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Lackey Free Clinic and Olde Towne Medical and Dental Center each recently received grants of $11,000 from the Karene O’Hare Ovarian Cancer Memorial Fund.
The memorial fund, which sponsors an annual “The Hare and the Tortoise 8K” race and fun run/walk in New Quarter Park, has now donated almost $130,000 to the Lackey Clinic and Olde Towne in memory of Karene O’Hare, a local woman who volunteered extensively at Lackey before she passed away from ovarian cancer in 2008.
Last September’s race was the seventh iteration of the event and attracted hundreds of participants and numerous community sponsors.
The money raised will go to fund cancer screening programs for uninsured and under-insured women in the community. An additional $6,000 has been donated to support educational initiatives aimed at teaching women what symptoms to look for and how to take advantage of early screening services.
Since the O’Hare Memorial Fund began raising money for improved early detection and screening services in 2009, the Lackey Clinic and Olde Towne Medical Center have diagnosed seven women in the community with ovarian cancer. Because all seven women were diagnosed in the early stages of the cancer, they have all been successfully treated.
Next year’s run is slated for Saturday, Sept. 10 at New Quarter Park.