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Dog Walk to Support Ovarian Cancer Symptom Awareness


The ninth annual 5K Dog Walk & Fun Run benefiting the Ovarian Cancer Symptom Awareness organization (OCSA) is Sunday September 8, 8:30 am Leroy Oakes Forest Preserve, Shelter #2, 37W700 Dean Street, St. Charles, IL

Hosting a dog and human event is just right because it turns out dogs are playing a significant role to help to identify ovarian cancer.  At the Penn Vet Working Dog Center Dr. Cynthia Otto is successfully training dogs to sniff for this cancer, This is huge, and far, far better than current diagnostics.Otto says that as a result of the work, scientists may develop a blood test for early detection of ovarian cancer. And if the recipe can be found for this – likely the recipe can be found for other types of “silent cancers” as well. The Penn Vet research is partially funded by OSCA. And also a fund set up before her death by pet journalist Darlene Arden to specifically support this work.

From their very start OCSA has funded the One Health approach. And what’s most important, it’s working.

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, and a new partner from Hayward, WI, the Northwoods Humane Society, will be represented.

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.

Register HERE for the event.

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