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My Cycle for Survival mission is even more personal this year. As many of you know I have been riding in support of Memorial Sloan Kettering and specifically, ovarian cancer research since 2013 on behalf of my friend who lost her battle with clear cell ovarian cancer in 2015.
Now, my Mom!
This June my Mom was diagnosed with stage 3 ovarian cancer – seemingly out of nowhere. My Mom was a fit, healthy 66 year-old woman out playing 18 holes of golf feeling “just a bit bloated” the day before she was diagnosed. Why? Because ovarian cancer likes to hide until it’s in a late stage and there is NO SCREENING TEST for ovarian cancer. She was seen for annual visits by her primary care and gynecologist just 3 months prior with no measurable signs of the disease! Now my mom is up against the battle of her life under her amazing team at Memorial Sloan Kettering.
I am here to be an advocate for everyone battling this rare cancer (yes, rare – incidence rate in the USA of 22,000 women/year). I am also here to raise money to help better understand ovarian cancer, treatment and screening. I have a sister and we both have two daughters… we now understand first-hand how scary it is to know we are all at risk for a deadly disease that is not found until it’s in its latest stages… even scarier is that every woman out there has no way of knowing they are harboring the disease until it’s found (likely in stage 3 or 4), because we have no reliable screening tools! There is a mammogram for breast cancer and a colonoscopy for colon cancer, both of which are routinely ordered as reliable screening tools for everyone when appropriate. Ovarian cancer has no such tool.
I am riding in Cycle for Survival on behalf of my mom, me, my family and every other woman out there to raise money for Memorial Sloan Kettering’s ovarian cancer research. Every dollar raised (yes, 100%) goes directly to the researchers within six months of the ride.
On Saturday, March 10th, 2018 I will be heading up Team Suzi-G – a three-bike/12 person team with a mission of raising as much money as possible for the fight against ovarian cancer. My Mom and Dad have generously pledged a $20,000 match of any funds raised by our team beginning on September 27, 2017 until the ride on March 10th, 2018.
Any donation size is appreciated!
Everyone has a woman in their life that they’d like to protect from this disease.
Please help us find a way!
Captain, Team Suzi-G