September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month – and as we all know cancer does not take a break for COVID-19. About 21,750 women will receive a new diagnosis of ovarian cancer this year. Approximately 13,940 women will die from it. Ovarian cancer ranks 5th in cancer deaths among women, accounting for more deaths than any other cancer of the female reproductive system.
October 4th will mark my 29th year walking in the Jimmy Fund Walk. This year, due to COVID-19, we will not be walking the marathon route. The team will be splitting up and walking in their own neighborhoods. I am sad to say that this year the Ovarian Cancer Brigade will be walking in honor and in memory of our 2019 hero – Sandy Martin who lost her battle in May. She called me 2 days prior to her passing and made me promise to continue the mission. Her 14 yr. old son, Shaun, who has now lost both his parents to cancer will be walking with me, my co-captain and a few of our team members on route to be determined on October 4th.
I formed the Ovarian Cancer Brigade 9 years ago to fulfill the promises I made to my best friend, cousin and several closer acquaintances days before they passed. All our proceeds go directly to the Dr. Ursula Matulonis Ovarian Cancer Research Fund at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. Dr. Matulonis has dedicated her life to finding early detection and a cure for ovarian cancer. Weeks before Massachusetts went into lockdown, our team was recognized for raising over $500K since we were founded, thanks to all of you. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate your generosity. My goal is to raise 1 million dollars. We are more than halfway there and this is because of people like you! Please stay safe and healthy!