AUSTIN (KXAN) – The National Ovarian Cancer Coalition hosted their 9th annual Run/Walk early Sunday morning to help raise money and awareness for the disease.
Runners and walkers began at the start line inside Camp Mabry around 7 a.m. Many participants wore specialty made t-shirts and held signs with pictures in remembrance of their loved ones who have passed away from ovarian cancer.
People of ages participated in the race, including many who were survivors.
“I think the biggest thing is that it isn’t just a disease for us as the survivors; it’s a disease for the whole family,” said Brenda Hahne, and eight year ovarian cancer survivor. “There are people here who are young women I’ve met when I first moved to Austin and they’re here because their mother’s aren’t.”
At the end of the race, winners were presented with a medal.
Ovarian cancer is known as a silent killer and symptoms often are misdiagnosed as something else. It is estimated that 1 in 75 women will develop this cancer in their lifetime. When diagnosed and treated in the early stages, the patient survival rate is over 90 percent. However, most women aren’t diagnosed until stage 4.