The Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance will mark 20 years of strides against ovarian cancer at its annual HOM Teal Strides for Ovarian Cancer walk and run Saturday, Sept. 14, at Rosland Park in Edina.

The alliance, a statewide nonprofit dedicated to funding ovarian cancer research, also provides support for those affected by the disease and spreads awareness about the symptoms. The organization is celebrating its 20th anniversary throughout 2019.

HOM Teal Strides for Ovarian Cancer is one of the largest ovarian cancer fundraising events in the country and is the alliance’s largest fundraiser for research funding and programming. Participants can register and fund raise individually or through a team. Participants receive customizable web pages to share their goals and raise funds with friends and family.

The Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance aims to raise more than $350,000 through this year’s event, making it the organization’s largest fundraiser of the year. Since its inception in 1999, the event has raised nearly $4.25 million for ovarian cancer research funding and programming. The alliance is among the top three nonprofit funders of ovarian cancer research in the nation and has provided nearly $9 million to ovarian cancer researchers.

This year, the group awarded $680,000 to ovarian cancer research projects. While most of its research funding is directed to Minnesota researchers, two years ago, the alliance expanded its reach by providing some funds to national researchers focused on an early detection test.

Because there is no diagnostic test for ovarian cancer, the alliance’s research funding is critical to change the course of the disease. Each year in Minnesota, nearly 400 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer.

Participants can register for the event and start a team at mnovarian.org. Early bird registration of $30 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under runs through Thursday, Aug. 15. Registration fees between Aug. 16 and Sept. 12 are $35 for adults and $15 for children. Adult registration rates on race day are $40.

For additional information, visit mnovarian.org or call 612-822-0500.

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