Pirates of the Nether Regions host a BBQ birthday bash and raise $3,000 for the Underwear Affair!
Watching both her parents battle cancer inspired Kate Robinson to create the team Pirates of the Nether Regions for the sixth annual 10-kilometre run.
I only discovered how much I didn't know about "below the waist" cancers after I was diagnosed with advanced ovarian cancer last September.
Kate, Baxter and I came back from our summer road trip through California vistas, Disneyland, the stunning Getty Center, Grand Canyon, the energy vortexes of Sedona, amazing rocks of Utah and hearing a pin drop in the Salt Lake City Tabernacle.
A surprise lump led me to my doctor and a series of tests. In hospital I had the ultimate clutter clean-up -- a hysterectomy to remove my "lady parts", as Kate says, and tumors. One was the size of a cantaloupe and the other, a lemon. Alas this veritable fruit bowl was malignant: ovarian cancer stage 3b.
My story is a good one... 12 chemo treatments and the cancer is in remission.
All it takes is a cancer in your family to discover how many people are fighting the disease... and how many battles are lost. In my own family: my dad died of kidney cancer, one grandmother of uterine cancer, another of kidney cancer, my former husband of prostate cancer.
We have come to trust that a mammogram will uncover a breast lump and a pap test will wave the warning flag for cervical cancer: there is no screening test for ovarian cancer. This is why I'm participating in Uncover the Cure: raising awareness and money for research.
I hope to be able to take part in the 5k walk on July 9th as part of my daughter Kate's team, Pirates of the Nether Regions. We're aiming to raise more than $12,000 and you can help us by making a donation online now.
Thanks for your contribution and for spreading the word!