8.23.12 Emily Kelly and her sister Alison have raised more than $18,000 for MOCA over the past four years through their Silent No More Walk/Run team, Kruisin’ for Kathie. This year, her team has a fundraising goal of $7,500. In her guest post, Emily tells us how she works to raise awareness and research funds in honor of her mother.
My connection to ovarian cancer began in 2002. Days after my 18th birthday, I was living and loving life. I had driven with friends to Duluth for a soccer game and then we continued our journey to Wisconsin to a music festival. When I arrived home from the trip, I quickly realized something was terribly wrong. My mother, Kathie, my sister Alison, and I sat down on Mom’s bed. The word came out: cancer. Ovarian cancer? I didn’t even know what it was. No matter, my life as I knew it turned upside down. And yet, I now understood one thing: I had been shocked to see my family at my soccer game in Duluth. They said it was simply to surprise me, but I now realized it was because Mom was afraid she wouldn’t be able to see many more games after her diagnosis.
For the next 21 months, I became all too familiar with ovarian cancer. After a tremendous battle, Mom passed away from ovarian cancer on March 29,, 2004. Although there are definitely times I believe the disease has made me (and my family) stronger, I would give anything to have Mom back.
After I lost Mom, there was a terrible void and the constant question of “Why Mom?” The Silent No More Walk/Run provides me with an answer. Participating in this terrific event gives me a better understanding of why I lost my amazing Mom, and why my family and friends no longer have their: daughter, sister, wife, aunt, cousin, neighbor, friend, co-worker, etc. I no longer have her, but losing her has motivated me to make a difference in the fight against ovarian cancer.
I participate and fundraise every year to help MOCA spread awareness, fund research, and help families that are dealing with this devastating disease. Perhaps Kruisin’ for Kathie’s team efforts can prevent one child from having to watch their mom battle ovarian cancer. I don’t get to call Mom on the phone, hug her, or spend special occasions with her; however, I do get to make her proud by making a difference in her memory. I hope you’ll join me and thousands of others this September 8 in Rosland Park in Edina.
Register for the Silent No More Walk/Run at www.mnovarian.org. Save $5 and register by Monday, August 27!