Welcome to Trista's Walk of Hope Page
Last year I dedicated my participation in the Walk of Hope to Elly Mayday, a Canadian model and fellow ovarian cancer survivor who, at the time, found out that her ovarian cancer came back. I met her back in 2017 and she was a great advocate for ovarian cancer, especially for us young female survivors. I admired her honesty and authenticity - she wasn't afraid to show the good and not-so-good parts of having cancer on social media. It takes a lot of guts to open up your life and show your personal struggles in such a public way. I've spoken to other survivors and we can't say enough about positive Elly Mayday was and how much awesome advocating Elly's done for ovarian cancer funding and research. So when she announced her reocurrance, it broke my heart to hear that she was going through this struggle again. It just was not fair for someone who has had shown so much light and love to go through this darkness and pain again.
Elly had battled this awful disease once before, so I figured this would happen again. I saw much of myself in her. If Elly could make it through this, then I could too. But on March 1, 2019, Elly passed away. I was shocked. And angry. This horrible disease took another beautiful soul from this world. For me, the reoccurence of her disease and her death is a reminder that cancer is never truly behind me. It's always with me. What if it comes back? What am I going to do? How do I prepare myself in case that happens?
This really is the awful reality of ovarian cancer. Approximately 85% of survivors experience recurrence. This means current treatment strategies are failing 85% of us. 85 percent! My stomach is in knots just thinking about the number. This number is just unacceptable.
If I ever have to face the cancer battle again, I want there to be better odds, and I hope you do too. I fundraise so there can be more access to better treatments, more funding for research to create better treatments, and more options for women to live longer. This is one of the many reasons why I am involved in the Walk. For Elly, for all the other ovarian cancer survivors out there facing reoccurence and for those who have left us...and for the future me.
The Walk celebrates the hope I carry with me every day – the hope for a future without this disease. The future where young women like me no longer have to hear the words "you have cancer" and don't have to forgo having families because of there are no other treatment options for this horrible disease.
Every dollar I raise supports Ovarian Cancer Canada, the only national charity entirely dedicated to this important cause. Funds will be used to provide support, increase awareness, and fund vital research so that we can change the future for women with ovarian cancer. Last year I personally raised over $2,800 and I was recognized as one of the top individual participants in the Guelph Walk of Hope, coming in second place for funds raised. Together with my team, I am so proud to say that we have raised over $17,215 for Ovarian Cancer Canada since 2016. Just amazing!
Please provide your support by giving generously. Better yet, if you are up for a challenge this September, come out and join "Team Trista". Together we can make a difference!
With love and gratitude,
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