INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.-- September is ovarian cancer awareness month. To honor the women who have lost their battle and those still fighting, The Indy canal downtown was dyed teal.
The group Ovar'coming Together has been working for 10 years to dye the canal teal in honor of ovarian cancer awareness. Survivors like Karla Whisenand say the community has made her stronger.
"I had stage 3C ovarian cancer diagnosed July 2011. So I went through six rounds of chemotherapy and I had numerous surgeries and more needles and blood transfusions than I care to count," said Whisenand.
Whisenand has been in remission for five years. She hopes events like this bring more awareness to a gynecological cancer there's currently no screening for.
"Ovarian cancer is the leading cause of gynecologic cancer death here in the united states and so it's so important to have events like the one we're having here tonight and the run/walk on Saturday to raise awareness, to raise money," said Dr. Michael Callahan, with St. Vincent Cancer Center.
The event was a positive outlet for women who are currently fighting like Connie Henry. She's been battling the disease everyday for the past two years. She goes to chemo 5 days a week.
"It's hard. But I go to the social groups once a month as well. But it's actually warming to see other survivors because it lets me know at the end of the day I can survive. Because actually I survive every day when I wake up and place my feet on the ground," said Henry.
Ovar'coming Together will host the teal ribbon 5k run/walk downtown this weekend. You can still register on site at City Market at 8 a.m. For more information, click here.