Walk targets women’s gynecologic cancers

NEW HAVEN >> The fifth annual Discovery to Cure Beverly Levy Walk will be held Sept. 17 at the Payne Whitney Gym, 70 Tower Parkway.

There will be speakers, music and dance. WTNH News 8’s Renee Chmiel will be the walk host.

Registration, $30, begins 10 a.m. at the gym. the route goes through part of the Yale Old Campus.

Discovery to Cure was launched in 2003 to provide women with new methods for the prevention, early detection and treatment of gynecologic cancers. Funds raised through last year’s event enabled Discovery to Cure to provide research grants to Yale School of Medicine laboratories doing research.

The event honors founder Beverly Levy, 63, a local woman who was fighting ovarian cancer when she launched the walk through Yale’s campus in 2013. She died in 2014.

She organized it while she was undergoing chemotherapy treatment. In the first walk, Levy and volunteers raised $150,000 for gynecological cancer research, and 700 people participated.

“Though she was very ill, my mother poured her heart and soul into this walk because she wanted to find a cure, which would lead to so many future lives saved,” said her daughter, Perri Levy. “My mom is my hero and she continues to lead us by her unwavering desire to find a cure. We will ensure her legacy of love and selflessness lives on.”

For more information about Discovery, contact Ruth Ann Ornstein at 203-901-0964 or ruthann.ornstein@yale.edu.