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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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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

2011 Recap and Thanks

On this, the eve of Thanksgiving, I want to share how grateful I am for my health and my amazing support team, including a wonderful husband. What a tremendous year of training, racing, traveling and spreading the message of early detection for ovarian cancer. I am often amazed at the direction my life has taken and feel blessed that I have been able to "use" my cancer for a greater good. I sent my triathlon team, Team Total Training, a very brief recap of my 2011 season and wanted to include it for you to read as well. Here goes...
31 states completed to date, $55,000 raised to date.
15 races planned for 2011, 13 completed and 2 cancelled due to weather.
Texas – group of firefighters joined my campaign and raced in their first tri. Very emotional.
Florida – tag teamed it with a family wedding night before the race. 3 hours sleep.
Indiana – the nicest folks yet and good press.
Georgia – Jekyyl Island – incredibly beautiful.
Alaska – moose on the bike course. Need I say more?
North Dakota – floods, race almost cancelled. Only 6 participants but the race went on.
New Jersey – women of Mullica Hill rock.
Kansas – 111 degrees. Heat stroke. Humbled.
Nebraska – Hilliest so far. Who knew?
Louisiana – in August. What was I thinking? 94 degree water.
Oregon – flights cancelled for weather. Never made it.
Tobay – well you know how that went. Hurricane Irene had other plans.
Montana – I want to move to Missoula. No, really!
Rhode Island – first time with a split transition area. I don’t like it.
Bermuda – just for fun. SheROX sponsored me. Nice way to end the season.
I am relatively injury free and still love the sport and the campaign is gaining momentum.
Picked up by several newspapers and radio stations and was on the TODAY show this past summer.
Reaching hundreds of women in an effort to educate about early detection of ovarian cancer.
19 more states over the next 2 seasons. Stay tuned.
Thanks all for your support! I am not on this journey alone.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

A Biathlon Instead

Just back from a blustery Bermuda, I am happy to report that my 2011 season has come to an end and I am uninjured and still love the sport. Moreover, I have talked to hundreds of women about early detection of ovarian cancer and possibly saved someone's life. And to top it off, my fundraising has crested over the $55,000 mark with 31 states completed. Whew!
The Bermuda SheROX triathlon turned into a biathlon due to inclimate weather. The cove in which we were to swim was a virtual washing machine of current and tide. It was not safe. Coupled with 65 mph winds, the bike portion of the event was barely safe. But in true triathlon fashion, the event went on.
SheROX was an amazing sponsor and gave me a platform to speak at the kickoff party. I was able to educate over 200 women about signs and symptoms of early detection and challenged each of them to tell five friends, with a potential to reach 1000 women. Thank you SheROX for this amazing opportunity.
Now for some physical rest while I start to plan my 2012 season. With 19 more states and $45000 to go and a method of early detection still unsecure, now is no time to sit back. I will be seeking another 12-15 states to race in next summer and as I traverse the country, I aim to talk to more women than this year. If you are in a state that I haven't been to yet, find me a triathlon. Email me... I'd love to hear from you.
A big thank you for all the support this season. There are too many personal thank yous to include here but if you've hosted me, donated, talked me up, shared my link, followed me, hugged me, ran with me or listened to me rant.... thank you, thank you, thank you. I am not alone on this journey and couldn't do it without your support.