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Team Gettin It Dunn is made up of the family and friend so Joanne Dunn who will walk, run, raise much needed funds in her memory. Read our story below...
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The family of Joanne Dunn are not deterred by the fact that the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition Together in Teal annual run/walk will be a digital broadcast this year. Jenai Cerquoni, daughter of Joanne and team captain of Gettin It Dunn states, “knowing the event has changed for 2020, doesn’t change how important this cause is for us; we don’t want another family to feel this type of loss”. The Gettin It Dunn team is determined to raise as much awareness on ovarian cancer in the process, which is what Joanne wanted.
Joanne was one of six siblings, she was especially close with her 3 sisters the “forever 4”. She had 4 children, 3 stepchildren and 11 grandchildren. Family was everything to her – and she just loved children! She was the very best grandmom “GiGi” there was! She was the type that would give someone the shirt off her own back . When she was diagnosed in 2017, her focus became educating others about ovarian cancer and research. Even though our family had been affected by cancer in the past, we knew nothing about ovarian cancer. We couldn’t believe the lack of early detection and treatment options. In 2018 we attended the NOCC Philadelphia Together in Teal Run/Walk with approximately 30 friends and family members. Our mom was in treatment, but it was there at the run/walk that she realized she was a Survivor! Prior to that walk it hadn’t occurred to her that she was surviving this fight! Despite nonstop rain at the event, my mom smiled and jumped in puddles with her grandkids. She never stopped smiling and she had the most beautiful smile! In 2019, despite having to use a wheelchair, she was still determined to attend the Run/Walk – sadly she was placed on hospice and passed away the day after. Through it all, Jenai stayed by her mother’s side; something she had done for months, making the decision to stop working 7 months prior to Joanne’s death so she could spend as much time with her as possible. A nature and animal lover, Joanne’s true happy place was the beach. Joanne and her husband, Dan had a place outside Sea Isle City that she enjoyed sharing with all her grands. Joanne went on one last family beach vacation and enjoyed a tropical drink as a last ‘hoorah’ last Labor Day weekend. Joanne left a journal for her husband and children and wrote “I’ll be watching. And when you feel the warmth of the sun on your face - that’s me giving you a kiss”. Her eleventh grandchild was born on what would have been her 61st birthday - January 30 , 2020.‘We miss her more than anything, and we love her even more. We won’t stop, we are determined, we are GETTIN IT DUNN!’