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Softball to 'Strikeout Ovarian Cancer' on April 20
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Published: April 11, 2013, 11:34 AM (CT)
by Matt Dunaway, Associate SID

BATON ROUGE – The LSU softball team will play host to an ovarian cancer recognition as part of the program's second-annual “Strikeout Ovarian Cancer” event scheduled for the middle game of the Missouri series on Saturday, April 20. First pitch is on-tap for 6 p.m. at Tiger Park.

Survivors or those who lost people to ovarian and other gyn cancers who would like to participate in the pregame recognition ceremony can contact Assistant Marketing Director Lauren Taylor at ltaylor@lsu.edu. Interested participants are asked to complete the online form by next Thursday, April 18.

The Tigers will wear teal jerseys to celebrate survivors and spread awareness of ovarian cancer. Fans are encouraged to join LSU in wearing teal to support the cause, and the first 1,500 fans will receive a teal rally towel.

“It's an honor for our program to be able to recognize and celebrate the many courageous people that are affected by ovarian cancer,” head coach Beth Torina said. “With my mom being an ovarian cancer survivor, this cause is close to my heart. I can't wait for April 20 to see Tiger Park covered with teal.” 

Leading into the game on April 20, a committee of women from Baton Rouge to New Orleans with connections to ovarian cancer either as a survivor or lost a family member to this deadly disease will host the inaugural “Geaux Teal Ovarian Cancer Walk”.

The walk will take place starting at 9 a.m. hosted on the LSU campus and beginning at Tiger Park. This walk will help to continue to spread awareness of ovarian cancer in the Baton Rouge community in relationship with Coach Torina's mother's fight against ovarian cancer.

Anyone interested in helping to support the walk can register online at http://geauxteal.eventbrite.com. All proceeds will benefit women in the Baton Rouge area. For questions or to volunteer for the event, contact geauxteal@gmail.com.

Information for the “Geaux Teal Ovarian Cancer Walk” also can be found at www.twitter.com/geauxteal and www.facebook.com/geauxteal.

Ovarian cancer is the fifth leading cause of cancer death among women in the United States and occurs in 1 in 71 women. The American Cancer Society shows over 15,000 women will die this year alone and more than 20,000 new cases of ovarian cancer will be diagnosed

Ovarian cancer is very treatable when caught early. However, pap tests do not detect ovarian cancer. Experts recommend a pelvic exam, a transvaginal sonogram and a CA 125 blood test.

Only 20 percent of ovarian cancer cases are caught early and often are difficult to diagnose because symptoms may be subtle and easily confused with other diseases. When ovarian cancer is caught before it has spread outside the ovaries, 92 percent of patients will survive five years.

 

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