Scott Tomford wrote -
In October of 2013, my older sister Kristen was diagnosed with Stage IV Ovarian Cancer, and she passed away within 3 months. According to the oncologist, it was the worst she'd ever seen... The sheer amount of pain, discomfort and deteroriation that comes with this disease is as indiscribable as it is awful. To experience it is one of the worst things possible, and painful enough to be on the sidelines, watching it happen to a loved one helplessly. Anyone who's had a loved one go through this can attest to that fact, and that's why I want to help fight this disease and find a cure in the future.
Kristen was one of the biggest influences on my life, as you can read here, and one of the most important things she did for me was instill a passion for running. Back when I ran the Brooklyn Half Marathon for the first time in 2011, she was supposed to run the race with me, but since she was a globe-trotting badass the plan didn't quite pan out. However, she'll be running the race with me in spirit and guiding me to the finish line, I'm sure of it. With that in mind, I thought that running the race for the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund would be the perfect way to honor my sister. It's important that we all work together to stop a disease that currently ends in terminal pain indefinitely in best-case scenarios. Nothing can bring my sister back, but I'd like to contribute however I can to stop this disease from affecting people you and I love in the future. Run with Kristen, run for Kristen, and donate to a good cause!