April 9, 1984 Kim Podraza’s life changed. That was the day she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer.
“In one day your life can change,” she says. But after months of treatment and ongoing check-ups and biopsies, she beat it. 28 years later, she’s a survivor inspiring others to fight the disease — and win.
This May 5, Kim and other survivors, fighters, and supporters will “Sprint for Life,” a 5k run/walk to benefit MD Anderson Cancer Center.
“MD Anderson has been around a long time… I owe them a lot,” says Kim.
“This year, about 22,000 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer and about 15,000 will die, making ovarian cancer the leading cause of death from gynecologic cancers. Unfortunately, because there is no screening or early detection test available and the symptoms are subtle, only 25% of ovarian tumors are detected before they have progressed to an advanced stage.” – M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
For more on Kim’s story, take a listen to our chat here:
And get ready to cheer her — and the rest — on this weekend!
She’ll be running with the same attitude that got her through a tough battle 28 years ago. “I’ll run… I dunno how fast, but I’ll make it!”