2017 National Race to End Women’s Cancer
I learned of Wisconsin Ovarian Cancer Alliance when I received my comfort tote at a follow-up appointment with my oncologist. I was touched by the fact that there was an organization that cared about me even though they had never met me. Since my recovery, in an effort to live a healthier lifestyle, I started running. I have participated in as many 5k’s that support WOCA as I can, dragging my sisters along with me. Together we have also regularly attended the Toast to Teal and the Survivors Brunch. In my quest to find exciting 5k’s I ran across the 2017 National Race to End Women’s Cancer in Washington DC, sponsored by the Foundation for Women’s Cancer. The foundation was founded by the Society of Gynecologic Oncology in 1991. I floated the idea past my sisters who, of course, said they would love to go with me. We felt it was important to represent WI and more importantly WOCA at a national event. The three of us flew to DC a few days early to enjoy the sites and the history of city. We were able to stay at the host hotel right across from Freedom Plaza where the 5k started. Unfortunately, the day of the run was the only day we had rain but it didn’t dampen our spirits or those of the other participants. The route wound us past the historic Old Post Office, US Naval Memorial, FBI Headquarters and US Capital. Because we were sporting the WOCA logo on our backs, we caught the attention of many runners and walkers, who were interested that we had come from WI to support a great cause. We truly enjoyed the event and our visit to Washington DC, and we hope to do it again sometime in the future.
-Jill Vida with sisters Beth Ratledge and Lynn Peters