For those of you who do not know, my mother has been battling stage 3 ovarian cancer for 15 years. She has gone through chemotherapy treatment plans and has been declared to be in remission numerous times. And yet, the cancer keeps coming back. Roswell Park has given my mother a reason to hope. She has qualified for multiple clinical trials, where cutting edge research has been incorporated into her cancer treatment. Her type of ovarian cancer is a rare form that by process of elimination over these 15 years, there are only a few remaining chemotherapy drugs applicable and available to her. Without these clinical trials introducing new treatment options, we can only wonder if my mother’s story would have ended years ago.
Yet her story goes on. Since retiring two years ago, my mother spends her free time volunteering at Roswell Park. The gift that she shares is encouragement. She encourages cancer patients who may not have much hope and shares her faith, which is the strongest I know. She has made friends with many patients at Roswell and has witnessed both miraculous recoveries and heartbreaking losses. She is living out God’s plan for her life. Only one who has experienced such suffering can fully relate to others who are dealing with similar struggles. She is an agent of hope for these patients.
Through the roller coaster of emotions that cancer can cause, my mother is in a particular low point at the moment. Earlier this month, she found out that her cancer has spread from her ovaries to the lymph nodes near her heart and lungs. Her doctors have acted quickly to prescribe a new treatment plan for her, but let’s be honest: this is scary. We know that God’s plans are perfect and however this story ends, it will be for His glory. While my mother has placed her full confidence in this truth, she has also placed her hope in the continued research at Roswell Park to find a cure to this terrible disease.
On Saturday, June 22, I will be riding for a cure. I will be riding in honor of my mother who inspires us all and is a living example of Roswell Park’s mission.
I ask that you consider donating, not for me to ride a bicycle for 30+ miles, but to assist in finding a cure so that we can live in a world without cancer.
Thank you for your love and support!