Some of you will recall that several years I ago I ran in the Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance's Silent No More Walk/Run fundraiser.
Well, on September 13 I'll put on my running shoes again
and make my slow way three times around lovely Lake Cornelia
while real runners fly past me at twice my pace. (Depending how my bum ankle holds up, I may end up walking, but I'll do my best to be brisk about it.)
I'm participating in this event in memory of my mother, Ann Dilley, who lost her life to ovarian cancer on August 30, 2004.
In some ways, my mother's story was one of atypical good fortune; her initial diagnosis and surgery took place in 1994, and she had ten healthy years before her cancer's aggressive recurrence in May of 2004. Just four months later, at age 60, she lost her struggle with the disease.
My family and I will always be grateful for those ten years, just as we'll always mourn the fact that we weren't given many more years with my mother.
I'm reaching out today to ask for your donations as I participate in this fundraiser. I know that many of you already donate to other worthy charities, but any amount you can pledge toward my effort will be greatly appreciated.
Any money that you donate is tax deductible, and you can submit your donation through this secure web site:
or if you prefer, download the PDF form, fill it out and mail it in with your donation.
(I also encourage you to take advantage of any matching gift programs your employer may offer.)
I'm truly grateful for any help you can offer.