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Muddin' for a Cause

Spandex, tutu’s and running shoes are not your typical office apparel! However, for 13 Ukiah Valley Medical Center employees, two local teens, and three local business women, 18 total, it was all part of the fun. “We’re participating in the Kiss Me Dirty mud run to help raise money and awareness for women that are suffering from Cancer,” shared Kim Heth, medical imaging liaison at UVMC, and one of the group organizers.

According to Heth, choosing to participate in the Kiss Me Dirty mud run happened for some very personal reasons, “It’s an all women event, supports gynecological cancer research which is extremely personal to us women, and one of our teammates’ teenage daughter personally endorsed this event due to her own struggles with endometriosis.”

Before the run

Tania Sheets, from medical imaging at UVMC, and mother of the two teenage girls reiterated what Heth shared, “My 18-year-old daughter suffers from endometriosis—there’s no cure—she’s suffered for the past three years. It’s so painful to have to watch one of your children suffer and be in agonizing pain and know there’s nothing I, her parent, can do to take the pain away.”

Another reason for participating in this particular event is the fact that women with endometriosis are more susceptible to develop certain types of cancer. “Anything we can do to help support gynecological cancer research, treatments, and prevention is important to us,” shared Sheets.

Team “Grow a Pair,” referring to the team-designed shirts with diamond- clad ovaries on the back, participated in the Kiss Me Dirty, all women mud run on October 13 in San Jose. “We did this in support of each other,” chimed the whole team.

After the run

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