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2015 IRONMAN BOULDER

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BENEFITING: Ovarian Cancer Research Fund

ORGANIZER: THE IRONMAN FOUNDATION

EVENT: YOUR JOURNEY, YOUR CAUSE

Jamie Twedt

THE STORY:

Ironman & Ovarian Cancer Fundraiser take two..........I chose the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund again in honor of my sister and her winning battle against the disease.  We all hear plenty about Breast Cancer but not as much as we should about Ovarian Cancer.  I want to help change awareness on Ovarian Cancer as it is the silent cancer and hard to detect it.

I've started it by making a $500 donation and Pulte Mortgage who I work for matches my donation so we have already raised $1,000.

My journey to help find a cure and raise funds for research started when my sister was diagnosed for the second time in March 2013.  During 2013, I had just started doing triathlons and decided I loved them so much I wanted to go big or go home so I signed up for my first Ironman in 2014 and knew they did fundraising so it was a win-win.  I got to become an Ironman, with only 35 seconds to spare thanks to wonderful Ironman Guardian Angel named Nikki Ward, and raised over $13,000.  Really hoping I finish in under 15 hours in 2015 versus trying to use all 17 hours.......Although I wouldn't trade the race I had in 2014 for the world as it for sure and always will be an experience of a lifetime getting the midnight finishers chute experience plus I was able to locate my very special angel after the race so I have an amazing story to go with my first Ironman.  I was very happy that both my sister and mom were at my race in person to cheer me on all the way up until 11:45PM when I finally crossed the finish line and heard Mike Reilly say "Jamie Twedt, you are an Ironman"  I savored my medal for about 10-15 minutes and placed it around my sisters neck as she is the one winning the biggest race in life with kicking cancers butt!!!!!

I don't claim to always understand life but getting cancer once is enough and it is tough watching her having to fight it all over again.  It took them a very long time to discover she had Ovarian Cancer the first time in January 2011.  She had not felt well for some time but they couldn't figure out why.  It was finally discovered when they had to do emergency surgery on her as the tumor was causing blockage to her colon and her colon burst.  The 6 months leading up to that she had a backache that she couldn't get rid of with massages or going to the chiropractor.  The month she had her emergency surgery she thought she had a bad case of flu that she couldn't shake.

So without her colon bursting who knows how much longer it would have been before the Ovarian Cancer was discovered.  Like they say, Ovarian Cancer is the silent cancer, you have to listen to your body.

My second Ironman race is also dedicated to my sister who will receive my medals again this year for both my half Ironman and full Ironman to go with the 2014 medals that she already has.  She is my hero for not only winning the battle but for how she handles it with such a positive attitude.  She is my daily inspiration and when I'm having tough training days all I need to do is think about Dawn.  She can't stop her battle so I can't stop when I'm having a bad or tough training day.

I of course would love to raise as much money as I did with my 2014 Ironman Boulder fundraiser to help find a cure.  Please help me reach my goal and thank you in advance for your donation.

I also ask that everyone take time and educate yourself not only about Ovarian Cancer but your family history.  Like my sister says "Knowledge is Power"  It took me a long time to get my head wrapped around that as my family has a history of both breast and ovarian cancer.  Both my mother and sister tested positive for the BRCA1 gene shortly after my sister got diagnosed in 2011.  They asked me so many times to take my test but it took me watching my sister start her fight again in for the second time to finally take the test.  I also carry the BRCA1 mutated cancer gene.  I have used and am using that knowledge to my advantage.  In January of 2014 I had a full hysterectomy to greatly reduce my chances of getting Ovarian Cancer.  In November, I will have a double mastectomy and next year complete the reconstruction surgery.  This will also greatly reduce my odds of getting Breast Cancer.  Since I carry the gene my boys also have a 50/50 chance that I've passed this gene to them.  I hope to get them to also take the genetic testing to see if they carry the BRCA1 gene so the have the knowledge.

If I can help one person understand the importance of taking the genetic testing I will have accomplished my mission.  I was lucky enough last year to have influenced at last 3 women that I'm aware of to take the test.  My insurance is wonderful, with completing the test and knowing I carry the gene, it covers my surgeries.  I of course can't say if everyones insurance would do this but that made it a no brainer for me to plan all of my proactive surgeries.

Before you go, the below are some signs of Ovarian Cancer:

Please learn the signs which are:

1) Bloating

2) Pelvic or abdominal Pain

3) Trouble eating or feeling full quickly

4)  Urgent or frequent urination

$9,490

MONEY RAISED
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  • becky dan sabina

    $50

  • Mary & Larry Crane

    $25

  • Kim Wilson

     

  • Adriana Giorgetti

    $20

  • Scott & Karin Larson

    $25

  • Judy Graham-Garcia

    $25

  • Dave Hirsh

    $50

  • Muchow Family

    $25

  • Aaron and Merrideth

    $55

  • Kristen Kruse

    $25

  • Alex Skibitskii

    $25

  • Becky & Jack Selby

    $50

  • Wendi Dailey

    $25

  • Kris Swanson

    $50

  • Becca Barr

    $25

  • Larry and Ann (Gordon) Narum

    $50

  • Carmen Feterl Bradbury

    $50

  • Diane Weber Babcock

    $30

  • Nate Cape

    $50.09

  • Nate Cape

    $10

  • Mike & Sheri Hofer

    $30

  • Jean & Donna Nicolson

    $30

  • Mary Johnson

    $50

  • Nadine Howard

    $50

  • Lisa Strand Neugebauer

    $30

  • Emily Hohn

    $50

  • Micki Feterl McCurry

    $15

  • Holly Fortier

    $30

  • Deb Toomey

    $30

  • Gretchen Munger

    $30

  • Heidi Munger Mendenhall

    $15

  • Gayle Klein

    $15

  • Connie Henson Fergen

    $15

  • Anne G Smith

    $50

  • Kelly Anderson Bottum

    $30

  • Jody Odegaard Smith

    $15

  • Roxane Sebesta Zimmer

    $30

  • Michelle Timmerman

    $30

  • Audra Sparks

    $30

  • Anne Daily

    $15

  • Scott Morgan

    $15

  • Joyce Feterl

    $15

  • Linda Feterl

    $15

  • Kristin Chenoweth Vilhauer

    $15

  • Stacy Lulewicz Buckley

    $30

  • Dawn Bures

    $30

  • Jane Butterfield

    $25

  • Kristie Wilson Hohn

    $30

  • Sandra Twedt

    $50

  • Dawn Twedt

    $50

  • Carroll Twedt

    $50

  • Ed Harvey

    $50

  • Angela Bronson

    $25

  • Cindy Hinson

    $25

  • Paula Poynter

    $50

  • Jessica Wall

    $50

  • Sarah Tully

    $100

  • Jessica Mayorga

    $50

  • Linda Sander

    $25

  • Jane Thompson

     

  • Yvette Jackson

    $25

  • Sheli Engelby

    $50

  • Paul Harris

    $25

  • Holly Iverson

    $100

  • Erin Boeding

    $25

  • Lori Goetz

    $50

  • Jenni Keith

    $50

  • Erica Warren

    $50

  • kristi Covalciuc

    $100

  • Robin Schaff

    $20

  • Kathy & Rick Cohen

    $100

  • Rebecca

    $25

  • Veronica Leto

    $50

  • Becki

    $40

  • Jim Halferty

    $25

  • Kerri Schram

    $30

  • Kim Federspiel

    $50

  • Richard Stanford

    $50

  • Anonymous

     

  • Diane Beedle

    $25

  • Anonymous

     

  • Milo & Rhonda Fritts

    $25

  • Zachary McMahan

    $25

  • Pulte Matching - Jamie Twedt

    $1,075

  • Paul Moritz

    $100

  • Chris Lund

    $25

  • Sue Schaedle

    $25

  • Laura Ferenc

    $25

  • Toni Mahr

    $100

  • Isaac King

    $25

  • Elijah King

    $25

  • Debbie Minaga

    $25

  • Brian and Chris Wrabetz

    $25

  • Debra Oster

    $50

  • Laura Ferenc

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $400

  • Pulte Matching - Jamie Twedt

    $100

  • Pulte Matching - Cindy Hinson

    $25

  • Pulte Matching - Jessica Mayorga

    $50

  • Pulte Matching - Paula Poynter

    $50

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68% Raised of $13,928 Goal

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The Team: $27,230 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Fundraiser Title

Jamie Twedt

Amount Raised

$9,490

 

68% Raised of $13,928 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Ross Graham

Amount Raised

$5,205

 

174% Raised of $3,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Tracy Wolf

Amount Raised

$5,125

 

57% Raised of $9,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Cade Ogilvie

Amount Raised

$2,600

Fundraiser Title

Allison Rydberg

Amount Raised

$1,515

 

117% Raised of $1,300 Goal

Fundraiser Title

David Wilson

Amount Raised

$1,325

 

94% Raised of $1,406 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Jeremy Klammer

Amount Raised

$1,247

 

59% Raised of $2,128 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Patrick Davis

Amount Raised

$453

Donor Comments

Pulte Matching - Paula Poynter

Pulte Matching - Paula Poynter

DONATION: $50

3 years ago

Pulte Matching - Jessica Mayorga

Pulte Matching - Jessica Mayorga

DONATION: $50

3 years ago

Pulte Matching - Cindy Hinson

Pulte Matching - Cindy Hinson

DONATION: $25

3 years ago

Pulte Matching - Jamie Twedt

Pulte Matching - Jamie Twedt

DONATION: $100

3 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $400

3 years ago

Laura Ferenc

Laura Ferenc

DONATION: $100

Congratulations, Jamie, on an awesome race! In Memory of my sister Stacy and in Honor of those fighting the battle against ovarian cancer. Bless you for your incredible efforts on behalf of OCRF! I saw you at the finish line and you were looking strong. Way to go! 3 years ago

Debra Oster

Debra Oster

DONATION: $50

3 years ago

Brian and Chris Wrabetz

Brian and Chris Wrabetz

DONATION: $25

3 years ago

Debbie Minaga

Debbie Minaga

DONATION: $25

3 years ago

Elijah King

Elijah King

DONATION: $25

3 years ago