National Ovarian Cancer Coalition

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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

A year ago today...

A year ago today, my younger (by three years) sister Julie was diagnosed with Stage 3C Ovarian cancer. She is now a cancer survivor, and while we never know what tomorrow will bring, she is strong and healthy with few, if any, substantive side effects. She has been strong and positive, even through the tough times, and with G-d's help, will continue to be the wife, mom, sister, daughter, friend and family member that she would like to be.

A year ago today I decided to dedicate my 2011 triathlon and endurance event racing schedule raising money for the National Ovarian cancer Coalition, to raise money for  ovarian cancer research and to raise awareness of this insidious disease. To date we have raised about $31,000 - all from the generosity of family, friends, colleagues, and patients in my practice. The support and love shown to Julie (and me by proxy) has been so humbling and inspiring, that when the going gets tough in my races, I think about those that survived, those that didn't and those that supported to get me to the finish line. They truly motivate me to continue.

I have 3 more races left till the end of the year - a sprint triathlon Oct 30, a half iron distance trialthlon in Miami Nov 13 and a yet to be determined 10K in December. I'll try to keep all updated and in the know - so if you want to come watch or run, let me know.

And don't forget to donate at

Thanks! Here's to another year of survivorship for Julie,  early detection and better yet a cure!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Did You Miss Me? We have raised $30,883 since January!

Well, it's been almost 3 and a half months since my last post. While I have been keeping up my training and racing to raise money for the NOCC, we've had such a busy summer that even a monthly post got away from me.

Julie has now gone almost six months since her last chemo and her ports have all been removed. Her hair is growing back and she no longer wears the wig. Best of all she's been cancer free at each check up. The one year mark for her diagnosis/surgery is just a little under 2 months away.

The financial/fundraising  and emotional/friendship support from our family, friends, patients and colleagues has been amazing. I continue to be humbled by the outpouring of love and the enthusiasm with which people cheer me on for my races, and Julie for her fight agains cancer.

I am 60% towards my fundraising goal with 4 months to go, so it's still doable. Please support and give what you can:

So here's the races completed since May (we've had a couple of schedule changes):

June 4 Playtri swim races 
300m Lake Swim- 4:39
750m Lake Swim - 13:00
1500m Lake Swim- 27:45

June 11 Metroplex Sprint Triathlon 
400m Lake Swim 11 mile Bike 2 mile Run - 1:04:48

July 17  
Disco Olympic Triathlon 

1500m Lake Swim, 23 mile Bike, 6.2 mile Run - 3:14:47

Aug 21  

Take on Heat Sprint Triathlon

350 m Lake Swim, 12 mile Bike – 3.1 mile Run - 1:15:28

Next up, Austin Olympic Distance Triathlon on Labor Day !

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

What a Great Day for a 10K, a Bagel and a Birthday!

Sunday, May 15, was my 52nd birthday. We couldn't have paid for better weather, and the crowd at the 25th annual JCC Bagel Run was large and ready to help me celebrate. My sister, Julie, walked the short course as part of her healthy survivorship. After all, she's the reason I'm doing all this blogging and fundraising.
And as an added surprise, my office team (Thank you Nancy, Kristen, Inga, Paula, Kristin, Monica, Stefani, Angie, Cheryl and Nechole!) as well as our friends periodontists Dr. Steve Bass & Dr. Ellen Hall, donated generously to the NOCC in support of the fundraiser as a birthday present to me. I was touched, humbled and honored.
 Thanks to Jon Mize at the JCC, and Mark Kreditor, race director, I was able to race on a comped entry fee of $25, which I will donated to the NOCC.
Please keep the good flow going and donate to the NOCC  - Click HERE

Sunday, May 1, 2011

The Most Historic Thing About The Historic McKinney Kiwanis Triathlon...

The Most Historic Thing About The Historic McKinney Kiwanis Triathlon...was the weather. As the swim was getting underway at a little after 7:30 am this morning, a storm of near epic proportions blew in - according to the race volunteers the winds were 50 mph. Heavy rain, thunder, lightning and high winds postponed the race after the first 60 or so triathletes started on the swim, and many of those on the course reported short bursts of hail. Fifteen or twenty minutes later we got started again, but the winds were still strong - slowing up both the bike and the run. Ultimately, the late starters were prevented from getting to run at all, as a new storm cell was blowing through the area.
Nevertheless, I finished upright and with no damage to my bike or my body, only my run and bike splits, which weren't as fast as I'd hoped.
Oh well, we're still doing good things raising money for the NOCC and this week actually got our first story published in the print media - you  can see it HERE
And as always, you can donate in support of my races and in honor of Julie's cancer fight by clicking HERE.
Thank you for your continued support!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Something Ironic about Racing the King Tut Triathlon...

...On the eve of Passover, when my ancestors ran like crazy from the Pharoah in the Exodus from Egypt. Fortunately, nowadays, it's symbolic, but I swam, biked and ran like crazy yesterday at the King Tut Sprint Triathlon. It took the Israelites 40 years to reach their destination; it took me 1 hour and 20 minutes to finish my race.

But if they hadn't done their job, I'd be building pyramids instead of racing to raise money to combat ovarian cancer. I'll take it.

To be free to do good for others, to be free to help prevent oppression and protect the downtrodden and to appreciate the amazing freedoms we have here in the USA, and for my sister being currently free from cancer - who could run from that?

To those who celebrate, have a joyous and meaningful Passover, and thanks for helping us with our cause - racing to erase ovarian cancer!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

First Triathlon of the Year - King Tut Sprint on Sunday and We're Almost to $13K

Today I sent a blast email to all my patients who we have email addresses for - asking for their support for my endurance fundraiser this year. I got the most amazing response - over 25% of the money we've raised so far came in today!

I have the most amazing and supportive patient base. I'll keep racing, y'all keep supporting and together we WILL make a difference!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Tour of Dallas - And We're Over $10K!!

Friends (l-r) Arlene, Lisa, Lee and me after the Tour of Dallas

Just to make sure I could get in some kind of endurance event in April, (senior prom is the night before the King Tut Sprint on April 17) I decided to ride in the Tour of Dallas this weekend. It was a 30 mile loop from downtown around White Rock Lake and back to downtown. Tack on the extra 15 miles or so each way it took to get to and from downtown, it was right at a 60 mile day.

Most of it was at a pretty easy pace, except for the loop around the lake when I got behind Lee & Lisa on their tandem and we picked up a couple of other folks and had a mini peloton going.

On the ride back to the house, we stopped for lunch at a new place on the Katy Trail called the Katy Trail Ice House. Great outside, shady seating and an atmosphere very Austin - like and reminiscent of an old Dallas favorite hangout called Cardinal Puffs. If I hadn't been on my bike, I'd have definitely hung out for a cold beer or 2.

We're making strides on the fundraising to help detect Ovarian Cancer early at the NOCC:

Click on the link if you'd like to make a donation and help us continue on our goal of raising $50,000. We're over 20% there. I sure appreciate all the kind words of support and monetary gifts to the NOCC.

Julie has decided to do one more round of chemo and try as best as they can to knock her cancer out for good. She starts that tomorrow so by next week she'll be all done for now.