MORRIS – After losing her mother to a 14-month battle with ovarian cancer in January 2005, Corri Trotter has worked diligently to share the symptoms of ovarian cancer with others.
“It is important to raise awareness of the symptoms,” said Trotter, of Morris. “People don’t know as much about this cancer as they do others.”
To raise awareness of ovarian cancer, Trotter is hosting the third “Running for Life” Ovarian Cancer Awareness 5K/10K Run/Walk on Aug. 23 in Morris.
She has expanded the run to include a 10K course, as well as changed the location from White Oak Elementary School to Ritchie Bros. Auctions, 2400 Richie Road in Morris.
“So many responded last year when we didn’t host it asking where it was that we felt we should bring it back this year,” Trotter said.
She said the run course will be down Ritchie Road, north on Gore Road, where 5K runners will turn around and head back completing the “out and back run.” In a out and back run, runners run a set distance out, and then run back on the same course. The 10K runners will continue down Saratoga Road before turning around and heading back the way they came.
“I want people to be aware of the symptoms because they are often overlooked,” Trotter said. “Chances of survival are slimmer if it is not caught early.”
Symptoms of ovarian cancer include bloating, pelvic or abdominal pain, trouble eating or feeling full quickly, feeling the need to urinate urgently or often, fatigue, upset stomach or heartburn, back pain, pain during sex, constipation or menstrual changes.
To register for the event online, visit www.runningforlife5k.com. The pre-registration cost is $25 and $30 on race day.
The 10K is scheduled to start at 8 a.m., and the 5K will start at 8:05 a.m.
Anyone who registers online can use credit and debit cards, however, only cash and checks will be accepted on race day.
Proceeds will enable the “Running for Life” committee to raise awareness of the early symptoms of ovarian cancer in order to improve the survival rate.
For information, visit www.runningforlife5k.com.
Ovarian Cancer Facts
• More than 21,000 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer every year, and more than 15,000 will die of the disease.
• There is no early detection test for ovarian cancer.
• Ovarian cancer accounts for approximately 3 percent of cancers in women. While the ninth most common cancer among women, ovarian cancer is the fifth leading cause of cancer-related death among women, and is the deadliest of gynecologic cancers. Mortality rates are slightly higher for Caucasian women than for minority women.