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Community Putts for a Purpose at Annual Elizabeth Busche Scramble for Ovarian Cancer

Taylor Holt
Updated: September 09, 2018 10:34 PM

During the month of September, healthcare organizations and advocates across Minnesota are raising awareness of a disease known as a 'silent killer". Ovarian Cancer affects thousands of women, and one local family who's been affected by it continues to fight for a cure.

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"Ovarian cancer is not an older women's disease but a womens' disease," said Jane Busche.

Jane and Keane Busche know that personally. Their 19-year-old daughter, Elizabeth, lost her life to the disease in 2012.

"Because the symptoms are so subtle, many women are not diagnosed until it's late stage ovarian cancer. There are several different kinds of ovarian cancer. Unfortunately, the kind that our daughter had is very rare," said Jane.

There's no early detection for the test, so raising money to find one is one of the goals of the Elizabeth Busche Scramble. They with the help of the Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance or MOCA started the annual event after Elizabeth passed. It's now in it's sixth year.

"It's nice. The first year, we had 120 participants. We've had as high as 127," said Jane.

Kristine Greer, the Vice President of the MOCA Board of Directors says the cause is very near and dear to her as well.

"I'm a 17-year survivor of a late stage of ovarian cancer. I'm very lucky to be alive," said Greer.

She says 20,000 women are diagnosed each year in the U.S. and of that 15,000 will lose their lives.

"Womens' best defense is to educate her about this disease," Greer added.

Knowing the symptoms can be life saving.

"Some symptoms are bloating, difficulty eating or feeling full quickly, urinary issues," said Greer. 

Along with education, providing support and research is what MOCA does. In the meantime, she says events like these are a big help and for the Busche's it's less about a goal to raise. 

"Whatever we raise, whether it's $100 or if it's 10,000, it goes to research and every dollar helps," said Keane.

"What I want people to take away from an event like this is that we are banning together, wearing teal, doing a fun event to raise funds for such a horrific disease," said Jane.

For more information about ovarian cancer or to donate to the cause, people can visit MOCA's website.

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