Of the near 3-thousand women in Canada currently diagnosed with ovarian cancer, close to half will die. Stark numbers for a disease which still has no screening test.
Ovarian cancer claims the lives of five Canadian women every day, according to Ovarian Cancer Canada.
This Sunday, the Ovarian Cancer Walk of Hope will take place in Regina. Joanne Gasper is one of the chairs of the event.
She says there is still time to sponsor people taking place in Sunday’s walk – as it’s practically the only way the organization is able to raise money — and awareness.
“The walk is actually the major fundraiser for Ovarian Cancer,” Gasper said. “To have people come out and support us and do fundraising. It is crucially important for the success of finding an early detection.”
For the fundraisers, survivors and victims of Ovarian Cancer, there is only one thing they can do, it seems. They raise money, raise awareness and try to prod the government of Saskatchewan to fund more research into Ovarian Cancer research.
Ann Chase is an Ovarian Cancer survivor living in Regina. She says she has been cancer free for well over a decade, but she never stops trying to find ways to get more funding into this nearly-always-fatal disease.
“We’re just constantly trying to find an early detection test,” said Chase. “90-percent are not going to make it past five years.”
Ovarian Cancer Canada is calling for an investment of 10-million dollars in federal funding for ovarian cancer research.
Gasper says in the early stages of Ovarian Cancer, there are few symptoms and she says there are many groups which do most everything possible to raise money, including the Regina Riot women’s football team.
“The Regina Riot Football team is a huge supporter of our,” Gasper said. “They are selling our raffle tickets and they wear bunny ears. It’s a great partnership that we have with them.”