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Posted: April 14, 2009  : Add to Mixx!

Athletics: The Sandy Rollman Ovarian Cancer Foundation Hosts 5th Annual 5K Run/Walk

Philadelphia, Pa. (April 14, 2009) – In an effort to raise awareness about ovarian cancer and support research to find a cure, The Sandy Rollman Ovarian Cancer Foundation will host the Sandy Sprint 5k Run/Walk at 8:30 a.m. on April 25, 2009 in Fairmount Park.

On-site race registration will take place at the Carousel House (Belmont Avenue & Avenue of the Republic) beginning at 7:00 a.m. The race fee for those who pre-register is $20 for adults and $10 for children under 12 years old. Registration on the day of the race costs $25 for adults and $20 for children under 12. The first 1000 people registered will receive socks in addition to an official Sandy Sprint T-Shirt.

The race will be hosted by Fox29 anchor Dawn Stensland. Kayla Seidman and Carlos Bradley from Aquatic and Fitness Center at Riverside will lead runners in a pre-race warm-up. Formerly known as the Teal Ribbon 5K, this year’s race has a new name, a new theme and a new energy.

“We are excited about this year’s Sandy Sprint 5K,” said Robin Cohen, co-founder of the Foundation. “We are energized by President Barack Obama’s determination to cure cancer in our time. Funds raised through the 5K will support research that will lead to better diagnostic tests and treatments for ovarian cancer, providing women with the chance for an earlier – and thus better diagnosis, as well as a big dose of hope.”

Because of its subtle symptoms and because there is no single reliable easy-to-administer early detection test, ovarian cancer is difficult to diagnose and easily confused with other ailments. Yet, it affects one out of every 58 women. It is the most fatal of all gynecologic cancers, with a five-year survival rate of only 46%. That means almost half of the 22,000 American women diagnosed this year will be dead by 2013.

When ovarian cancer is detected early, before it has spread beyond the ovaries, more than 90% of women will survive longer than five years. However, only 19% of women are diagnosed in the early stages. When diagnosed in advanced stages, the chance of five-year survival is only 44%.

The Foundation is grateful for the support of the following Teal level corporate sponsors of the 5th annual 5k Run/Walk: Merck & Co., Obrien and Gere and the Hard Rock Café.

Samantha Lockwood is a young ovarian cancer survivor who won the survivor category of the Rollman race in 2007 and 2008. But last September, she got cancer again. She endured major surgery followed by intense chemotherapy that left her exhausted.

Samantha finished chemo in March, and despite suffering from nerve damage in her feet caused by the treatment, she has started running again – one mile, twice a week. She’s hoping to race on April 25.

Video of Samantha when in January, while still bald from chemo treatments, she and her boyfriend got married in a “surprise” ceremony.

About The Sandy Rollman Ovarian Cancer Foundation
The Sandy Rollman Ovarian Cancer Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit, 501c3 organization created as a tribute to the life, character, and immense strength of Sandy Rollman. Sandy passed away from advanced ovarian cancer in May 2000. Prior to diagnosis, Sandy experienced many textbook symptoms. Her symptoms were whispering only no one was listening. The tragic result was that Sandy never had a chance against ovarian cancer.

Her sister Adriana Way and her nurse Robin Cohen decided to keep Sandy’s memory alive while trying to prevent other women from having to endure the same pain as she did. It is in Sandy’s memory and the memory of all women who have succumbed to this insidious disease, that we have dedicated our efforts to help conquer ovarian cancer. Sandy Rollman was a fighter in the truest sense of the word. It would have been a mistake for us to just give up.

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