Mind Over Matter: "Tri"-ing to Chase a Cure for Brain Cancer
HELP ME REACH MY NEW STRETCH GOAL OF $30,000 BY SEPTEMBER 20!
Hi, I'm Olivia and I'm competing in Ironman Wisconsin on September 8 to raise awareness and money for primary brain cancer research in honor of my dad. All the money I raise will go directly to the oncology research team led by Dr. Varun Monga at the University of Iowa Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Monga’s team has provided exceptional care for my dad and prolonged his life by more than five years and for that we are deeply grateful. It’s time to put MIND OVER MATTER and “tri” to chase down a cure for brain cancer! Please make a donation today.
My Dad, My Hero...
Since September of last year, I have been spending several hours per week training for and thinking about Ironman Wisconsin. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Ironman, it is a triathlon consisting of a 2.4 mile open water swim, a 112 mile bike, and a 26.2 mile (marathon distance) run. On September 8th, 2019 I will toe the line at the Ironman start in Madison, WI, hoping to complete all 140.6 miles by midnight. But, I'm not only trying to finish this race, I am using it as a way to raise awareness and money for primary brain cancer research at the University of Iowa Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center.
A little over 5.5 years ago, my father was diagnosed with glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), a very invasive and aggressive grade IV tumor of the brain. At the time of his diagnosis, we were hit with the grim statistics of this disease…the average survival time is 11-15 months, and less than 5% of those diagnosed will survive 5 years. However, with the incredible care and treatment from Dr. Varun Monga and his oncology team at the University of Iowa, my dad is beating the odds. He is still fighting and continues to kick cancer’s butt with a smile on his face and determination in his heart.
Growing up, he always supported me in all of my races. From the very start of my running career, he was my biggest fan. At cross country races in high school, he would run all over the course in an attempt to cheer me on from as many locations as physically possible. I bet he ran as much as I did at some of those meets! At this next race, my biggest race yet, I want to be HIS BIGGEST FAN by reaching my fundraising goal of $2,500.
In addition, to raise awareness, I would like to dedicate each mile of my journey to an individual who is either currently fighting or lost a battle with any type of primary brain cancer. The first 140 miles will be in honor of these individuals. The last and hardest 0.6 mile of the race will be in honor of my dad, the only true IRONMAN in my family.
During the race, I will be wearing a shirt listing the 141 names on the back of it. I will also be opening an online apparel shop so you can wear a similar shirt to support the cause, whether you make it to the race to cheer me on in person, or support my journey from afar via the Ironman tracking app.
Please donate to help fund the research that has given my family 5.5 precious years with my dad. This research can help other affected families have more time with their loved ones too. I thank you in advance for your thoughts, prayers and support through my journey.
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