10.2.13 With the Unleash the SHE 5K/10K coming up on Saturday, Nov. 16 at the Blaine Sports Center, we know so many women runners and walkers will register for this event for a personal reason. Liz Dickson is a gynecologic oncology fellow at the University of Minnesota and has taken part in the event to support MOCA. She offers this post that reflects on what the event means to her, as she runs for the women she supports on a daily basis.
Cancer is a word, not a sentence. — John Diamond
When someone is told that they have cancer, the whole world changes. Up is down, left is right, black is white. When women hear this diagnosis, numerous feelings and thoughts come flooding in. But, after letting those feelings and thoughts happen, one feeling rises over the others: hope. And it is that hope that brings women together to raise money for ovarian cancer research.
The hope that one day, there will be better ways to detect ovarian cancer early, better treatments, and finally, a CURE. The women who are affected by ovarian cancer, the mothers, daughters, sisters, friends, come together with the hope that our efforts will improve and save lives. And that is why I run and help raise money for MOCA at events like the HOM Silent No More Walk/Run and the all-new Diva Dash – now called the Athleta Unleash the SHE 5K/10K Race. Because this is a sisterhood, one where we come together with hope.
If you’re a woman who likes to run or walk and haven’t been to this event, I recommend that you register now and take part. No matter your ability, it’s simply an inspiring event for everyone!
Seeing people come together, joined together in hope, to make a difference, is awe inspiring. If we each can bring a small bit of hope to this fight, we will beat this disease. This is why I take part in events like Unleash the SHE to support MOCA. To join in this sisterhood against ovarian cancer.