Going the distance to fight ovarian cancer



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Posted on February 18, 2013 at 12:03 AM

Updated Friday, Nov 22 at 3:20 PM

DALLAS — Dozens of people took time out of their day Sunday to push their bodies to the limit for a good cause in Dallas.

"We’re riding six hours for ovarian cancer," said Jack Baum, who signed up to ride for the Wheel To Survive benefit.

“My friend Julie Shrell had ovarian cancer and beat it. And the earlier we detect it, the better chance there are for people to beat it," he said.

It was six hours of leg-pumping and pedal-pushing. In all, it added up to about 120 miles of cycling, buckets of sweat, and as much as $300,000 raised for ovarian cancer research in just one day.

“We’re just so proud of everyone who’s been here and all the support that we’ve had.” Shrell said.

Shrell co-founded the Be The Difference Foundation along with three other women who are ovarian cancer survivors. The foundation sponsors Wheel To Survive.

During the indoor ride, there were six spin-type classes with about 200 people in each class. Each person donated at least $250 to take part.

All of the money goes to ovarian cancer research.

“Twenty-two-thousand women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer this year alone," Shrell said. "Fifteen-thousand will die of the disease. And 70 percent of those diagnosed will die within five years."

Symptoms of the disease are vague, and she said ovarian cancer just doesn’t get enough attention in the media.

"Even though its not a sexy disease, it’s a very lethal disease for women," Shrell said.

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