Today at 8:00 a.m., local Philadelphians, friends, and supporters gathered in front of the beautiful Philadelphia Museum of Art to participate in the 10th annual Sandy Spirit 5K/10K and Canine Sprint. Hosted by the Sandy Rollman Ovarian Cancer Foundation, the sprint raises awareness and funds for ovarian cancer research.
In honor of the race’s 10th anniversary, a brand new 10K course was introduced in addition to the 5K course. Participants were encouraged to dress up as their favorite superhero since survivors, family, friends, supporters and patients are all heroes in their communities.
Robin Cohen, co-founder of The Sandy Rollman Ovarian Cancer Foundation commented, “ Last year’s race attracted a record-breaking attendance of more than 4,000 runners and walkers, raising more than $240,000 for research.”
For next year’s race, future participants are encouraged to pre-register before the date of the race for a discounted rate, but day-of-race registration will also be available. Visit www.sandysprint14.kintera.org for more registration information.
For more information about the race, visit www.sandyovarian.org.
Family-friendly activities included a Philadelphia Union Kids’ soccer play area, Rocky impersonators (who doesn’t love them?), prizes, and much more. Head on over to the Philadelphia Museum of art now, and you may still be able to catch some of the fun and show your support!
About Ovarian Cancer
Ovarian cancer is very hard to diagnose and can easily be confused with other illnesses, but it still affects one out of every 58 women. It is the most fatal of all gynecologic cancers, with a five-year survival rate of only 46%. When detected, more than 90% of women will survive longer than five years. Unfortunately, only 19% of women are diagnosed in the early stages. When detected in advanced stages, the chance of five-year survival is only 44%.
About The Sandy Rollman Ovarian Cancer Foundation
The Sandy Rollman Ovarian Cancer Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization that was established as a tribute to the life, character, and immense strength of Sandy Rollman. Sandy passed away from advanced ovarian cancer in May 2000, and prior to her diagnosis, experiences many textbook symptoms. Tragically, no one was listening to her symptoms.
Sandy’s sister Adriana Way and her nurse Robin Cohen wanted to keep Sandy’s memory alive and help other women to prevent enduring the same pain. In Sandy’s memory, the Sandy Rollman Foundation has dedicated their efforts to help conquer ovarian cancer.