NYC Marathon 2020 - National Ovarian Cancer Coalition
My amazing mom Jody Rossetti- my best friend and role model, passed away from ovarian cancer in December 2012. If you knew her, you know of her incredibly caring nature, sarcastic sense of humor, and how important it was to her to live an adventurous and fulfilled life surrounded by the people she loved. Throughout her ovarian cancer battle she showed all of us what true strength looks like. I am running the NYC Marathon to fundraise for the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition in her honor- hoping I can honor and feel her love, strength and perseverance.
During treatment my mom was diagnosed with the BRCA1 gene mutation, and I tested positive for this mutation as well. This mutation carries an 87% lifetime risk for breast cancer, and 40-60% risk for ovarian cancer.
In November 2019 I underwent a bilateral prophylactic double mastectomy to reduce my risk of breast cancer to 1-2%. I wanted to turn my knowledge into power, and take control of my cancer risk. I know that if my mom had the chance, she would have done the same. I'm still left with my elevated ovarian cancer risk, and limited options for surveillance because there are currently no reliable screening tests or early detection tests for ovarian cancer. Not only this, but ovarian cancer is the deadliest female gynecological cancer. The 5 year survival rate for late stage ovarian cancer is less than 30%.
We need a reliable screening test for ovarian cancer, and it can't wait. The National Ovarian Cancer Coalition is committed to raising awareness, promoting education and funding research in support of women, families, and communities impacted by ovarian cancer. Please help me support NOCC by making a contribution to my fundraiser and sharing this page with your family and friends. Thank you so much in advance. Together, we can make a difference!