We are rallying behind one of Smith's family members, Maggie Bush, and joining her as she walks in The Celma Mastry Ovarian Cancer Walk on September 21st in downtown St. Petersburg, FL. Maggie has been fighting Stage 4 Ovarian Cancer and is now pronounced NED (No Evidence of Disease). Her strength and positive spirit throughout the experience have been truly inspiring and we are proud to be able to walk by her side and support a cause that she believes in.
Maggie is planning to be healthy enough to walk the 5K in the Celma Mastry Ovarian Cancer Walk in St. Petersburg on September 21st. She will be the Team Captain of SERENDIPITY. Maggie says she chose the team name Serendipity because “I have found such joy in the most unexpected places. My life is fuller and happier, and I have to say that having cancer has made me appreciate everything so much more”.
Smith has been a long-time supporter of The Celma Mastry Ovarian Cancer Foundation recognizing the help they provide through research, support and advocacy for a disease that is often diagnosed too late. The Celma Mastry Ovarian Cancer Foundation was started in 2003 by family and friends of a woman named Celma Mastry who passed for the disease and struggled to get it identified. The foundation was established to help other women who were also suffering from this “silent killer” with a mission of uniting family, friends, and community to fight ovarian cancer.
About the Race: The Celma Mastry Ovarian Cancer Foundation race starts at Albert Whitted Park in beautiful downtown St. Petersburg. The runners and walkers get to experience a beautiful sunrise. Most of the course is along the waterfront with city streets closed to traffic. All participants receive a great t-shirt and finisher's medal and get to cheer for women who inspire so many with their strength. Great refreshments and music as well as loads of competition among teams! The 5K and 10K and 1-mile courses are USATF-certified (#FL11071EBM) with chip timing for the 5K and 10K.
While Maggie is NED, she still has many struggles ahead due to damage caused by the chemo. Her brothers sent her to New York City and joined her on September 7th for the TEAL Walk, which is a fundraiser for ovarian cancer awareness. Early detection is key to better outcomes, but normal blood tests and annual PAP’s don’t detect ovarian cancer. Thus, it’s often not discovered until it has reached Stage 4.
Sign up to join our team Serendipity, or make a donation at https://runsignup.com/serendipity
Smith teammates at last year's Celma Mastry Ovarian Cancer Walkon