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7th Annual Northern Virginia Race & Walk To "Break the Silence" On Ovarian Cancer

Proceeds Help Raise Disease Awareness to Foster Early Diagnosis and Increase Survival Rates

PRESTON, VA. (March 2009) - Make some noise and join the Northern Virginia Chapter of the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition (NOCC) in its 7th Annual “Break the Silence” race & walk on Saturday, May 9, 2009, in Reston, Va. to raise funds and generate awareness, as well as improve survival rates.  

One of a number run/walks promoting an ongoing nationwide awareness campaign, the Reston 5K race and 1 mile walk will be held at Reston Town Center The 5K will be held on a new, certified course that can accommodate up to 3,000 runners. Registration begins at 7 a.m. and a group survivor photo will be taken prior to the event.  The actual race/walk will step off at 9 a.m. This year’s race is expected to attract more than 1,200 participants, including more than 50 ovarian cancer survivors, their families, friends and supporters. Additionally, several local, state and national elected officials will be present to welcome all participants to the event. 

“Ovarian cancer is 90 percent curable if diagnosed in Stage 1 of the disease, which makes awareness and education key to increasing survival rates,” said Ruth Gerbec, volunteer public relations associate, NOCC Northern Virginia Chapter.  “The NOCC’s ‘Break the Silence’ campaign was created specifically to help generate ovarian cancer awareness on both a local and national level, and regional runs/walks such as these play a significant role in NOCC’s efforts.”

The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2009 there will be over 20,000 new cases and more than 15,000 women will die from ovarian cancer.  All proceeds fund education and awareness on both a local and national level.  

NOCC Northern Virginia Walk/Add One

Pre-registration runs until April 20, with entrance fees of $25 for the 5K race and $15 for the one mile walk.  Children in strollers are free.  Pre-registration packet pick up will be at the Hyatt Regency in Reston Town Center on Friday May 8, from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. There will also be on-site registration the day of the event, $35 for the 5K race and $15 for the one mile walk. Participants are encouraged to provide additional support through pledges. Online registration is available at, keywords: Walk to Break the Silence.

An awards ceremony will be held after the race, with cash awards for first, second and third place male and female winners. Additionally, there will be gift certificates to Metro Run & Walk for age group winners. Every paid participant will receive a goodie bag and t-shirt, and every survivor will get a hat.

Join the cause and help Break the Silence! For more information, please contact the Northern Virginia Chapter of NOCC at 703-858-0326, or via email at

About NOCC

Since its inception in 1995, the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition (NOCC) has been committed to raising awareness of ovarian cancer in communities across the country and to providing education and programs for women with ovarian cancer and their families. For more information on the “Break the Silence” campaign and to contact one of the NOCC local chapters, visit or call 1-888-OVARIAN. 

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The National Ovarian Cancer Coalition is a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization that provides public education and awareness about ovarian cancer through a toll-free Help Line, local NOCC Chapters, comprehensive website, peer support, publications, and awareness/educational programs.  NOCC’s mission is to raise awareness and promote education about ovarian cancer. The Coalition is committed to improving the survival rate and quality of life for women with ovarian cancer. For more information on the “Break the Silence” campaign and to contact one of the local NOCC Chapters, visit or call 1-888-OVARIAN.


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