Making Strides to Beat Ovarian Cancer

HOM Teal Strides raises awareness and funding for ovarian cancer research.

Celebrating its 16th year, the Teal Strides for Ovarian Cancer race raises money that goes directly to ovarian cancer research funding, support and programming. The Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance (MOCA) has raised more than $5 million for research projects, much of which comes from fundraising events like Teal Strides. Last year’s race had 3,500 participants and over 100 teams; more are expected this year.

Nancy Libbey, who is on the board of directors at MOCA, enjoys the supportive atmosphere the event provides for women who deal with the disease and their families, and the awareness raised by the event. Survivors of ovarian cancer wear teal T-shirts, and Libbey explains that it’s a great way to see the impact the event has.

“It’s a wonderful way to recognize our survivors and everything they are dealing with and working through, and it gives a positive space to provide support for them,” Libbey says.

This year's race is scheduled for Saturday, September 12.