On May 1 in Pittsburgh, I will put on my running shoes and run in honor and memory of all those who have heard the words..."You have Cancer".
Ovarian Cancer is one of the most difficult cancers to detect. So many patients do not find out they have Ovarian Cancer until it is Stage 4. Ovarian Cancer patients live on average 5 years or less. Currently there is no test to detect Ovarian Cancer in its early stage. It is important to develop a Test for Early Detection of Ovarian Cancer and ultimately a Cure.
My Mother was diagnosed at 58 with Stage 4 Ovarian Cancer. My Mom fought hard but the disease was very aggressive and she lost her battle a year later.
Theresa was a wife, mother and friend to many. Theresa was my Sister-In-Law and Friend. Theresa was diagnosed with Stage 4 Ovarian Cancer before her twin girls turned a year old. Theresa fought for over 9 years. She showed amazing strength, courage and determination to beat this disease. In May 2015 Theresa at age 47 lost her battle with cancer. Theresa was my Hero. She fought a good fight with unrelenting resilience and grace…she never gave up! She was truly an amazing woman. Fortunately her twin girls, age 10, were able to witness what a great person their Mom was and how hard she fought to see them grow.
I look back 22 years ago to the prognosis my Mom received and then I look at how Theresa. My mom lived almost 1 year...Theresa lived over 9. There has definitely been advancement in giving patients more time but we still have a long ways to go.
To honor Theresa and my Mom, I signed up to run the Pittsburgh Marathon and raise funds for the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition (Team Teal). Theresa fought over 9 years...seems like running 26.2 miles is a pretty easy challenge for me. For Theresa, my mom and all those Moms, Sisters, Wives and Friends who have died from or are fighting Ovarian Cancer please help by donating. My goal is to raise awareness as well as funds to help put an end to Ovarian Cancer. No gift is too small. Please help fight against Ovarian Cancer. Thank you in advance for your help!
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