A team that is largely comprised of local residents will be looking to raise some significant money once again this year for the Ovarian Cancer Canada Walk of Hope in Regina in September.
The Teal Warriors were the No. 2 fundraising team at last year's walk with over $7,200 raised, and their captain, Mary Antonenko, was the top individual fundraiser with about $2,500. The team will have about 25 members this year.
They will host a barbecue at the Estevan Royal Canadian Legion's club room on Saturday, August 24, starting at 5 p.m. They will be serving hamburgers, hot dogs and more. There will also be a Chinese auction, a raffle and a 50/50 draw.
Antonenko said it's important to support the Walk of Hope because there isn't a screening test for ovarian cancer, so most women aren't diagnosed until they're in the later stages.
“At least 70 per cent of women do not survive five years of late stage ovarian cancer,” said Antonenko.
Antonenko was diagnosed with Stage 4 ovarian cancer two-and-a-half years ago.
“We need our research and focus on trying to get a screening test,” said Antonenko.
Ovarian Cancer Canada receives the bulk of its revenues through the Walk of Hope and other donations.
This year's walk will be at the Rick Hansen Park on Sunday, September 8. Participants will walk a distance of two-and-a-half kilometres or five kilometres.
Antonenko said that if there are any survivors of ovarian cancer, they are encouraged to contact her or one of the event's co-chairs, as she would like to see them in the walk.