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FamiliesROC

This weekend was the third annual FamiliesROC 5K Run/ 1M Walk for Ovarian Cancer Research.

FamiliesROC was founded by the Jorgensen family to support their wife and mother, Brenda, in her fight against Ovarian Cancer; to raise money for research; and to help spread Brenda's message of the importance of physical fitness in fighting any form of cancer.

This year seems to have been a watershed year for the event. The response was almost three times last year. It was a fabulous day. A day all about family; family fitness; and families supporting each other.

I was honored to have the opportunity to be a volunteer at the event. I volunteered because Brenda's daughter, Kristen, and my daughter, Caroline, have been friends since middle-school. My daughter couldn't be there, so I represented her.

I volunteered because cancer affects us all, if not personally, then certainly through a friend or a family member. When was the last time you met someone who hadn't been affected by cancer?

And I volunteered because a friend is fighting her own battle with Ovarian Cancer right now. I wanted to support her fight - even if from a distance.

Here are a few of my favorite photos of the day.


Kristen and Brenda -- two beautiful, strong, powerful fighters, and the founders of FamiliesROC.

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My job was to organize volunteers to man all of the "cheering stations" along the route.

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After the 5K ended the 1M began. This was when the big groups of families all walked together.

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After the racing and walking was over it was time to hang out; listen to music; have refreshments; and enjoy the company.

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One of the many, many family groups standing strongly together.

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It was a fun day, and not without its share of irreverent humor. May I introduce Dr. Uterus and the Ovaries?

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And, my final picture. This was my way of bringing Gina along for the fun.

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The FamiliesROC 5K/1M is in the books. Next year is already scheduled and the information is on the FamiliesROC website. September 26th, 2010. Be There.

Comments (3)

Barb Cabot:

Heartwarming post Deborah. What a great job you and all the other teams did for such a good cause.

Great post, Deborah! Got teary eyed reading about the strong family support for the 5k. ROC on!

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