Athlete races 50th state for ovarian cancer


For five years, ovarian cancer survivor Jenn Sommermann has been racing around America, tackling triathlon after triathlon since launching her “50 x 50 x 100” campaign in 2009. The American Cancer Society estimates 22,280 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer in the United States this year and about 15,500 women will die from the disease.

It is Sommermann’s goal to compete in 50 triathlons in all 50 states by the time she is 50 years old, raising $100,000 for ovarian cancer research and educating women across the country about the disease.

Now 49, Sommermann has already competed in 49 states, raising awareness and $105,000 to fight ovarian cancer on behalf of the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund. She aims to reach her final goal when she takes on triathlon No. 50 on Sunday, Nov. 24, at the Lavaman Triathlon in Kona. Accompanying her will be 22 of her family members and various friends she has met along the way of this campaign.

The OCRF sponsors research aimed at finding a method of early detection and a cure for the disease dubbed the “silent killer” of women.

Six years ago, Sommermann, herself, was diagnosed with a stage-three ovarian tumor that presented only the slightest symptoms, but which had already spread.

 

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