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Ovarian cancer survivors host tennis tournament

Special to The Sun
Special to The Sun

A group of 20 women dressed in teal gathered at Kelly Plantation tennis courts Sept. 24 to play in a TEAL tennis tournament and learn about the symptoms of ovarian cancer.

Teal is the color representing ovarian cancer.

"We like to say 'Think Teal,' (which stands for) Take Early Action and Live," said Kay Bonn, co-founder of the local ovarian cancer support group.

The event was hosted by the group that calls themselves the Sistas, all of whom are survivors of ovarian cancer.

As September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, the Sistas are on a mission to bring education of common symptoms of the disease, which is hard to detect in its early stages and often not diagnosed until it has reached an advanced stage. That is why the disease has been dubbed "The Disease That Whispers."

"Although we are the sorority that no one wants to join, we are there to share experience, strength and hope with other women who are facing or have faced ovarian cancer," Bon said.

To join the Sistas in the Okaloosa/Walton Ovarian Cancer Support group, call Barbara Young at 622-0192 or email bayoubarbara@aol.com.