Sunday, August 21, 2011

Piper O'Neill city to surf Ovarian Cancer

Wearing our silver ribbons to show our support for the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation, my husband Jordan and I took off on a 14km run from Hyde Park to Bondi Beach at the annual City to Surf on August 14, 2011. There were over 85,000 people who took part in the race this year raising over $3,000,000 for charities across Australia.

The Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation is a fantastic organisation which supports ovarian cancer research programs. Established in May of 2000 and led by gynaecological oncology specialist Professor Thomas Jobling and Liz Heliotis, the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation focuses on understanding the cause, its early detection, and improving patient survival rate of ovarian cancer.

It is one of the most common forms of gynaecological cancers found in women and unfortunately it is often only detected in the advanced staged of the disease, resulting in a high mortality rate.  The signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer are often times over looked or not recognised immediately.

(Left: Start Line, Right: Approaching Kings Cross. A sea of people)

One of the main goals of the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation is to improve the mortality rate, improve awareness and with research develop an early detection program.  The costs involved in continuing research for this horrible disease are enormous, and they can only continue the research by raising funds through sponsors and public donations.

 Bondi Beach finish line in the distance. Almost there.

As many of you know, I am not a runner, but I must say I had an amazing time running for the cause.  The energy of the crowd was so uplifting.  There were live bands spread out over the course of the track and km check points to remind us just how far we had come.

Although, we did experience a light sprinkle after the 7km mark, it didn’t stick around for very long and was actually a nice way to cool off just before we tackled Heartbreak Hill.  A big special thank you to my wonderful husband who stayed by my side the whole way,  He was so supportive and motivating even when my legs were burning up the hill.  Thank you Jordan!! 

We didn’t win the race, or even come close, but it was a great experience and I’m sure we will do it again next year.