Mayor Don Keil proclaims September as Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month
Keil met with supporters of the Teal Toes organization, a group that promotes ovarian cancer awareness. Julie Gilbert, thanked the mayor for continuing his support of their campaign to spread the word about the deadly disease. She has been affected personally by the deadly disease. She has watched her mother-in-law, Aimee Cowan, struggle to stay alive.
“I’m inspired to educate the public about ovarian cancer after watching my mother-in-law’s 16 year battle with the disease,” said Gilbert, “Women need to be aware of the symptoms and get regular check-ups.”
Teal Toes is an organization that’s dedicated to spreading awareness on ovarian cancer and the real threat it poses to women’s health. The statistics on this type of cancer are frightening including that women often wait too long before going to their doctors. By the time they are diagnosed the cancer has spread leaving them just a 45% chance of survival.
“In honor of our dear friend’s struggle with the disease, we have asked the city to display teal lights on the new water tower until the end of the month,” said Barbette Wills.
According to the American Cancer Society, ovarian cancer causes more deaths than any cancer of the female reproductive system. For more information on Teal Toes, head to their website: http://www.tealtoes.org/ ###
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