Hundreds will gather at the Detroit Zoo on Sept. 7 to raise awareness about ovarian cancer and gather funds for early detection research.
The Belinda Sue Fund will be hosting their second annual ovarian cancer Awareness Zoo Walk. The group had 850 participants last year and they hope to reach 1,000 this year.
Belinda Sue “Bindy” Nantais fought ovarian cancer for four years. She was diagnosed in July 2007 with Stage IIIC of the disease which eventually metastasized to her lung.
She died on Aug. 22, 2011 at age 52.
Belinda’s husband, Thomas, founded the Belinda Sue Fund for Ovarian Cancer and Research, Inc. on Nov. 1, 2011. The purpose of the fund is to increase public awareness of ovarian cancer and to support organizations in advancing their research in the identification of an effective ovarian cancer screening tool. Thomas, who is now chairman of the board of directors, also founded the walk.
“It’s one of our signature events in order to raise awareness and to fund research to find an early detection tool,” said executive director Jackie Prince.
The walk will feature retired WXYZ-TV reporter Cheryl Chodun, along with fun things for the entire family.
“It’s a non-competitive stroll through the zoo and prior to the walk we’ll have activities for the kids and vendors and sponsors selling their items, a DJ and local fitness trainer to drum up the crowd,” Prince said.
The cost for registration for an adult ages 15 and older is $35. Children 2 to 14 year are $25.