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October 19, 2017


Empowering Families With Education And Early Diagnosis
Montreal, October 16th, 2017— On the morning of Sunday, October 15th, 2017 the Cedars Cancer Foundation held the 2nd Annual ‘Run for Ovarian Cancer’ supporting the DOvEE Project, which aims to bring much-needed attention to ovarian/endometrial cancer and raise money for the Dagenais-Joly-Smith Fund at Cedars in support of Dr. Lucy Gilbert’s DOvEE Project. The event grew exponentially in its second year, attracting approximately 300 runners and raising over $70,000 dollars. Cancer survivor Dominique Dagenais and her son Maxime Joly-Smith, the event’s honourary, co-chairs established the Fund after her life and that of her family was turned upside down overnight with a diagnosis of stage 3 ovarian cancer.

The event comprised of three races: 2 KM run/walk, 5 KM run and 10 KM run. Despite the ominous weather forecast, the rain letup and left nothing but a breeze to keep the participants cool. The race would not have been possible without the support of the Running Room and the timing expertise of QuidChrono.

The day began with motivating speeches making a plea for a ‘call to action’ to change the bleak outcome of late ovarian and endometrial cancer diagnoses. Dr. Lucy Gilbert, founder of the DOvEE Project spoke emotionally about the need for early detection to save lives. The ‘Run’s’ honourary co-chair Dominique Dagenais, shared her inspirational story with her trademark personality and gusto for life, which motivated the crowd and set the mood for an uplifting day.

This event would not have been possible without the generous sponsors that came together to support the Cedars Cancer Foundation, the Dagenais-Joly-Smith Fund and the DOvEE Project: Lallemand, Power Corporation of Canada, Town of Mount Royal, Sandra & Alain Bouchard Foundation, Brian and Alida Rossy Family Foundation, Fondation Marcelle et Jean Coutu, Hyba sportswear, Orangetheory Studio, Starbucks, Dupont & Dupont, Wells Fargo, Diz’s Bagels, Loukouman’s, Marché Adonis and David’s Tea.

Each year, one in 72 women will be diagnosed in Canada with ovarian/endometrial cancer. Of these, 70 per cent will be detected already at a late stage (stage 3 or 4) due to the fact that the disease presents few to no symptoms until advanced, which grossly reduces the survival rate from 93 per cent for early stage versus between 10 and 30 per cent for late stage. 


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