After gaining the strength back from being diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2022, I wanted to give back and be a part of a community of individuals who have gone through a similar experience. I truly wanted to make a difference in some way! I researched charities and came across T.E.A.L.®. I was thrilled to see that they are one of the incredible fundraising partners for the United Airlines NYC Half Marathon. Growing up in New York, I felt like this was meant to be and something I just had to be a part of to spread awareness.
My goal for the United Airlines NYC Half is not to be the fastest but to cross that finish line and be surrounded by the city’s energy and support from friends and family. This would be the greatest victory after an incredibly difficult year, to run with such a strong group.
Running is physically exhausting but mentally and emotionally recharging! It creates an opportunity to push myself and reflect on everything else going on.
If I had the power to make a difference regarding one thing related to ovarian cancer, it would be to let women know to listen to your body and don’t ignore symptoms! Your gut feeling is usually correct – if it feels off it probably is. Make that doctor’s appointment!
To every amazing lady: Accept what is, let go of what was, and have faith in what will be.
Surround yourself with people who are going to lift you higher.
You can help Jolanta reach her fundraising goal for the 2023 United Airlines NYC Half here. All donations go to Tell Every Amazing Lady® and help with the fight against ovarian cancer.