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Brooke Hill Run raises awareness for ovarian cancer

By Paul Stackhouse
sports@decaturdaily.com · 340-2460

When Brooke Hill, 33, died of ovarian cancer in November 2004, there were many avenues that family and friends could have chosen to make her death have a special meaning to others.

They chose ovarian cancer education to focus attention on detecting warning signs early.

This is the driving force behind the third annual Brooke Hill Run for Awareness, which will be Saturday morning in Old Decatur.

The event will feature a 5-kilometer run and 1-mile walk/run. The 5K begins at 8 a.m. with the 1-mile walk/run starting at 9 a.m.

Registration fee on the day of the race is $15. Pre-registration packets may be picked up Friday night from 5:30 through 7 at the Carnegie Visual Arts Center at 207 Church St. N.E. Pre-registration fees are $12 for the 5K and $10 for the 1-mile run. Potential runners can check rivercityrunners.org.

“Right now, the proceeds we bring in stays here in Decatur to educate people about ovarian cancer,” said Paige Norris, Brooke’s sister and one of the event organizers.

“We are trying to educate people about ovarian cancer. We want everybody to learn about the signs and symptoms that they can look for in early detection. ... We found out about Brooke’s diagnosis in the later stages of the disease. If we had known what to look for and detected it in the early stages, maybe she would be alive today.”

Norris, her mother Juanita Healy and others started looking for ways to give their fund a way to grow.

“Enter Jon Elmore,” Norris said. “I’ve never chaired a race before, and Jon, who is a member of the River City Runners, knew exactly what to do. This thing couldn’t and wouldn’t happen without Jon and the River City Runners.”

Norris said it was beyond their dreams when 275 registered for the first race in 2005.

Last year, 256 registered to run. Race organizers say this year’s numbers could approach 300 runners.

“In the future, we may expand some from what we do now,” Norris said. “The races in Old Decatur ... have all been really successful, but we’re always thinking about bigger and better ways to expand. It helps us keep Brooke’s spirit alive.”

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