WEST ORANGE, NJ - The Downtown West Orange Alliance and volunteers from the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition are holding the “Mayor's 5K Run to Break the Silence” on Sept. 27 to raise funds and awareness for ovarian cancer research, celebrate ovarian cancer survivors and pay respects to those who have passed away due to the disease.

The event will begin and end outside of Town Hall and will feature live music and refreshments for participants.

Kids under 15 will be able to participate in a free Kids' Run, while adults 15 and over must pay a $30 fee to run the full 5K course. Participants will be able to either run or walk through the scenic course in the streets of West Orange.

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The event schedule is as follows:

  • 8:00 a.m.: Runner registration and displays open on the front lawn of Town Hall
  • 9:15 a.m.: Line-up for the Kids' Run begins
  • 9:30 a.m.: Kids' Run begins
  • 9:50 a.m.: Line-up for the 5K Run begins
  • 10:00 a.m.: 5K Run begins
  • 11:00 a.m.: "Run/Walk to Break the Silence of Ovarian Cancer" Program, awards and photo opportunities begin on the front steps of Town Hall

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Northern New Jersey Chapter of the Ovarian Cancer Coalition and the Maureen Fund in honor of Maureen Roehnelt, a former assistant to Gov. Richard J. Codey who passed away from ovarian cancer in 2006.

Ovarian cancer develops when cells in the ovaries begin to multiply out of control and form tumors. It is the fifth-leading cancer-related cause of death for women ages 35-74, according to walkforovariancancer.com.

"There will be over 22,000 new cases of ovarian cancer diagnosed this year and more than 15,000 women will die from ovarian cancer this year," estimates the American Cancer Society.

The Downtown West Orange Alliance anticipates more than 1,000 participants and aims to meet or exceed its goal to raise $100,000 for research, education and survivor programs.

Click here to register or donate.