The Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance, or MOCA, will return its annual HOM Teal Strides for Ovarian Cancer walk-and-run event on Saturday, September 18 at Rosland Park in Edina. Ovarian cancer survivors, families, friends and community members can participate and join forces in this inspiring event to change the course of ovarian cancer, according to a press release.
MOCA’s HOM Teal Strides for Ovarian Cancer event has been going on for over 20 years. Participants register to walk or run and raise money for MOCA, a statewide nonprofit dedicated to ovarian cancer research, support programs for women and families, medical education and education about this disease, the press release said.
Each year, more than 21,000 women in the US are diagnosed with ovarian cancer. There is no early detection test and no cure for ovarian cancer. The symptoms — bloating, pelvic or abdominal pain, difficulty eating or feeling full quickly and urinating) — often mimic or miss other problems, the press release said.
“MOCA is committed to funding research needed to find an early detection test. While we’re getting closer and making progress, there’s still more work to be done,” said Kathleen Gavin, MOCA executive director.
She added: “We are so grateful to all our supporters who are helping us raise crucial funds for this research, which will save women’s lives.”
HOM Teal Strides for Ovarian Cancer includes a 2K Walk, 5K Run, and Kids Fun Run. Attendees will also hear an inspiring program featuring ovarian cancer survivors, oncologists and researchers. Live music, entertainment and games for children and families are also part of the event.
MOCA has adapted its annual HOM Teal Strides event in 2020 to HOM Teal Drive due to concerns about COVID-19. Last year’s HOM Teal Drive included a drive-in program and a car parade at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. MOCA follows the Minnesota Department of Health and CDC guidelines for this event. Updates will be posted on mnovarian.org and on MOCA’s social media pages.
For the ninth year in a row, MOCA has the support of title sponsor HOM Furniture.
HOM Teal Strides for Ovarian Cancer takes place in September, the month of ovarian cancer education. In addition to HOM Teal Strides for Ovarian Cancer, MOCA will launch its MOCA Lights the Night campaign on Wednesday, Sept. 1, when major landmarks and bridges across the state are illuminated in teal — a color associated with ovarian cancer awareness.
Early bird registration runs through August 26 with a fee of $30 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under. The registration fee between August 27 and September 16 is $35 for adults and $15 for children. Adult registration fees on race day are $40. Virtual entrants or “Teal Strides Supporters” are invited to register by September 16 for a fee of $35 for adults and $15 for children. Register at secure.qgiv.com/event/2hts.
The day of registration for HOM Teal Strides for Ovarian Cancer starts on Saturday, September 18 at 7:30 AM.
The 5K Run begins at 8:30 AM and the 2K Walk begins at 10:30 AM. Youth participants can also register for a Kids Fun Run from 9.15 am
Each participant will receive a HOM Teal Strides t-shirt. Water and snacks are also provided. Ovarian cancer survivors will receive a special “Survivor” T-shirt and gift bag filled with special items in the Survivor tent.
Mayo Clinic and Minnesota Oncology are Teal-level sponsors of HOM Teal Strides for Ovarian Cancer.