Stiletto Sprint Raises Awareness and Funds for Ovarian Cancer

September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.  The 2013 Stiletto Sprint, sponsored by The Bissell Companies, and Carolina's Healthcare Foundation and the Levine Cancer Institute, was held this weekend at South Park mall.  

Survivors, their friends and families, strap on heels and teal to raise funds for research and for local support programs for women with ovarian cancer.

Ovarian cancer is known as a silent cancer.  It's symptoms are easily missed.

But the local chapter of Teal Magnolias wants to make sure women and their loved ones know the symptoms and be their own advocates to get answers if you display symptoms.

Some of the symptoms include pelvic pain, an urgency and frequency to urinate.

If you feel bloated or abdominal pressure.  Even nausea and diarrhea can be clues to this often overlooked illness.

More than 400 registrants, 35 teams and lots of supporters showed up under cloudy skies Saturday morning for the 3rd Annual Stiletto Sprint.

The idea of the sprint in high heels was the brainchild of the Teal Magnolias.  A group founded to help bring awareness to the silent and often times deadly disease of ovarian cancer.

I've been involved for three years, and am so happy when I see the familiar faces of survivors return.

But there are those pangs of sadness, tears fought back, and tears that fall, when I see a familiar face on a placard or a running bib that reads "In Memory Of..." before the name.

Copyright 2013 WBTV. All rights reserved.