We are pleased to bring you the 3rd Annual Ginny Dutton Memorial Bladder Cancer Awareness Walk presented by Urology Centers of Alabama. We are holding this walk because Ginny never gave up hope that she would win her battle against this terrible disease. We are working hard to turn a tragedy into something good. We are raising awareness. We are raising hope! Please join us!
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My mom was the strongest person I have ever met. She was never sick. She never complained about not feeling well until April of 2010. Doctors ran test after test to try to discover what was wrong with her. It was finally Dr. Moody at Urology Centers of Alabama diagnosed my mother with bladder cancer in September 2010. She was not afraid. Her response upon being told she had cancer was: “what are you going to do about it?” She had major surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy, but she never gave up hope that should would win her battle.
After she had completed her therapy and been diagnosed cancer-free, mom went back to her normal routine. I wanted to do something to celebrate her victory, but also raise everyone’s awareness of bladder cancer. I contacted the Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network (BCAN) for help and ideas on holding a walk in her honor. I told mom my plans on Christmas of 2011. She was so excited! I had never seen her so touched by a simple gift.
In February 2012, mom’s health started to decline again. The doctors ran test after test again trying to figure out what was causing her to feel so badly. In March, we were informed that her cancer had returned. There was nothing else we could do. She succumbed to cancer on Easter Sunday, April 8, 2012.
Despite how painful it was, I continued on with the walk in her honor. I spoke with Urology Centers of Alabama who helped me hold the First Annual Ginny Dutton Memorial Bladder Cancer Awareness Walk on May 12, 2012. The walk would not have happened without the help of Dr. Moody and Sherry Wilson.
This year, we are holding another walk to honor my mother. We are holding this walk because she never gave up hope that she would win her battle. We are working hard to turn a tragedy into something good. We are raising awareness. We are raising hope
Schedule of Events
Our walk starts at 8 am and continues through noon on Saturday, May 9, 2015. The walk location is the Gardendale Civic Complex, 857 Main Street, Gardendale, AL 35071. Feel free to walk as far as you would like. Cost is $15. Registration fee includes event t-shirt. Children 10 years of age and under get in for free. Click here to register. A nylon tote bag is also available for purchase. For more information, please contact Sherry Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 205-445-0117.