Stef with the Julie Smith Courage Award

The Third Annual

Below the Belt - Stride and Thrive 5k

The Johns Hopkins Medicine Kelly Gynecologic Oncology Service Below the Belt - Stride and Thrive 5K and 1-Mile Run/Walk was a race very near and dear to Stefanie's heart. In 2016 she ran the race with strength and perseverance and crossed the finish line with a time of 25:55 and being the first cancer survivor to finish. It was a proud moment for her, her family, and friends as she was given the first ever Julie Smith award. Last year, 2017, although she was unable to run the race she was determined to still be a part and was able to watch from the side lines as her son Owen ran the race with the strength and determination she has passed on to him.

Please join the Stef Ripple Team as we honor Stef and support The Kelly Gynecologic Oncology Service and help raise funds for research and local cancer survivors!

Join the Stef Ripple Team

The DeCesaris/Prout Cancer Foundation

Jingle Bell 5k Run/Walk

in memory of Stefanie Ashdown


Please join Stef Ripple on December 2nd as we participate in the 2017 DeCesaris Prout Cancer Foundation Jingle Bell Run/Walk in memory of Stef! This race was one of Stef's favorites and one that she ran prior to and during her ovarian cancer diagnosis. It's an honor to her family that this years race is in memory of her!

Date: Saturday, December 2, 2017
Location: Quiet Waters Park, Annapolis, Maryland

This event is designed to raise awareness for lung and ovarian cancer and to raise funds to support various educational research programs. Stef Ripple has formed a team and will be at the event. Please join us!

Register for the Stef Ripple Team - Use Code STEFRIPPLE to get $5 off

For more information about the event, please visit the DeCesarsis Prout Cancer Foundation website.

Stef running the Jingle Bell 5k 2016
Photo by Donna Weaver Photography
Kids Running
Photo by Nana Sue Photography

Stefanie Ashdown Memorial

"Do Your Best" 5k and 1 Mile Walk

On September 9, 2017 Stef Ripple hosted it's inaugural Stefanie Ashdown Memorial "Do Your Best" 5k and 1 mile walk. The race was held in Arnold, Maryland, beginning at the Belvedere Elementary school. Proceeds raised will be used to provide support to ovarian cancer patients and their families by funding camps and activities for their children.

This event was special in so many ways. From the kindness of the volunteers and sponsors to the 400+ who registered to Stef's son, Owen Ashdown, finishing first overall. It was truly amazing!Together we came together as a community, a family to spread ovarian cancer awareness and to honor Stef. Thank you all!

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2017 "Do Your Best" 5k Sponsors

Thank you to all of our sponsors for supporting the Inaugural Stefanie Ashdown Memorial "Do Your Best" 5k!

TEAL Sponsor

The Geaton and Joann DeCesaris Family Foundation Inc.

Gold Sponsors

Timing Sponsor

Ortman Financial

Silver Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors

Keep the Ripple Going

Stefanie was always appreciative and the words “thank you” were frequently said by her. So, from her, and the Stef Ripple organization – “Thank you.”