My passion for creating awareness of ovarian cancer comes from my mom. She was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in January 2016. She fought like a champion for the next 22 months until she passed in November 2017. She fought for all of us and now it is our turn to continue to fight for her.
I am supporting the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition’s mission to spread awareness and understanding of early signs and symptoms so that every woman gets the chance for a fair fight. My mom didn’t know she had anything to fight until it was already too late. But, despite the head start that the cancer had, she never backed down. I wish I could bottle her strength and share it with every woman facing the same challenge, but in the meantime, I will do all that I can to support the mission of the NOCC.
It has been five years since my last half marathon and I would be lying if I said I was especially eager to sign up for another one. But, with a gentle nudge from Liz, I signed up for the Marine Corps Half Marathon. Not only is my brother a marine, but the race is being held on May 20, 2018 – what would have been my mom’s 61st birthday. I have never run for charity before, but this time was different. Ovarian cancer took from me the most important person in my life and gave me something to run for.
I decided first to set my fundraising goal as $1,000. I sent an email to close friends and family asking for their support. Fast forward two months and countless “shares” later, and we have raised over $6,000 for the NOCC.
To call this an effort would be misleading. One of my mom’s famous “wise words of wisdom” was to always remember – memories are worth a fortune. It is the fond memories of her held by so many that have made this fundraising such a success. My mom was one of nine and she blessed my dad, my brother and me with the MOST incredible family and support team without which, none of this would have been possible. I would also like to thank the NOCC for sharing my mom’s story – she would have hated the attention! – but no one deserves to be honored more than she does.
About the NOCC:
The mission of the NOCC is to save lives by fighting tirelessly to prevent and cure ovarian cancer and to improve the quality of life for Survivors.
More than 22,000 women in the United States are diagnosed with ovarian cancer each year, and over 14,000 women die from the disease. Unfortunately, most cases are diagnosed in later stages, when the prognosis is poor. However, if diagnosed and treated early, when the cancer is confined to the ovary, the five-year survival rate is over 90 percent. That is why it is imperative that the early signs and symptoms of the disease are recognized, not only by women, but by their families and the healthcare community.
Through national programs and local NOCC chapter initiatives, the NOCC's goal is to educate communities and increase awareness about the symptoms of ovarian cancer. The NOCC also provides information to assist newly-diagnosed patients, hope to Survivors, and support to caregivers. The NOCC is also committed to the advancement of ovarian cancer research.