Tonawanda News — KENMORE — Ann Vacanti died of ovarian cancer in 2011 — but her life is still making a difference today.
In memory of Vacanti, the proceeds from Saturday’s Mustache March 5K — sponsored by Sheridan Medical Group, PT Mog and others and presented by the Kenmore Village Improvement Society — will go to the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition, Roswell Park and Gilda’s Club, said Melissa Foster, KVIS president.
“She was a longtime Kenmore fixture,” Foster said of Vacanti. “When you’d go into Hofert Jewelers, there she’d be.
“It made us more aware of ovarian cancer, which is often called a silent killer, because the symptoms can often be other things.”
This isn’t the first time the group has focused on raising money in Vacanti’s honor. In 2012, members turned the entire village teal (the color of ovarian cancer awareness) with banners, bows, flags and flowers and partnered with Hofert Jewelers (where Vacanti was employed) in the effort.
“Together, we raised $1,500, which went to Roswell and Gilda’s Club for ovarian cancer research and care,” Foster said. “We were so heartened by that, we said ‘What else can we do? Why don’t we take it further and see if we can bring even more attention to this?’”
The Mustache March 5K, which kicks off at 10 a.m. Saturday, was named in an attempt to capitalize on the mustache craze at the suggestion of younger KVIS members, she said.
“We decided to name it something a little bit more fun. This will be a fun race,” Foster said. “Even if you don’t get the whole mustache craze, if it’s a Mustache March 5K, it’s probably going to be fun.”
The race will begin at Mang Park, Wilbur and Mang avenues in Kenmore. The entry fee is $20 in advance or $25 the day of the race, and entry forms can be found at www.mustachemarch5k.com.