Running the Chicago Half Marathon for Ovarian Cancer
Hello Family and Friends,
For the past several years I have been involved in an organization called the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition (NOCC). This year I will be running the Chicago Half Marathon on September 27th as part of the NOCC team to raise funds for the cause that is very near and dear to me. As many of you know, my amazing fiancee Amanda lost her mom, Pam Szczsponik, to ovarian cancer in 2016. We have been advocating for this cause ever since, raising awareness and funding for programs to support women battling this terrible disease. I'm reaching out to you for help in supporting this important cause by donating any amount to my NOCC Half Marathon campaign. Due to COVID pandemic, all nonprofits have taken a hit this year, with most annual fundraising events cancelled, and NOCC is no different. The Half Marathon is my way of doing what I can to support the NOCC during these trying times, eternalizing Pam's legacy and memory. With that being said, I will be running those 13.1 miles whether the Chicago Half Marathon is cancelled or not! (I'll send the pictures to prove it..for better or for worse :))
As you consider your donation, I wanted to share some alarming stats about this disease:
When one is diagnosed and treated in the earliest stages of ovarian cancer, the five-year survival rate is over 90 percent. Due to ovarian cancer's non-specific symptoms and lack of early detection tests, about 20 percent of all cases are found early, meaning in stage I or II. If caught in stage III or higher, the survival rate can be as low as 28 percent. Your donation supports several NOCC programs to achieve their goals of:
-Supporting quality of life initiatives for survivors and caregivers
-Promoting early awareness so all women know the signs and symptoms
-Investing in cutting-edge research until we find the cure for ovarian
Thank you for joining me to break the silence on ovarian cancer. Through your generosity we are making a difference for the women, family members, and loved ones affected by this disease.
Thank you so much for your support.