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For the third consecutive year, Kroger and its customers have helped battle ovarian cancer. Kroger's latest donation to ovarian cancer awareness -- collected in metro Detroit Kroger stores during September as part of National Ovarian Cancer Month -- helped the chain net $115,000 for the fund.
Customers contributed to in-store coin boxes at all Kroger stores, which raised $14,612. In addition, customers could purchase a teal ribbon for $1 symbolizing ovarian cancer awareness, which raised another $19,000.
Another highlight for Kroger shoppers during September was the live remote broadcast of legendary morning show host Dick Purtan of 104.3 WOMC. The Gail Purtan Ovarian Cancer Research Fund is named after Purtan's wife Gail, an ovarian cancer survivor who has been treated at the Karmanos Cancer Institute.
Nick Karmanos, v.p. of development for the Karmanos Cancer Institute, applauded the Cincinnati-based chain's commitment to help "enhance ovarian cancer research, so that one day we may be better able to detect ovarian cancer in its earlier stage, making the chances of surviving this disease much greater."
According to the National Cancer Institute, ovarian cancer has the highest mortality of all cancers of the female reproductive system, in part due to the lack of early symptoms and proven ovarian cancer screening tests. As a result, ovarian cancer is often diagnosed at an advanced stage, after the cancer has spread beyond the ovary. It's estimated that more than 21,600 new cases of ovarian cancer will be diagnosed in the United States this year alone.