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Raffy Ouzounian

Columbus to New Albany
$2,025.88
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$0 My Commitment: $1,500.00
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Dear Pelotonia and Cancer Research supporters:

 

I'm dedicating this year's ride and fund raising efforts to my colleague, Jon B.  Here's his story:

 

After the weekend bliss had worn off and the Monday blues began to kick in that one Sunday evening, I was reminded of my doctor's appointment with a specialist the next day. Even though I was relaxed and recharged, the news that I received that Monday morning turned my world upside down.

 

Hearing other peoples' stories about getting a cancer diagnosis, going through treatment and riding that emotional roller coaster has always left me feeling somewhat anxious because it affects so many people and it could happen to anyone.

 

I received my diagnosis Monday afternoon, it was somewhat unexpected and felt so surreal.  Things happened so quickly, it was hard to process and comprehend what was happening. I was told that testicular cancer when caught in its early stages is one of the most treatable, and my doctor put my treatment path together immediately. I was to go in for surgery that same week.

 

I broke the news to my family and tried to play things down. I found it difficult to discuss the diagnosis and the overwhelming emotions I was feeling. Even though it appeared that the odds looked in my favor and I had such strong feelings of sadness and loss. It was a very confusing time.

 

I had a surgical procedure later that week that went according to plan, and my doctor had full confidence in my recovery because we caught this early: the cancer had not spread into lymph nodes within my lower abdomen.

 

Hearing that you have cancer and coming to grips with that reality and with the treatment that follows will always take a toll but there are so many outlets out there ready to support you because so many people have unfortunately been touched by cancer. Don't shy away from the support of friends and family if it's available.  If it's not, try to find a support group so you can openly discuss and address the psychological aspects of your diagnosis. A strong support group and a positive outlook will certainly help you cope and overcome cancer.

 

Thank you for your support of cancer research and treatment methods that make positive outcomes like this possible.

 

Raffy

 

My Pelotonia 19 Donors

Date Donor Name Amount
09/07/2019 Verizon Communications Inc on behalf of Jonathan Bialos $25.00
09/07/2019 Verizon Foundation on behalf of Stephanie Kasenter $25.00
08/31/2019 Anonymous $20.00
08/09/2019 Raffy Ouzounian $100.00
08/09/2019 Raffy Ouzounian $40.00
08/07/2019 Lukio Chagama $50.00
08/05/2019 Nancy & Dan Jones $50.00
08/02/2019 In Memory of Dan Howard $25.00
08/01/2019 Michelle & Scott Mays $25.00
08/01/2019 Anonymous $25.00
07/30/2019 Mike Stern $50.00
07/30/2019 Verizon Communications Inc on behalf of Dennis Shores $25.00
07/30/2019 Verizon Communications Inc on behalf of Jeffrey Breland $25.00
07/30/2019 Verizon Communications Inc on behalf of Ashley Tryban $25.88
07/30/2019 Verizon Communications Inc on behalf of Raffy Ouzounian $50.00
07/29/2019 Kevin Cryan $100.00
07/29/2019 In memory of Mary Fran Sciulli $50.00
07/29/2019 Kent and Charity Bermingham $50.00
07/29/2019 Tom and leslie $100.00
07/26/2019 Geoff and Donna Rudderow $50.00
07/25/2019 Anonymous $50.00
07/25/2019 Beth Bickley $25.00
07/24/2019 Teresa Offenberger $150.00
07/24/2019 MARK LYTLE $30.00
07/23/2019 Sharon Harris $50.00
07/23/2019 Anonymous $50.00
07/21/2019 Richard and Wendy Schuen $50.00
07/21/2019 Vincent J Sylvester $50.00
07/19/2019 Cyndi and John McAlpine $50.00
07/16/2019 Paul Kuhn $30.00
07/16/2019 Flourish Chiropractic $100.00
07/16/2019 Anonymous $30.00
07/15/2019 Charles and Norma Meadows $50.00
07/14/2019 Meg Melotti & Tyler Sellers $100.00
07/14/2019 Anonymous $50.00
07/11/2019 Judit Crankfield $50.00
07/09/2019 David G Bernon $25.00
06/21/2019 Jon and Clare Bialos $25.00
05/31/2019 Stephanie Kasenter $25.00
05/30/2019 Dennis Shores $25.00
05/29/2019 In memory of Aunt Jean $25.00
05/21/2019 Anonymous $25.00
05/21/2019 Raffy Ouzounian $50.00