Elizabeth Manley joins the fight against Ovarian Cancer as National Spokesperson for the Winners Walk of Hope in support of Ovarian Cancer Canada

    TORONTO, April 22 /CNW/ - On Sunday, September 13th, join Elizabeth
Manley as she participates in the Winners Walk of Hope in support of Ovarian
Cancer Canada to increase awareness and raise funds for this most fatal
gynecological disease. The Walk, which is held in 14 cities across the country
on the same day, is the only national event dedicated to raising funds to
overcome ovarian cancer - a disease that will strike 2,500 women in Canada
this year.
    Elizabeth Manley - Canada's silver medalist in figure skating at the 1988
Olympics and a member of the 2010 CTV Olympic broadcast team - recently lost
her mother, Joan, to ovarian cancer and is passionate about raising awareness
of the lack of reliable screening for the disease and funding research to find
a cure. "Losing someone so dear to my heart is tragic and feeling at a loss to
help because of no cure was even tougher. Together we can help and speak out
for the need of awareness of the severity of this cancer and also for the need
for funding to improve the research to help find a cure. My mother was so
young and so "ALIVE" and to see this horrible disease take her away from me so
quickly has broken my heart," says Elizabeth.
    The event raises crucial funds for Ovarian Cancer Canada - the country's
only national organization dedicated solely to ovarian cancer awareness,
education and research. The simple 2.5km or 5km route is open to women and men
of all ages and fitness levels.
    Today, the five-year survival rate for ovarian cancer is less than 30% -
making it the most deadly gynecologic cancer. There is no reliable screening
test for ovarian cancer and symptoms can be subtle or mistaken for less
serious conditions. Symptoms include: bloating, pelvic or abdominal pain,
feeling full quickly or difficulty eating and urgent or frequent urination. If
a woman experiences any of these for more than a few weeks, Ovarian Cancer
Canada urges her to tell a physician. Early diagnosis and referral to a
gynecologic oncologist - a specialist in treating ovarian cancer - can
increase the likelihood of surviving the disease.
    Ovarian Cancer Canada's mission is to provide support and education to
women with ovarian cancer and their families, raise public awareness and fund
research that will ultimately lead to a cure for the disease. To date, the
organization has invested significantly in research in Canada. For more
information about regional programs or to get involved, contact the national
office at 1-877-413-7970.
    To join the Winners Walk of Hope, call 1-877-413-7970 or pledge online at

For further information:

For further information: Annie Atkinson: aatkinso@ovariancanada.org,
Toll-free: 1-877-413-7970

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