Ovarian Cancer awareness run/walk comes to Marcellus

"People are going to be able to see Marcellus," O'Hara said. The course will provide a good workout for runners and walkers but not prove too challenging for first-timers.

O'Hara said the event will probably kick-off with a patriotic song and refreshments will be available for finishers back at the park.

"We appreciate everybody that's getting involved and we want to show our thanks, too," O'Hara said.

For more information about the race and GRACE'S, visit gracesgarden.org. Pick up race registration forms at Marcellus Village Hall and look for forms and flyers at the Alvord House and Sono Pizzeria.

For those who want to be involved but aren't up for the 5K walk or run, volunteers are needed to help organize and register participants before the run, direct runners and walkers and hand out water along the route. To volunteer with the Teal There's a Cure event, call Sheila O'Hara-Coughlin - yes, another one of Kevin's sisters - at 682-6606.

About ovarian cancer

Like many of the most deadly forms of cancer, ovarian cancer presents symptoms that are easily mistaken for other conditions, such as bloating, pelvic and abdominal pain, feeling full quickly or urinary issues. Additional symptoms can include fatigue, indigestion and back pain - subtle symptoms that are not often cause for alarm. For more information about ovarian and other gynecological cancers, visit ovariancancer.org

The GRACE'S support group is open to victims of gynecological cancers and their families and friends is held the last Wednesday of the month at the Hematology-Oncology Associates of CNY Building, 5008 Brittonfield Parkway, East Syracuse.

By the numbers: Ovarian Cancer

- 1 in 72 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer during their lifetime.

- About 20,000 American women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer each year.

- Only 19 percent of ovarian cancer cases in the United States are diagnosed before the cancer has spread beyond the ovaries.

- 90 percent of women with early-stage ovarian cancer do experience symptoms.

- Approximately 75 percent of ovarian cancer cases are diagnosed at an advanced stage after the cancer has spread beyond the ovary.

- About 15,000 American women will die from the disease in 2008.

Source: ovariancancer.org

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