I am going to run to STOP ovarian cancer
It is hard to believe that it has been over 12 years since my boyfriend (now husband) who had a broken hip told me he was going to do a 5k on crutches because he wanted to support me as I was going through ovarian cancer treatments. That was in 2005. I remember him showing me the newspaper article about the event, we were sitting in his kitchen on Moyamensing Avenue and my vision went blurry immediately and drops of tears wet the paper. A few weeks later I stood by the sidelines in an orange hoodie on a rainy morning and cheered as Mark crutched across the finishline and my mom walked.
On and off throughout the years my friends and family have joined me in this event. Robin Cohen, the co-founder and CEO of The Sandy Rollman Foundation is one of my heros and I'm lucky to call her my friend.
In the past 12 years I've gotten to know so many people who have been touched by ovarian cancer and sadly too many of them are no longer here. While organizations like SROCF mad a lot of progress on raising awareness and funding for ovarian cancer research, more needs to be done. Too many women are dying. Too many of us are losing women we love.
I dedicate this run to my dear friends Michelle Aris, Carey Fitzmaurice, and Sean Patrick. Also in my heart will be Esther Windmueller, Katerie Leckerman, Linda Uliona, Joyce Perry, Sheila Wright, Gemma, Marita, Jayne Armstrong, Brenda Price, Susan Garlow, Maggie Luck, Dara, Karen Adams, and of course, Wendy Heacock. And I'm inspired by survivors and/or advocates Carmen, Sheila, Nora, Tracey, Susan, Freda, Kathleen, Seana, Shannon, Robin, and Adrianna. <3 <3 <3
Please know the symptoms of ovarian cancer. Early diagnosis really helps the chances for long term survival. http://www.sandyovarian.org/about-ovarian-cancer/
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