As an ovarian cancer survivor, I will race in 50 triathlons in all 50 states by 50-years-old to raise $100,000 for ovarian cancer research. This campaign is self inspired, self orchestrated and 100% self funded. In addition, all in-kind donations are turned into cash donations by me in the same name of the person who donates. I race for women who have lost their battle, women undergoing treatment and women yet to be diagnosed.
Please help with even a $10 donation!
Please help with even a $10 donation!
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
The Long Island Herald did a full page piece last week on my campaign and our Southeast Asia trip that followed. Click here to read the article. I was really blown away by the support. Thanks to the author for taking the time to write such a thoughtful piece.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Last weekend my buddy John Lee and I completed a half Ironman triathlon, measuring 70.3 miles in distance in the beautiful Pocono Mountains. It was put on by Rev3 and included a 1.2 mile swim, a 56 mile bike and a half marathon or 13.1 mile run. He talked me into it as it was NOT on my bucket list. But in for a penny, in for a pound. With an 8 1/2 hour cut-off, I was hoping for 7 1/2 to 8 hours to complete the event.
I am happy to report we both surpassed our goals. My time was a stellar 6:28 and qualified me for 3rd place in age. I am still in shock! I knew I was prepared (I had hired a coach to set up my training program but really so I could blame her if I couldn't complete the event) but never expected to feel so good throughout the day.
I was fortunate to find someone to draft off of on the swim and stayed in her bubbles for most of it. Saving energy I felt fresh out of the water. However the freezing air temps quickly took the wind out of my sails. 46 degrees with a 5 mile bike descent, I could barely control the bike because I was shaking so much. By mile 30 I was warm enough to take my first bit of hydration and nutrition. The scenery was spectacular and before I knew it, the bike was over.
Ugh, the run. My nemesis and the sport I suffer through. Another suffering runner and I teamed up at mile 2 and ran the entire rest of the way together. I paced us; he talked non-stop and distracted me. A match made in heaven. The miles flew by with cramping only starting at mile 10. Some walks in between and before I knew it, I was rounding the corner to home, hoping my family was there because I was so ahead of schedule. I could hear my mom in the distance screaming, "there she is, she's coming".
In the 30 minutes after the race, I declared I never need to do that again and then changed my mind 4 times. My cousin and husband have an ongoing bet. If you ask me today, yep, I'll do another next year. But there's plenty of time to change my mind.
Saturday, August 30, 2014
TEAL is the color for ovarian cancer awareness so be on the lookout for TEAL popping up in your area. And if you don't see it, introduce it. Wear teal clothes, hang a teal ribbon from your car's antenna, put on a ribbon on your front door... be creative but spread the message of TEAL in your community. Talk to everyone you meet, tell them what you know and if you don't know something about ovarian cancer, ASK. You never know how it can save a life, maybe even yours!
Friday, July 18, 2014
Super Saturday and QVC. In 2010 my first interview was aired and from there, my campaign was catapulted. Until then I hadn't started a social media campaign, nor considered myself a spokesperson for this disease. It quickly became apparent this was a new direction for my 50x50x100 campaign. On July 26 at this year's Super Saturday event, QVC will do a follow up story and I will be interviewed again. What an exciting opportunity to share an update on the campaign and also continue to educate viewers on early detection and signs and symptoms. Find your QVC station and tune in from 2-4 pm to watch Super Saturday LIVE. Oh, and do some shopping while you're at it. It all benefits a great cause.
Saturday, May 24, 2014
Power of the Woman Triathlon. An inaugural, all women's event, the venue provided a solid opportunity for me to talk to women about ovarian cancer. Especially exciting was that I encouraged my Gyn-Onc to race her first triathlon that day. It was very special to share the day with the woman who saved my life seven years ago.
I wound up taking 1st in my age group which has qualified me for the USATriathlon Nationals in Wisconsin. I won't be able to race it but it was very exciting to qualify.
Next weekend is the Lake Hickory Triathlon in North Carolina. So as you can tell, even though the five year, $100K goal was met, the campaign is far from over. I will continue to traverse the country in an effort to save lives, educate women and men about signs and symptoms and raise much needed funds to help find a method of early detection.