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Cancer Survivor, Triathlete Aims To Race In All 50 States

New Jersey resident is shooting to race in all 50 states while raising money for the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund. When Jenn Sommermann was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2007, she didn’t realize that it would end up defining a huge chunk of her life and allowing her to become…

New Jersey resident is shooting to race in all 50 states while raising money for the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund.

When Jenn Sommermann was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2007, she didn’t realize that it would end up defining a huge chunk of her life and allowing her to become an advocate for research and testing for the disease. But she took her diagnosis and combined it with a love of triathlon competitions to do just that.

She now travels across the country competing and has vowed to participate in 50 triathlons in 50 states by the age of 50, with the goal of raising $100,000 for her cause.

Sommermann challenged herself to try a triathlon when she turned 40, just two years before her diagnosis, and had enjoyed the sport.

While lying in a hospital bed recovering from chemotherapy, she came across an advertisement for the U.S. Women’s Triathlon Series, which was three races to raise money for the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund.

“I’m the kind of person that needs a dangling carrot, a goal,” she said. “That’s how it all got started.”

She recovered from the cancer, completed the three races with OCRF’s Team Hope and raised $15,000 that first year.

After this she started to do more and more races and has now deemed the project “50x50x100” for 50 races in 50 states for $100,000. Now 47, she has completed races in 21 states and raised $40,000. She will race in 12 triathlons this summer, 10 in 2012 and 8 in 2013, completing her goal.

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