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Derek Anthony, Local Country Music Star Speaks Out for Women's Cancer

ReverbNation’s Top Local Male Country Artist, Derek Anthony, Partners with the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition to Raise Awareness at the 12th Annual Run/Walk to Break the Silence on Ovarian Cancer™ Dallas, TX – While other male country musicians focus on telling the stories of cowboys and rodeos, local hit-maker Derek Anthony, is hoping to raise awareness about ovarian cancer at the upcoming NOCC - Dallas/Fort Worth Chapter’s Run/Walk to Break the Silence on Ovarian Cancer™. Featuring a 5k race and walk for adult participants and a KidsK for children, the event takes places on September 22, 2012 at the Texas Rangers Ball Park in Arlington. Attracting more than 2,000 local participants each year and raising over $ 150,000, this inspirational awareness event brings together members of the medical community, survivors, their loved ones, and other supporters. This year, the event will also feature an exclusive performance by Derek Anthony and the D-Train Band, the fastest growing country artist on social media with more than 30,000 fans online. For Anthony, the Run/Walk to Break the Silence on Ovarian Cancer™ is more than just the usual gig to showcase his hit songs. Anthony knows firsthand the importance of education and awareness because his family was personally impacted when his wife’s aunt was diagnosed and eventually passed away from the disease. Anthony and his family have been involved as participants at the DFW event for the past three years. Now Anthony plans to amplify the cause – through the event performance and by raising funds. Anthony has pledged to donate the proceeds from all online downloads of his single “Don’t Mess with PMS” to the NOCC. “You don't know what you don't know,” says Anthony. “The more we can educate, not only woman, but also men to be proactive and understand the symptoms, everyone in the family can be aware of this silent killer. The disease affects everyone in the family for generations.” NOCC also believes ovarian cancer is more than a woman’s disease™. According to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 22,280 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2012. An estimated 15,500 women will die from ovarian cancer. It ranks fifth amongst cancer deaths in women and is the most deadly of all the gynecological cancers. Unfortunately, most cases are diagnosed in their later stages when the prognosis is poor. However, if diagnosed and treated early, when the cancer is confined to the ovary, the five-year survival rate is over 90 percent. That is why it is imperative that the early signs and symptoms of the disease are recognized, not only by women, but also by their families and the medical community. There is currently no early detection test for ovarian cancer. Pap tests do not detect ovarian cancer. Until there is a test, the key to early diagnosis is awareness. And the key to awareness is understanding the subtle symptoms of ovarian cancer and urging women to take early action and live. The Run/Walk to Break the Silence on Ovarian Cancer™ is the largest fundraiser and awareness event for the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition. Organized by the local Chapter and volunteers, this event celebrates survivors, remembers those lost to ovarian cancer and increases awareness. The National Ovarian Cancer Coalition is the largest and oldest ovarian cancer awareness and education organization in the United States. Since its inception in 1995, the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition (NOCC) has been committed to raising awareness of ovarian cancer in communities across the country and to providing education, support and hope for women with ovarian cancer and for their families. Registration for the Dallas/Fort Worth Chapter’s Run/Walk to Break the Silence on Ovarian Cancer™, is available at nocc.kintera.org/dallasfortworthtx.

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