Duluth Turning Teal for Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

Created: September 04, 2018 09:46 AM

The Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance (MOCA) is once again taking the month of September to honor those affected by the disease, bring awareness, and raise money for research. The month is proclaimed as National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.

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Things kicked off on Sept. 1 with different structures being lit up with the color teal. On Friday and Saturday night, the Aerial Lift Bridge and Enger Tower will follow.

On Friday evening, an informal gathering will take place at the lift bridge to remember those who have passed away as well as those dealing with the disease. The "Light Duluth Teal Gala," will talk with at the DECC Harborside Ballroom. Along with a great meal and live music, a researcher from the University of Minnesota will be there to speak about the latest in ovarian cancer research.

Last, but not least, Sunday is the 6th annual Elizabeth Busche Golf Scramble for Ovarian Cancer at Enger Park Golf Course. Busche died from ovarian cancer at the age of 19. MOCA board member Kris Greer has a personal tie to the disease and feels it's important to put on these events.

"I, myself, am a 17 year survivor of a late stage of ovarian cancer," she says. "It's my passion to raise awareness and help save lives."

Greer adds that there is no early detection test and that too many women are diagnosed late and end up passing away from the disease.

"I had no symptoms," she explains. "I was just at the doctor for a normal exam when it was discovered."

Individual symptoms such as bloating, urinary issues, difficulty eating, feeling full quickly, or pain in the abdomen or pelvic area, are often ignored by many woman and medical practitioners as they're usually part of a non-cancer related issue.

"This disease is under-funded and under-recognized," Greer says.

Click here to learn more about the alliance and to register for both events.

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