Hundreds participate in Kaleidoscope of Hope ovarian cancer walk

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Lynn Franklin, President of the Kaleidoscope of Hope Ovarian Cancer Foundation and Lynn Stahl, Vice President were on the Bradley Beach promenade on Saturday morning for the second annual Valerie O'Rourke Foley Bradley Beach walk. ALISSA DELEO / THE COAST STAR

BRADLEY BEACH — September is Ovarian Cancer awareness month, and on Saturday over 500 people walked to raise awareness for the disease. 

A crowd of walkers wearing purple and teal t-shirts gathered on Ocean and Fifth Avenue at 9 a.m. where an opening ceremony was held prior to the beginning of the Valerie O’Rourke Foley Bradley Beach walk.

Walkers had the opportunity to choose either a one, three or five mile walk. The five mile walk route led walkers through Bradley Beach into Avon By The Sea across the Ocean Avenue bridge into Belmar and back to the finish line on the promenade at Ocean and Fifth Avenue. 

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Each year, Kaleidoscope of Hope Ovarian Cancer Foundation (KOH) holds walks to raise money and spread awareness about ovarian cancer in New Jersey. The foundation’s three annual walks take place in Morristown, Lyndhurst and in Bradley Beach. Last year the walks were held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This year was the second year of the Bradley Beach walk. 

Lynn Franklin, President of the Kaleidoscope of Hope Ovarian Cancer Foundation, told The Coast Star, “Kaleidoscope of Hope Ovarian Cancer Foundation was started in the year 2000 by three ovarian cancer survivors because there was not a lot of information out there about ovarian cancer, so we have a two fold mission one to raise money which we donate to research in relation to ovarian cancer and then we also do activities to bring awareness to the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer. 

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