When: Sat Sep 15th
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Where: Sandwich Boardwalk, at the end of Jarvis & Harbor Streets, Sandwich
The Girlygirl P.A.R.T.S. [Pre-screening Awareness Required To Silence…Ovarian Cancer Organization] will hold its third annual 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, September 15 at the Sandwich Boardwalk.
The scenic Run/Walk kicks off at 10 AM and takes participants past Cape Cod Bay, cranberry bogs, marshes and through the historic village of Sandwich.
The event is open to the public and is designed to help raise awareness and research funds for a reliable early screening test for ovarian cancer.
The organization has raised over $130,000 in the past 3 years and draws close to 1,200 participants each year. Girlygirl P.A.R.T.S. has attracted major sponsorships from OPI, Humedica, Stop and Shop, Emergen -C and Clif Bar. This year the foundation hopes to raise $100,000. All proceeds from the 5K Run/Walk will go directly to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute for the research of a pre-screening tool.
Packet pick-up and pre-registration will be held the evening before on September 14 from 4 to 6:30 PM at the Boardwalk in Sandwich.
A silent auction, opportunity drawings, and family oriented activities such as face painting, mock tattoos and cotton candy making will be held throughout race day. Dr. Susan Berlin, Gynecologic Oncologist at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute as well as Dr. Ursula Matalonis, Director of Gynecologic/Oncologist will deliver the event's keynote presentation.
Participants may register for the Run/Walk by visiting www.girlygirlparts.net or calling: 508-280-2455. Contributions may also be made on the website or by mailing them to:
Girlygirl P.A.R.T.S TM/Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, PO Box 12, East Sandwich, MA 02537
Jill Di-Tommaso and Laura Smith, both Sandwich residents, started the Girlygirl P.A.R.T.S TM foundation in 2009. The women were moved to create the organization after Di-Tommaso, who is in her early 40's, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer after seeing her doctor for a routine visit in February 2008. "My story is compelling because it began with an average day, similar to one that all busy moms have, and ends with a diagnosis of ovarian cancer," said Di-Tommaso. "My case illustrates how ovarian cancer symptoms are truly 'silent' and emphasizes the need for a reliable screening test."
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