Cedars Run for Ovarian Cancer

Cedars Run for Ovarian Cancer - Oct 17 2021

Run or Walk For the Cause October 17, 2021

We're back! The race will take place on Sunday, October 17th in the Town of Mount Royal. As part of our ongoing commitment to the health and safety of all involved, we will continue to monitor and follow all safety precautions.

Covid Information

The province of Québec has announced that vaccine passports will be required at outdoor events exceeding 50 people, as well as sporting activities. All runners, staff, guests and volunteers will be required to show proof of double vaccination before entering the event.

Due to capacity limits, anyone not running/walking such as friends and family will need to register in advance to gain access into the event and will also require proof of vaccination upon entering. If you were planning on bringing family or friends, please send a list of their names to Lina at lina.zatkovic@cedarscancer.ca

Please note: a printed or digital copy of your QR code as well as proof of identity will be required for verification. Those who are not vaccinated due to contraindications will need to obtain appropriate documentations from their doctor.

The DOvEE Project

The Dagenais Joly-Smith Fund is dedicated to supporting The DOvEE Project under the leadership of Dr. Lucy Gilbert. The DOvEE Project is committed to raising awareness of Ovarian & Endometrial cancers, advocating for early diagnostic testing, and supporting ovarian cancer patients and their families. Join as an individual or a team for this inspirational fundraising walk and run to support ovarian cancer awareness.

Reacting, Accepting, Fighting and Overcoming the beast

Dominique Dagenais, currently in remission, and her son Maxime Joly-Smith, launched a fund to raise awareness and help diagnose Ovarian and Endometrial Cancer in its early stages. Proceeds are directed toward Dr. Lucy Gilbert’s DOvEE Project at the Cedars Cancer Foundation.

"On January 21, 2015 my mother received the unexpected and devastating diagnosis of stage 3 ovarian cancer. Commonly referred to as the “silent killer”, ovarian cancer has few to no symptoms. Therefore her diagnosis after a routine operation came as a shock to us all.

Our blessed family life was turned upside-down as we navigated the daunting and precarious world of a cancer diagnosis. Within weeks of being diagnosed, my mother undertook numerous tests, undergoing a hysterectomy on February 3, 2015, followed by weekly chemotherapy treatments.

Then in November 2016, she was diagnosed with a brain tumor which was linked to the ovarian cancer diagnosis.

Her determination, courage and amazing physical fitness have greatly helped her in this battle. The support and love from her family and friends have shifted the odds in her favour.

My world crumbled after my mother’s diagnosis and re-occurance. I found myself wondering what I could do for someone who had so selflessly done so much for me, when it occurred to me to start a fund to raise awareness and aid in diagnosing ovarian and endometrial cancer early.

These frightening and life changing experiences have brought me to a simple conclusion, that all women deserve a second chance at the gift called life!"

That is why this disease needs much more attention, because there are still too many women dying due to late detection and lack of education.