The Heels for Hope Foundation is putting on their stilettos for the sixth annual Heels for Hope 5K race, one-mile walk and 25-yard high heel and feather boa dash. The dash begins at 9 a.m. Sept. 7 at Wheeler Park on the Oklahoma River. The shotgun start is at 9:15 a.m.

“This race is our major fundraiser to support the Heels for Hope Foundation mission to raise awareness for ovarian cancer,” said Susan Schene, chair of the Heels for Hope Foundation board. “Each year as this event grows, we hope ovarian cancer awareness grows.”

This year’s race will feature special guest and Master of Ceremonies Jari Askins, associate provost for external relations at OU Health Sciences Center.

“We are so grateful to have gained the support of community leaders as we work together to kick ovarian cancer with style and promote research here in Oklahoma,” Schene said.

Everyone is invited to participate. Pre-registration is $25 and includes a T-shirt and post-race drinks and snacks (while supplies last).

Racers can pre-register online by midnight Sept. 4 at

Mailed entries must be postmarked Aug. 28. Registration will be available 7:30 a.m the day of the race.

The Heels for Hope race is sponsored by The Harris Foundation, Oklahoma Blood Institute, Oklahoma City Gynecology & Obstetrics, MidFirst Bank, Stephenson Cancer Center, The Carroll Family, The Lee Family, Panera Bread and Walmart.

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All race proceeds benefit the Heels for Hope Foundation and support local ovarian cancer research, awareness and education efforts. One in 58 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer in their lifetime, but because there is not yet a dependable early detection test, most cases are diagnosed at an advanced stage with a survival rate of less than 50 percent

Heels for Hope originated after Rosemary Persa, director of Oklahoma Blood Institute’s reference lab, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2008.

In support of her continued battle as well as other women diagnosed with ovarian cancer, Heels for Hope Foundation was founded and this event was created to represent Rosemary’s love for high-heeled shoes.

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