With the recent passing of my mom, and my seeing first-hand how horrible a toll this disease takes, I am asking for you to help. And yep- it involves money. BUT, it involves money going to research at Duke- 100% of it. I am specifically working with the creator of this race, as I am passionate about supporting any research for more early, detectable markers for Ovarian Cancer. The major problem with Ovarian Cancer is that it is found too late- for my mom in stage 3c. Maybe my passion is to avenge my mom and grandmother's deaths somehow, but it is also to protect me, my sister, and my niece... and further protect and old friend, who I am proud to say- IS a survivor! We have a horrible family tradition going on in my Polish side (yeh, I admitted it) here that I would like help in ensuring it stops.
PLEASE consider joining the team (donating $30) and walking with me.
PLEASE, PLEASE DONATE $10. (That's not a lot and, I'm just gonna say it- I don't ask for much.)
Thank you for supporting this, me, and my family.
If you would like more information on where the money specifically goes, I've included a blurb below:
"Funds raised by the Ovarian Awareness Event have been used to buy much needed equipment in the laboratory as well as to provide start up money for a new faculty member, Susan Murphy, Ph.D. who was recruited in 2003. Dr. Murphy (coincidence? Murphy!) is a molecular biologist examining the role of ?imprinted? genes in the development of ovarian cancer. The initial funding provided by the Ovarian Awareness Walk has allowed her to initiate this work and she subsequently received 4 other grants from external funding agencies in 2004. The funds raised will continue to fuel growth of the Gynecologic Oncology Program in the future as they work towards decreasing ovarian cancer incidence and mortality.
Donations from individual donors and corporations, like those raised at the annual ovarian awareness walk, are critically important in assuring that this important research can move ahead optimally. The goal is to reduce ovarian cancer deaths through research that leads to improvements in early detection, treatment and prevention!"
In other words, this money directly supports research that helps to protect me and others your know who have a high risk.