Motivated by her mother’s battle with cancer, Kelli Sargent created a marketing and operations plan for an ovarian cancer 5K run/walk for her master’s degree thesis. She later partnered with Cedars-Sinai to create run for her®, a 5K Run and Friendship Walk for ovarian cancer research and awareness. In 2005, the inaugural event took place in a Cedars-Sinai parking lot with 700 people.
Since then, Run for Her has expanded from its roots in Los Angeles and become one of the largest ovarian cancer run/walks in the world. Thousands of individuals have joined the cause to help increase ovarian cancer awareness around the world. The 2013 event included over 5,500 participants, nearly 300 teams, and Sleepwalkers in all 50 states and 14 countries. Run for Her has raised over $6 million for the Cedars-Sinai Women’s Cancer Program. Now in its tenth year, Run for Her will host run/walks in Los Angeles, New York, and Bay Area.
There is no reliable test to detect ovarian cancer, and the symptoms are often vague and subtle. Nanci Sargent lost her battle with ovarian cancer. If she had known the symptoms or had the option to be tested, her cancer might have been detected earlier — and Nanci might be alive today. Unfortunately, her story is all too common. There is no test, and the symptoms of ovarian cancer are often overlooked.
You can help by participating in the event on Sunday, November 9th at Pan Pacific Park, register at www.runforher.com and support the efforts of the Cedars-Sinai Women’s Cancer Program at the Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute. Founded in the early 1990s, this multidisciplinary program seeks to end cancer as a threat to women through research, education and prevention, clinical care, and advocacy.