CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Susan G. Komen spoke with Justin, the Team Captain of Team momEE, and asked him to share his story on why he's joined the Susan G. Komen Greater Cincinnati Race for the Cure as a team captain and why their team has raced the last few years.
What does Team momEE stand for?
Team momEE, was derived from "mom" (representing my wife) and the E's for Emory and Evelyn our daughters.
"My wife, Ashley was diagnosed three years ago with breast cancer when she was 26 weeks pregnant with our twin daughters. She started chemo right away and gave birth to them at 34 weeks.
Needless to say our lives changed rather quickly during that span. After multiple chemo and radiation treatments Ashley had a double mastectomy with a full reconstruction completed within about a year. For two years everything was going well until she experienced back pain causing another MD visit and testing which revealed the cancer had spread to her bones in multiple areas.
Ashley recently finished her second bout of chemo and is currently doing okay, enjoying chasing around our now two and a half year old girls. Obviously, she is such an inspiration and a positive person. She has really been the glue to keep our family going through this experience.
This will be our third time participating in the Race and we walk for her number one but also for all those survivors and families that have gone or go through what we do every day. We also want to assist in finding a cure for this terrible disease as we have recently come to find out her cancer was caused by a genetic mutation and likely could be passed on to our girls. My wife is so selfless that she worries more about finding a potential cure for our daughters then finding one to assist her in her battle.
We currently reside in Amelia but have people joining us for the race from the West Side, North Side, Columbus, and Dayton. We are truly blessed to have many family members and friends walking with us this year. It truly is a testament to how Ashley has effected so many and how much love is in our lives.
We look forward to the Race as it brings together so many people fighting for a common cause, a cause and a cure we truly believe is attainable!"
Thank you Justin and Team momEE for your endless support and for sharing your story.