I Run Because I Live

Jodi Vargas is one of our team members and is a previvor of cancer.  She wanted to share her story below.  Read her story below and then make a donation at http://bit.ly/yZjEXK

I Run Because I Live…

If you’ve read the “our Background”post from January 14, you are aware of the intent of Myriad employees running in part to spend time interacting with their “customers.” I read that, too, and wondered exactly who they were referring to. Turns out, I am one of those customers. The thing is…I don’tfeel like a customer at all. I am a patient, a “previvor”(Google it), an advocate. I am one of the people whose life has beenchanged forever by the kind of research we are raising money andawareness to support.

My name is Jodi Vargas. I’mprobably better known, though as Henry’s Mom. My son Henry is 19now, and still, my favorite thing to be called is Henry’s Mom.


Henry’s dad, my husband Alan, diedwhen Henry was only 7 years old. He became ill when I was pregnantwith Henry, so Henry only ever knew a sick dad.


I was only thirty when I became awidow.

Five years later, my own mother died ofovarian cancer after an eight year horrific battle with that terribledisease.

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