Save the Os 5K set for Aug. 17
By CLARKE STACKHOUSE / Staff Writer
HOOVER— The ninth annual Save the Os 5K will be held on Aug. 17 at the Greystone Golf and Country Club at 8 a.m.
Spokesperson Susan DuBose said the money raised will benefit the Norma Livingston Ovarian Cancer Foundation.
The NLOCF raises funds for ovarian cancer research and increases awareness of symptoms and treatments for the disease.
Registration for the 5K begins at 6:30 a.m. on the day of the race and can also be done online at Savetheos5K.com. The registration fee is $30 until July 31 and $35 from Aug. 1 until race day.
Along with the 5K, there is a 1 mile fun run that begins at 9 a.m. Registration fee is $20 until July 31 and $25 Aug. 1 until day of the race.
A silent auction will also be set up with trips and gift cards to local restaurants up for auction, as well as a raffle for tickets to the Alabama vs. LSU football game.
The 5K has been going on for nine years, and for 7 years has been in memory of Lori Johnson, DuBose said.
“We started to run in her name and it has grown into a large community event,” DuBose said.
Johnson was a Greystone resident and was diagnosed with ovarian cancer at age 40. Nine months after diagnosis Johnson passed away, DuBose said.
“She was healthy, active, beautiful and a friend to many of us in the neighborhood,” DuBose said.
She said Johnson’s family still lives in the neighborhood and actively participates in the 5K.
Last year the 5K was able to raise more than $40,000 for the NLOCF. This year two neighborhood associations, The Greystone Foundation and the Greystone Ladies Club, are sponsoring the event.
DuBose said she would like this to be the biggest and most successful year yet.
“We hope to raise awareness about this silent but deadly disease and also raise money to support research to find a cure,” DuBose said.
For more information on NLOCF and the history of the Save the Os 5K, visit Nlovca.org.