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Ovarian cancer awareness at Woodmore football game

ELMORE, OH (Toledo News Now) -

The Woodmore Wildcats are known for wearing purple and gold, but at Friday's football game, there was a sea of teal.

Their home opener was also Ovarian Cancer Awareness Night.

Donna Sandwisch lost her mother, who never missed her grandchildren's games, to ovarian cancer, so the family wanted to raise awareness at a football game.

"No one knows about it, really," said Zach Sandwisch, Donna's son. "We're trying to get the word out and get people to know about ovarian cancer."

Zach lost his grandmother four years ago, after an 18-month battle with ovarian cancer. But she wasn't originally diagnosed with it. At first, doctors though it was colon or lung cancer, but her primary physician noticed she wasn't responding to treatment correctly.

"That's when we found out it was actually ovarian cancer that had metastasized a spot on her lung and a spot on her colon," Donna explained.

"There's not a lot of survivors with it," said Holly Berry, Donna's sister. "By the time they find out what's going on, they're usually stage three, stage four."

Cheerleaders at Friday's game wore teal hairbows, the team wore teal socks. Many guests showed up in teal shirts.

"It means everything to us," Berry said. "We need people to know what's going on with this cancer so it doesn't affect other families the way it has us."

The family asked for $5 donations in exchange for raffle tickets to win a TV. They also sold ‘in memory of' tags for a balloon launch.

"It's what she would want," Donna said. "She fought hard and long for 18 months, but we had a good 18 months. Education, being at a school, being where there's kids, where we can impress somebody – that's what she would want us to do."

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