To me LIVESTRONG means Hope and a positive future for so many!

I am truly one of the fortunate ones in so many respects. I had been getting the CA125 blood work done for nearly 15 years after my mom had Ovarian cancer. Then one day in 2004, I was told I had skipped out of the safe zone.. What? Yes I had a high level of the protein they had been testing for for years. They had found a growth the size of a grapefruit on my ovary. I went through many other tests and surgery to remove my ovaries etc. I was told that I had caught it early and it was considered clear. Whew... I didn't have to go through chemo or anything. 5 years later I had a pain in my abdomen that turned out to be  a growth on my Colon that was the size of a baseball. Again, I was able to have it removed and had caught it early enough... No chemo or other treatments. Again I dodged the bullet. For years I didn't look at myself as a cancer survivor until I did the Austin Livestrong ride in 2010 in memory of Matt Patterson , who had lost his battle to esophageal cancer at just 19 years  old. While I  was there, I came in contact with many advocates, supporters, survivors and those fighting for their lives. It was a very emotional experience for me. For the first time I was able to talk about my experiences and my good fortune without feeling guilty. I can now say "I AM A SURVIVOR!" Today I ride for many different people who are part of my life. Some who have not been as fortunate as I have been. I'm hoping I can make a difference for others through raising awareness & raising funds for the Livestrong Foundation to continue their mission! I ride and raise funds in memory of my Mom Marge, Aunt Angie, Cousin Barb, Bob Hampton , Matt Patterson, Dan McClung & Steve-O. In honor of: Sister- n-Law Sue, and friends Susan, Lisa  and all the many others who struggle with cancer everyday!