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      Local couple fights back after daughter loses cancer battle

      As owners of 5 Grand Blanc and Holly McDonald??s restaurants, Kirk and Marie Heath have seen great success. But their world stopped in its tracks when their daughter Wendy died.

      42-year-old Wendy Heath Heiser died of ovarian cancer in 2012.

      If you haven??t heard much about ovarian cancer, you??re not alone. The Heaths have set out to change that.

      The inaugural Teal Track and Trail 5K run/walk will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday, June 20 at Grand Blanc High School East Campus, as a tribute to Wendy. All proceeds from the event will go toward the Michigan Ovarian Cancer Alliance, which promotes saving women??s lives through the early detection of ovarian cancer and improved treatment outcomes.

      ??The event??s main focus is to raise awareness about ovarian cancer, its symptoms and support women who fight every day,?? said Marie Heath. ??Wendy was diagnosed in March, 2004 and fought ovarian cancer for more than eight years. We want to honor not only Wendy??s strength and courage, but all women who battle this deadly disease on a daily basis. We hope to ??Turn the Trail Teal?? in honor of these women??

      Every year more than 20,000 women are diagnosed with Ovarian cancer and more than 14,000 women lose the battle each year. Widely recognized as the disease that ??whispers,?? due to lack of reliable methods of detection, less than 25 percent of women with Ovarian cancer are diagnosed at an early stage.

      For more information about the event go to www.tealtrackandtrail.weebly.com or to register for the race go to the Grand Blanc Parks and Recreation website at www.gbparks.com. For more information about ovarian cancer, go to www.mioca.org.