Thursday, September 29, 2016

Wrapping Up Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

The QC Half Marathon was last weekend and I ended up finishing the race at about 2:18. Not my best, but it was an extremely warm and humid morning. After draining my water bottle around mile 6 I decided that I needed to take it easy.

More importantly, thanks to everyone's help I was able to raise $350 for the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition Illinois Chapter and Team Teal.

The entire team raised over $17,000 which I think is pretty incredible. I'm already looking forward to next year and will run the Chicago Half with the rest of Team Teal.

Side note: On September 15, we celebrated mom's 78th birthday by going out for dinner and dessert. She is feeling well and has been in great spirits this summer.

In a couple of weeks, October 8, she has a high school class reunion that she is looking forward to attending in Ottawa. I'm going to tag along as well! I know everyone will be happy to see her and her sisters will be there as well (their class reunions are on the same day, apparently when you get up into your 60 year reunions the classes start to do it together) and of course we will go to church in Ransom on Sunday. It's the simple things that make it fun and I'm looking forward to the weekend as well.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Teal toes ON for Ovarian Cancer Awareness month

The month of September is special to me for two reasons: My mom's birthday is this month and it is also Ovarian Cancer Awareness month

My mom, Barbara, has been battling Ovarian Cancer for 7 years and it has been a battle... but she is a strong girl and she is a constant source of hope and inspiration to me. 

Every year I paint my toes teal on honor of mom and Ovarian Cancer Awareness month- so if you are so inclined - get your teal toes on for September!  

One more reason this month is special - I have joined the Illinois Team Teal and am running the Quad Cities Half Marathon on September 25 to raise money for the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition (NOCC) 

The rest of my Illinois Team Teal teammates are running the Chicago Half Marathon that same day - but as I already committed to the QCM they said it was ok to do the same thing here in the Quad Cities and build awareness in my immediate community. 

I've committed to raising $500 for the NOCC this month and I hope that I can get it there. Every bit helps.