COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Thousands across central Ohio hit the pavement across Genoa Park for the Strides for Hope ovarian cancer run/walk 5k.
“It’s just amazing how the organization has found all the ways to help people and get the word out,” said Kathie Pomeroy, co-founder of the Ovarian Cancer Alliance for Ohio.
Pomeroy lost her daughter, Dr. Robyn Howson, in 2008 to the disease. In honor of her daughter, Pomeroy is making it her mission to help others through education and awareness.
Dottie Ballard was diagnosed in 2008 during her yearly exam. She’s now cancer free, and her family considers themselves lucky too. They run in honor of her and call themselves “Dottie’s Hotties”.
“I just consider myself very lucky that I was diagnosed the way I was,” said Ballard. “I had no problems at all and it was taken care of right away. I’m an eight-year survivor.”
According to the American Cancer Society, this year alone 22,280 women were diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Over 14,240 will lose their fight.
To support the Ovarian Cancer Alliance for Ohio and how to get involved, visit http://ocao.org/