BLOG: Meet HOM Teal Strides Ambassador, Angel Bulera!
Angel Bulera and four other HOM Teal Strides for Ovarian Cancer participants are serving as HOM Teal Strides Ambassadors this year, sharing their stories and tips with others. Read on to hear what Angel has to say about our event.
What inspires you to take part in HOM Teal Strides for Ovarian Cancer?
I participated for the first time last September. My mom was diagnosed with stage IV ovarian cancer in early July of 2017, and late that summer, she made it clear to my daughter, sister and I that we needed to do everything we could to get the word out to women about the importance of paying attention to early warning signs of this awful disease.
She guided us to the information about the event and asked us to organize a team. My mom, Darlene Stensby, died on October 3, 2017. She is and will be my inspiration.
How big is your team? How do you motivate others to take part with you?
Last year our team was very large – more than 50 members walking, and several more virtual team members. We are now recruiting for our 2018 team – named Darlene’s Warrior Queens.
What would you say to someone who is considering taking part in the event for the first time?
It is an amazing event. It was powerful to have the chance to spend time with ovarian cancer survivors, as well as family members of those who had died. It gave our family a chance to connect with people who understood exactly what we were experiencing with my Mom, and who “got” how hard this disease is on the diagnosed person, as well as those who love her.
What’s the best part of the day?
The best part for me was having the chance to talk to ovarian cancer survivors and the family members of those who had died from the disease. I gained forever friends that morning, and it was the first time in three months that I had been able to find something positive in my experience with ovarian cancer.
What is your fundraising goal this year?
I fundraise for HOM Teal Strides because I want to see increased research and use into early detection methods of ovarian cancer. It is my sincere hope that there is someday a screening tool that can be implemented and utilized to detect this disease before it spirals out of control. Our team’s fundraising goal this year is $10,000. We are in the process of scheduling several meat raffles at local VFW to raise funds.
Can you give us one tip for fundraising?
Be persistent. Reach out on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram… personal email, work email (as allowed), phone contact. Repeatedly and frequently (I’m talking DAILY!) post on social media your goal and progress. It’s amazing the effect reminders have on people to contribute to a good cause.