WOODSTOCK – The Woodstock North Thunder girls basketball teams are sponsoring a fundraiser to increase awareness about ovarian cancer.
Known as the silent killer because its symptoms mirror aches and pains that affect many women during the menstrual cycle, ovarian cancer is the fifth-leading cause of cancer-related deaths among women and is the deadliest gynecologic cancer.
“[The girls] felt like this type of cancer doesn’t get a lot of attention, but it’s very critical for women, especially because the symptoms are something you may not even think about as being something until you’re in the later stages,” said District 200’s Laurie Crain, who is helping organize the event.
On Jan. 30, the basketball teams will host the Teal Awareness Benefit Game at Woodstock North High School against Blue Streaks from Woodstock High School. The freshmen and sophomores will play at 5:30 p.m., followed by the varsity team at 7 p.m.
District 200 Superintendent Ellyn Wrzeski, whose mother died from ovarian cancer, will talk during halftime about why she is passionate about supporting the cause. Ovarian cancer survivor Jolene White of Woodstock also will speak.
During the games, visitors can make a donation, buy a T-shirt or contribute to a memory wall that honors loved ones who have battled the disease. Teal hair clips, lanyards, bracelets and other ovarian cancer awareness items will be sold. All proceeds will go to Centegra’s ovarian and uterine cancer screenings and awareness programs.
Woodstock School District 200 also is accepting donations by mail. Checks should be made payable to Woodstock North High School and sent to District 200, Attn: Laurie Crain, 227 W. Judd St. Woodstock, IL 60098.
Signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer :
• Pelvic or abdominal pain.
• Trouble eating or feeling full quickly.
• Feeling the need to urinate urgently or often.
• Upset stomach or heartburn.
• Back pain.
• Pain during intercourse.
• Constipation or menstrual changes.
Source: National Ovarian Cancer Coalition; www.ovarian.org