Celebrating it's 8th year, the Emer Casey fun run is an event dedicated to raising awareness and providing funds to ovarian cancer research.
Ovarian cancer is often dubbed the "silent killer" due to the lack of noticeable symptoms in its early stages. As a consequence of this, the disease is frequently diagnosed at an advanced stage when it is considerably more difficult to treat. it is the seventh most common cancer in women worldwide and is responsible for 140,000 deaths each year.
The Emer Casey foundation came about after a young Irish woman, Emer Casey, was diagnosed with, and tragically passed away due to ovarian/uterine cancer in 2006. Her death had such an impact on her family and friends that they set up the Emer Casey Foundation to raise funds for research into ovarian cancer, in particular the development of early detection testing for the disease. With Emer's friends moving abroad, fun runs were set up around the world (London, Melbourne and New York) to help raise funds for this worthy cause.
All funds raised in Melbourne are donated to the Peter MacCallum Cancer centre and in the past 7 years we have managed to raise over $140,000 towards funding this invaluable research.
TeamMONASH is offering students the opportunity to become involved in this worthy cause either by participating or volunteering to help coordinate the events. Operating within a fun, festive carnival atmosphere, participants can undertake either a 5 or 10km run or walk, with the opportunity to compete for prizes, partake of the stalls from associated organisations or enjoy raffle and spot prizes.
Information on how to register is available on the TeamMONASH page and can be accessed directly through the below link.