Stronger than the Storm!
for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.
2 Timothy 1:7
The American Cancer Society estimates for ovarian cancer in the United States for 2018 are:
• About 22,240 women will receive a new diagnosis of ovarian cancer.
• About 14,070 women will die from ovarian cancer.
Ovarian cancer ranks fifth in cancer deaths among women, accounting for more deaths than any other cancer of the female reproductive system. A woman's risk of getting ovarian cancer during her lifetime is about 1 in 78. Her lifetime chance of dying from ovarian cancer is about 1 in 108.
…my sister Leesa was one of the unlucky 1’s…
Leesa was an incredible mom, wife, sister, BFFEver, coworker, aunt and animal lover! She was a hard worker in a tough job, and would always brighten your day with her humor, smile and laugh. Everyone was always happy to be around Leesa!
Leesa was diagnosed with an advanced case of ovarian cancer on January 1st of 2017. By the time my sister was diagnosed, the cancer had already spread into other areas of her body and it was understood from the start that this was going to be an incredibly tough battle. As our family and great group of friends prayed, Leesa underwent 6 grueling rounds of chemotherapy, the maximum her body could take. This process was tough for us to watch and even tougher for Leesa as the chemo took her strength, her routines and even her hair, but it could not take her FIGHT. In the summer of 2017, 6 months after she was diagnosed, she was declared NED, no evidence of disease… but that we would learn would be short lived. Scans 2 months later showed the cancer had already returned and began to once again attack her body.
When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. –Psalm 56:3
Leesa did not let this terrible news discourage her, she was ready to continue the fight and be Stronger than the Storm… Over the next several months Leesa and her doctors took every approach they could to stop, or even slow down the destruction the cancer was causing. Leesa never complained as she was practically living at the hospital and doctors’ offices. You could see the intense pain she was in as she endured rounds of radioactive materials being placed directly into her liver. I will do whatever it takes she would say… She fought to the end, as she loved life, her family, her friends and her pets, and she knew we loved and needed her.
He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” Revelation 21:4
On June 12th, 2018 surrounded closely by family, The Lord took away her pain and welcomed my sister into His Kingdom where I’m sure she was also welcomed by our mom and dozens of dogs and pets that were thrilled to have Leesa and her love again!
To honor my sister, some of our family & great friends formed a cycling team: Leesa’s Mile Markers ( Leesa, worked for a road construction company and knew every Mile Marker of I-65 through Kentucky!) which will again participate in the Norton Healthcare 2019 Bike to Beat Cancer in Louisville Kentucky in September 2019.
A bicycle riding fundraiser that helps raise funds that go directly to Norton Cancer Institute to help fund research work to find cures for cancers like the ones my sister and many others fight each year.
Last year with your help our team raised over $11,000 for cancer research!! On September 14th I will ride 100 miles to honor my sister and all the others who have also lost a loved one to cancer. I would be honored to have your tax deductible donation, prayers and support in this challenge!
Thank you and God Bless~