BENEFITING: Michigan Ovarian Cancer Alliance
ORGANIZER: THE IRONMAN FOUNDATION
EVENT: YOUR JOURNEY, YOUR CAUSE
RACING TO PROMOTE AWARENESS OF SYMPTOMS AND EARLY DETECTION OF OVARIAN CANCER IN MEMORY OF MY MOTHER
I am very excited to race Ironman Muskoka in Ontario on August 30, 2015. An Ironman race is comprised of a 2.4 mile swim, immediately followed by a 112 mile bike ride, immediately followed by a 26.2 mile marathon run. I am racing in memory of my mother, Ava, who passed away in November of 2007 due to complications from ovarian cancer. As I test my own level of fitness and tenacity, I am thrilled to be fundraising for a special organization very close to my heart, the Michigan Ovarian Cancer Alliance (“MIOCA”). MIOCA is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization (solely volunteer based) and I sit on the Board of Directors. MIOCA provides resources and support to ovarian cancer survivors and their families, advocates at the federal and state levels, educates the public, raises awareness of the disease, and funds innovative ovarian cancer research in Michigan.
As you may remember, I raised money for this organization last year during my Ironman Wisconsin journey. Because of you, my close friends and family, I am proud of the fact that we were able to raise nearly $12,000 last year. I am inspired by my mother and by others who have had to fight this dreadful disease and I am excited for the opportunity to make my Ironman journey in 2015 as meaningful as possible by, once again, racing for this very important cause.
Ovarian cancer is the most lethal gynecologic cancer. In the United States this year approximately 22,000 women will be diagnosed with the disease and approximately 15,000 will die from it. Because there is no early detection test or routine screening, only 15% of ovarian cancer is diagnosed in the early stages when chances of a positive outcome are high. Further, approximately 80% of women with ovarian cancer will have a recurrence of the disease. The five year survival rate for late stage ovarian cancer is only 25%. There are symptoms associated with ovarian cancer but they are not commonly known and, therefore, the need for awareness, education, effective screening and treatment are critical.
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 that impacts so many of our friends and families.