I am raising money to support Ovarian Cancer research in memory of my friend Jackie Bayley.
On October 16, I will be participating in the 2011 Detroit Free Press Marathon to raise money and awareness for Ovarian Cancer. I am running in memory of my good friend, Jackie Bayley.
My friend Jackie passed away on August 27, 2011 at the age of 34 after courageously battling Ovarian Cancer for over two and a half years. Jackie was originally diagnosed with stage 4 ovarian cancer in April, 2009. She was given pretty bleak odds but that didn't stop her from fighting with all her might. I will always remember and admire Jackie's strength, ambition, drive, humor and kindness and am truly inspired by the mental and physical courage she demonstrated during her lengthy battle. Anyone who ever knew or met Jackie knows what a force she was and, most importantly, will continue to be in the memories of her friends and family.
Please consider donating whatever you can to my efforts - every little bit counts. There is a dire need for Ovarian Cancer research, as Jackie herself stated in an email from 2009:
"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.”
Other friends and family members of Jackie are also raising money in her memory, you can keep track of how much we've raised as a team here: http://enduring4ovariancancer.blogspot.com/.
Thank you for your support.