Ovarian Cancer Canada

Ovarian Cancer Canada

August 12, 2008 09:00 ET

Ovarian Cancer Canada: Taking Steps to Overcome a Silent Disease

Winners Walk of Hope to raise awareness of ovarian cancer

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 12, 2008) - On Sunday, September 7th, 14 Canadian cities will join in the only national fundraising event dedicated to overcoming ovarian cancer - the Winners Walk of Hope.

Every three and a half hours, a woman in Canada is diagnosed with ovarian cancer. The Winners Walk of Hope raises crucial funds for Ovarian Cancer Canada - the country's only national organization dedicated solely to advancing ovarian cancer awareness, education and research.

Parliament has officially recognized September as National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. Today, the five year survival rate for ovarian cancer is about 30% - making it the most deadly gynecologic cancer. There is no reliable screening test for ovarian cancer and symptoms can be subtle or mistaken for less serious conditions.

Ovarian Cancer Canada endorses the United States consensus on ovarian cancer symptoms. These symptoms are common to many women with the disease: swelling or bloating of the abdomen, abdominal pain, difficulty eating, feeling full quickly and frequent or urgent urination. Although the average woman's likelihood of getting ovarian cancer is low - about one in 70 - any woman experiencing these symptoms persistently for longer than three weeks is urged to visit a doctor. Early diagnosis and referral to a gynecologic oncologist - a specialist in treating ovarian cancer - can increase the likelihood of surviving the disease.

Third time national title sponsor, Winners, and host sponsors, HomeSense and KPMG, are joined this year by new national presenting sponsor, Electrolux. "Winners is honoured to be the National Title sponsor of the Winners Walk of Hope for its third consecutive year," says Shannon Johnson, Winners Spokesperson. "The thousands of associates and customers who have walked this journey exemplify the values we live at Winners everyday: being a responsive and involved community partner. We are honoured by the support of participants in regions across the country and are hopeful that this year's Walk will raise significant awareness and record funds needed in support of overcoming ovarian cancer."

Ovarian Cancer Canada's mission is to provide support and education to women with ovarian cancer and their families, raise public awareness and fund research that will ultimately lead to a cure for the disease. To date, the organization has committed more than $2.7 million to research in Canada. For more information about educational programs or to get involved, call 1-877-413-7970 or visit www.ovariancanada.org for a list of regional offices.

About the Walk

The Winners Walk of Hope in support of Ovarian Cancer Canada will be held on Sunday, September 7, 2008 in 14 locations across the country: Comox Valley, Victoria and Vancouver, BC; Calgary and Edmonton, AB; Saskatoon, SK; Winnipeg, MB; Windsor, Toronto and Ottawa, ON; Montreal, QC; Halifax, NS; Moncton, NB and St. John's, NL.

Ovarian Cancer Canada volunteer, Peggy Truscott, planted the seeds for the Winners Walk of Hope by organizing the first walk in 2002. Her legacy continues to grow:

- The annual walk has raised more than $3-million for ovarian cancer
support and awareness programs across the country, including resources
for newly diagnosed women; awareness campaigns targeted at well women;
education sessions for medical students and health professionals, and
research in ovarian cancer.

- The event is non-competitive and held in park settings. Walks are
organized by volunteer committees in each community. Registration is $25
and is waived for registrants who raise $100 or more in pledges. For more
information, to register or to pledge a walker, visit
www.winnerswalkofhope.ca / www.randonneewinners.ca or call toll-free
1-877-413-7970, ext. 232.

- OCC extends its thanks to sponsors:
Winners - title sponsor
Electrolux - national presenting sponsor
HomeSense - national host sponsor
KPMG - national host sponsor
U Weight Loss - national premier sponsor
Chatelaine Magazine - national media sponsor

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