Ovarian Cancer Walk–MOCA–and my Mom…

Mom & Jacob in 1998

Most people who know me know at least a bit about my Mom, Mary Andrews. She was, and still is, my hero. She raised my brother and I by herself, without any help (financial or otherwise) from my father. She was one of my best friends in the whole world, and I talked to her daily, often multiple times. She loved to laugh, loved her family-especially her kids and grandkids, loved her job as bookkeeper at the Minnesota School of Business, loved an ice cold tall vodka tonic, loved traveling with her sister Anne, loved sitting in her garden and loved so much more. She died over four years ago from one of the nastiest cancers around: ovarian cancer.  I still miss her. Every. Single. Day.

My family and I are participating in the MOCA-Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance 9th Annual Silent No More Walk/Run for Ovarian Cancer on Saturday September 13th. Ovarian cancer is one of the most deadly female cancers, hard to diagnose, hard to treat, and hard to live with. It is also underfunded for research into treatments, prevention and a someday cure. My mom survived breast cancer, and then she fought back ovarian cancer for about three years, but my family and I are walking in the hope that more money will help keep amazing women like my mom alive longer, and give them better choices to diagnose, treat and prevent this often silent killer. I’m asking anyone who is interested to donate, either directly to MOCA or by sponsoring us in the walk, by sending a check made out to MOCA to me. (Email me if you need my address) Thanks for your support, and if you still have your mom, tell her you love her today. 


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