The image above is of my mother, a year before she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. She fought hard, but in 2012 I lost her to the disease.
I was devastated.
Wanting to take a negative experience and turn it into something positive, I started Full of Grace in early 2015. Our organization is dedicated to raising money for ovarian cancer research at MD Anderson Cancer Center. I named it after my mother – Graça Pereira.
Ovarian cancer is the eighth most common cancer and the fifth leading cause of cancer related deaths.
The first Full of Grace event was a 31K – myself and 14 other runners (who joined me at various distances) ran the 19.22 miles from MD Anderson in the medical district of Houston to Memorial Oaks Cemetery where my mom now rests. It was a huge success for the first year – we helped raise over $2,500 for ovarian cancer research.
The 2016 Full of Grace event was a little different – instead of a progressive 19.22 mile run, FOG2016 was a 5K – a 3.1 mile course in the heart of Houston’s Energy Corridor. The event was a huge success! 123 runners helped raise $20,000 for ovarian cancer research and had a blast telling cancer to BEAT IT! We had a post run raffle, ate delicious food, played yard games and enjoyed the beautiful Houston weather – a fantastic event for a great cause.
In 2012, roughly 21,000 women in the United States were diagnosed with ovarian cancer. That year, almost 70% of diagnosed women died from the disease.
For 2017, our plans are even bigger and better. Our goal is to donate $30,000 to MD Anderson, and the only way we can do that is with your help! Take part in the hot pepper challenge, or register to run! And tell your friends and family everything you are doing to help make cancer a thing of the past.
Ovarian cancer, and cancer in general, affects us all. Together, we can tell cancer to BEAT IT. Registration opens on 12/04, and donations can be made at any time – even right now!