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Walk of Hope

From left, volunteers Theresa Rebalkin, Johnny Byrne, Kathy Marione, and Jayden Rebalkin were eager to be a part of Vermilion's Walk of Hope on September 10. Photos Angela Mouly

Approximately 100 people registered for the 6th Annual Ovarian Cancer Canada Walk of Hope at the Vermilion Provincial Park on September 10.

The walk began in Vermilion to highlight the late Lyla Fee’s courageous battle with the disease.

Participants this year enjoyed the weather along 2.5km, 5km, or 10km walks as well as a barbeque, sparkle tattoos, and acoustic musical entertainment by Kaitlyn Kwasnykia.

“It’s beautiful, and a good cause,” said Caroline McKinnon.

According to Ovarian Cancer Canada, thousands of Canadian women are currently living with ovarian cancer and survival rates have not improved in 50 years. They estimate that this year 2,800 Canadian women will be newly diagnosed with this disease. Ovarian cancer is the fifth most common cancer for women and is the most serious women’s cancer.

According to Ovarian Cancer Canada, there is no reliable screening test for Ovarian Cancer. They recommend asking questions and getting second opinions.

“I had participated in the past and wanted to help raise awareness. We would like to thank the volunteers, sponsors, donors, and participants for their support,” said event co-chair Katie Kwasnycia.

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From left, Caroline McKinnon, Karen Golinowski, and Mayor Bruce MacDuff enjoyed the confetti cannon start to the Walk of Hope.

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