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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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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Feeling Small

Having just returned from a whirlwind 48 hour adventure in Washington DC with my niece McKenna, I feel small.  Keep in mind I walk around Manhattan five days a week.  I am towered over by sky scrapers and absorbed by literally millions of people during my commute.  Somehow I don't feel the same "smallness" I am attempting to describe here.
One of our stops was to the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum.  It was there I viewed exhibits on the solar system.  Up close and personal, I saw how tiny earth is compared to the rest of the system.  Of course, I learned all this dozens of years ago but you are never too old to re-learn something.  I don't know why but it had an impact...
Despite this feeling, I am committed to make a difference on this planet.   Earth may be small but it is a mighty presence in the solar system.  My campaign may be a small piece of ovarian cancer research but every dollar will make a difference.  Small is the new big.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

A Change Will Do You Good

In the words of Sheryl Crow... a change will do you good.  She wasn't the first one to say it but is probably the most popular icon to have quoted it in my lifetime.  That's what happened in my not-so-little village last night.  In one of the most talked about mayorial elections to date, the incumbant was knocked off the podium.  Politics aside, it was fascinating to watch as both parties struggled for what they wanted... a seat in the Big House.  But what I didn't like was the way they both ran their campaigns.  Neither one seemed to be "for" anything; rather they were just against the other guy.  It wasn't a campaign based on platforms or issues so I had no idea what each candidate stood for.  Seems there is a lot of that going around.... going against something instead of FOR something.  It's almost a default.  As I ponder this a little more I invite you to look at your own existence and ask yourself, what do you stand for?

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Fundraising Update

Have you seen this fundraising thermometer lately????  WOO HOO!  My 2013 season hasn't even begun and my totals had a big jump.  Thanks to all the early-bird, non-procrastinating folks who contributed already.  And for the rest... there's plenty of time.  Keep my email in your INBOX and make a donation when you can.  Also remember to forward the link to anyone you know who may be able to donate $5 or $10.  It all adds up.
And since I am so close to reaching my goal, how about a moving target?  Say... changing the goal to $125K?  Don't think for a second that because I am close to my goal, OCRF doesn't need more money for research.  Quite the contrary.  Now more than ever when scientists are closer than ever before, we need funding.  But for now... a big thanks to all!

Sunday, March 10, 2013

A Lovely Day

Many thanks to Cyndi and The Spa @ Equinox for providing me a complimentary day of therapy and relaxation at their Scarsdale center.  It was a generous offer and I was only too happy to accept.  I spent several hours exercising, steaming and being massaged.  I felt stretched, lubricated, pampered and left feeling years younger, with not an ache or pain.  Erika was my therapist and she did an excellent job.  I wish I lived closer to Scarsdale; good massage therapists are hard to find.   It felt good to work out twice yesterday, as I had run with the team in the morning.  All in all, it was a lovely day.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Go Time

Today is March 4 which means there are exactly two months until my first race of the season...on May 4.  YIKES!  How does this happen every single year?  I had plenty of time to prepare.  I tell myself I will do more ...fill in the blank... during the off-season to prepare for the upcoming race year and then wham!  The off-season is over and it is Go Time.  So with two months left, it is time to kick into a higher gear.  And to boot, this year's first race should be a solid test.  Olympic distance, pretty tough course, right out of the gate.  No easing into it like last year.  Nah...why not go for it?  What was I thinking?  Whose laughing now?
But I have to remind myself that I go through this every year.  I feel terribly untrained going into my races, only to find that I am usually fine, if not slightly above average.  Muscle memory is a wonderful thing and although I have not put the hours into the off-season the way I hoped and I have not followed the program I intended... I will be able to complete the race and walk and talk (and possibly chew gum) after.  Help me remember that, ok?