KNOXVILLE — The seventh annual Nana Jana Fun Run, a 5K event to raise money to fight ovarian cancer, will be held at 8 a.m. Sept 23 at 2044 Highway 14, five miles south of Knoxville.

Dan Dennison lost his wife, Jana, to the disease seven years ago. He and his family have raised awareness and money ever since.

“It’s a fun run named after my wife,” Dennison said. “Her grandkids called her Nana so they named the run ‘Nana Jana. The idea of it was to bring awareness of ovarian cancer. When Jana received her diagnosis for ovarian cancer, it was too late,” Dennison said.

The only real cure for ovarian cancer is early detection. Very few survive if it is not detected early on, Dennison said. He hopes the run will open up conversation among women on the importance of getting tested for ovarian cancer. Dennison usually invites a guest speaker who knows someone who has battled ovarian cancer to speak before the run starts.

Runners will wind through timber, through a creek and over fences and hay bales. Dennison said he and his children do most of the work to put on the event, with help from sponsors.

“We raise about $7,000 a year, and all profits go to the Ovarian Cancer Coalition for research,” he said.

The Lions Club provides food after the event.

Pre-registration ends Sept. 13. For more information on how to register, call (641) 842-2829 or email

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