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National Ovarian Cancer Coalition and Diana’s I Will Live™ Foundation Join Forces

The National Ovarian Cancer Coalition (NOCC) and Diana’s I Will Live™ Foundation (DIWLF) have partnered to host the Together We Will Live event at Edgemere Park, by Burges High on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016.

“We are excited that DIWLF and NOCC will partner together in this worthy endeavor to raise awareness about the symptoms an treatments of ovarian cancer”, said Marco Martinez, DIWLF Board Member. “We believe that our 3rd annual race, will be an event that will both honor family and friends that have passed, but will also raise awareness about this horrible disease. We look forward to working with NOCC and making a difference against ovarian cancer in the greater Southwest Texas and New Mexico Region.”

There will be a 5k Competitive Run starting at 8:30 a.m., followed by a 5K Fun Run/Walk and a One-mile Walk.

Proceeds from the event will benefit NOCC and DIWLF programs, events, and activities. The first 1,000 registrants will receive a T-shirt and all attendees will receive information.

The pre-registration cost is $25 for adults, $15 for children ages three through 10, and free for children ages two and under. Race day registration is $30.

Diana’s I Will Live™ Foundation, is named for and honors Diana Solis Zavala. Below is a brief passage about Diana and her journey

Diana’s  journey began June 1998 as an 18-year-old who was busy loving life, spending time with friends, attending college and working.

An emergence of abdominal pain, bloating, loss of appetite and weight loss led her to seek medical care.

The diagnosis? A stomach virus and later was told that it was gastritis. However, the symptoms persisted and got worse.

After continued pain, a sonogram revealed an ovarian cyst. An outpatient surgery was scheduled on June 4th 1998 and she expected to be home in 3 hours following the procedure. Instead, she awoke from anesthesia the next day in the hospital in tremendous pain.

Her simple surgical procedure to remove a cyst had turned into a major surgery to remove a tennis ball sized tumor that had over-taken her entire left ovary and another tumor from her right ovary. She was diagnosed with Stage III Ovarian Cancer.

She endured two more major surgeries for tumor de-bulking and a port-a-cath placement for chemotherapy. She underwent 12 rounds of Carbo/ Taxol Chemotherapy. By age 19, she had to make a life altering decision whether to keep her right ovary or to have it removed and never have children as another nodule was now visible.

She chose to undergo a complete hysterectomy. She proceeded to live her life to the fullest and as normally as she could in the ensuing years while dutifully continuing her medical treatment.  During her early treatments, a wonderful nurse who sympathized and truly cared about her inspired Diana to one day do the same for others.

In 2007, Diana accomplished her goal and became a Registered Nurse. In January 2011, the ovarian cancer returned. Again in July 2011, she had to undergo major surgery and a very difficult and debilitating recovery that lasted over a year and a half.

Diana won her battle and was victorious over ovarian cancer. On Tuesday, January 6, 2015, Diana graduated to heaven and is now completely whole and healthy.

Now, the foundation’s commitment to Diana and to our community is to keep her legacy moving forward by raising awareness about ovarian cancer. Throughout her ordeal, she witnessed patients who were lonely or who had little or no moral support.

She witnessed individuals with minimal education and a lack of fluency in English and had difficulties understanding medical terminology; they needed someone they could turn to and ask questions, obtain assistance and support.

For these reasons, Diana and her husband, Martin, decided to form a foundation to help spread awareness, assist and guide patients and their families throughout their battle with this terrible disease.

For more information about DIWLF, visit http://diwlf.org

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