Saturday, September 9, 2006
Ovarian cancer has claimed the mother and two sisters of Natick resident Patty Franchi Flaherty. Patty herself is a seven-year survivor of the devastating disease that kills an estimated 16,000 American women every year.
But Patty wanted to do something to help stop the suffering of so many women and their families. In honor of her late mother, Madeline Franchi, Patty founded
September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, and Patty and her supporters will be walking in Dana-Farber's Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk on Sept. 17, hoping to raise $50,000 to further their cause.
-- Erica Noonan