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Survivors of Ovarian Cancer and Families of Loved Ones will Walk in Monmouth County on Saturday, September 24 to Raise Funds and Awareness

Date: September 14, 2016
Media Contact: Laura Conover, 908-902-0865 /

Ovarian is the eighth most common cancer among women and ranks fifth in cancer deaths among
women; and, there is still no screening test for ovarian cancer

Avon, N.J. – The Oceans of Hope ovarian cancer walk team knows all too well how devastating the
disease can be. Five years ago they came together on the Avon boardwalk to walk and raise money for
ovarian cancer research and to increase awareness of the symptoms of a disease too often overlooked.
Originally walking for three local Monmouth County women who lost their battles with the disease,
their efforts have helped more local families honor the women in their lives affected by this disease,
and have raised needed funds for research and awareness.

“Unfortunately almost everyone you know has been touched by cancer in some way. In our case,
ovarian cancer took the lives of three remarkable women who were our family members and dear
friends,” Kelli Davis Suozzo, spokesperson and one of the founders of Oceans of Hope, said. “We
started Oceans of Hope to do something positive as we watched these strong women fight and lose
their battles with cancer. We hope our efforts will raise awareness so women can identify symptoms
early and talk to their doctors, and that our fundraising leads to better screenings and a cure.”

The Avon-by-the Sea boardwalk at 601 Ocean Ave is the Monmouth County location for this year’s
Kaleidoscope of Hope Ovarian Cancer Foundation Walk. The walk will take place on Saturday,
September 24, with registration starting at 8:15 a.m. and the walk starting at 9:00 a.m. Participants can
walk for one-mile, three-miles or five-miles. For more information and to register, please go to Adult registration is $20; children’s is $10 and you may also register at the event.
Registration includes t-shirts (while sizes and supplies last), music, prizes, snacks and activities for
children and adults.

Oceans of Hope will host its fifth annual brunch following the walk at Deal Golf and Country Club
located at 1 Golf Lane in Deal. The family brunch event starts at 12:30 p.m. and includes a buffet, live
music, children’s activities and great baskets items. For more information and to register for the
Oceans of Hope brunch visit

“We are truly honored by the support we receive from so many individuals and teams, including
Oceans of Hope,” Lynn Franklin, President of the Kaleidoscope of Hope Foundation, said. “I am a
survivor, and I was lucky to be diagnosed. I can tell you that the need is real. Ovarian cancer is a silent
killer with symptoms that are often ignored, and the work we are doing to raise awareness and funds
for research is critically important. Join us at the walk in Avon, and our walk in Lyndhurst on September 25.”

About Ovarian Cancer:
Ovarian cancer affects about 1 in 71 women in their lifetime. It is the eighth most common cancer in women,
though it ranks fifth in cancer deaths among women. There is no screening test for ovarian cancer. Ovarian
cancer is often difficult to detect in its early stages. Because of this, it often progresses to an advanced stage
before being detected. In fact, 77 percent of women are diagnosed after the disease has reached an advanced stage.

Several types of tumors can originate in the ovaries. Some are benign, or non-cancerous, and a patient may be
treated simply by surgically removing part or all of the ovary containing the tumor. Some tumors, however, are
malignant, or cancerous. Treatment options and patient outcomes depend on the type of ovarian cancer and how
far it has spread before it is diagnosed.

Despite advancements in surgery and chemotherapy treatments, the overall five-year survival rate for women
with advanced stage ovarian cancer has remained constant over the past 30 years at approximately 30 percent.
However, women diagnosed with early stage (Stage I) disease have an overall five-year survival rate near 90-95
percent. Clearly, early-stage detection of ovarian cancer is the best way to improve survival.
Source: American Cancer Society (

Ovarian cancer was once thought to be the “silent killer” because common symptoms hadn’t been collected
from those affected by the cancer. But recently, researchers have gathered a list of symptoms that, if occurring
daily for more than two weeks, should be noted and reported to a doctor—preferably a gynecologist. These
symptoms include: bloating; pelvic or abdominal pain; difficulty eating, feeling full quickly, or indigestion;
urinary symptoms (urgency or frequency). Less common symptoms of ovarian cancer include: fatigue, back
pain, menstrual irregularities, constipation, pain with intercourse. Source: Women’s Cancer Network of the
Gynecologic Cancer Foundation (

About Oceans of Hope
Oceans of Hope is a non-profit, 501c3, organization started in 2010 to take an active part in raising funds and
awareness about the symptoms of ovarian cancer. Ovarian cancer is the fifth leading cause of cancer related
deaths among women and the deadliest of all gynecologic cancers. Since 2010, Oceans of Hope has donated
over $200,000 to both the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund and the Kaleidoscope of Hope Foundation. Oceans of
Hope is determined to make a difference and to continue the brave fight of the women they have lost to this
devastating disease. To learn more visit:

About Kaleidoscope of Hope
Kaleidoscope of Hope,, 501c3, is a non-profit organization consisting of volunteers whose
mission is to raise funds for ovarian cancer research and educate the public about ovarian cancer. To date,
Kaleidoscope of Hope has donated over 2.7 million dollars for research and awareness.

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