Our latest guest blog comes from 11 year-old Victoria, a Florida resident whose cousin is fighting ovarian cancer. Here’s her touching story in her own words.
My name is Victoria Segarra, I’m 11 years old and I live in Boynton Beach, FL. I registered as a sleepwalker in support of my cousin Pia (Maria). Pia has been fighting with ovarian cancer for more than two years.
On Sunday, Nov. 9, we invited friends and family to join us – and not even the rain stopped us.
Pia is a very pretty woman and very smart, she teaches 8th grade science in Riverside, CA. She’s 29 years-old and a very creative and fun person to be with.
Pia is my hero and my best friend. “with all my Love to you Pia” from Chiqui. (We couldn’t take one picture of everybody because all the kids went to play soccer).
Diane Darling, a long-time Run for Her participant and co-captain of team Dorene’s Darlings, moved from California to Colorado earlier this year. Despite the distance from California and the annual Run for Her event in Los Angeles, Diane was determined to participate in the event and make it a success. Here is Diane’s story in her own words.
The first ever Run for Her Sleepwalker event was a success in Carbondale, Colorado!
Almost 70 people came out Sunday, November 9, 2014, early in the morning to learn about the symptoms of ovarian cancer and to participate in a 3.7-mile walk around the River Valley Ranch Loop.
I was thrilled with the community turnout, which included friends, local residents, and survivors of ovarian (and other) cancers as well as people just completing treatment. I was deeply touched to meet these people who have fought the battle and come out the other side. I congratulate them and admire them for participating in events like these. Even though I didn’t formally fundraise this year (the focus being more on awareness and prevention), our team, Dorene’s Darlings, raised over $1,400.00. I can’t wait till next year!
Support from Run for Her forms the foundation of our work at the Cedars-Sinai Women’s Cancer Program. First, Run for Her increases awareness of ovarian cancer in the U.S. and around the world, teaching women (and men) to be alert for symptoms and to see a qualified healthcare provider if they suspect the presence of disease. Second, the funds raised by Run for Her make it possible for us to find new ways to diagnose and treat this terrible disease. Run for Her is helping us change the course of cancer and save lives. To find out more about how your support is helping Dr. Karlan and her team in the fight against ovarian cancer watch the video below.
In early October we shared a new video series with you featuring Beth Y. Karlan MD. These videos are intended to address your most asked questions about the importance of run for her, as well as the ground breaking research efforts of Dr. Karlan’s team of physicians and scientists.
Dr. Karlan first explained why research has been slower for ovarian cancer than for other cancers.
Next Dr. Karlan talks about hereditary predisposition to cancer and genetic risk factors.
Our favorite part of Run for Her is building relationships with ovarian cancer patients, survivors and supporters. Over the past 10 years, we’ve been asked many questions by our supporters. What are the symptoms of ovarian cancer? What are some of the latest research advances in the field of ovarian cancer? How does the Women’s Cancer Program use the money raised by Run for Her?
These questions, among others, are very important – and we are so fortunate that our participants are engaged enough to ask! We sat down with Dr. Beth Karlan to address these questions and bring to light the importance of not only Run for Her, but the groundbreaking research efforts produced by her team of physicians and scientists. We will be sharing these videos with you over the coming weeks.
First up, Dr. Karlan explains why research has been seemingly slower for ovarian cancer than for other cancers.