This wonderful letter came to us from Pilar Wolfe, a proud member of Team Mora and participant at the 9th annual Run for Her® 5K Run and Friendship Walk in Los Angeles:
I just wanted to share a story about how important Run for Her is in our lives. Five years ago, my incredibly courageous sister-in-law, Norma Mora, introduced us to Run for Her in the fight against ovarian cancer, and Team Mora was born! Since then, we have faithfully supported this wonderful cause in the hopes of finding a cure. And now, more than ever, we stand strong in this fight—honoring the loving memory of Norma.
She lost her courageous six-year fight against ovarian cancer on July 8, 2013. Our lives were forever changed that day. We had the honor of all being with her as she left this world on to her eternal rest. Norma was a mother, wife, daughter, sister, and friend to many. When Norma loved, she loved unconditionally; she did everything in life 110 percent, going above and beyond. And that is the same determination that helped her face cancer head on and with a fearless spirit of hope and confidence. Even though she was diagnosed with Stage 4 ovarian cancer at 45 years old and given little hope, she never allowed herself or any of us to lose hope. Many times she would remind me: “There is no time for crying, it’s time for living.” And so she did. She lived every day in the moment with her husband of 34 years (my brother) and her four boys. Her strength, determination, and dignity throughout her battle are why we run for “Her”!
We had high expectations this year for our team, which included over 50 registered participants and raised over $1,500 in donations. We fell a little short of our goal, and for a moment, I felt disappointed. But as our team started the run/walk that day, I could hear Norma’s voice in my ear saying “there is no time for crying, it’s time for living.” And so we, too, must follow her example and live in the moment, appreciating every minute we spend with the people we love. We were so happy to have my brother, James Mora, place 14th in his age group this year, and I’m sure Norma is very proud. This year was extremely difficult for Team Mora, having lost Norma right before the event; however, we vow to grow our team and our fundraising every year in the memory of Norma, and more importantly, for the countless women who are fighting their fight! We stand proud next to all of them with dignity and hope, and we will always run for them!
Thank you, sweet Norma, for loving us and allowing us to be part of your wonderful life. You are always with us…
-Pilar Wolfe, Team Mora