Team Ovacome Will Do It Again
Racing The Avia Wildflower Triathlons to Raise Awareness for Ovarian Cancer
Posted: Thursday, April 9, 2009
Julia Bluff | Paso Robles Press
Team Ovacome will do it again in 2009! The group of five Central Coast women who raced in the mountain bike event last year plan to cross the finish line again this year in the same fashion, hand in hand! This year, the team added a few more racers to the line who will take on the challenge of the Olympic and Mountain bike courses. Team Ovacome was founded in 2007 and is dedicated to raising Ovarian Cancer Awareness in honor of Mary Barth, a two-time ovarian cancer survivor. Getting back into the triathlon mode, the team made an appearance at the Big Sur Mud Run in March. They also plan to participate in the San Jose Muddy Buddy in June and the Camp Pendleton Mud Run in October. The team is aiming to raise $5,000 this year, $1,000 more than last year. They need your help! The team is always looking for new events to participate in and if you would like to sponsor and entry fee, it is greatly appreciated. One hundred percent of donations go directly toward the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund. Feel free to visit the team and check out Team Ovacome gear at their campsites in Redonda Vista A-loop. There you can stop by to say hi, make a donation to OCRF, purchase apparel or even share your story. Best wishes to all competitors at Wildflower 2009 and thanks to our supporters!
2008 Article | Julia Buff, Paso Robles Press
According to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 22,430 women were diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2007. During that same time period, more than 15,200 died from the same disease.
The group of young athletic women had always wanted to take on the Wildflower course, which they had worked during their summers on San Antonio Lake, but were wary about competing in the event against their best friends. When Chavez suggested that they take on the course in honor of Mary and her battle against ovarian cancer, the group immediately seized upon the idea and formed Team Ovacome.
The girls were eager to show their support for the woman who had touched each of their lives. “There are people out there that are willing to fight as hard for [Mary] as she has fought against this cancer,” Rohrer said. The primary goal of the team is to raise awareness of ovarian cancer and give women the tools to recognize the disease in its early stages, Chavez said. “A lot of people don’t know about ovarian cancer,” she said. “We just want it to be known like breast cancer is known and other cancers have been known. The more women know about it, the more people will put time and effort into it. That is why we are trying to get it out to the community that this is a disease and you might not even know you have it.” There is research in the works to develop more efficient ways to detect ovarian cancer in its early stages and to discover more effective ways to treat the disease. Team Ovacome is looking to support that research by raising money for the cause.
Contact the team by e-mailing: firstname.lastname@example.org