Barbara was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in November of 2004 and is BRCA 1 positive (which means she has a hereditary predisposition to breast and ovarian cancer). She has had five surgeries, under gone numerous rounds of chemotherapy, two cryablations, several intense rounds of radiation and has participated in many clinical trials (many which have only been tried on mice or dogs). Over the past 11 years, she has been in remission for just a few short months. Since her diagnosis, Barbara has appeared on the Dr. Oz show to raise ovarian cancer awareness as well as on a Boston news channel, with her oncologist, to promote the use of parp inhibitors in a clinical trial. The 5 year expectancy rate for a woman diagnosed with ovarian cancer is just 45%, Barbara has significantly surpassed the five year mark and has been a witness to many major life events that she set as a goal for herself. These include attending college graduations, all of her daughters weddings, seeing grandchldren be born and most importantly getting to spend time at home with her family that she adores and loves. In September of 2015, after extensive hospital stays, it was determind that all attempts to keep the cancer at bay had been exhausted. Barbara chose to return home so that she could spend time with her family and friends. She was constantly surrounded with her family and friends before having to move on to a better place. Unfortunately, in the very early hours on October 9th 2016, at 4am, Barbara crossed over to a better, beautiful, pain & cancer free place. Although she is not present in the physical world, she is ALWAYS with us all protecting and guiding us. She will always be remembered for her GIANT, generous heart, her contagious smile, and for being the best Mom and Nana anyone could ever ask for.
We have all battled for Babs since 2004, please help us keep this fight going in her honor and her memory! May she and all our loved ones, rest in peace.
To see Barbara's story on the Dr. Oz show, please click on the link below.
The Rhode Island Ovarian Cancer Alliance (501c3) will be hosting a walk to raise awareness about ovarian cancer while celebrating survivors and remembering those lost to the disease. All of the event’s proceeds will help fund ovarian cancer education and awareness and provide support services to ovarian cancer survivors and their families.
Join us Sunday, September 18, 2016 at Roger Williams Park in Providence (Temple of Music).
All activities open at 8:00am
Opening ceremonies at 9:30am
Survivor photo at 9:55am
Walk starts at 10:00am
Please help us carry on our Mom's memory and honor her courageous battle on September 18th. To join our team, click the REGISTER NOW button above, then on the next page click "Join a Team" Battling for Babs will appear in the drop down menu.
Until there's a cure...We'll never lose hope!
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