Fifth annual "Teal There's a Cure" raises awareness about ovarian cancer

Teal There's a Cure race in Marcellus

Some Central New Yorkers took time out of their Fourth of July celebrations to raise funds for a good cause.

More than 700 runners and walkers turned out in Marcellus for the fifth annual "Teal There's a Cure" 5k run and walk.

Teal is the official color for Ovarian Cancer and participants hope the event will help raise awareness about the disease which kills more than 20,000 women each year, the fifth leading cause of cancer related deaths in women.

"Teal There's a Cure," was started in 2008 in honor of Maureen O'Hara, a Marcellus woman who died after a four year battle with Ovarian Cancer.

O'hara's sister Sheila says Maureen hoped the race would help educate others about ovarian cancer.

"She wanted to make a difference. She didn't want this to happen to other families and other people, so she said letâ??s do something to raise awareness and educate people about signs and symptoms, and try and raise money so we can get a reliable test for early detection. So â??Teal There's a Cureâ?? was born five years ago and it was Maureen's brainchild," she says.

Over the past four years, the "Teal There's a Cure" race has raised more than $125,000 for Ovarian Cancer Research.