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Today, thousands of Canadian women are living with ovarian cancer and another 2,800 will be diagnosed this year.
Each of these women is central to a family. Every one of these women has people who love her. Just being there to support and honor her means everything. That’s why I’m rallying with the community at the Ovarian Cancer Canada Walk of Hope.
The Walk celebrates the hope I carry with me every day – the hope for a future without this disease.
Ovarian cancer is the most fatal disease of women in Canada; however, it receives a disproportionately small amount of funding for awareness and research. There is no screening for ovarian cancer and many women are not diagnosed until the disease has significantly progressed.
In some ways, I was lucky that my cancer was found when it was Stage 2, and not more advanced, as is so often the case. Between April and mid-December 2015, I had two surgeries, 16 weekly chemotherapy treatments, and then 25 daily radiation treatments. During chemo, I asked my oncologist if I was being given chemo that targeted my cancer, or if it was just a combination of drugs that they hoped would work. I was told that it was mostly the latter, as the type of cancer cell that I had is very rare and the treatment given is the same as for other more common types of ovarian cancer. However, thanks to research done by the BC Cancer Agency, radiation - a relatively new treatment for this type of ovarian cancer - increases survival rates when done in combination with chemotherapy. I am left with side effects from the treatments, but also the knowledge that I may have a future. I have now entered my fourth year since the end of treatment and, as far as I know, I am still clear of cancer.
There are numerous types of ovarian cancers and my treatment is but one example of how research can help to develop specific treatments to target each type. But more research is desperately needed and funding for ovarian cancer lags far behind that for most other forms of cancer.
Every dollar I raise supports Ovarian Cancer Canada, the only national charity entirely dedicated to this important cause. Funds will be used to provide support to women and families living with ovarian cancer, increase awareness of the disease, and fund vital research so that we can change the future for women.
Please provide your support by giving generously. Better yet, if you are up for a challenge this September, come out and join me. Together we can make a difference.
September 8, 2019 at 8:30AM
Kildonan Park, 2021 Main Street
2.5 km or 5 km
Event Day Schedule:
8:30am: Registration and Hat pick-up
9:30 am: Opening ceremonies and warm-up
10:00am - 11:00am: 2km or 5km Walk(or Run)
11:00am: Closing ceremonies, door prize draws, Team & Partcipant recognition
Cindy Sanchez and Christa Slatnik
Please remember the Ovarian Cancer Canada Walk of Hope is RAIN OR SHINE... The Walk must go on!
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