About the Walk
The Ovarian Cancer Canada Walk of Hope is the largest and most powerful event of its kind in the country. It is the only walk in Canada to direct all attention and fundraising towards helping women with ovarian cancer live fuller, better and longer lives.
Held annually during Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month in September, this family-friendly event raises vital funds to provide support, raise awareness and fund much-needed research into prevention, improved treatments and ultimately, a cure.
Walk because the women in your life are important to you. Walk for those who have been touched by ovarian cancer and for those who need to know more about the disease.
This event rallies communities across the country and encourages people who have been affected by the disease to stand together in raising funds and awareness. All proceeds support Ovarian Cancer Canada, the only national charity dedicated to overcoming this disease.
To date, the Walk has raised over $30 million for life-changing programs and initiatives.
What Your Money Supports
These are some of the initiatives powered by the Ovarian Cancer Canada Walk of Hope:
Support for women and families living with the disease
- OVdialogue - an online community where women in Canada living with ovarian cancer can connect for advice and encouragement. Launched at the Walk in 2017, this online community was built with guidance from women who have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer, as well as leading experts. For many women, the Walk represents the first time they come face to face with others living with the disease. OVdialogue offers continuous opportunities to extend these relationships and build new ones throughout the year. Now every woman with this disease – even in the most remote regions of Canada – can stay in touch with women who have been through the same experience.
- By Your Side – a guide for women who are newly diagnosed with ovarian cancer.
- Still By Your Side - a guide for women who are facing a recurrence of ovarian cancer.
- Expert-led symposia and webinars - on specialized topics to connect and inform the community.
- One-on-one support and information - provided directly to women and their families.
Advocacy and Research
Research is the only way to change the course of ovarian cancer for good. In fact, Ovarian Cancer Canada has contributed $6 million to research in Canada. This investment is focused on building capacity through initiatives such as a dedicated Chair in Ovarian Cancer Research who continues to promote the study of this disease and the Ovarian Cancer Canada Tissue Banking Network, which makes biological samples and data available to scientists and physicians here at home and internationally. Because of these investments, the Canadian scientific community focused on ovarian cancer is regarded as among one of the most engaged and collaborative in the world.
While research is teaching us more and more about ovarian cancer and how to support and treat women affected, research for this disease has been chronically underfunded in Canada for the past 50 years. This is why Ovarian Cancer Canada has been advocating nationally and regionally for greater government investment in research funding and improved access to urgently needed treatments. A great deal of what we know about ovarian cancer stems from Canadian researchers. But there is much left to learn. Your support of Ovarian Cancer Canada means we can continue to advocate for vital research investments while supporting women living with, or at risk of, this disease.
Rooted in the community
The Ovarian Cancer Canada Walk of Hope was founded by Peggy Truscott in 2002. Peggy wanted to create a place where women and families living with ovarian cancer could connect with one another, surrounded by a community of support. With truckloads of sunflowers and her loved ones in tow, Peggy started a movement. To read her story, click here.
Ready to walk and raise funds to help save lives?
To participate, register as an individual, start a team, or join one.
Set up your fundraising page with a goal and invite your friends and family to join you. The funds you raise can be gathered online, sent in by mail or details on drop off points will be announced.