4 P.M. INTERVIEW: Ovarian Cancer Awareness
The Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance is holding a support meeting in Eau Claire September 20. The meeting will be held at the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library from 3:00-4:30 p.m.
The Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance (MOCA) will mark its 19th year of strides against ovarian cancer at their annual HOM Teal Strides for Ovarian Cancer walk and run on Saturday, Sept. 15 at Rosland Park in Edina. MOCA, a nonprofit dedicated to funding ovarian cancer research, also provides support for those affected by the disease and spreads awareness about the symptoms.
HOM Teal Strides for Ovarian Cancer is one of the largest ovarian cancer fundraising events in the country and is MOCA’s largest fundraiser for research funding and programming. Participants can register and fundraise individually or through a team. Participants get customizable webpages to share their goals and raise funds with friends and family.
The Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance aims to raise more than $300,000 through the event, making it MOCA’s largest fundraiser of the year. Because there is no test for ovarian cancer, MOCA’s research funding is critical to change the course of the disease.
MOCA is among the top three non-profit funders of ovarian cancer research in the nation and has provided $8 million to ovarian cancer researchers. This year, the organization awarded $775,000 to ovarian cancer research projects. In 2017, MOCA expanded their reach by funding of national research, by providing funding to national researchers focused on an early detection test.
“For nearly two decades now, one of MOCA’s main goals has been to find a test for ovarian cancer,” MOCA Executive Director, Kathleen Gavin. “Too many women are diagnosed at a late stage of ovarian cancer when treatments are not as effective. We are getting closer – but more needs to be done. MOCA and our supporters are committed to one day discovering a diagnostic test and developing better treatments that will save the lives of women.”
At the event, MOCA will take its annual photograph of ovarian cancer survivors to honor those women on race day. MOCA is also featuring their HOM Teal Strides Inspiration signs throughout the course that will feature personalized messages. These signs are available for those who have fundraised $1,000 or more by August 31.
The event is so much more than just a walk and run. HOM Teal Strides features music and entertainment along the race course. The event also includes a Kids Fun Run and lawn games and other activities. Many healthcare providers and oncologists take part in the event to support their patients and families.
For the sixth year in a row, MOCA has the support of title sponsor HOM Furniture.
The event takes place during September, which is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. In addition to HOM Teal Strides for Ovarian Cancer, MOCA will be launching the MOCA Light the Night campaign on Saturday, Sept. 1, when major landmarks and bridges throughout the state and Midwest will be lit in teal, including the Foshay Tower and IDS Center in Minneapolis, Minneapolis’ 35W Bridge and the Phoenix Park Bridge in Eau Claire, Wis.
Day-of registration for HOM Teal Strides for Ovarian Cancer starts at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15; with the 5K run starting at 9:00 a.m. and the 2K walk starting at 9:45 a.m. Youth participants can also register for a Kids Fun Run. Early bird registration of $30 for adults runs through August 15. Registration fees between August 16 and the morning of Sept. 15 are $35. Participants can register for the event at mnovarian.org.
Each participant receives a HOM Teal Strides t-shirt; water and snacks will also be provided. Ovarian cancer survivors will receive a Teal Ribbon tote bag filled with comfort items at the Survivor Tent.
Mayo Clinic, Minnesota Oncology and the University of Minnesota Cancer Care are teal-level sponsors of HOM Teal Strides for Ovarian Cancer. Platinum level sponsors include Lessing Flynn, Blue Ribbon Travel and Clovis Oncology.