at stage three of the illness. Although he said she is doing well, the experience motivated the family to help educate other community members about the disease.
But O'Hara is quick to point out the Teal There's a Cure event is not a benefit specifically for his sister, rather a fundraiser that will send proceeds to the American Cancer Society and GRACE'S, a local ovarian and gynecological cancer support group.
Even though it's a first-time event, O'Hara said they were hoping to have around 100 people to participate, and things so far are looking very good.
"I think it's going to bigger than we thought, but we're still trying to keep our expectations low to be pleasantly surprised," O'Hara said.
A tour of the village
The route is one that O'Hara said he regularly runs himself. The course includes a couple small hills and provides a scenic tour of the village of Marcellus, beginning and ending in Marcellus Park and taking participants up Limerick Street and back down Main Street.