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According to the American Cancer Society, there are about 21,900 new cases of ovarian cancer and 15,460 deaths due to the disease per year. 80% of those are already in the later stages. It’s time for a change!

Message From Marli - Ovarian Cancer


Meet Marli

Marli has spent years helping the people around her, and making a difference whenever or wherever she can. After receiving a graduate degree in Education from Florida International University, she worked as a teacher in the inner city and a variety of other schools. Marli stopped working to focus on raising her children: Melanie, 17, Mason, 14, and Mia, 6. Everything seemed to be going perfectly by 2009, but it came to the family's realization that this was simply the eerie calm before the storm. Marli was diagnosed with Stage IV Ovarian cancer in April of 2009, at age 44. Her late diagnosis was due to vague symptoms that appeared to be other, less dire diseases. Because of her lack of awareness of ovarian cancer symptoms, she overlooked these indistinguishable symptoms.

Since her diagnosis, Marli battled her disease relentlessly with the help of family, friends, and the University of Miami Sylvester Cancer Center. After her initial diagnosis, Marli endured three surgeries, and nine chemotherapy treatments, before becoming cancer-free in December of 2009. Unfortunately, she had a recurrence in her right lung in June of 2010, had another surgery, and later received more chemotherapy treatments.  She courageously returned as a first grade elementary school teacher where she taught her 6-year-old daughter Mia.

Marli faced these daunting trials and tribulations with inspirational strength, thanks to all those family members and friends who rallied their support, along with her strong spiritual background. Life's unexpected turns never diminished her enthusiasm for teaching and experiencing the joy of helping others!

Rest in Peace, Marlene Marie Bruener
(August 24, 1964 - February 20, 2012)

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