The second Hamilton Ovarian Cancer Canada Walk of Hope rolls into Valley Park in Stoney Creek on Sunday, Sept. 8.
Last year the inaugural event raised more $22,000, and with the support of the Hamilton community, walk organizers hope to exceed that amount this year.
Ovarian Cancer is Canada’s most fatal women’s cancer, with more than 17,000 Canadians living with the disease. There is no screening test for the deadly cancer, but with September being Ovarian Cancer National Awareness Month and 46 Walk of Hope locations across the country, Ovarian Cancer Canada is striving to support women and families, raise awareness and fund various research initiatives.
The first Walk of Hope was organized by co-chair Stephanie Carty-Kegel when her grandmother, Lula Smit, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. The event has truly become a family matter, as many of Carty-Kegel family members help organize the walk, along with other members of the community. The Carty clan is also raising money through their team, Lula’s Ladies.
Stephanie’s mother and fellow board member Pauline Carty said, “Once my mother was diagnosed and cared for by the great health-care professionals at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre, Stephanie gathered the troops and initiated the Hamilton walk.”
Now Carty is devoting her own time and energy to increase other people’s knowledge of the “silent killer.”
This year’s walk also includes team member Pauline Di Filippo, who has helped with the planning and execution of the event.
“As a young adult in the Hamilton community, I was eager to find an event that was dedicated to raising awareness for a charity that meant something to me.”
Di Filippo said this year’s focus was in growing the involvement and attendance for the Hamilton walk.
Both men and women are encouraged to participate in the Walk of Hope to honour, celebrate and provide hope for those who are battling ovarian cancer. The walk will take place rain or shine. The day will also include food, prizes, music and fun for the whole family.
Registration opens at 9:30 a.m., with the walk beginning at 11 a.m. There is no registration fee, but those who raise $100 online before the walk will be guaranteed a walk T-shirt. Others will receive a T-shirt on a first-come first-served basis.
For more information, to register or pledge a walker, visit www.ovariancancerwalkofhope.ca or contact Stephanie Carty-Kegel at firstname.lastname@example.org.