Hundreds of participants raced and walked their way through Gladstone on Saturday, Aug. 3, as the ninth-annual Sherie Hildreth Ovarian Cancer Foundation event took to the streets.

Although Sherie Hildreth, the founder of the walk, passed away in 2009, her husband, Bruce, and other family members and friends keep her memory alive, in an event Bruce Hildreth called “Sherie’s party.”

by: PHOTO BY ELLEN SPITALERI - Cancer survivors gather before the start of the SHOC walk/run last Saturday.Before the race/walk began, participants learned that the Oregon Ovarian Cancer Registry has made great strides in tracking and supporting women diagnosed with ovarian cancer, and that blood samples donated by those women is being put to use in cancer research.

Dr. Tanja Pejovic, from the Gynecologic Oncology lab at the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute, told the crowd “tremendous progress” is being made in screening for gynecologic cancer and in molecular treatment for the disease.

by: PHOTO BY ELLEN SPITALERI - Bruce Hildreth, Sherie Hildreth's husband and the executive director of the SHOC Foundation, chats with participants.She added that “staggering success” is being reported in “reengineering cells and putting healthy cells back into the body to destroy cancer cells.”

The final speaker before the race/walk began was cancer survivor Phyllis Lang, first diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2006.

Lang said that when she met Sherie Hildreth in 2006, she knew she had met someone who “was a person that people would follow.”

She commended the SHOC Foundation for contributing money that is being used for research in the metro area, and for sponsoring research at the genetic level.

“I hope my two daughters won’t have to follow the same path I did. There are a great many hands to hold and shoulders to lean on — that is what SHOC has done for me,” Lang added.

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