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Ovarian Cancer Symptom Awareness Organization Hosts Annual Event During National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month
By: Ovarian Cancer Symptom Awareness Organization
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 and Alexis Newman, DVM, Partners and Paws Veterinary Services. Opening ceremonies will be led by a Color Guard from members of American Legion Post 342, St. Charles, IL and the National Anthem will be sung by St. Charles resident Jennifer Mamminga.
OCSA's late co-founder, Susan Roman, believed her dog alerted her to the cancer which eventually took her life. This spurred the idea to tie pets to the organization's mission and has since evolved into a unique awareness campaign. Through a One Health approach tapping expertise from members of 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) delivers symptom checklists and collateral provided by OCSA to participating clinics. This awareness campaign helps reach a new audience by catching the attention of pet owners in locations where they are already thinking of the health of a family member.
Funds raised at the OCSA 5K Dog Walk & Fun Run will support expansion of the VOP and consequently 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 that trains dogs to 'sniff out' cancer odorants in plasma affected by the disease. The program has the ultimate goal of assisting scientists in creating a new diagnostic test for early detection.
Event participants also include K-9 officer Erin, the first and only police Bloodhound in Kane County, and handler Deputy Nick Wolf from the Kane County Sheriff's Office, plus other K-9 Officers and handlers, volunteers from Fox Valley Food for Health, Foxtrot Organic Farm and A Sound Beginning Program. Midwest Greyhound Adoption along with adoptable retired greyhounds and H.E.L.P. (Homes for Endangered and Lost Pets) will have adoptable kittens and puppies available.
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.
The OCSA 5K Dog Walk & Fun Run will be held on Sunday, September 9th from 8:30AM – 12PM. Registration begins at 8:30AM with Opening Ceremonies at 9:30AM, the 5K Step Off at 10AM and Lunch at 11AM. Tickets are: $35-adults, $30-seniors, $25-students, $20-children, $10-scounts and dogs – and include a t-shirt, lunch, and teal bandanas for participating dogs. Tickets are available to purchase at: www.ovariancancersymptomawareness.org/
About the Ovarian Cancer Symptom Awareness Organization (OCSA)
OCSA is a Section 501 (c) (3) charitable organization founded in 2010 to educate women and their families about the silent symptoms of ovarian cancer and the need for early detection and treatment. Donations to OCSA are tax deductible as a charitable gift. For questions concerning tax deductibility, please consult a tax advisor. Follow the accomplishments and find key information about this cause on Facebook at OCSAChicago, on Twitter @ocsachicagoorg, or visit www.ovariancancersymptomawareness.org.