BENEFITING: Michigan Ovarian Cancer Alliance
ORGANIZER: THE IRONMAN FOUNDATION
RACING IN MEMORY OF MY MOTHER
On September 7, 2014, I will race Ironman Wisconsin. This renowned event is a long-distance triathlon comprised of a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bike ride, and ending with a 26.2 mile marathon run. I am training hard and I look forward to achieving the very meaningful accomplishment of competing in this race in September.
Much of my motivation to train for, and participate in, this type of event, comes naturally. I get myself excited just thinking about it. I wanted to add a more significant layer of purpose behind my involvement in Ironman Wisconsin so I decided to raise money for the Michigan Ovarian Cancer Alliance (“MIOCA”). This charitable organization is very important to me because, as many of you know, I lost my mother, Ava, in November of 2007, due to complications from ovarian cancer. Those of you who knew her, knew she was a strong and vibrant woman who loved her family very much. She was my greatest cheerleader in all that I did. She looked forward to watching me compete in tennis matches and all of my other sporting events over the years. I miss her a great deal and think of her daily. It will be an incredible honor for me to race Ironman Wisconsin in her memory.
One of the greatest challenges we faced as a family was dealing with my mother’s late-stage diagnosis. Her cancer had progressed substantially before we even knew she was sick. I believe this prevented her from ever having an opportunity to get ahead, and stay ahead, of this brutal disease. Sadly, this is a common problem among families struggling with ovarian cancer. Due to the lack of an early detection test, less than 15% of ovarian cancer is diagnosed early, when survival rates are over 90%. Unfortunately, the vast majority are diagnosed late stage when the chance of surviving 5 years drops to only 25%.
Because overall survival rates for this cancer have barely improved since the “War on Cancer” was declared over 40 years ago, increased awareness and advocacy are critical. MIOCA advocates on the state and federal level for early detection and improved treatment outcomes. As the only statewide organization devoted to ovarian cancer, MIOCA also provides resources and support for those affected by the disease, as well as educational programs designed to help healthcare professionals diagnose ovarian cancer earlier.
Thank you in advance for your support of this worthwhile cause. Please consider making a tax deductible donation if you are able to do so and spread the word about this fundraising effort so we can effectively raise money to combat ovarian cancer, a disease which impacts so many of our friends and families.