The 23rd Annual Sprint for Life 5K Run/Walk at MD Anderson has been cancelled as part of MD Anderson's proactive measures to prevent the spread of the 2019 novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19). While we know this is disappointing, we want to keep everyone safe. We plan to make this event bigger and better than ever in 2021.
Hosted by the Gynecologic Oncology and Reproductive Medicine department since 1998, Sprint for Life has raised more than $5.6 million for the Blanton-Davis Ovarian Cancer Research Program.
On Race Day, survivors, their families and friends, businesses and MD Anderson employees come together to fundraise for ovarian cancer research while increasing awareness of the disease and its symptoms.
The goals of the program, named for two women who battled ovarian cancer, are to develop a new understanding of the causes of ovarian cancer, find new methods of detection and diagnosis and to create targeted therapies specific to each woman diagnosed.
Why Support is Important
Ovarian cancer is the leading cause of death from gynecologic cancers, according to the National Cancer Institute. Unfortunately, because there is no screening or early detection test available and ovarian cancer symptoms are subtle, only about 20% of ovarian tumors are detected before they have progressed to an advanced stage.
Due to our response to COVID-19, all blood donations at MD Anderson
Blood Donor Center locations are being held by appointment only.