Ironvan and The Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Team Up
Last week, I was doing some spring cleaning (yep, it’s that warm here in Montana) and I came across a piece of my past. Something that reminded me why I chose to live the life of an endurance athlete. In a folder, wedged between some baptism candles and a newspaper from September 11, I came across this folded piece of paper. It is the eulogy I wrote for my sister’s funeral in March 2002.
Almost ten years ago, I lost my sister to ovarian cancer. It took only six months from her diagnosis to her passing. She was only 33 years old when she died. One year younger than me. The brevity of her life has always been one of the most striking aspects of her passing. It was this lesson in the fragility of life that led me to strive to live every day to its full potential. It is why I swim lap after lap. It is why I ride for the sky. It is why I run until I can’t run anymore.
Ovarian cancer changed my family forever. But, I am only one of the millions who have suffered the consequences of this disease. Much work and research remains to be done with the screening, diagnosis, treatment, and management of ovarian cancer. Fortunately, I have been given a unique opportunity to make a difference in this disease.
As of today, I will no longer be racing for myself but racing to raise funds for the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund. The OCRF is the largest US, private philanthropy dedicated exclusively to funding ovarian cancer research. Their goal is to fund scientific research that leads to more effective identification, treatment, and ultimately a cure for ovarian cancer. Since 1988, the OCRF has donated 45 million dollars to ovarian cancer research. 90% of every raised dollar goes directly to research.
Thanks to the help of the OCRF, I will be displaying the OCRF logo while racing and training. In addition, the OCRF will be providing my blog a personal link that will give philanthropists a simple way to donate. What makes this link unique is that, unlike other popular donation sights on the internet, no administrative fees are subtracted from donations. 100% of donations go directly to the OCRF and donations are fully tax deductible.
In a few days, I will be adding the donation link and additional information on this new venture. I hope you will join me in remembering my sister and fighting ovarian cancer.