by Aleece Raw
It’s hard to believe another September is right around the corner—another ovarian cancer awareness month and another birthday that my sister, Shelly, is not here to celebrate since succumbing to ovarian cancer just over two years ago. She would have been 46 this September. She was a vibrant soul who serves as a reminder to this day of how to live courageously and lovingly. So, in her honor, I will head to Salt Lake City September 15th-18th, to climb a mountain, literally and figuratively, at HERA’s 10th Annual Climb4Life Utah.
We’ll be climbing mountains in the beautiful ravines outside Salt Lake City, challenging ourselves to take one more step when we’re sure we can’t go on. Have you hugged a vertical cliff? It’s exhilarating and a bit terrifying. Newbies are definitely encouraged – it’s where I did my first (and only) climb. This will be my second. Yikes! I’ll take one step at a time until I’ve reached the top. And continue on until we’ve raised another $100,000 or more for ovarian cancer research.
What will you be doing for ovarian cancer awareness month? I sincerely hope you can join me at the Utah climb. I’ve met such wonderful, vibrant people at each event I’ve been to. If you want to attend but aren’t ready to climb, never fear. There’s yoga and hiking to do as well. I tried acroyoga at the Climb4Life Colorado this past June. It’s a combination of thai yoga, massage and acrobatics that you’ve got to try to fully understand and appreciate.
If you can’t make it, please honor the women in your life by committing to doing at least one thing this September to help stop the loss of women from ovarian cancer. Here are some things you can do right at home, no matter where you live:
My sister’s death was the biggest wake up call of my life. It was what Kris Carr, author of Crazy Sexy Cancer, calls a “shitpickle.” It made me check in to my own life and make sure I was happy with the way I was living it. Turns out I had a few adjustments to make. You may already have experienced your own shitpickle, but you don’t need to wait for one to happen to start making your own health and quality of life a priority. As Kris would say, “eat your veggies, ignite your spark, and live like you mean it!”
Many thanks to my HERA family for helping me live like I mean it.
I love each and every one of you,
The mission of the HERA Ovarian Cancer Foundation is to eliminate ovarian cancer by promoting Health, Empowerment, Research, and Awareness.
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