On August 27th 2011 Jackie Bayley lost her two and a half year battle with Ovarian Cancer. In doing so my brother lost his wife and I lost a wonderful friend and sister-in-law. By the time that she was diagnosed it was already a stage 4 illness and she fought valiantly with humor and grace through chemotherapy and several surgeries.
In a 2009 message thanking her family and friends for raising thousands of dollars for the OCRF, Jackie expressed the dire need for research:
“As I learn more about this disease, I am frightfully concerned about how little research (particularly diagnostic research) is available. Ovarian Cancer is called the silent killer because (as with my case) it comes with few or no symptoms by the time the patient has reached stage 3 or 4 and the cancer has spread throughout the body (as it did to a number of my organs in the abdomen)....Your efforts, and those that will surely follow due to your caring organization from many of our friends, acquaintances, family, co-workers and still-strangers can only help the next 31 year old girl who didn't know anything was wrong.”
This fall, I will be running to raise awareness of ovarian cancer and money for the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund. I am participating in the 2011 Detroit Free Press Half Marathon (and will be looking for other races to run through the end of the year and into 2012)
I appreciate any help that you can offer - so - in Jackie's words: we can help the next 31 year old girl who didn't think that anything was wrong!