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Birmingham in a 'State of Teal' to support ovarian cancer research

Source: Christy Hutchings/WBRC Source: Christy Hutchings/WBRC
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

The Regions Field sign is sporting a teal hue to support National Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month.

From cancer survivors, to people who have lost loved ones to ovarian cancer, "A State of Teal" is raising awareness and much needed funds to pay for research.

"Research dollars and funding are way, way down," Dr. Warner Huh said.

Huh was one of the speakers at Tuesday's "A State of Teal" event in downtown Birmingham. He believes through research we can find a treatment and a prevention for ovarian cancer.

Jim Crandall knows all too well the importance of research. His daughter Laura was diagnosed with ovarian cancer a month before her wedding at the age of 25.

"You think we've got cancer, we're going to get the treatment. We're going to get through this," Jim Crandall said.

Laura got married, and started chemo immediately. She fought for 12 long months but did not survive.

"We started the Laura Crandall Brown Ovarian Cancer foundation at that point to fund research specifically for an early diagnostic test for ovarian cancer since one doesn't exist," Crandall said.

Had a test existed maybe Auburn's golf coach, Kim Evans, would have known sooner that she had ovarian cancer. Her story is similar to many other women's.

"I thought it was just me and the season and I was trying to coach and just being tired. And it reached a point where I raise my hand and said something else is wrong," Evans said.

Evans has been cancer free for nearly a year, and she knows it's research that's kept her and other women alive.

"It affects 1 in 71 women and look around the room. I think it's our only hope. I think it's our only hope for any cancer," she said.

Cities across the state are participating.

Gardendale Police are putting teal ribbons on their patrol cars. Some people are going teal for a day, others all month.

To learn more about "A State of Teal" please visit www.AStateOfTeal.org.

FOX6 News anchor Beth Shelburne, who lost a dear friend, Enid Crutcher, to ovarian cancer, emceed the event. She shared more about Enid's life and the importance of cancer research in an editorial earlier this year. Click here to read that piece.

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