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!