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Jeff and Bonny Spears. The fundraiser held at Newk’s will help others fighting ovarian cancer.

On Friday, the Cherokee County community will get to celebrate the life of one of its own, and raise important awareness about ovarian cancer at Newk’s Canton Marketplace from 4-8 p.m.

Newk’s franchise owner Jeffrey Crowder has agreed to host the fundraiser that will donate 20 percent of the receipts to the Georgia Ovarian Cancer Alliance as part of a funding drive by local survivor Bonny Spears.

“What you might not realize is that the co-founder of Newk’s, Lori Holcomb, recently lost her six-year battle to ovarian cancer. She started the Newk’s Cares initiative to increase awareness and research ovarian cancer.

Through her work and other advocates everywhere I am standing here today,” Spears said.

"Newk's as a company is committed to supporting ovarian cancer research and awareness on a national level, we would like to bring that to the local community as well," Crowder added.

Spears, her family and friends, also known as the Triumphantly Teal team, are raising money through the sale of T-shirts, and special fundraisers leading up to the Georgia Ovarian Cancer Alliance Teal Trot 5K Walk/Run set for Sept. 14 at Chastain Park in Atlanta this year.

“I am considered an ovarian cancer survivor, and given this incredible blessing I feel like I need to give back to other in hopes of somehow increasing the awareness of the prevalence of ovarian cancer. At this time there is no medical test nor is there a perfect cure but early detection is the key to life for someone diagnosed with ovarian cancer,” Spears said.

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