Stacey’s family, Shea Talbot, Stacey and Greg Garvis holding Louie, their 2 ½ year old Yorkie, Olivia Garvis. Courtesy photos.
BY JUDY CARLSON
WEALTH MANAGEMENT CONTRIBUTOR
Ovarian cancer survivor, Stacey Garvis, is passionate about proclaiming awareness for this very serious and often undetected and undiagnosed cancer. Stacey, a very healthy, fit and nutritionally aware wife and mother, was shocked when she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in August 2016. Doctors believe she had the cancer for six months to two years before her diagnosis.
There is no screening test for ovarian cancer; however, most women report that symptoms are persistent and represent a change from “normal” for their bodies. Awareness of those symptoms can help women with a much earlier diagnosis.
Tyler Polumbus, former Denver Bronco, and Olivia Garvis, an uncommon pair, teamed up for a common cause
Jodi Brammeier, a Colorado native, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2008 at the age of 41. She was unaware of the vague and often misdiagnosed symptoms. Jodi made it her mission to raise awareness of the risk factors and symptoms through Jodi’s Race for Awareness. The inaugural race was held in June 2010, and while Jodi passed away shortly thereafter, her legacy lives on.
Tyler Polumbus, Cherry Creek high school graduate and former Broncos offensive tackle, and Stacey’s 14-year-old daughter Olivia have something in common. Their moms both have ovarian cancer. They are an uncommon pair brought together for a common cause – to bring awareness to ovarian cancer.
Tyler and Olivia are on a mission to add an Ovarian Cancer Awareness license plate to the list of current Colorado specialty plates available. Their goal is 3,000 signatures. They will be at Jodi’s race collecting signatures. The petition may be signed on-line at colorado
ovariancancerplate.com. iHeart radio will also be encouraging signatures during their broadcast on race day.
2017 family team, son Shea Talbot with his girlfriend Melody Seitz and her son Bosstyn, Greg and Stacey Garvis and their daughter Olivia
And that’s not all! Centennial’s Juicy Burgers & Dogs owner, Paul Talbot, is donating 25% of all store sales to Team Stacey and Jodi’s Race for Awareness. Plan to visit his restaurant Saturday, June 2, at 6878 S. Yosemite St. in Centennial, to “dine and donate.” The food is delicious!
While ovarian cancer is a crummy diagnosis and a grueling treatment, Stacey comments, “This honestly has been one of the best experiences. We have been humbled by the support, encouragement and love from our community of friends and family. I am so grateful and thankful it wasn’t one of my kids who was sick. I felt like I was taking one for the team and that I could get through it.”
Entire 2017 Team Stacey
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