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Purses, Pies and Pinot aims to awareness of ovarian cancer

September is Ovarian Cancer Month
Teal ribbon awareness to support Ovarian cancer. Stock image

Ovarian cancer is the most fatal women’s cancer, yet it is often overlooked and under-diagnosed. Symptoms are vague, so most women are diagnosed in late stages when 70 per cent will not survive five years. Approximately one in four Canadian women still believe that a Pap test screens for ovarian cancer; it does not. A Pap test screens for cervical cancer.

“The Zonta Club of Sault Ste. Marie Area has set a goal to raise awareness of ovarian cancer in our community. Everyone knows what pink ribbons are for. We want to ensure that people in our community recognize what the teal ribbons represent but also become more aware of possible signs of potential ovarian cancer and advocate for themselves with their family physicians,” states Sharon Kirkpatrick, president of the Zonta Club of Sault Ste. Marie Area. “We will start off Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month by posting signs and tying teal ribbons on Queen Street from Pilgrim to Dennis Street.”

Throughout September there will be displays and information opportunities throughout the community, including the women’s clothing stores, health clubs, spas and various workplaces.

National Wear Teal Day is on Friday, Sept. 6 and people are encouraged to wear teal, take a photo and share it with your friends and family on social media.

The culmination of activities will be the Zonta fundraiser, Purses, Pies and Pinot, on Wednesday, Sept. 25 at the Grand Gardens North where a portion of the proceeds will go to Ovarian Cancer Canada, the only national charity dedicated to overcoming the most fatal women’s cancer.

The Zonta Club also offers free one-hour presentations called Knowledge is Power to local organizations and clubs which want to educate their members about the possible signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer. Organizations interested in accessing this can email their request to

About Zonta

Zonta is a global service organization of members working together to advance the status of women worldwide through service and advocacy. The Zonta Club of Sault Ste. Marie Area has been active in the community for 41 years. The club supports a number of local service projects including scholarships at local high schools as well as Sault College and Algoma University, Sexual Assault Care Centre, Breton House, Women in Crisis, Breast Cancer Comfort pillows and Days for Girls hygiene kits.