With the Texas sun starting to heat up, runners in the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition 5K Run/Walk to Break the Silence on Ovarian Cancer made their way through the course at The Domain on August 26.
Runners were encouraged by a big cheering section waiting for them at the finish line and volunteers presented participating survivors with a carnation when they completed the race.
Many families were decked out in matching t-shirts, running and walking for a loved one. Once the runners got back, they nourished themselves with food and drinks. Some of the food vendors included Mel’s Meals and My Fit Foods.
Besides the 5K, there was a Kids K, where kids and their parents ran. Several Austin vendors came out to the event, reiterating the importance of education and knowledge when it comes to ovarian cancer. Kids who were waiting for their run were able to hang out in the crafts corner.
Texas Oncology had a booth, and they were able to educate people more on Ovarian Cancer and preventive measures.
Nora Hughes, the NOCC Volunteer Chapter President, learned about NOCC through an event called “Reels for Teals” at the Alamo Drafthouse. The team started planning the 5K the following spring, and they have been going strong for five years. Nora is also a five-year survivor of ovarian
cancer. With the help of Bounce, an Austin based Marketing, Events and PR company, the organization executed a successful event, complete with vendors and supporters.
Chestelle Samford, a one-year survivor, got recruited to help out at the event from Nora. Chestelle was decked out in her teal, showing her support for the cancer. She worked the NOCC table, passing out all things teal, and selling items to help benefit the organization.
The Austin Chapter’s mission is to raise awareness and promote education about ovarian cancer in the greater Austin area. Because September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness month the NOCC has many events planned to educate a wide audience. Look here for a full schedule of events.