Dia's Triumph to the Summit 2021

Dia's "f" Cancer and Triumph Story! Learn More

Hi Friends and Family, I am partnering with Triumph Cancer Foundation and raising money for Triumph to the Summit 2021. I sincerely appreciate your support for this fundraiser and my goal. You can donate now and by hitting “Give Now” on the upper right.

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My "f" cancer story...Dr. Puccinelli called me after my PAP test.  "Dia, it's uterine cancer and it's the best one you can have."  Really, great, cancer, best one.  WTH???  Thanks to my OB/GYN I began my "f" cancer journey on a positive note.  Dr. Mahvani later shared the chemo and radiation plan.  "Will I lose my hair?" "Yep!!!"  My friend shaved my head between chemo treatments #1 & #2.  Some how I lost my hair and found my smile.  During the summer of 2019 I took many selfies with random bald guys. Some I knew and some I didn't know.  Nobody said NO!  At each chemo appointment I took a photo "flipping the bird" at the Kaiser Oncology sign! If you know me, this is totally my personality. For me knowing that my cancer was most likely not life threatening I just went through the process.  What do I need to do?  Okay, let's just do it.  

Then I found Triumph Cancer Foundation.  Michelle walked the Shamrock Marathon several years ago and learned that Triumph was the benefactor of the Marathon.  She encouraged me to research Triumph.  I did.  That was pre-COVID.  Triumph does post cancer treatment exercise programs for cancer patients in local gyms.  I'm not the gym group class girl.  I can go to the gym and use the equipment but you would be unlikely to find me in a class.  Then COVID hit and Triumph pivoted and offered exercise classes via ZOOM.  I could do this and did it last summer for 12 weeks from the comfort of my living room with Emma and Moo wandering through.  We had two post cancer certified exercise trainers lead six of us via ZOOM.  They offered physical and mental support! We received all our necessary equipment at no charge!!! What???  I would have gladly paid for it!  Nope, Triumph offers this free!

This summer I have the opportunity to join the Triumph to the Summit program!  Graduates of the Triumph exercise program can participate in Triumph to the Summit.  The goal is to hike weekly and then successfully hike to the summit of Mt. Tallac in Tahoe!  Can I make it to the top of Mt. Tallac?  I have no idea, but I will hike weekly and build up to the summit goal!  Part of the Triumph to the Summit purpose is paying it forward and fundraising to provide exercise training to those future cancer patients.  I am grateful to those prior Triumph participants who raised funds so I could benefit from last summer's exercise program.  I hope you will consider supporting my "BHAG" aka "big hairy a*s goal" of raising $1500.  It's easy and safe to give and any amount is appreciated!  I hope you will join me in my fundraising goal so we can help others who have successfully completed their cancer treatments and begin to get their lives back!  Thank you so much for your support!  

Susan Sozzi
Nice Work!
Patricia Bonnstetter $100.00
Forster Family
Great Job Dia! So proud of all you have overcome! Please remember me, Donna, and my cousin Dan Edwards
Patricia Gibson
Please add a yellow ribbon in honor of Lois Graham- pancreatic cancer. Thank you.
RJ's contribution :) $25.00
Patricia Utterback $50.00
Anonymous $50.00
Corinne Pedroncelli
I've enjoyed watching your journey through the hikes this summer. You'll make Tallac without a doubt!! Thanks for sharing the info about this wonderful organization.
You're an inspiration!
Such an amazing support group,
You Rock Dia Utterback!
Steve and Donna Heringer
Good Luck - Hope the smoke subsides for you. So proud of you and in awe of your tenacity!
Loretta B.
Connie Brown
Dia, I am so glad you will be hiking up Mt. Tallac! The view from the top is worth every step of the way! Enjoy your hike! Connie
You WILL make it to the top of Mt Tallac!!
Allyson L Hernblom
Please add a name tag backpack
Elizabeth Salamy Abess
Happy to be part of your team!
Stephen J Muser
What a Miraculous Recovery, Praise God.
Sandy Massoth
You are an AMAZING crusader!!! Loving thoughts, Carole ♥️♥️♥️
Les Heringer
Thank you for reaching out to me. Happy to donate on your behalf.
Sonya Breckenridge
This is so awesome Dia! Congratulations and have fun!
Cheryl Middleton
Very good cost to donate to. I’m just sorry I couldn’t give more.
Robert DeVore $100.00
Tricia Morris
Step by step, up to the top! Thank you.
Paul Gumbinger
Go Dia! We wish you the best, Paul & Louise
Bronwyn Anthony
I am making this donation in honor of my high school friend Jay Berman who is 7 years post diagnosis of small cell lung cancer (not sure if that's quite the right diagnosis).
Debra and Jim
Happy to help you with your goal Dia! Climb that mountain!
Good Luck
Theresa pryor
Dia you are AMAZING and a great inspiration to many!! I know you got this next summit hike. I will pray for speed and strength!
Leon and Shirley sobon $250.00
Stephanie & Joe Ringey
Roger Camacho $225.00
Eloisa E Bibby
You're awesome! You've got this, Dia!!
Patty Long
You go girl! To the top. I want to see the Pics from there.
You are an inspiration Dia! Thank you for letting us know about this organization!
Nina Walker $50.00
Andy and Erin Reed
Love Dia Love her strength Love her force Love her even bald!!!
Laura Hebern Ousley
Great challenge that I know you will be successful and Great picture !!!
Judith Embree
Congratulations Dia, give Michelle my love and best wishes for a healthy mom and baby, and good fortune in your hiking goal. You are a very special lady, judith
Alejandra Yanez $100.00
The Gunnell’s
Way to Go Dia! Such an awesome cause and awesome adventure!
Hargreaves Family $50.00

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