BENEFITING: National Ovarian Cancer Coalition, Inc.
ORGANIZER: National Ovarian Cancer Coalition, Inc.
I was supposed to run the NYC Marathon in 2012, but Hurricane Sandy derailed that plan. When my power returned in Connecticut and I saw all of the devastation, I deferred my admission and made a donation to the Red Cross. However my uncle was already coming from St Louis to spectate with my parents on his 75th birthday. I spoke with them and I decided to give my uncle a marathon anyway. I set up a course along the CT shoreline and a fund raising page for the victims of the hurricane and ran, breaking the tape in front of my house and crossing the chalk finish line my mother and daughters had made that morning. It was a good day for an important cause. I am glad I ran that marathon because it was the last one my mom got to see me run. She passed away with her head in my hand on February 3, 2013 after almost 7 years living with stage 111C Ovarian Cancer.
My mom never missed anything. She was there for all of us, all of the time. She was loving, loyal, generous and supported us with a fierce, mother bear mentality. She knew just what to say whether we wanted to hear it or not. I miss my mom every second of every single day. It is a constant void in my life. There isn't a day that goes by that I wish I could call her and seek advice on raising three 16 year old daughters or just to laugh about something. Anything. She should still be here with us.
One of the last things she said to me was I should keep running and riding as long as it gave me JOY. She was the one who instilled in me that you have to truly love what you do to be successful. So I have finished 5 more Boston Marathons and numerous bike races and I am honored and grateful to return to NYC on November 5th as part of Team Teal to finish what I never started in 2012. It will be my 9th official marathon, 10th including my shoreline 26.2 in 2012. I run to honor my mother, but also to raise awareness about this silent killer. It is so important to share the facts about this disease because its symptoms hide as other ailments and at this time, there is no screening test for Ovarian Cancer and it in NOT detected on a PAP test. So please go to www.ovarian.org to learn the signs and symptoms of Ovarian Cancer and if you feel any of them for more than two weeks, go to your doctor and have them prove to you that you DON'T have Ovarian Cancer. Be your own advocate or advocate for your loved one. It's so important to pay attention to symptoms in your body. They whisper, so listen carefully.
At the CT chapter of the NOCC Run/Walk to Break the Silence on Ovarian Cancer 5K in September, I received a cowbell as my trophy. I thought it was the perfect prize for this event during Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. OVARIAN CANCER NEEDS MORE COWBELL!!! Those that know me are aware how loud I can be... My voice can carry across my daughters' field hockey games as I root for their team, at the high school track as I coach my athletes, or all over the bike course as I cheer my friends. I go full throttle at the things I am passionate about. I will continue do my best to shout from the rooftops and ring my teal cowbell loud and clear for as long as I am able. If I can reach one person that learns from my loud voice. If I can save one mother, wife, aunt, daughter, sister, friend. If I can spare one family the daily void I feel missing my mom, I will feel grateful that I was able to help, and I will keep going to make TEAL a recognizeable color for Ovarian Cancer Awareness. I look forward to joining my Team Teal teammates on November 5th to run through all of NYC to the finish in Central Park! How exciting!!! I will follow the advice my mom gave me as I got on the bus to Hopkinton for the start of the very hot Boston Marathon in 2012. "When it gets hard, you run with your heart." Thank you so very much for your support!
With Love and for Meme Always,
Please read below, the money I raise will benefit the NOCC. Thanks!
NATIONAL OVARIAN CANCER COALITION wrote -
The mission of the the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition (NOCC) is to save lives by fighting tirelessly to prevent and cure ovarian cancer, and to improve the quality of life for survivors. For 25 years, the NOCC has been committed to raising awareness, promoting education and funding research in support of women, families and communities touched by ovarian cancer.
More than 20,000 women in the United States are diagnosed with ovarian cancer each year, and approximately 14,000 women die annually from the disease. Unfortunately, most cases are diagnosed in their later stages when the prognosis is poor. However, if diagnosed and treated early, the five-year survival rate is over 90%. Through national programs and local Chapter initiatives, the NOCC's goal is to make more people aware of the early symptoms of ovarian cancer so that we can make progress in improving ovarian cancer mortality rates.
In addition, the NOCC provides information to assist the newly diagnosed patient, to provide hope to survivors, and to support caregivers. The NOCC also supports and funds critical, cutting-edge ovarian cancer research.
The New York City NOCC Chapter, founded in 2014, is part of a strong network of Tri-State Chapters, which are all working hard to advance the NOCC's mission in our local communities. Our NYC Team Teal will run 26.2 miles on November 5, 2017, and we hope you will consider supporting our runners. All proceeds raised through the TCS New York City Marathon will help us continue to expand the NOCC's programs and provide vital research funding.