CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Ovarian cancer is called the silent killer. It is often only discovered in the advanced stages because the symptoms are so vague. But right here in the Carolinas researchers are working on early detection, and a cure for this potentially deadly disease.
Patients and families who face the illness in the Charlotte region are fortunate to have an amazing support group through Carolinas HealthCare Foundation. The doctors, nurses, and volunteers are there to help women in their battle to beat the disease.
One of the most important fundraisers of the year is the annual Stiletto Sprint. The 6th annual Stiletto Sprint is Saturday September 17, 2016. Registration begins at 8a.m. and all competitive sprinters report to their holding area by 8:50 a.m. This year we're moving back to the original location near Reid's Fine Foods and Dick's Sporting goods at South Park Mall.
The Stiletto Sprint was created by the Teal Magnolias, a support group of patients at Levine Cancer Institute who wanted to find a fun way to raise money and awareness to fight the disease. One hundred percent of the money raised stays locally for patient care, and research!
I've been there for many years, and have seen the huge smiles on patients as they get this fun, albeit, whacky, show of support from teams of friends and family. The goal is pretty self-explanatory, sprint in stilettos and be the fastest!
But the real reason for all the fun, is the amazing fundraising opportunity the Stiletto Sprint is for the foundation and the researchers at Levine Cancer Institute. The doctors always show up, the nurses are there, it is truly a festive occasion, even though most years, we're missing some sisters from previous sprints who have lost their battle with the disease.
Please, if you want to help in the effort to find a cure for a disease that will touch 21,000 women this year, and has likely touched someone you love, consider supporting the fundraising efforts of Stiletto Sprint. I'll be there, it's always a blast! Make sure to bedazzle your shoes, put on the teal, and let's help those fighting this illness see just how much the community cares about them.
Consider starting a team, or just donating to this cause. And be a part of the fun. It's something I wouldn't miss for the world.
CLICK HERE to register.