Wheel To Survive: Raising Money And Awareness for Ovarian Cancer

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It’s a workout that will make your head spin.

“I like it, but you have to wear the shorts,” said Julie Shrell.

No doubt you'll sweat in this class, but this isn't a story about working out.

“I was diagnosed November 3rd of 1998,” said Lynn Lentcher co-founder of Be the Difference.

Julie Shrell, who is also one of the co-founders said, “I was diagnosed in 2010”

We’re talking ovarian cancer, and it’s called  the silent killer because symptoms are often mistaken for other things. Although it only makes up 3% of all cancers, it causes more deaths than any other cancer of the female reproductive system, because women aren't diagnosed until stage 3 or 4.

“They’re studying things constantly and they are coming up with new things, but we still have about a 20% survival rate.” said Liz Vilmar

Vilmar says the lack of awareness and research on this deadly disease was more shocking than the diagnosis.

“I had the approach of we are not going to be upset about this right now. We’re going to do what we need to do next.” So Vilmar is going to ride to help get the word out by joining the nonprofit group "Be the Difference," at its Wheels to Survive event Sunday.

Even Cowboys Hall of Famer Roger Staubach will be riding to support the cause. The founder of the group, Helen Gardner was a close family friend who lost her battle this summer.

“I ride for those future Mothers and daughters, and the husbands that are supporting us, I mean it's not just women who are affected by this the whole entire families are.” Vilmar said.

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