Hundreds wear heels and run for cancer research in 2nd annual Stiletto Sprint

Published: Apr. 29, 2012 at 3:50 AM EDT|Updated: May. 29, 2012 at 3:50 AM EDT
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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - In spite of chilly temperatures hundreds of people showed up in South Park Saturday, sporting stilettos and ready to sprint for those battling ovarian cancer.

They were out for the Second Annual Stiletto Sprint. The event raises money for research and treatment at Charlotte's Levine Cancer Institute.  Teams are working at the institute to find a cure to ovarian cancer.

Saturday morning 450 people 'sprinted' in heels, at least 2 1/2" or higher, to show support and have a laugh, and for a short while forget about the battle so many are fighting.

Doctors from the Levine Cancer Institute wore wigs and stilettos to support their patients.  The various teams included the Teal Magnolias, a group of women who are survivors of ovarian cancer.  The youngest survivor there was a nine year old I met who was fighting the disease.

Hannah Leonard is in fourth grader.  This year for her birthday she asked friends not to bring her presents, but to make a donation to the Stiletto Sprint.  She brought over three hundred dollars she collected in honor of her Aunt Diane, an ovarian cancer survivor.

One in 70 women will develop cancer of the ovary. Ovarian cancer is often called "the cancer that whispers" because the symptoms are undiagnosed until later in life.

I was thrilled to emcee the event again this year.  Can't wait for next...praying we'll be even closer to a cure!

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