WILLIAMSPORT -The Kathryn M. Freeman Race For Ovarian Cancer, sponsored by Jersey Shore State Bank, is a half marathon and 5-mile walk scheduled for Nov. 3, in Williamsport.
The event was created in memory of Kathryn Freeman, a longtime resident of the Williamsport area, who passed away from Ovarian Cancer in January 2010.
The race starts in South Williamsport Community Park and runs along the Susquehanna River Walk, through South Williamsport, the City of Williamsport and Loyalsock Twp.
Proceeds from the race will benefit the Susquehanna Health Foundation. In addition, participants are encouraged to set up individual fundraising pages at www.active.com/donate/susqhlth. People who are unable to run or walk are welcome to donate or set up their own fundraising pages as well.
Runners, walkers and volunteers must register prior to the race, as there will not be any race day registration. Participants may register online or download registration forms on the website.
Many ovarian cancer symptoms are vague and go undiagnosed or misdiagnosed, allowing for the cancer to reach advanced stages. As there is not a reliable screening test, it is important that women are aware of the symptoms, so they can have informed conversations with their doctors. Race organizers want women to know that they cannot take a back seat when it comes to their health. They should be aware of their bodies and encourage more forums to discuss health issues.
September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, so signing up, volunteering or fundraising for the race is a positive way to show your support.
For more information about the race, please visit www.kmfraceforovariancancer.com/, where there is more information about Kathryn, registration, the course and fundraising.