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Ovarian Cancer Symptom Awareness 5K Dog Walk & Fun Run
September 8, 2019 @ 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
WHO: Teal, the color representing ovarian cancer awareness, will adorn nearly 200 supporters and dogs during the ninth annual 5K Dog Walk & Fun Run benefiting the Ovarian Cancer Symptom Awareness organization (OCSA). Held in St. Charles, Illinois, the event raises funds for a unique One Health approach to educating pet owners and those who work with pets about the silent symptoms of ovarian cancer. According to OCSA Executive Vice President Vallie Szymanski, the nonprofit extends its education through veterinary clinic members and now through pet adoption shelters in Illinois and Wisconsin.
Scott Mackay, host of Mackay in the Mornings on 95.9 The River, will emcee the event led by OCSA board members and co-chairs Kris Junkas, DVM, Wright Animal Hospital; Kurt Klepitsch, DVM, Gateway Veterinary Clinic; and Alexis Newman, DVM, Partners and Paws Veterinary Services. Opening ceremonies begin with a Color Guard led by members of American Legion Post 342, St. Charles, and the National Anthem will be sung by St. Charles resident Jennifer Mamminga. Event participants also include K-9 Officers and handlers, Midwest Greyhound Adoption with adoptable, retired greyhounds, and H.E.L.P. (Homes for Endangered and Lost Pets) will introduce adoptable kittens and puppies. A new partner from Hayward, Wisconsin, the Northwoods Humane Society, will also be represented.
WHAT: OCSA’s unique awareness campaign helps reach a new audience by capturing the attention of pet owners in locations where they are already thinking of the health of a family member. Through a One Health approach tapping expertise from partners in the medical community, including the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association, the Illinois Department of Public Health, and the One Health Commission, OCSA’s Veterinary Outreach Program (VOP) raises awareness about the silent symptoms of the disease.
Funds raised at the OCSA 5K Dog Walk will support expansion of the VOP and numbers of individuals reached with educational materials about the silent symptoms of the disease. Funds also support an internship at the Penn Vet Working Dog Center’s program training dogs to “sniff out” cancer odorants in plasma affected by the disease with the ultimate goal of assisting scientists in creating a new diagnostic test for early detection.
WHERE: Leroy Oakes Forest Preserve, Shelter #2, 37W700 Dean St., St. Charles, IL
WHEN: Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019, from 8:30 a.m. to noon
Registration: 8:30 a.m.; Opening Ceremonies: 9:30 a.m.; 5K Step Off: 10 a.m.; Lunch: 11 a.m.
WHY: Each year, over 20,000 women in the U.S. are diagnosed with ovarian cancer and approximately 14,000 women die from the disease. When ovarian cancer is diagnosed and treated in its earliest stages, the survival rate is over 90 percent. OCSA’s mission is to expand public awareness about the symptoms of ovarian cancer in an effort to contribute to the early detection of this deadly disease, and by doing so, save lives.
COST: Adults: $35; Seniors: $30; Students: $25; Children under 12 are free; Dogs: $10 (t-shirt, lunch, and teal bandanas for participating dogs included)