’86’ ovarian cancer this weekend in Frisco
September 17, 2012
It was Wendy Salazar’s mother who gave her the strength to follow her dreams and become an owner of Log Cabin Cafe in Frisco, which she did in 2010 along with good friend Michelle McDonald. And it’s Salazar’s mother who is now going through her fourth cycle of ovarian cancer, a disease the pair want to help beat with Saturday’s second annual 86 Ovarian Cancer Restaurant Relay.
Here’s how it works: Teams of two will relay up and down Frisco Main Street with trays, picking up items or completing a task – like rolling silverware or folding shirts – at each of the 14 business stops along the way. There will be three winning categories: best time, best costumes (yes, crazy getups are encouraged) and most money raised.
All proceeds will go to Colorado Ovarian Cancer Alliance to raise awareness, and local nonprofit Domus Pacis Family Respite, which provides families dealing with illness with a relaxing vacation in Summit County. The organization previously hosted a trip for Salazar’s mother, and will be putting any money raised toward other families dealing with ovarian cancer.
The relay earned $3,500 last year; Salazar and McDonald are hoping to double that this year.
Following the relay, all racers are invited to an after-party with live music, food and an awards ceremony with prizes. People can also donate to win prizes like a beach cruiser, tools, ski stuff and gift certificates to local establishments.
The goal is to make everyone aware of the symptoms of the deadly disease, Salazar wrote on the event website. She hadn’t heard anything about it until her mom was diagnosed.
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“Ovarian cancer has symptoms, but they are so quiet and hidden that they can go undetected for several years,” she wrote. “We need to get the word out so more women will know the silent symptoms and stop this awful disease.”