Small Cell Ovarian Cancer Foundation
Dedicated to the life and memory of Stephanie Petersen — 1984-2010.
In May, 2009 we were given the devastating news that our seemingly strong, healthy 25-year-old daughter/sister had small cell ovarian cancer, hypercalcemic type. As we scrambled to find information about this disease, we realized there was very little available on the Internet. Eventually we found a supportive team of doctors who were able to shed some light on small cell ovarian cancer. Sadly, we lost Stephanie on June 27th, 2010. In her memory, we have created the Small Cell Ovarian Cancer Foundation, a non profit organization. Our goal is to provide support and assistance to patients and families in their attempt to gather information.
We hope to raise awareness of the symptoms of ovarian cancer which strikes women of all ages. To help promote this cause, we have formed Team Stephanie which is an active group of volunteers who plan and participate in all types of fundraising and racing events. Our ultimate goal is to help find a successful treatment and cure. Through fundraising efforts, we have and will continue to support research of this very rare ovarian cancer.
—Ron, Maren and Greg Petersen
Stephanie had a vibrant, caring and engaging personality which made her life such a gift to those of us lucky enough to know her. She approached everything in her life with a determination to succeed and always strived for perfection. She was a graceful dancer, talented designer, loving family member and loyal friend.
Growing up in Sandy, Utah Stephanie was a dedicated student, cheerleader and dancer. After graduating at the top of her class from Alta High School in 2002, she followed her dream of becoming an architect. In 2007 she graduated cum laude from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo with a Bachelor of Architecture. From there she moved to Santa Barbara, CA to work for an architecture firm where she earned her LEED accreditation. This life of hard work and achievement was interrupted in May of 2009 with the diagnosis of small cell ovarian cancer. Stephanie fought to get her life back, but succumbed to this dreadful disease on June 27, 2010.
Above all, Stephanie was known for her radiant smile. She wore that smile throughout her life, even during her illness. Stephanie faced cancer with amazing strength, courage and grace. She had said that she would always be involved in the fight against small cell ovarian cancer; we are now taking up the fight in her place.
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