My hero of optimism is my son Connor. Winter 2015 I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Connor had long hair at the time and decided to keep growing it. Because of the chemotherapy I lost my hair quickly, but Connor kept growing his. This past May, Connor formed a team, The Teal Terminators to run in the Northern Virginia Ovarian Cancer Coalitions 5K race. He raised over $2,000 and came in 1st place! Last month, Connor donated 9″ of his hair to Pantene Beautiful Lengths to be used for wigs for cancer patients. His love, devotion and support have made him my Hero of Optimism.