Maryland Half Marathon & 5K 2022

Carol Bigley  1949 - 2021  Our Mother
Carol Bigley 1949 - 2021 Our Mother

BBC (Bye Bye Cancer)

Welcome to my Maryland Half Marathon & 5K Page!

My family and I are participating in the VIRTUAL 2022 Maryland Half Marathon & 5K to raise money for the fight against cancer. 100% of every dollar I raise goes directly to the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center (UMGCCC).

We would love for you to join our team, make a donation or both! The link to our page is:

http://www.ummsfoundation.org/goto/ByeByeCancer

Cancer has taken the lives of several of my family members and friends. For those who may not know, on November 11, 2021 at 12:34pm we watched our mother take her last breath here on earth. Our mother, Carol Bigley, was a Mother & Father, Grandmother, Aunt, Best Friend and my hero. She was a single parent (divorced when I was 1 yr old) who worked three jobs to raise my brother and I. We never went without —— she ensured our essential needs were provided but most of all she taught us what unconditional love is, ensured we treated everyone with respect, that integrity was at the forefront of everything we do, and that we can do anything we put our mind to.

Our mother was diagnosed with primary renal cancer metastatic to the bone on February 21, 2019. She was preparing a luncheon with her girlfriends and when she took a step towards the kitchen, her femur snapped in half. If you think back to February 2021, COVID was just beginning to rear its ugly head. I work for the University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) as the Sr. Director of Laboratory Services and my services, along with many of my colleagues, were called to duty to not only learn as much as we could about the virus, but to identify measures we could put into place to keep our patients, colleagues and communities safe. My colleagues were there for me throughout COVID, but more importantly they were there for me and my mother. I am very fortunate to work for such an amazing organization.
My mother was so strong and endured a year of taking a daily chemo pill twice a day, infusions every 3 weeks and 30 radiation treatments. She was very fortunate the treatments worked as well as they did and on February 8, 2020, she had her right kidney removed. Her follow up Petscan in May 2020 was “all clear.” My mother went from Stage IV cancer to nothing. Unfortunately, my mother was tired from the fight and is now an angel in heaven watching over all of us.

Cancer sucks! There is no other way to say it. Please consider donating to our team as we walk with many others to find a cure for all cancers and say “Bye Bye Cancer.” Thank you!

Please consider making a contribution today. Together, we can move the fight against cancer forward!

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