FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Amy Poor, Jackie Poor Memorial Walk 2013 Director
Phone: (206) 999-0164
On Sunday, September 29, at 10:30 a.m., the Jackie Poor Memorial Walk will kick off at Michael’s Harborside. This will be the third year The Greater Newburyport Ovarian Cancer Awareness (GNOCA) group will be hold the walk. The walk will begin at 10:30 a.m. at Michael’s Harborside Restaurant and Bar . Pre-register online for $20 at Ovations for the Cure. Walk day registration will begin at 10:00 a.m. and is $25.
This walk commemorates Jackie Poor and other women in their struggles with ovarian cancer. The three mile, family-friendly stroll through Newburyport starts at Michael’s Harborside Restaurant, continues through Newburyport’s historic downtown, and then follows a section of the rail trail along the Merrimac River. The walk convenes back at Michael’s Harborside where light refreshments will be served. All proceeds will go to Ovations for the Cure, a Natick based nonprofit organization. Participants are encouraged to wear teal,the official color of ovarian cancer awareness. This is the third and final event the Greater Newburyport Ovarian Cancer Awareness Group will host during the month of September, ovarian cancer awareness month. Public participation in the event will enhance GNOCA’s ability to educate the public about the disease, to fund cancer research, and to support patient services for women with ovarian cancer in the Greater Newburyport area. The symptoms of ovarian cancer are subtle and include: bloating, pelvic or abdominal pain, trouble eating or feeling full quickly, urinary urgency or frequency, gastrointestinal discomfort, fatigue and/or fever, unexplained weight loss or gain, and unexplained changes in bowel habits. This year’s walk is being sponsored by Genentech, Baseline Wireless Services, and the Anna Jaques Women’s Health Network.
Jackie’s sister, Elaine Carroll is a resident of Newburyport and one of the founders of the Greater Newburyport Ovarian Cancer Awareness group. She states, “One of the reasons we began the Jackie Poor Memorial Walk in 2011, is because our family knows the impact of this illness. In raising awareness, we hope that perhaps more women will detect it at an earlier stage leading to a greater success rate for treatment and survival. We hope to be part of the effort to find a cure by bringing attention to the disease.” There is currently no test for ovarian cancer and because the warning signs are so subtle, the disease is not often caught until it is in it’s later stages.
The Greater Newburyport Ovarian Cancer Awareness (GNOCA) is a volunteer organization. Some of the GNOCA volunteers are ovarian cancer survivors, some have family members or friends that have experienced ovarian cancer, but all are committed to the notion that increased awareness of any form of cancer and its symptoms can lead to earlier detection and longer lives. To date, GNOCA has raised more than $59,000 for it’s cause since it’s founding in 2011.