Vicki Welsh was an outgoing, compassionate woman, who loved nature, animals, outdoor activities, her art and traveling with her husband Dave, whom she was married to for 33 years. She began having symptoms in 2001 and was finally diagnosed with Stage IV ovarian cancer in July 2002. Vicki lost her battle with ovarian cancer in January of 2006 at the age of 52 and sadly, three months later Vicki’s mother-in-law, Lula Mae (Lou) Welsh, also passed of ovarian cancer.
Shortly before Vicki passed away she expressed her wish to family and friends for the need to better educate women about ovarian cancer. Too frequently this disease is not detected until it’s in an advanced stage, and women need to know their risk factors, the potential symptoms and be assertive in speaking to their health care providers.In Vicki’s memory, this fund has been established to fight ovarian cancer by promoting greater awareness of the disease and its symptoms. Vicki loved life! Helping other women live longer will be her legacy.
Carolyn Shandrowski was a fourteen year, two-time survivor of ovarian cancer. Nine years ago, she and her husband Russ, founded Carolyn’s Pennies. Carolyn’s vision was initially to raise one million pennies to encourage others in the battle against this deadly form of cancer. She surpassed that target in the first year. Carolyn sadly lost her battle in March 2017. She will always be fondly remembered and esteemed for her love and charity.
Lindsay was a beautiful, bright, sassy, funny, 32 y/o who was an avid softball fan, player, college coach and coach for girls age 12 through 18. After a 9 month battle against Mucinous Ovarian Adenocarcinoma, she passed away on September 22, 2016, a month prior to her wedding. No one should suffer as she did. We, her family, chose to be involved with the Vicki Welsh Fund’s efforts to raise awareness of this terrible disease.