For Maureen Kelley Belden: Skyline swimming hosts Ovarian Cancer Awareness meet

 

The Skyline swimming and diving team defeated rival Huron 96-90 in an SEC dual-meet but the events outside of the water resonated throughout the pool. The Eagles hosted their annual Ovarian Cancer Awareness meet with Huron.

“It is critical that innovative research be funded if there are to be gains made in discovering improved treatments or an early detection test,” says Pam Dahlmann, founder Michigan Ovarian Cancer Alliance (MIOCA).

This is the fifth year Skyline has held this event in honor of the program’s dear friend Maureen Kelley Belden.

“She was a lifelong Ann Arbor resident and all of her children graduated from Ann Arbor public schools,” said Skyline Coach Maureen Murrett. “She died at age 51. She was caught off guard by this disease like so many others. By the time she was diagnosed, her cancer was stage 4 and treatment was difficult.”

Murrett is trying to educate these young swimmers about symptoms and risk factors. It is real.

“Our team and our community has really stepped up,” Murrett said. “(Thursday) night we raised close to $5,000 for MIOCA in honor of Maureen Belden. She would be embarrassed by all this attention but she would go along if it meant helping others avoid her fate.”

Belden’s good friend Kathy Stuart generously donated 100 teal scarves which stand as a reminder that every day, women in Michigan begin treatment for ovarian cancer.

“Our donors will wear these scarves to spread awareness and patients will receive the scarves as a sign of support,” said Murrett. “Scarves are still available through a donation at the MIOCA website.”

“We ask people to visit MIOCA.org to make a donation or at least to educate yourself about ovarian cancer. And please share this information with the girls and women in your life.”

For more information, log onto: www.mioca.org/

MAIN PHOTO: Skyline coaches Lindsay Balazer and Mo-Jo Murrett

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