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Mayor Proclaims September Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

NEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 28, 2014

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Mayor Proclaims September Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month
Teal Toes Campaign Spreads Awareness

SEGUIN, Texas – Mayor Don Keil has proclaimed September as Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month in the city of Seguin.

“Cancer is a terrible disease that touches us all in some way or another,” Mayor Keil said. “I’m happy to be able to make this proclamation to help spread awareness about ovarian cancer.”

Keil was joined by 14-year ovarian cancer survivor Aimée Cowan and members of Texas Lutheran University’s Xi Tau Sorority for the proclamation signing Wednesday at City Hall. The ladies are spreading ovarian cancer awareness through the Teal Toes campaign.

“Our mission is to raise awareness of ovarian cancer,” the Teal Toes website says. “How? By painting your toenails teal, the ovarian cancer color. By getting your friends to paint their toenails teal too, and then by talking with people when they ask about it, to make sure that they know the signs of this whispering killer.”

According to the American Cancer Society, ovarian cancer causes more deaths than any cancer of the female reproductive system. An estimated 21,980 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer this year and an estimated 14,270 will die of the disease.

“This group of ladies is doing a wonderful job spreading awareness about this terrible disease,” Keil continued. “Lives will be saved by their efforts with the Teal Toes campaign.

Ovarian cancer is treatable when detected early, according to the American Cancer Society. More than 92% of women survive longer than five years if the disease is detected and treated properly before it has spread beyond the ovaries.

About the City of Seguin
Seguin, Texas is located off Interstate 10, about 35 miles east of San Antonio. Seguin is big enough to boast a top-rated university and a state-of-the-art hospital. More than 25,000 residents enjoy a range of cultural, recreational and employment opportunities. Seguin’s robust diversified economy features a steelmaker, a manufacturer of automotive parts and plants making roadside mowing equipment and building materials. In 2009, Seguin was proud to be selected by Caterpillar as the site of a major new engine manufacturing facility.

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Click here to view the press release, including a picture.
Click here to view the proclamation.
Click here for more on the Teal Toes public education campaign.

Posted by: Morgan Ash