Morristown, N.J., September 1, 2019 –  On Sunday, September 15, supporters of women’s health, particularly those with ovarian cancer, their families and friends will walk 1, 3 or 5 miles through Loantaka Brook Reservation as participants in the Gail MacNeil Morristown Walk to benefit Kaleidoscope of Hope Ovarian Cancer Foundation (KOHNJ), a New Jersey nonprofit raising funds for research and increased awareness of the symptoms and early detection of this cancer. Registration is $25 per person, $35 for a person and a dog.  Children, thirteen-years old and younger, can register for $10. http://www.kohnj.org/events/walkathon

KOHNJ hosts three walks each September in Morristown (15th), Lyndhurst (22nd) and Bradley Beach (28th). Last year the group raised over $180,000.00. This year, KOHNJ hopes to raise more than $200,000.00.  Kaleidoscope of Hope provides grants to researchers in the field of early detection, treatment and a cure for ovarian cancer.

“We are moved each year by the people who come out to support or remember a family member or friend and we hope to see many more supporters this year,” said Lynn Franklin, president of KOHNJ. “We look forward to the day when there is a cure for ovarian cancer.  Through the support of our donors we are able to fund the most promising research of today.”

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The Gail MacNeil Morristown Walk starts at the South Street entrance to Loantaka Brook Reservation, 468 South Street, Morristown. Registration begins at 8:15 a.m.  Participants will enjoy complimentary refreshments, information on ovarian cancer and KOHNJ, and a t-shirt while supplies last.  Those who cannot participate in the walk are encouraged to donate online at www.kohnj.org or mail in a check made payable to The Kaleidoscope of Hope Foundation, PO Box 1124, Madison, NJ 07940.

Gail MacNeil was an active and award-winning real estate agent and broker from Morristown. Diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 1997, she relied on her enthusiasm for her clients and her career to carry her through the daunting array of surgeries and chemotherapies. Gail was the recipient of numerous professional and community awards, including the 2004 Humanitarian Outreach Award from Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage and the North Central Jersey Association of Realtors 2003 Realtor of the Year Award.

An activist at heart, Gail was committed to educating people about the symptoms of ovarian cancer, which were missed by her gynecologist. She was passionate about the need for an early detection test for ovarian cancer to save the lives of future generations of women.  After an eleven-year battle with ovarian cancer, Gail passed away in 2008.

About Kaleidoscope of Hope

The Kaleidoscope of Hope Ovarian Cancer Foundation funds ovarian cancer research and increases awareness of the symptoms of this disease. While we increase awareness about ovarian cancer every day, we collectively focus our efforts during National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month each September. During our walks, we educate women about the disease, its symptoms and treatment options while raising money for cancer research. Funds are awarded to researchers using innovative ideas and technology to find an early detection test and a cure for ovarian cancer.

CONTACT:  Valerie Lieberman - vlieberman@kohnj.org - 973-644-0500