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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.

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Saturday, August 1, 2009

What? No Race? But There's A Good Story

After back to back races the last two weekends, this weekend feels kinda boring. I took most of this week "off" from exercise to let my body heal. It felt good but by this morning, I was revved up for a good workout. Ran 8 miles with a friend training for the NYC marathon.

I told my friend (Joanne) a story about my CT race and she thought I should include it in my blog. It seems that since I was on the cover of the local newspaper and the News12 crew was following me around, I was "popular". The women who were racked in transition near me wanted to know what all the fuss was about. I started describing my fundraising efforts, the 50x50 campaign and the need for a method of early detection and the crowd grew. The conversation then turned to symptoms of ovarian cancer and how to spot them. By the time I was finished, I had about 25 women around me listening and learning about the subtle symptoms of ovarian cancer. It was terrific. Yes, fundraising is important but carrying the message IS the most important reason I am racing. If each of these women tells ten of their friends, then 250 women were reached that day. Odds are someone's life will be saved by that. How cool is that? Thanks Joanne for suggesting I share this story.