Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.COM)
One Native Duluthian has made it her personal mission to increase awareness of ovarian cancer.
Her first step? Lighting the Lift Bridge and Enger Tower teal.
Kristine Greer is a late stage ovarian cancer survivor.
She has been cancer free for 12 years, but in that time Greer has watched her friends suffer and lose their lives to the deadly disease.
"I started Charlene's Light, a foundation for ovarian cancer 5 years ago after a dear friend of mine, Charlene was diagnosed with cancer as well and she passed away and I made her a promise that I would continue to educate women and raise money for research," says Greer.
Greer plans to make good on that promise this weekend when she will enlist the city's help to turn the aerial lift bridge and Enger tower teal.
"Which is the ovarian cancer awareness color. So I marched into the mayor's office in January, sat down and said listen to my great idea.
I don't take no for an answer very well and I'm passionate and I will do whatever you need me to do."
Today Mayor Don Ness made a proclamation in support of turn Duluth Teal.
"Tomorrow it's a dinner cruise on the Vista Star and we're going to cruise around as the aerial bridge turns teal and Enger Tower will be teal as well. And also a carriage company in Canal Park is letting us decorate their carriages and horses teal to raise awareness."
This weekend's proclamation is a great first step but so much still needs to be done.
Ovarian cancer currently has no early detection test.
"Without an early detection test, it is just so hard to get diagnosed. The majority of women are diagnosed in a late stage, which makes survival so difficult," Greer advises.
Greer says about only 20 percent of women diagnosed in a late stage survive.
Her husband says he is fortunate she is among them.
"Kris has been very inspirational, not only to me, but to her entire family. From the challenges she's had, from a health perspective, she has shown everybody what it takes to be strong," says Mark Greer.
Ovarian cancer has a 70–90 percent recurrence rate. Greer hopes awareness will bring those numbers down so others won't have to lose their loved ones.
"Yesterday I lost a very dear friend of ovarian cancer and I am dedicating this to her.
Joanne Martin I love you and we're going to make a difference. We're going to make a difference in the lives of women," Greer adds.
If diagnosed with Ovarian cancer experts strongly advise seeking the help of a GYN –oncologist.
This doctor is able to perform the specialty surgery to properly treat the disease.
Posted the web by Gabrielle Ware