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Ovarian Cancer Connection events go virtual - Register to run, walk, bike in support of cancer patients and survivors in the Toledo area

Each year, the nonprofit's events help support multiple local women fighting ovarian and other gynecologic cancers.
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Last year's 10-mile Glow Roll bike ride that benefited the Ovarian Cancer Connection.

TOLEDO, Ohio — The Ovarian Cancer Connection is hosting its three annual events virtually this year in order to keep offering financial assistance to ovarian cancer patients in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan.  

Usually, the Ovarian Cancer Connection would host several events including The Mary Lou Davis Glow Roll, The Ellen Jackson Ovarian Cancer Walk and the Teal to Toe 5K Walk/Run in Fremont. This year, to keep everyone safe, the OCC is presenting the three main events in a virtual format. You can register now for one, two or all three of the virtual events.


These events give everyone the opportunity to show their support and spread awareness. They also help the OCC raise the money it needs to can continue the work it does to help women and families dealing with gynecological cancers.

The cost to register is $20 per event, per person. Children under 13 can be registered for only $10 and participate in all the events.  


Normally, the Mary Lou Davis Glow Roll would bring people together to participate in a community spectacle of light as we bike together through tree-lined neighborhoods. This year, the OCC encourages you and your family and friends to go for a bike ride in your own neighborhood or on a nearby bike trail.

How it works: Have fun by dressing up your bikes in LED lights, decorating your helmets, and showing your support for the OCC and the women the organization supports.


Register to support the OCC signature event and show your support for women fighting and surviving all gynecologic cancers throughout northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan.  

For over 15 years the Ellen Jackson Ovarian Cancer Walk has been a celebration of life. It's a time to support women in treatment. It's a time to celebrate survivors. It's a time to remember the loved ones we've lost along the way.

How it works: Pick a beautiful day, dress in your finest teal, and head out with friends and family (always keeping safety in mind, of course) on your own walk.


The Teal To Toe 5K Run & Walk began in 2018 by four women who met while undergoing chemotherapy for ovarian cancer. All had a passion to bring awareness and educate the community in Fremont, Ohio on the early warning signs of ovarian cancer.  

The Teal To Toe 5K Run & Walk was a huge success and kept growing year after year because of the support from sponsors, individuals, and the medical community.

How it works: Register now and hold your own 5K run/walk solo or with some friends and family, in a socially-distant and responsible manner. 


This year, the nonprofit is designing a virtual page for the events, giving everyone an opportunity to participate. Those participating in the events will be able to partake in the following activities online: 

  • Recruit, invite and build your team through social media.
  • Create a personal statement on your individual fundraising page.
  • Blog about your experience.
  • Compete between businesses, co-workers, family and friends.
  • Post selfies.
  • Raise money and watch the leader board rise as the nonprofit hits its $80,000 goal. 
  • Share pictures and videos. 
  • Mobile bidding on donated items. 
  • Live streaming. 

You can find more information about upcoming events here. And if you're interested in becoming a sponsor, you can call 419-866-6622 to get more information.

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