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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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About Me

"My competitive journey had started from the hospital bed."
- Jenn Sommermann

Name: Jenn Sommermann
Age: 49
Contact Information: or 516.633.9464

History: Just before my 42nd birthday, I was diagnosed with Stage III ovarian cancer. I received a full hysterectomy only four days after my diagnosis and endured six long months of chemotherapy.  I was able to beat the disease and credit my involvement in the sport of triathlon which started at age 40.  Without this sport and a keen awareness of my body, I might not have picked up the subtle but unmistakable symptoms that encouraged me to see a doctor.

Lying in the hospital receiving a chemo treatment, I read an ad in Triathlete Magazine for a women's triathlon series to benefit the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund (OCRF). The races were in 3 cities (San Diego, Chicago and Seattle) and I vowed to complete all three races the following year. My competitive journey had started from the hospital bed.

In 2008, I raced in the entire series and added several more races to round out my season. In 2009, my campaign took hold as I decided to set bigger goals for myself and for fundraising for OCRF. Racing in 50 triathlons in 50 states by the time I am 50 years old, to raise $100,000 for ovarian cancer research is my current goal.

This campaign is self inspired, self orchestrated and 100% self funded. Every penny of donations goes directly to OCRF to find a method of early detection. In addition, all in-kind donations are turned into cash donations (by me) in the name of the contributor. This means that if I receive a comp entry or a comp hotel room, I donate the amount I save in the name of the race.  This makes my campaign unique.  I am not independently wealthy, nor am I retired.  I work three jobs to pay for the campaign and am happy to do so if it means a life will be saved.

The statistics for ovarian cancer are miserable. I was one of the lucky ones. I race for women in treatment, women who have lost the battle and for women yet to be diagnosed.

Timeline of Goals Supporting OCRF:
  • 2007: While hospitalized and receiving chemotherapy, I vowed to complete the entire US Women's Triathlon Series (USWTS) the following year.
  • 2008: Completed entire USWTS series in California, Illinois and Washington plus Massachusetts and raised $15000 as a member of Team Hope.
  • 2009: Proclaimed my goal to raise $100,000 for ovarian cancer research by racing in 50 triathlons in all 50 states by age .  Campaign named 50x50x100.  Raced in North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Maine and Connecticut and New York.
  • 2010: Added another 11 states and Washington DC: Nevada, Utah, Arizona, Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia, Vermont, Delaware, Mississippi, Maryland and New Jersey.  Fundraising totals go over $32000.
  • 2011:  Another 11 states added for a total of 31 completed. Raced in Montana, North Dakota, Nebraska, Indiana, Louisiana, Florida, Georgia, Alaska, Rhode Island, Texas and Kansas.  Fundraising totals near $60,000.
  • 2012:  Another 11 states added for a total of 42 completed. Raced in Tennessee, New Mexico, South Carolina, Oklahoma, New Hampshire, Missouri, Colorado, Minnesota, Idaho, Wisconsin and Arkansas.  Fundraising totals near $82,000.
  • 2013:  Final eight states completed.  Alabama, Kentucky, Iowa, Oregon, Michigan, Wyoming, South Dakota and Hawaii with fundraising cresting over $107,000.