Friday, October 4, 2019

Congratulations to our own Donna Wiegle!!

It didn't take Donna long to move from an idea of riding cross-country to making it happen during the month of September - ovarian cancer awareness month. Her goal was simple - to talk to anyone and everyone about the signs and symptoms of OC while raising money to support two great causes: Ovations for the Cure of OC and our own Turning-the-Tide Ovarian Cancer Retreats, Inc.

When musing about how much money she should set as her target, she decided go big - $50,000. And she is just shy of that goal. But I'm getting ahead of myself....

For those of us who know Donna, when she sets her mind to something, she makes it happen. When an elderly member of her small community on Swan's Island off the coast of ME was dying, she cooked meals, mowed his lawn, and took care of him.

There was no health care facility on the island, so she started one. It has state-of-the-art telemedicine equipment and here Donna holds classes for the residents, offers blood pressure clinics, arranges for doctors to come to regularly and provide services - in short, she does everything from cleaning the bathroom to drawing blood, saving residents the expense in time and money from leaving the island.

So when the idea of riding a motorcycle cross country and educating men and women about OC, it wasn't a stretch to imagine Donna doing this. She's that kind of woman. When she came across a teal and white Harley for sale one day on the mainland, it didn't take long for the threads of her plan to spin out. She eventually bought the motorcycle, had it specially outfitted for a long journey with the help of her husband Charlie, and the generosity of a local bike shop. She had business cards made up, she received hundreds of cards listing the symptoms of OC from OCRA, got a really cool leather vest inscribed with her logo, "Teal on Wheels", had a flag made up and set her eyes on starting in Oregon for a month long journey.

What has inspired her so much is the generosity of people she has met along her journey - people paying for her meals, handing her $100 bills, even joining in to ride with her along the way. She chronicled her journey on her FB page.

If you haven't yet donated and would like to, you can by following this link to her GoFundMe page.

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