Honoring mothers at Motherwalk

Teal is to ovarian cancer what pink is to breast cancer, and it will be the color that survivors don in Crestline Village for the 8th Annual Motherwalk and carnival festivities on May 7.

“It’s a celebration of life,” said Susan Greene, Executive Director of the Norma Livingston Ovarian Cancer Foundation. “There’s just something special about walking with people whose lives have been touched by ovarian cancer. Through walking, we make a difference.”

All money raised from the walk will benefit the foundation in its efforts to fund research and increase awareness about the risks, symptoms and treatments of this disease.

Signs with information about ovarian cancer symptoms and statistics will be posted along the race route. Cheerleaders will also line the course.

The event is always held the Saturday before Mother’s Day. “It’s a great way to honor all our mothers,” Greene said.
Mistress of ceremonies Fox 6 Evening News Anchor Beth Shelburne is the emcee of the event. Shelburne lost a friend to ovarian cancer and is a strong advocate fighting it.

Crestline will also be filled with family-friendly carnival festivities that morning. There will be inflatables, music, face painting, massages, balloons and food.
Fitness instructors from the Levite Jewish Community Center will lead a pre-event stretch at 8:15 a.m.

Ovarian cancer ranks fifth in cancer deaths among women, accounting for more deaths than any other cancer of the female reproductive system, according to the American Cancer Society. The Norma Livingston Ovarian Cancer Foundation’s mission is to raise funds for ovarian cancer research and to increase awareness about the disease.

In addition to cancer information at the race, the Emmet O’Neal Library will serve as a resource center on ovarian cancer in the weeks before and after the race.

Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and the run and walk at 9 a.m. in Crestline Village, across from the Emmet O’Neal Library, 50 Oak Street.

The cost to participate in the Motherwalk and 5K is $25 for an individual and $10 for children 10 and under. The cost for a corporate squad of five is $100. For more information on the race or to register, visit www.motherwalk.com.

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