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‘Teal There’s A Cure’ race registration underway

Bonnie O'Hara and race organizer Kevin O'Hara run in last year's Teal There's A Cure run/walk for ovarian cancer awareness.

Bonnie O'Hara and race organizer Kevin O'Hara run in last year's Teal There's A Cure run/walk for ovarian cancer awareness.

— The fourth annual “Teal There’s A Cure” certified run/walk for ovarian cancer awareness and education will be held Wednesday, July 4, at Marcellus Park in Marcellus. The race begins at 9 a.m. with an awards ceremony to follow at 10:15 a.m.

Ovarian cancer facts, figures

Ovarian cancer is the fifth leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women in the United States. Approximately 22,000 women are diagnosed annually and approximately 15,000 women will die annually of this disease. Unfortunately, due to ovarian cancer’s non-specific symptoms, only 19 percent of all cases are found at an early stage. The majority of women are not diagnosed until the late stages and at that point their survival is as low as 29 percent. At present, there is no test to specifically screen women for ovarian cancer.

Source: National Ovarian Cancer Coalition

The annual run/walk was started in 2008 by the O’Hara family, to educate people about ovarian cancer and raise awareness for the disease. The race was started in honor of their daughter/sister, Maureen O’Hara, who is currently battling ovarian cancer. Teal is the official color for ovarian cancer awareness.

Pre-registration for this year’s race costs $25 if postmarked by June 23 or $30 if postmarked after June 23. Registration the day of the race is $35. Registration forms are available at the Marcellus village and town halls, and online. The race runs through the village of Marcellus, along Nine Mile Creek and back to the park.

Last year, more than 550 people participated in the race. $21,500 was donated to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund and $5,000 to GRACE'S (Gynecologic cancer survivors Reinforcing Awareness, Caring, Education and Support), a local support organization for women with ovarian and other gynecologic cancers.

For more information, email tealtheresacure@gmail.com or visit gracesgarden.org.

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