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Remembering a bright light, shining light on ovarian cancer awareness

by Mary Ruth last modified Nov 08, 2012 03:52 PM
When Emily Bright was diagnosed with ovarian cancer at the age of 23, she decided to get off the couch and started running. Never much of an athlete before, she eventually built up the strength to run not one, but two, half marathons!

That is one reason why when Beth Anne Wilkie, a longtime friend of Emily’s, asked, “Why don’t we do a 5k in memory of Emily for ovarian cancer research and awareness?” it seemed like a bright idea. And, that's exactly what they did.

The second annual Bright Night 5K was held in Greenville, NC on May 21, 2011 to raise awareness about ovarian cancer and to honor and remember Emily Bright. The only twilight run in Greenville, the race had over 500 participants this year!

One refrain from Emily during her fight against ovarian cancer was, “I wish there was more creative and innovative research going on for ovarian cancer.”  That's why race organizers Kerri Bright Flinchbaugh, Bethann Wilkie and Phil Adams donate funds raised to UNC Lineberger's gynecologic oncology program - they are lighting the way for bright ideas.