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Eau Claire native impacted by ovarian cancer brings MN tradition back home

Eau Claire (WQOW)- The Phoenix Park Bridge lights will turn teal Friday.

September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, and Eau Claire native Becky Lechner is bringing a Minnesota tradition to Wisconsin.

Lechner said the Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance lights up several buildings in Minnesota to mark the month on September 1, and this year the Phoenix Park Bridge will also be decked out in teal.

The bridge was also teal for Sexual Assault Awareness month in April.

Lechner said ovarian cancer awareness is close to her heart.

“Personally I am impacted by the disease, my mom was an Eau Claire native and she passed away from ovarian cancer about nine years ago,” Lechner said. “The problem with ovarian cancer is there are no tests, so often it is diagnosed at a later stage when it is less treatable, and that’s why we do a lot to raise awareness about the symptoms.”

Those symptoms include bloating, pelvic or abdominal pain, and feeling full quickly when eating.

Lechner hopes this will bring awareness to this cancer because one-in-72 women are diagnosed with it.

Shannon Satterlee

Shannon Satterlee joined News 18 in February 2018 as a Multi-Media Journalist.

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