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John Zustra

In Memory of My Mother, Kay Zustra

Like most children growing up, my mother was my safety blanket. When I was scared, hurt or needed help, she was always the first person I ran to. As I got older, this remained the same. She was the first person I called when I needed help 'adulting', and was always happy to talk.

In July of 2015, she was diagnosed with stage IV ovarian cancer. We all knew she was resilient, tough, however, I didn't realized how hard of a fight she was in for and never did I think she would ultimately lose.

In the US & Canada, there are nearly 25,000 new cases diagnosed each year, with 17,000 deaths.

On Thanksgiving Day 2016, my mother lost her battle to cancer. On February 16th, I will lace up to run the hills of Austin in my own small pursuit to Break the Silence on Ovarian Cancer.

I run both in memory of my mother, and with hope that we will find a cure for our future generations. Ovarian Cancer does not discriminate - One day it could be your mom, grandmother, sister, daughter, wife.

Thank you for your support,


raised of $2,000 goal

Recent Donations

1. LHLauren Harris
Very proud of you, Johnny!
2. JSJo Ann Sillaman
3. EBElizabeth Beall
We are proud of you John! Wish I could be there cheering you on. - Beth & Ken
4. CYCaroline Young
My mum died of advanced ovarian cancer a year ago this week. Thank you for raising funds for a cure. Good luck, I’m sure you will smash it! Caroline (from LM UK)
5. LBLeslie Branam
What a wonderful way to remember and honor your mom. Have a great run!
6. BMBrenda Murphy
Congratulations on reaching your goal John! Your Mom would be very proud of you, we are too! Brenda & Steve