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Dodge City to host fundraiser for ovarian cancer

By APRILL BRANDON
Aug. 20, 2009 at 3:20 a.m.


IF YOU GO:

WHAT: The Party for a Purpose benefiting the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition

WHEN: 9 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Dodge City Nightclub in Victoria.

COST: Admission is $10.

FOR MORE INFO: www.PurposeParty09.com.

It's never easy to watch someone go through treatments for ovarian cancer. One company, however, is being proactive about the issue.

CoNation Media, a smaller company underneath the umbrella of larger Texas company CoNation Films, is holding an event fundraiser Saturday at Dodge City Nightclub to help raise funds and awareness for the disease.

CoNation Films was in the Victoria area earlier this year shooting the feature film "The Eves." After production wrapped in late May, a good friend of one of the company's employees had her ovarian cancer return after being in remission. As such, the film's producers decided to do something.

"This is the first time we've done something like this," Caleb McDermott said. "We thought we should do something since we knew people who have suffered from ovarian cancer. It's all for a good cause."

McDermott, along with fellow Texas movie producers Christian Sosa and JeJuan Guillory, worked with Michelle Scott, the owner of Dodge City, to create the event, Sosa said.

"What we found is that this was a cause that most people knew or had a family member that has or has passed away from ovarian cancer, and like other cancer events you usually hear about, this one would be a little different," Sosa added.

The event will be hosted by reality show stars Corrie Loftin from "Paris Hilton's My New BFF" and Meghan Allen from "Fear Factor" and "Momma's Boys." In addition, live music will be performed all evening, McDermott said.

The entry fee is $10 per person, which will be donated to the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition.

Ovarian cancer is the eighth most common cancer among women, according to the American Cancer Society. Almost 70 percent of women with ovarian cancer are not diagnosed until the disease is advanced, making it the most deadly of all cancers of the female reproductive system, according to the coalition.

"We hope to get the word out to the youth to know that this may be something that most young women don't usually think about but should be aware that early detection is the best way to fight against cancer," Sosa said.

For more information about the event, go to www.PurposeParty09.com.

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