UMGCC Oncology Nurse Roseann Dougherty races to the finish line at the Ironman Arizona triathlon.
Roseann Dougherty, an accomplished triathlete and oncology nurse at the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center, recently formed Team Inspiration, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping facilitate healing and improving the quality of life for individuals with cancer.
"Most of my experience in triathlon over the past 10 years has in some way been related to individuals who are faced with cancer and I'm thrilled to be able to share my passion for triathlon with the people I'm passionate about," says Roseann.
Through her Team Inspiration blog, Roseann shares her experiences competing at local, national, and international triathlons. She also provides visitors with online and community-based resources to promote the healing process and foster a better quality of life for people coping with cancer diagnoses.
Recently, Roseann competed in the Ironman Arizona triathlon where she wore 140 LIVESTRONG bracelets with the names of her cancer patients, as well as others close to her who have survived or passed because of cancer, written on them. She wore two bracelets on her wrists for the swim, 112 attached to her bike, and carried 26 in her hands during the run. Her second place age group finish qualified her for the Ironman World Championship in Hawaii in 2010, where she will once again carry in spirit those who have faced cancer.
"I'm blessed to be able to leave the hospital and replenish my body, mind and spirit with swimming, cycling and running, and I try to bring that joyful energy back to my patients and inspire them with hope," says Roseann.
Team Inspiration works in partnership with other organizations, such as the American Cancer Society, the LIVESTRONG Foundation, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults, that share its missions and goals.