The Heels for Hope foundation is putting on their stilettos for the fifth annual Heels for Hope 5K race, one-mile walk and 25-yard high heel and feather boa dash.
The dash begins at 9 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 6, at the Oklahoma River Trail in Regatta Park. The shot gun for the run and walk at 9:10 a.m.
Racers can pre-register online by October 3 at www.heelsforhope.com. Mailed entries must be post-parked Oct. 2. Registration will be available at 7:30 a.m. the day of the race.
“The Heels for Hope race is a fun way to raise awareness for ovarian cancer,” said Jeannie Gardner, chair of the Heels for Hope Foundation board. “This event has grown year after year and we hope that as the race grows so does awareness for the cause.”
One in 58 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer in their lifetime but because there is not yet a dependable early detection test, most cases are diagnosed at an advanced stage with a survival rate of less than 50 percent.
Heels for Hope originated after Rosemary Persa, director of Oklahoma Blood Institute’s reference lab and dear friend was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2008. In support of her continued battle as well as other women diagnosed with ovarian cancer, Heels for Hope Foundation was founded and this event was created to represent Rosemary’s love for high-heeled shoes.
Everyone is invited to participate. Pre-registration fee is $25, includes a race t-shirt and post-race drinks and snacks (while supplies last). All race proceeds will benefit the Heels for Hope Foundation and support local ovarian cancer treatment, awareness and education efforts. For more information, visit www.heelsforhope.com