This will be my third marathon. I love the fun and energy of big races. I'm a middle-of-the-pack slow n' steady runner when it comes to distance runs. While I won't be setting any PR's, I do have an even greater motivation to cross the finish line as this time, I'm participating in the GO! St. Louis marathon in honor of my little sister, Julie Heilman Rhodes. Julie was diagnosed with ovarian cancer at age 28. She was exhibiting symptoms for over six months that were not recognized by her physician even after numerous visits. By the time of diagnosis, she was stage four. Julie battled this disease for four years, ending her fight on the 4th of July, appropriately timed if you know her personality:) During that time, she made a significant impact to her family and friends. She focused on increasing awareness about the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer and became fully involved in SLOCA's early days. The SLOCA community and Wellness Community were an excellent source of support for her. Our family continues to be involved with increasing awareness of this silent disease. The way I choose to continue to honor her memory is through supporting SLOCA, a fantastic organization with a noble cause that is committed to impacting ovarian cancer survivorship by promoting awareness of early warning signs and standards of care, funding ovarian cancer research, and supporting survivors.
I'm asking for your financial support by donating to my fundraiser as part of Team SLOCA. THANK YOU!
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