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Frederick Regional Health System to Sponsor 5K Walk to Break the Silence on Ovarian Cancer


Join FRHS and the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition’s Frederick Chapter for the 4th Annual Fundraising Event

On Saturday, June 17, Frederick Regional Health System (FRHS) will sponsor the 4th Annual Walk to Break the Silence on Ovarian Cancer, a fundraising event hosted by the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition (NOCC)’s Frederick chapter. This event celebrates, remembers, and supports ovarian cancer fighters across the country.

Event: 4th Annual Walk to Break the Silence on Ovarian Cancer

Date: Saturday, June 17, 2017

Time: 7:30 a.m. (registration opens); 8:30 a.m. (opening ceremony); 9:30 a.m. (walk begins)

Price: Adults ages 12 and older—$25 (pre-registration price) or $35 (day-of price); Kids ages 6-11—$15 (pre-registration price) or $20 (day-of price); Virtual walkers—$45 (pre-registration price)

Location: Baker Park Gazebo, 121 N. Bentz St., Frederick

Registration Info: Online at or 301-788-5348.

According to the American Cancer Society, about 22,440 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2017. Each step along this year’s walk represents the progress the NOCC makes toward their goals of empowering the community, supporting quality of life initiatives for survivors and caregivers, promoting early awareness so all women know the signs and symptoms, and investing in cutting-edge research until a cure for ovarian cancer is found.

Frederick Chapter Co-Chair Cathie Duncan attended her first NOCC walk in Annapolis with her husband and daughter just three months after she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Duncan was in the middle of chemotherapy and not feeling strong. But, being surrounded by her friends, family, and so many other survivors and hearing their stories made her feel optimistic about her own diagnosis. “It was an incredibly uplifting experience at a time when I desperately needed it,” she says.

Two years later, she brought the walk to Frederick. The first year, they expected 200 attendees and set a goal to raise $20,000, but they crushed those expectations. Nearly 500 people attended, and they raised about $74,000.

“To stand up on that gazebo and see all the signs and people walking in memory or in honor of a loved one, and knowing that people are there to celebrate the lives of those still living and those we’ve lost—it’s a very moving experience, and I feel very humbled by it,” Duncan says.

This month marks Duncan’s five-year anniversary of being a survivor. Today, she has no evidence of disease, and she’s celebrating life as a survivor and sharing her story—and the need for early detection and screenings—with women in Frederick County.

New to this year’s event, when registering online, attendees can pre-order and then customize a sign in honor or in memory of a loved one for an additional $25 per sign. In addition to the walk through the park, guests can take team pictures and utilize festive items for a photo shoot, visit the spirit tent and the chance prize drawing tables, or warm up with Zumba before the walk begins.

To register for the event, visit or call 301-788-5348.

Categories: Women's Health, Cancer