A life of service: Litchfield T.E.A.L.® Walk organizer Lisa

Lisa Brun Cosgrove was first and foremost a servant. She grew up as a member of the International Order of The Rainbow for Girls, a Masonically affiliated service based organization for girls between the ages of 11-21.  She held multiple different leadership positions within the order. She was involved in Girl Scouts for several years. She was very musically talented, as she both sang and played the piano as well as most reed instruments. With her singing she performed in the church choir, as well as multiple different groups within school. While she was in college she met the love of her life, Jim.  While Jim didn’t share her vocal abilities, they both enjoyed different types of music together. Shortly after graduation, the two of them were married, and remained that way for 31 years. Lisa and Jim took some time to settle into their careers as they began their family. They had three children together, who would grow up as servants as well. Jim settled into a career as a professional firefighter, Lisa finally became a fourth grade teacher. Justin, the oldest child, would grow up to join the US Navy as an aircraft director after graduating from Norwich University as a Civil Engineer, and marry a lovely young lady named Sarah Beth. Kelsey would grow up to marry a young man by the name of Stephen who would become a US Marine, after graduating from Delaware Valley College with degrees in large animal science and dairy science. They would go on to start their family with a boy and a girl. Marissa would grow up to be married to an US Airman, after graduating from Mitchell College with a degree in human development and family studies. 

Through all of this time and all of these changes, the one thing that was always a constant was Lisa’s will and desire to serve all those around her.  She was the Mother Advisor for the local assembly of the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls, which both Kelsey and Marissa became majority members of. She was the Scout leader of the local Girl Scout troop, which both girls were also involved in. She helped out at every Boy Scouting event that Jim as the Scoutmaster, and Justin as an Eagle Scout, were involved in. She helped out at all the local agriculture fairs where the girls, who were the County leaders of the local 4H club, competed. She served as Wife, Mother, Mimi, Daughter, Sister, Teacher, and leader. 

Lisa was diagnosed in June 2014 with stage IV ovarian cancer. She was never very uncomfortable at all, she just felt a little bloated, until one day when Jim came home from work, and she turned sideways and said, “look at this, I look as if I’m eight months pregnant.” Jim took her to the hospital where she ended up being diagnosed. When the oncologist told her that she needed surgery immediately, Lisa’s reaction was, “well, it can’t be for at least a week, I have 100 people coming for Marissa’s High School graduation party!” The oncologist immediately understood Lisa’s priorities in life, and after two paracentisis over the next week she made it into surgery, where she underwent a complete hysterectomy, and debulking. Lisa was out of school until January 2015 when the students returned from Christmas break. That was the only long term period she was out for the next five years.  She was in and out of chemo multiple times where she and Jim became friends with everyone, as Lisa determined this would be classified as “date day.” The nurses actually used to move them around so they would be near someone having a bad day.  Before the end of the treatment session they would all be laughing. One day a lady said to Lisa, “how can you be so happy?” Her answer—”Hope and Faith!”

Soon thereafter, Lisa had genetic testing and found out that she had a mutation in BRCA2, one of the two BRCA genes known to increase the risk of breast and ovarian cancers. 

Still, had Lisa known earlier in her life that she carried a BRCA2 mutation, she may well have opted to undergo one of the procedures that could have been risk reducing.  And she would have wanted to tell every amazing lady® with a family history of breast or ovarian cancer to get genetically tested. Since there is currently no screening test for ovarian cancer, it’s important to understand a person’s risk and possibly family history of ovarian, breast or colon cancer, which can increase the risk of ovarian cancer. 

Lisa considered herself to be lucky to hear of this organization called T.E.A.L.®, and proceeded to Tell Every Amazing Lady® about ovarian cancer any way she could.  Her Rainbow assembly chose to institute the first annual Litchfield T.E.A.L.® Walk in September of 2014, where we raised about $1,500. Lisa was so pleased to be able to walk the whole thing. She not only participated in the ensuing five Litchfield T.E.A.L.® Walks, but actually took the reins and ran the fifth walk in 2018 herself as the Mother Advisor of the Rainbow Assembly. Jim remembers her telling him how pleased she was to be healthy enough to run the fifth walk. In July of 2019, Lisa received the news that there were no further treatment options available. In true Lisa style, she handed the reins of the T.E.A.L.® Walk over to Marissa, and told her it was her turn to serve this worthy cause. Lisa was able to walk in the sixth Litchfield T.E.A.L.® Walk in September, with a couple of breaks, but she did walk. Between the 2018 and 2019 Litchfield T.E.A.L.® Walks, over $20,000 was donated to T.E.A.L.®! Lisa’s decline was rather rapid, as the cancer attacked her digestive system. She went into hospice in the hospital for eight days, where she passed peacefully in her sleep at the age of 53, on October 27, 2019.

In 2020, Marissa joined together with Hope Assembly once again; to host the seventh annual Litchfield T.E.A.L.® Walk. Their goal is to get the whole town involved in Litchfield, CT. Lisa’s dream was to bring more knowledge to Litchfield and everywhere she went about ovarian cancer. She wanted to have the businesses in the center of town support this by putting up different teal objects in the storefront windows, as well as posters. Marissa has been speaking with the First Selectman to figure out how to make Lisa’s dream come true. When Lisa was physically present for the walks, Marissa, the team captain, made the team name “Teal We Find a Cure,” because Marissa and her family will walk and keep hosting this walk up until and beyond when a cure is found. Hope Assembly’s goal is to make this walk the largest walk Litchfield, CT, has seen. For more information, contact Tell Every Amazing Lady® at contact@tealwalk.org or visit www.telleveryamazinglady.org/litchfield.

T.E.A.L.® Welcomes NYC Council Members to Community Center

Tell Every Amazing Lady® was pleased to give tours of the T.E.A.L.® Community Center in Park Slope, Brooklyn to Council Member Hanif on January 24, 2022 and Council Member Mercedes Narcisse on March 15, 2022. On both occasions, T.E.A.L.® staff spread awareness about the subtle signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer and spoke about the hurdles the foundation faces combatting a misunderstood disease. The council members are both champions of women’s health. 
 
To learn more about District 39 Council Member Shahana Hanif’s platform, please visit: https://council.nyc.gov/shahana-hanif/
 
To learn more about District 46 Council Member Narcisse’s platform, please visit: https://council.nyc.gov/mercedes-narcisse/

Register for the updated T.E.A.L.® Celebration and Women’s Health Expo

We’re back!
(But a little different than before)

After a two-year hiatus, we’re introducing the hybrid T.E.A.L.® Celebration and Women’s Health Expo, an updated take on our annual T.E.A.L.® Walk in recognition of our evolved mission:
Offering women’s health and wellness services, including public awareness and education of the signs, symptoms and risk factors of ovarian cancer, providing support to those impacted by the disease, and raising funds for research in order to find a screening test and a cure.

Our hybrid event is customizable! Activities include:

  • The Virtual T.E.A.L.® Walk, a 2-mile walk that can be done at your leisure from anywhere!
  • The in-person Women’s Health Expo at Prospect Park or access to virtual expo
  • The in-person, ticketed T.E.A.L.® Survivor Ceremony and Celebration at Prospect Park
  • Ticketed wellness activities at the Prospect Park celebration
  • And so much more!

Our event will look different, but the meaning behind it is still the same: celebrating the courage of ovarian cancer survivors and the strength of the families who have been touched by the disease, while spreading awareness to the public and raising money for research. Let’s elevate women’s health – together.

Please be aware, there is NO official, in-person T.E.A.L.® Walk/Run in Prospect Park this year. There is no start/finish line. 

First-graders at P.S. 154 ring in spring in the T.E.A.L.® Community Center windows

Class 1-208 of P.S. 154 in Brooklyn produced gorgeous and colorful art for the T.E.A.L.® Community Center windows this spring! Class teacher Stefanie Concannon and art teacher Kelly Normand led the project. 

Kelly Normand describes the students’ projects: “Students looked at the art of Piet Mondrian. They created these paintings using straight lines like Mondrian. The palette incorporated turquoise to support and acknowledge the work of the Tell Every Amazing Lady® foundation.”

One of our amazing volunteers, Michelle, created the display in the windows so that passersby could relish some color as they walk by our center! 

If you’re in the neighborhood, view the display this spring at 533 16th Street in Brooklyn between 10th and 11th Avenues. We’re right around the corner from Prospect Park! 

Have you ever wanted to run the iconic TCS New York City Marathon?

Team “Tell Every Amazing Lady®” is currently accepting applications.

Tell Every Amazing Lady® is honored to be a charity partner in the 2022 TCS New York City Marathon. Tell Every Amazing Lady® has spots for five runners to each raise $3,000 for Team Tell Every Amazing Lady®. Run with more than 33,000 participants on this iconic 26.2-mile course throughout the five boroughs of New York City.

The November 6th event will begin on Staten Island, where runners will then make their way over the Verrazano Bridge into Brooklyn, followed by Queens and the Bronx, and then finish in the world-renowned Central Park in Manhattan. Complete with spectacular skylines and an unparalleled view of NYC’s most popular landmarks, this is one race you definitely don’t want to miss.

Snag a coveted spot in this iconic race by running with us. Make your marathon experience more meaningful by making a difference in the fight against ovarian cancer. Apply today!

Official members of our team qualify for a number of perks, including:

  • Guaranteed entry as a Charity Runner to the 2022 TCS New York City Marathon
  • Fundraising toolkit & support from T.E.A.L.® staff (in person and remotely)
  • T.E.A.L.® apparel for the race
  • Your story as a runner and T.E.A.L.® community member will be featured on our website
  • The opportunity to help us Tell Every Amazing Lady® about ovarian cancer
  • A team meet-up
  • A private team Facebook group for the team to ask questions, give tips, and provide updates on their training
  • Training plans available

If you already have a bib for the marathon, you can still apply to run with us by filling out the form here or by contacting us at contact@tealwalk.org. Those joining our team who have a bib will qualify for the same perks as our official team members, and will be asked to raise $1,500.

Team Member Requirements:

Minimum fundraising of $3,000 on T.E.A.L.®’s behalf is required if you are an official team member with one of our bibs, and is due by October 1st, 2022.

If you already have a bib, a minimum fundraising of $1,500 on T.E.A.L.®’s behalf is due by October 1st, 2022.

Team members should be prepared to have a fundraising plan to meet their goal by deadline. To ensure runners meet their October 1st goal, they will be required to meet these fundraising checkpoints:

  • $1,000 by August 6th
  • $2,000 by September 3rd
  • $3,000 by October 1st

Unofficial runners will need to raise:

  • $1,000 by August 6th
  • $1,500 by October 1st

T.E.A.L.® hosting a night of comedy fundraiser to fight ovarian cancer

Join Tell Every Amazing Lady® for a night of laughter for a good cause!

This show is Thursday, May 12, 2022, at the Bulls Eye Sports Pub in Brooklyn at 7:00 pm.

Limited seating available for show. Outdoor seating is available, weather permitting. Raffles, food and beverages will be available for purchase at this event. 

Featuring special performances by:

Ellen Karis (Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Karis Comedy Corner Podcast)
Kendra Cunningham (Drybar Comedy Special, Last Comic Standing)
Sharon Simon (Saturday Night Live, NYC Pride Parade Featured Host)
Rich Carucci (MLB.com, featured in NY Post)

Advance tickets are available online for $25 while tickets at the door will be $30. Each ticket comes with 1 drink ticket voucher.

Proceeds benefit Tell Every Amazing Lady®.  There is no accurate screening test for ovarian cancer.

Is there a better way to support charity?  Click here to buy tickets now!

For more information and any questions you may have, please reach out to Tell Every Amazing Lady® at 917-310-4835 or contact@tealwalk.org.

T.E.A.L.® presents to New York-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital and the Meyer Cancer Center of Weill Cornell Medicine

T.E.A.L.® presented to new community health educators from the Center for NuLeadership on Human Justice & Healing (CNHJH) for the Diversity Center of Excellence of the Meyer Cancer Center of Weill Cornell Medicine on October 21st, 2021. The new community health educators were learning about the importance of lung screenings to help prevent cancer. All attendees also learned about Tell Every Amazing Lady® as a foundation, the work that we do, as well as the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer.

T.E.A.L.® turns City Hall teal in annual lighting for sixth year

T.E.A.L.® celebrated the end of National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month by lighting up Manhattan’s City Hall the color teal on September 30th, 2021! This was the sixth year in a row City Hall partnered with T.E.A.L.® to light the building and allow us to spread important awareness about ovarian cancer.

T.E.A.L.® welcomes National Walk/Run/Ride participants to T.E.A.L.® Community Center

On September 11th, 12th, and 18th, 2021, T.E.A.L.® was thrilled to invite T.E.A.L.® National Walk/Run/Ride participants to visit the T.E.A.L.® Community Center in Park Slope, Brooklyn for a custom start/finish line for the month-long virtual event. Staff members also distributed awareness materials and special in-person swag giveaways for attendees. 

T.E.A.L.® joins Staten Island Boardwalk Bash

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On September 10, 2021, T.E.A.L.® had a table at the Staten Island Boardwalk Bash, a health and information fair for seniors, family and friends hosted by Assemblymember Michael Tannousis and the Staten Island University Hospital. A T.E.A.L.® representative distributed ovarian cancer awareness and National T.E.A.L.® Walk/Run Ride 2021 materials to the public while enjoying the boardwalk. 

T.E.A.L.® ties ribbons in Brooklyn in partnership with Turn the Towns Teal®

With the help of many fantastic volunteers, T.E.A.L.® was able to tie ovarian cancer awareness ribbons on trees on Myrtle Avenue, 5th Avenue, and Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn in collaboration with Turn the Towns Teal® on September 8th, 2021. The Myrtle Avenue, 5th Avenue, and North Flatbush Avenue BIDs joined the foundation in spreading ovarian cancer awareness and promoting the National T.E.A.L.® Walk/Run/Ride in the community. 

T.E.A.L.® participates in awareness double header at Coney Island baseball game, monument lighting

Staff and volunteers with Tell Every Amazing Lady®, an ovarian cancer nonprofit, raised awareness about the deadly disease at Maimonides Park in Coney Island during a Brooklyn Cyclones game on September 3rd, 2021. 

T.E.A.L.® staff were joined by volunteers personally affected by ovarian cancer, including Rafael Espinal, president of Freelancers Union and former NYC Council Member, who lost his mother to ovarian cancer, at a pre-game press conference and on the field before the kick off of the game. Espinal also threw out the first pitch. During the game, a PSA about ovarian cancer and the work T.E.A.L.® does played on screen for fans to see. 

At sunset, T.E.A.L.® members and volunteers stood in front of the famed Parachute Jump at Luna Park as it was lit teal, the official color symbolizing ovarian cancer. The Parachute Jump was also illuminated on August 28th, 2021, and September 4th, 2021.

T.E.A.L.® turns Brooklyn Borough Hall teal

Tell Every Amazing Lady® continued our kickoff of Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month on September 3rd, 2021 by lighting Brooklyn Borough Hall in downtown Brooklyn teal. It was the foundation’s eighth annual lighting at Brooklyn Borough Hall. 

WSAV showcases the National T.E.A.L.® Walk/Run/Ride 2021

T.E.A.L.® thanks WSAV Savannah for highlighting the National T.E.A.L.® Walk/Run/Ride on September 2nd, 2021. The national event combined T.E.A.L.®’s satellite events, including the annual Savannah T.E.A.L.® Walk, into one month-long endeavor that was fully virtual. WSAV also interviewed ovarian cancer survivor  Adrianne Reed, who touched on how difficult it was for her to get an accurate diagnosis for this deadly disease. The piece from WSAV can be read here. 

Devoted T.E.A.L.® Volunteer spreads awareness across the U.S.

Former Volunteer of the Month and friend of Tell Every Amazing Lady® Anthony traveled by rail across the United States throughout August and September 2021. During his travels, Anthony spread awareness about T.E.A.L.® by sporting our branded baseball cap and polo shirt. At times, Anthony was able to speak about the foundation to those he met on the trip. 

Starting in New York, Anthony and his nephew traveled south and to the west via train. The two of them stopped in many locations along the way, with particular focus on areas of historical and railfan significance. Notable highlights include Ft. Pulaski in Savannah, Georgia, the National Transportation Museum in St. Louis, Missouri, the National WWI Museum and Memorial in Kansas City, Missouri, and Buffalo Bill Cody’s Ranch in North Platte, Nebraska. Though the trip was amazing, Anthony can’t wait to get back on the rails and is already plotting his next adventure!

We’re incredibly grateful to Anthony for his long-standing volunteerism and determination to spread awareness about ovarian cancer. The more people that learn the signs and symptoms of this deadly disease, the more lives that could be saved. If you’ve been inspired by Anthony’s story, visit the T.E.A.L.® Shop today and begin spreading awareness – your way. Tag us on social media with #TellEveryAmazingLady!

You can also support our Awareness and Education Program by donating at TellEveryAmazingLady.org/donate

T.E.A.L.® transforms Park Slope Center window into interactive selfie

For T.E.A.L.®’s Virtual Mother’s Day Walk/Run on World Ovarian Cancer Day on May 8, 2021, T.E.A.L.® offered access to its in-person selfie window art installation in Park Slope/Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn. Those who made advanced appointments could take photos at our window to help spread awareness on social media, and registered participants for the Walk/Run could receive a free prize. Supporters could also email a selfie to T.E.A.L.® to post in the windows and on the website so all can be part of this community event. Additional visits to the T.E.A.L.® Community Center’s windows were made on May 1, May 6, May 7, and May 15, 2021.

T.E.A.L.®’s CEO a guest speaker speaks at Weill Cornell Medicine’s event

T.E.A.L.® CEO and co-founder Pamela Esposito-Amery was one of the guest speakers at Weill Cornell Medicine’s event “Our Wakanda: Colorectal Cancer in Younger Adults” on March 23, 2021. March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, and a risk factor for developing ovarian cancer can be tied to a family history of colon cancer. Pamela spoke of her personal connection to both diseases as well as T.E.A.L.®’s work in the New York City community. 

T.E.A.L.® intern hosts outreach event

T.E.A.L.® intern Tiombe Jones created an outreach event for her community of peers to help educate and spread awareness of the work the foundation does. She presented alongside T.E.A.L.® staff on March 20th, 2021. 

T.E.A.L.® attends St. Francis College Virtual Career Fair

Tell Every Amazing Lady® participated in an online career fair hosted by St. Francis College in Brooklyn on April 8, 2021. At the event, T.E.A.L.® had a digital presence and interacted with students live to raise awareness about the foundation’s work, plus internship, job, and volunteer opportunities available.

T.E.A.L.® participates in NYU Global Public Health Career Expo

T.E.A.L.® CEO and co-founder Pamela Esposito-Amery participated in NYU’s Spring Global Health Career Expo online on March 5th, 2021. At the event, T.E.A.L.® had a digital presence and interacted with students live to raise awareness about the foundation’s work, plus internship, job, and volunteer opportunities available. 

T.E.A.L.® shares story at NewYork-Presbyterian quarterly meeting

T.E.A.L.® presented at New York Presbyterian’s virtual quarterly meeting on February 3rd, 2021. The Foundation’s CEO and co-founder Pamela Esposito-Amery is now a member of the Community Advisory Board at Weill Cornell Medicine-Meyer Cancer Center, and presented her story and the work of the foundation to fellow members.

T.E.A.L.® board member hosts outreach event

T.E.A.L.® board member Patsy Gentile hosted an online outreach event for the Staten Island community on January 27th, 2021. Patsy and foundation CEO and co-founder Pamela Esposito-Amery educated participants about T.E.A.L.®’s work and the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer.

T.E.A.L.® speaks at Forbes outreach event

T.E.A.L.® collaborated with staff members at Forbes to create a virtual lunchtime educational event on January 27th, 2021. They educated attendees about the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer, as well as determining your risk of the disease.

T.E.A.L.® attends BBB Accredited Business Networking Event

T.E.A.L.® CEO and co-founder Pamela Esposito-Amery and staff member Carla Menezes attended the virtual BBB Accredited Business Networking Event on January 27th, 2021. They were able to educate local community members and business leaders about Tell Every Amazing Lady® and its women’s health programs. 

T.E.A.L.® attends Jumpstart Virtual Event Networking Event Job Fair

T.E.A.L.® CEO and co-founder Pamela Esposito-Amery attended the virtual Jumpstart Virtual Event Networking Event Job Fair on January 26th, 2021. At the event, we were able to connect with participants to raise awareness about the foundation’s work, plus internship, job, and volunteer opportunities available.

Dime Community Bank donates to T.E.A.L.®

Tell Every Amazing Lady® participated in Dime Community Bank’s Dime Gives Back social media campaign from November to December 1st, 2020. T.E.A.L.® urged supporters to take photos of themselves saying what they were thankful for and tag T.E.A.L.® and #DimeGivesBack. Dime Bank tallied up how many posts mentioned Tell Every Amazing Lady®, and donated $1,000 to the foundation.

7th Annual Savannah T.E.A.L.® Walk/Run held virtually

T.E.A.L.® hosted the 7th Annual Savannah T.E.A.L.® Walk/Run virtually on September 26, 2020. The event was very different but still a success, generating lots of awareness for ovarian cancer. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, T.E.A.L.®’s usual in-person event at Lake Mayer Track moved to a virtual platform for the safety of participants. For the first time, the annual event featured a 5K run option for participants. There was also an exclusive kick off video for participants to feel connected together that included T.E.A.L.® volunteers, staff, board members, team members, and celebrities.

7th Annual Litchfield T.E.A.L.® Walk held virtually

T.E.A.L.® held the 7th Annual Litchfield T.E.A.L.® Walk virtually on September 19, 2020. Survivors, their family members and friends, and many other members of the public were able to participate in the virtual walk to raise awareness for ovarian cancer. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, T.E.A.L.®’s usual in-person event at Litchfield Community Field moved to a virtual platform for the safety of participants. T.E.A.L.® volunteers, staff, board members, team captains, and celebrities filmed a kick-off video to give participants a chance to feel connected together that day.