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As a global leader in healthcare solutions, Owens & Minor is committed to being a force for good in healthcare and in the communities where our teammates live and work. The Owens & Minor team is joining with community partner, Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Massey Cancer Center, to participate in the Ukrop's Monument Avenue 10K in Richmond, Virginia.

Through innovation, research, and an exceptional focus on patient care, Massey is fighting relentlessly for a world without cancer. This 10K is an opportunity for Owens & Minor’s locations in central Virginia to pull together and demonstrate the power of a purpose-driven culture.

Our teammates have their own personal stories that connect with the purpose of the Massey Challenge. You can read these stories below.

Tom Sheets: I was diagnosed with Stage 4 Kidney Cancer during Labor Day weekend of 2011. After undergoing surgery at a local hospital to remove the tumor and one of my kidneys, I was informed by my doctors that I would need a second, more extensive, surgery to better my odds of survival. Thankfully, my wife, who is a nurse at VCU Health System, made arrangements for me to be seen at the VCU Massey Cancer Center. The need for the second surgery was confirmed by the doctors at Massey, and the surgery took place in early October 2011. I spent a month in the hospital at the VCU Massey Cancer Center, recovering from the surgery.

Following my recovery, the doctors at Massey suggested a year-long course of chemotherapy to reduce the likelihood of the cancer returning. This was unknown to me at the time, but the chances of surviving the cancer were thought to be remote at best. The compassion shown by the staff at Massey during this difficult period was very appreciated, as was the care they provided and the follow-up treatments that were suggested. During my regular visits to Massey, I witnessed other patients who were undergoing even more debilitating treatments than I was, and yet many of them had wonderful attitudes and the most cheerful dispositions. My faith, family, and friends (including many of my O&M teammates) certainly had a positive influence on my recovery, as did the care I received at the VCU Massey Cancer Center.

Seven years later, I have exceeded all of the expectations of my doctors. After my experience at the VCU Massey Cancer Center, I have become a regular donor to their mission. I urge you to run or walk, volunteer, and/or donate to the Massey Challenge, not because of me, but for the people who will battle this disease at some point in the future.”

Leila Ferguson: About two years ago, my mom’s youngest sister (also named Leila) was diagnosed with stage 3 esophageal cancer. Because there was no “cure” for her cancer, doctors relied on previous cancer research to determine the best treatment to help improve her quality of life. I truly believe it gave us two more years with her, as she passed this past April. I also believe funding research is the only way that one day we may develop a cure!"

Donna Fitzgerald: My mom was diagnosed with leiomyosarcoma of the inferior vena cava last year, and had surgery in May to have the mass removed. She is currently going through chemotherapy for lymph nodes discovered earlier this year. It is for my mom and a family friend, who passed away from cancer in 2006, that I run the 10K every year. I’ve participated in this event almost every year since 2001, when I first started running. It is a Rite of Spring - a celebration of Richmond for a wonderful cause in a wonderful city, organized by the wonderful teams of Sports Backers and Massey Cancer Center. Thanks to Owens & Minor for supporting and being part of this wonderful event!

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