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"I remember the day I found out my Mom had ovarian cancer. There were so many questions racing through my mind. Wait, I’ve never even heard of ovarian cancer. Does ovarian cancer affect many women? What causes ovarian cancer? Is this one of the cancers we have a surefire plan for? Question after question kept accumulating in my mind until there was no room left. What the heck was ovarian cancer and why am I just hearing about it now?
I will tell you what I did know when I found out my Mom had ovarian cancer. I knew that both my Mom’s sisters and my Grandpa’s mother had breast cancer prior to my Mom’s diagnosis. I knew because of these family related diagnoses, my Mom saw a high-risk breast specialist as a precaution, got regular mammograms, and was very proactive when it came to her health. I knew not once was she told about a relationship between breast cancer and ovarian cancer. She was never given any genetic testing related to the rampant breast cancer diagnoses from her side of the family. I knew she was prepared to stare breast cancer in the eye and say 'Not me, not today!' But, she got ovarian cancer. What the heck is ovarian cancer?
We run each year as Oliver’s Angels in memory of our Angel, Patrice Oliver, and in honor of the women who continue their journey with ovarian cancer. Since my mom's diagnosis, I have had 2 close friends also have family members start two very different journey's with ovarian cancer, A young Mom and a loving aunt who is as fit as a fiddle. Both women are giving ovarian cancer a run for its money! We run this year for all those women we hold special places for in our hearts. I wish I knew back then what I know today about ovarian cancer. Oliver’s Angels takes the knowledge we know today, we spread the word about ovarian cancer, and we hope one day we find a cure so that this world is never without extraordinary women like my little woman, my mom, my support and my inspiration. 'And though she be but little she is fierce.'”
- Lindsey McCormack