MORRIS – Stewart Hipes first ran in the Ovarian Cancer Awareness 5K in August 2012, six months after he lost his mother, Evelyn Hipes, to ovarian cancer.
“After I ran in 2012, I told my family that next time we all need to run in honor of mom,” Hipes said.
On Saturday morning, Hipes was joined by three sisters and one brother, as well as nieces, great-nieces and a great-nephew to take to the pavement in honor of his mom.
“We decided to wear mom’s favorite color, red,” he said. “I know that goes against the ovarian cancer awareness color, teal. We thought, let’s do this for mom. She would look down and be smiling; this would make her day.”
After losing her mother after a 14-month battle with ovarian cancer in January 2005, Corri Trotter worked diligently to share the symptoms of ovarian cancer with others.
To raise ovarian cancer awareness, Trotter hosted the third “Running for Life” Ovarian Cancer Awareness 5K/10K Run/Walk on Saturday in Morris.
“It went well. The numbers were low but the temperatures were high,” Trotter said. “We had 152 participants, which is down a bit, but we also took last year off.”
This year, she changed the location from White Oak Elementary School to Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers, 2400 Richie Road, Morris.
“People liked the location and the course, so we plan to hold it there again next year,” she said.
This year’s event also was changed to add a 10K run in addition to the 5K, in the hopes of drawing more participants.
Hipes chose to run the 10K and set out with his earphones, just as he has done countless times before.
“As I was running, I took my head phones off and took the time to thank the Lord for my mom,” he said. “I was one of six kids and I wanted to thank her for all she did for me. So I ran and talked to her.”
Hosting the run isn’t just a way to raise money. Trotter wants to raise awareness, hoping it may save someone’s life.
“I want people to be aware of the symptoms because they are often overlooked,” Trotter said. “Chances of survival are slimmer if it is not caught early.”
Ovarian cancer symptoms include bloating, pelvic or abdominal pain, trouble eating or feeling full quickly, feeling the need to urinate urgently or often, fatigue, upset stomach or heartburn, back pain, pain during sex, constipation or menstrual changes.