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Supporters run to raise ovarian cancer awareness

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Getting ready means a lot of moving your feet, especially when you're preparing for 1,500 people to do the same.

Allison Block is grateful to be a part of the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition and help plan the annual 5K.

"My heart is in doing the health fairs and outreach and educating women about the early signs of ovarian cancer," Block said.

Those early signs helped save Block's life. After only six months of treatment at age 30, she was able to kick cancer and have two children.

"I'm meeting a lot of women that still had that option and it’s all about early detection," Block said.

Texas oncology nurse Gloria Taafee said if diagnosed and treated early, women can have a 95 percent survival rate over five years.

Taafee listed possible signs you should see a doctor.

"Abdominal pain, lower pelvic pain, urinary pain, urinary frequency, early satiety, or feeling abdominal fullness after eating a small amount of food,” she said. “Those are very subtle symptoms or signs that women don't think too much about."

That education is at the heart of the 6th Annual Run/Walk to Break the Silence on Ovarian Cancer, which took place at the Domain.

The Ovarian Cancer Memorial Wall is a new addition to the event this year. It's for participants to post a memory of those loved ones they lost from the disease.

The National Ovarian Cancer Coalition established the Austin chapter in 2000. The event raises more than $100,000 dollars every year.

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