News / London

London ovarian cancer fundraiser meets goal

The 10th annual London Run for Ovarian Cancer raised $180,000 this Sunday at Wonderland Gardens, bringing the 10-year total donated to about $1 million.

“We reached our goal and we are so happy,” said event chair Eugene Crowley, whose wife recently died from ovarian cancer.

The money raised at the 5k run and 1k run/walk goes to an ovarian cancer research program at London Health Sciences Centre.

Ovarian cancer remains difficult to detect. Although the five-year survival rate is very good when the disease is detected early, most cases are diagnosed at an advanced stage where five-year survival is 10 to 20 per cent at best.

Right now the centre is studying the use of viruses to kill ovarian cancer cells.

“Maybe something the doctors discover will make it easier for me or other women who are fighting this disease,” says participant Tina Thomas-Bratscher.

Thomas-Bratscher, 45, has lived with ovarian cancer since 2009 and she is still receiving treatments.

“It’s a very lonely fight, a very lonely journey,” said Thomas-Bratscher. “But I know there are a lot of people who support me.”

700

Approximate number of participants in this year's Run for Ovarian Cancer.

When Thomas-Bratscher was diagnosed, her co-workers at London Life rallied together and organized a team to enter the run. Team Tina has became one of the top fundraising teams for the event.

“I was incredibly touched my co-workers would do something so heartfelt for me,” Thomas-Bratscher. “They joined just to support me.”

And her whole family was there to walk with her this Mother’s Day.

“We do this event to raise money, but it’s also about support,” said Crowley. “We’re a giant family. We all lean on each other, rely on and draw strength from each other.”

More on Metronews.ca