Meet Team Tell Every Amazing Lady®’s 2024 TCS New York City Marathon Runner, Yvonne!

I lost a dear friend of mine to ovarian cancer two years ago. She was the same age as me, and also a runner and a triathlete. My friend Louisa dealt with her diagnosis with courage, grace, acceptance and even humor. I take the lessons I learned from her and try and apply them every day.

I had extensive knee surgery in September 2022 and ran my first half-marathon in November 2023 which was amazing although I did have some residual pain. My goal for this race is a pain free race! Apart from that, I want to raise lots of money for Tell Every Amazing Lady® and to have fun!

I love how running makes me feel – free, strong, confident, like I can do anything! I also love that I can pretty much do it anywhere, anytime and I get to enjoy and explore the environment I am in.

If I had the power to make a difference, I would love for there to be greater awareness around ovarian cancer and a more robust process for screening so more women could be diagnosed earlier.

Please show up and cheer us on! Every spectator and cheer helps!

To donate to Yvonne, please visit Team Tell Every Amazing Lady®’s 2024 TCS New York City Marathon fundraising page. To apply for a future marathon, or to learn more, please visit Team Tell Every Amazing Lady®’s marathon page today.

Meet Team Tell Every Amazing Lady®’s 2024 TCS New York City Marathon Runner, William!

On August 24th, 2023, my family lost Susan “Sue” Adams (my aunt) after her yearlong battle with ovarian cancer. Our family is very tight knit, and Aunt Sue’s cancer and passing was incredibly challenging for not only my uncle and cousins, but our extended family and the countless number of people Aunt Sue befriended and positively impacted in her life.

Despite the challenges, Aunt Sue never failed to inspire and encourage our family with her positive attitude, grace, and strength, and left us thinking, how can we turn a negative into a positive. A couple months after she passed away, I was in Brooklyn supporting friends who were running the 2023 New York Marathon. I was struck by how positive the atmosphere was. I was also thinking about Aunt Sue, as the race was run on her birthday (November 5th). I thought about how much she would’ve loved being there considering she grew up and lived her whole life in New York, was the first female scholarship athlete from White Plains High School, a WPHS Hall of Fame athlete and basketball coach, and had recently retired from being a dedicated physical education teacher. Following the race, it was hard to imagine a better way to make a difference and celebrate her life than to raise money for ovarian cancer through running the marathon.

To donate to William, please visit Team Tell Every Amazing Lady®’s 2024 TCS New York City Marathon fundraising page. To apply for a future marathon, or to learn more, please visit Team Tell Every Amazing Lady®’s marathon page today.

Meet Team Tell Every Amazing Lady®’s 2024 TCS New York City Marathon Runner, Traci!

I was 3 months away from running the Boston Marathon in 2018 when I found out that I had ovarian cancer.  

The more I learned about ovarian cancer, the bigger my personal vendetta against the disease grew.  I felt guilty that I was lucky to have a slow growing version that allowed me to catch my cancer at stage one.  I couldn’t believe how low the survival rate is and how easy it was to dismiss the symptoms as those experienced by “a woman of a certain age”.  I became passionate about sharing my experience with anyone who would listen and fundraising with the hope for a world without ovarian cancer.

I roared back the following year, requalified and was all set to run the Boston Marathon in April 2020 when Covid hit in March.  I ran a virtual Boston Marathon in my hometown that year, and then finally made it to Boston to run in person in October 2021.  Shortly before reaching my 5-year cancer free anniversary, I ran the Chicago Marathon in October 2022.  Cancer is not going to stop me.

 My husband, Mark (who is biggest supporter) and I became a dynamic fundraising duo, using each race as an opportunity to be among at the top ovarian cancer fundraisers in all of Canada.

I’m very excited to take the show on the road and to have the opportunity to run my 3rd World Marathon Major. And most importantly, I’m eager to continue my fundraising efforts to defeat this evil cancer through Team Tell Every Amazing Lady® at the 2024 TCS New York City Marathon.

To donate to Traci, please visit Team Tell Every Amazing Lady®’s 2024 TCS New York City Marathon fundraising page. To apply for a future marathon, or to learn more, please visit Team Tell Every Amazing Lady®’s marathon page today.

Meet Team Tell Every Amazing Lady®’s 2024 TCS New York City Marathon Runner, Tessa!

I had a family member get diagnosed with ovarian cancer, and when any family member gets diagnosed, it affects everyone. I heard of T.E.A.L.® through them and events/fundraisers they participated in for T.E.A.L.®. When I saw there was an opportunity to join T.E.A.L.® and help spread their message by running the TCS New York City Marathon, I thought it was the perfect organization to partner with. I’ve ran one other marathon before and absolutely loved it. The goal I set for myself then was to run the entire marathon, no walking allowed! For this marathon I would love to quicken my pace and finish in 3 hours and 30 minutes, which will be a half hour faster than I’ve ran a marathon before. I love the ability to use running as a mental break and recharge. I don’t like to listen to music or podcasts while running. I like to be alone with my thoughts, focusing on the beauty of the environment around me. It helps me be more present in my life. Besides curing the disease entirely, I would change the ability of having an accurate screening test. Accurate screening is so important to prevent many different diseases and the fact that there isn’t one to test for ovarian cancer is a shame, especially because the symptoms of ovarian cancer are often times vague. I would want to tell those battling with ovarian cancer that their not alone. I would want them to know that I’m cheering them on, supporting in anyway that I can. That I hope everyday brings them a little more strength, determination, and healing. I would want them to know that they are strong, inspiring and we’re all going to get through this together. I am incredibly grateful that I get to run for such an amazing cause and I can’t wait to continue to share the message of T.E.A.L.® and spread awareness of ovarian cancer.

Sincerely,

Tessa Spencer

To donate to Tessa, please visit Team Tell Every Amazing Lady®’s 2024 TCS New York City Marathon fundraising page. To apply for a future marathon, or to learn more, please visit Team Tell Every Amazing Lady®’s marathon page today.

Meet Team Tell Every Amazing Lady®’s 2024 TCS New York City Marathon Runner, Rana!

I lost my mom, Crishna Bose-Bansal, on July 1, 2015, to ovarian cancer. 

She was the strongest person I have ever met. Before she was pregnant with me, my mom was training for the Boston Marathon. She never got to see my sister and I graduate from college in Cambridge and move to New York City, so I am excited to run the five boroughs in her honor and to celebrate her life and her undying spirit. 

My fundraising efforts will support both research towards a cure for ovarian cancer and early testing and screening for women of all ages. 

To donate to Rana, please visit Team Tell Every Amazing Lady®’s 2024 TCS New York City Marathon fundraising page. To apply for a future marathon, or to learn more, please visit Team Tell Every Amazing Lady®’s marathon page today.

Meet Team Tell Every Amazing Lady®’s 2024 TCS New York City Marathon Runner, Michelle!

Seven years ago Audra lost her 2 year battle with ovarian cancer. Many might say “that is sad” and while we agree, we also say “FTS”……

Audra was a lover of life. She was a mother, a daughter, a sister, an aunt, and the most wonderful friend. Audra lived, as we all should, like each and every day were her last. She jumped out of planes, rode motorcycles, explored the world, and found the positive in every situation. We all have promises that we made to Audra before she lost her battle, but the one she asked from ALL of us was the promise that we “Make our lives SPECTACULAR”! We can help keep that promise by taking care of each other, and also by taking care of ourselves.

In keeping my word to Audra I am once again embarking on a health and wellness journey while raising money for a cause she was passionate about. Educating others, and finding as cure. November 3, 2024 I will be running the 2024 TCS New York City Marathon with Team Tell Every Amazing Lady® (Tell Every Amazing Lady® About Ovarian Cancer Louisa M. McGregor Ovarian Cancer Foundation).

Not a day goes by that you are not talked about or thought about Audra. We can hear your laugh, all the time. Ohhh that laugh!

Seven years have flown by but it also seems so long since we’ve had you here and so much has happened….. Your son got married to an amazing woman and they had the most beautiful baby boy with another on his way. Your nephews have grown to become men that you would be proud of. Your little bestie is just like you in that she can bring a smile to anyone’s face. Also, she can literally beat a mermaid in a swimming competition!

We know you are watching us all with a smile- laughing, screaming, and even probably cursing at us and the silly things we do. But please keep watching over us, keep those signs coming, we feel you every day, and just know that we are all here saying “FTS……let’s find a cure!!!!!!!” Love you!

To donate to Michelle, please visit Team Tell Every Amazing Lady®’s 2024 TCS New York City Marathon fundraising page. To apply for a future marathon, or to learn more, please visit Team Tell Every Amazing Lady®’s marathon page today.

Meet Team Tell Every Amazing Lady®’s 2024 TCS New York City Marathon Runner, Irma Marie!

My journey was not easy.

In learning that I had breast cancer and ovarian cancer I learned survivorship, I underwent chemotherapy, radiation, a double mastectomy with no option of reconstruction to replace my breast.

After having breast cancer, I learned that my ovaries had to be removed as I developed stage 1 ovarian cancer .  “Ovarian cancer is a silent killer.”  Due to the difficulty in early detection most women don’t have early symptoms.

I have always enjoyed running. I began running half marathons when I was first diagnosed with cancer. When I started chemotherapy, I felt that running would help me sweat out the horrific drug that was put into my body that also saved my life. I ran to keep my body strong, to help me with the stress of not thinking of the cancer, and the financial burden that this would cause my family.

 My life had changed forever where I learned that cancer is like a book with so many pages you don’t see a way to read through all of them at once. When you take one page at a time, a story takes place in an unexpected way. The outcome isn’t clear or easy to deal with, but you find as you go through the journey that a clear outcome isn’t the point! The journey is the thing: the people you connect  with along the way is the story.  Living life to the fullest as tomorrow is not promised.

5 Things Cancer Taught Me:

1) Life is Too Short

2) What Courage Is

3) That Love Never Dies

4) Although Life Gets Hard, it’s Still Beautiful

5) That Nothing Last Forever

To donate to Irma Marie, please visit Team Tell Every Amazing Lady®’s 2024 TCS New York City Marathon fundraising page. To apply for a future marathon, or to learn more, please visit Team Tell Every Amazing Lady®’s marathon page today.

Meet Team Tell Every Amazing Lady®’s 2024 TCS New York City Marathon Runner, Erica!

When I was 11 years old, my Grandma Jones passed away from ovarian cancer. I cherish the memories I have of us discussing our favorite Thanksgiving traditions at my elementary school grandparent’s day, her supporting me at my first gymnastics meet, and my family visiting her at her house on the lake. While I hold these memories dear to my heart, I had lost all 4 of my grandparents in elementary school and didn’t get a chance to know them very well. As I got older and watched my friends’ relationships with their grandparents evolve, I wished I had had the chance to develop more mature relationships with my own grandparents, hearing more of their stories and learning from their advice. Devoted to serving others through her involvement in her church and various charitable organizations, I can’t think of a better way to honor my grandma than dedicating my time and fundraising efforts to Team Tell Every Amazing Lady® to raise awareness about ovarian cancer, support patients and survivors, and fund medical research. 

In addition to honoring my grandma, I’m passionate about promoting women’s health and wellness. Growing up with two sisters and having attended an all-girls school, I’ve always been dedicated to supporting and empowering women. Advancing education and awareness around women’s health is at the core of this. 

I love running because it clears my mind, challenges me to persevere, and reminds me of how amazing and capable my body is. I also love that it gets me outside and helps me explore new parts of NYC. Having been a goal of mine for the past few years, I’m excited to run my first marathon at age 26 (almost exactly 26.2 years old on race day in fact)! 

I can’t wait to run with Team Tell Every Amazing Lady® in honor of my grandma and all the incredible women in my life! 

To donate to Erica, please visit Team Tell Every Amazing Lady®’s 2024 TCS New York City Marathon fundraising page. To apply for a future marathon, or to learn more, please visit Team Tell Every Amazing Lady®’s marathon page today.

Meet Team Tell Every Amazing Lady®’s 2024 TCS New York City Marathon Runner, Carrie!

For this year’s TCS New York City Marathon, I am proud to be partnering with Tell Every Amazing Lady® to help fight ovarian cancer. My grandma passed away from cancer over a year ago, and I would love to run this race in her honor. My fundraising goal for the 2024 TCS New York City Marathon is $3,000. Any and all donations are much appreciated! Thank you for helping to fight ovarian cancer.

To donate to Carrie, please visit Team Tell Every Amazing Lady®’s 2024 TCS New York City Marathon fundraising page. To apply for a future marathon, or to learn more, please visit Team Tell Every Amazing Lady®’s marathon page today.

Meet Team Tell Every Amazing Lady®’s 2024 TCS New York City Marathon Runner, Brittany!

Hi All, 

On Sunday, November 3rd, I will be running the 2024 TCS NYC Marathon with Team Tell Every Amazing Lady® (Tell Every Amazing Lady® About Ovarian Cancer Louisa M. McGregor Ovarian Cancer Foundation) and couldn’t be more excited to do so! I’ll be running in honor of one of the most beautiful souls to grace this earth, Joyce Gerard. Joyce came into my life 27 years ago, when her daughter and I met in elementary school and became instant best friends. She was a second mother to me and I will be forever grateful for the time we spent together. Here is her story: 

Joyce was the most loving mother, wife, and Mimi. She loved playing tennis, going out with all her friends, and spending time with her family, including her amazing husband, two children, and three grandchildren. She especially loved the summertime in her beautiful backyard that she meticulously gardened and landscaped, the flowers were always perfect. Her skills in the kitchen were unmatched, she was an incredible host and cook. Joyce was the picture of health, she was always active and loved to exercise. In January 2019, after having some minor bloating, she went to her doctor and received the most unexpected, devastating news – she was diagnosed with Stage 3C ovarian cancer. For 4 years and 3 months, she fought the battle valiantly. She never complained, and always had a positive attitude. Her oncologist would always tell her how amazing she looked (she loved to dress up, even for chemo appointments). Many people never even knew she was undergoing continuous treatment for all 4 years. She tried countless different medications and clinical trials. Unfortunately, ovarian cancer is known to come back with a vengeance and be resistant to treatment. Joyce’s battle ended on April 29th, 2023. She passed away at home with her family by her side. 

Joyce was loved by so many. We will continue to keep her memory alive and running in her honor is just one small tribute to a woman who made this earth such a brighter place. Please help me carry on this fight, by donating, to make a difference in finding a cure and better treatment options for a disease that has taken the lives of so many young women. 

Any contribution you make has an impact. Let’s do the damn thing! Thank you so much and F CANCER. 

To learn more about T.E.A.L.®, see the link below: https://telleveryamazinglady.org/ovarian-cancer/

To donate to Brittany, please visit Team Tell Every Amazing Lady®’s 2024 TCS New York City Marathon fundraising page. To apply for a future marathon, or to learn more, please visit Team Tell Every Amazing Lady®’s marathon page today.

Meet Team Tell Every Amazing Lady®’s 2024 TCS New York City Marathon Runner, Amy!

Join me in honoring the memory of my beloved aunt by supporting my journey to run the 2024 TCS New York City Marathon in her name.

A true New Yorker, nurse, sister, best friend, aunt, and #1 Mets fan, my Aunt Rene fought a brave battle against ovarian cancer, showcasing resilience and grace every step of the way. Her strength continues to inspire me, and I’m determined to make a difference in the fight against this disease.

Her diagnosis with ovarian cancer came at a pivotal time as she was a frontline worker during COVID-19. In the midst of the pandemic’s chaos, my aunt stood as a beacon of strength and compassion on the front lines of healthcare in bustling New York City. As a dedicated nurse, she fearlessly battled COVID-19, tirelessly caring for the sick and vulnerable. However, amidst her selfless dedication, life threw her an even greater challenge when she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Despite facing her own health struggles, she continued to pour her heart and soul into her work, offering comfort and support to her patients. Amidst the uncertainty and pain, her unwavering love for the NY Mets remained a constant source of joy and distraction. Whether she was cheering from her hospital room or discussing the latest game with loved ones, her passion for her favorite team never waned. Her passing on April 25th, 2021 still stings all the hearts she touched. Though she may have left us too soon, her legacy of courage, compassion, and Mets fandom will forever echo all the hearts of those who were fortunate enough to know her.

Running the 2024 TCS New York City Marathon in honor of my aunt holds such a deep significance. This will be a powerful way to pay tribute to her strength and resilience, both in her personal fight against the disease and in her dedication as a frontline nurse in NYC, running on the streets that she drove on for years. By taking on this challenge, I am not only commemorating her memory but also raising awareness about ovarian cancer and honoring all those who have been affected by it.

The 2024 TCS New York city Marathon is a symbol of love and community, something that was so important in my Aunt’s life. Crossing the finish line will be a poignant reminder of her spirit and a truly beautiful way to honor my Aunt’s legacy.

To donate to Amy, please visit Team Tell Every Amazing Lady®’s 2024 TCS New York City Marathon fundraising page. To apply for a future marathon, or to learn more, please visit Team Tell Every Amazing Lady®’s marathon page today.

Meet Team Tell Every Amazing Lady®’s 2024 TCS New York City Marathon Runner, Adrienne!

This November, I will be running in the 2024 TCS New York City Marathon with Team Tell Every Amazing Lady®, an organization that focuses on providing support to patients and survivors, raising public awareness, and sharing resources with key partners in the struggle to end ovarian cancer. 

I’m running with Team Tell Every Amazing Lady® in honor of my mom, Kris, who passed away in 2012 after a 6-year battle with ovarian cancer. I dedicate my training and marathon run to her, who fought her battle with so much courage and grace. 

My mom was vibrant, silly, and smart. She had an infectious laugh and bright blue eyes (almost teal!!). Among many other things, she loved skiing, traveling, needlepoint, and singing along to Broadway musical soundtracks. I am so proud to be running in her honor!! 

If you can, please help me reach my fundraising goal for Team Tell Every Amazing Lady®. Any contribution you can make will help bring us one step closer to early detection methods, improved treatments, and ultimately, a cure. Thanks all!

-Adrienne

To donate to Adrienne, please visit Team Tell Every Amazing Lady®’s 2024 TCS New York City Marathon fundraising page. To apply for a future marathon, or to learn more, please visit Team Tell Every Amazing Lady®’s marathon page today.

T.E.A.L.® and the New York City Council Women’s Caucus- World Ovarian Cancer Day 2024

May 8th is World Ovarian Cancer Day. On this day Tell Every Amazing Lady® unites in solidarity with the New York City Council Women’s Caucus Members to honor every Amazing lady affected by this formidable disease. As an integral part of this global initiative, Tell Every Amazing Lady® proudly joins the chorus of voices advocating for awareness and action. T.E.A.L.® is honored to support World Ovarian Cancer Coalition on this initiative.

Tell Every Amazing Lady® stood on the steps of New York City Hall with the New York City Council Women’s Caucus Members in honor of May 8th, as a powerful representation of New York City’s commitment to continue to battle this deadly, overlooked, and underfunded women’s health disease. Council Members of the New York City Council Women’s Caucus include Julie Menin, Carmen De La Rosa, Carlina Rivera, Gale A. Brewer, Diana Ayala, Kristy Marmorato, Pierina Ana Sanchez, Althea Stevens, Amanda Farías, Vickie Paladino, Sandra Ung, Tiffany Cabán, Linda Lee, Julie Won, Nantasha Williams, Lynn Schulman, Selvena N. Brooks-Powers, Joann Ariola, Jennifer Gutiérrez, Crystal Hudson, Sandy Nurse, Alexa Avilés, Shahana Hanif, Rita Joseph, Darlene Mealy, Susan Zhuang, Farah N. Louis, Mercedes Narcisse, Inna Vernikov, and Kamillah Hanks.

The New York City Council Women’s Caucus, side by side and dressed in the color teal, illuminated the signs and symptoms of this often overlooked disease, while empowering women with knowledge and rallying support for early detection and intervention.

Please visit our Youtube to learn more about what the New York City Council Women’s Caucus had to say about World Ovarian Cancer Day.

Tell Every Amazing Lady® Receives $200,000 Grant Award from Direct Relief’s Fund for Health Equity

[Brooklyn], [New York], Feb. 29, 2024— Tell Every Amazing Lady® today announced it is among
the awardees across the United States that received a grant from Direct Relief’s Fund for Health
Equity, which mobilizes financial resources for organizations focused on non-clinical
interventions that affect a person’s health. Commonly known as the social determinants of
health, these factors include an individual’s physical, social, political, cultural, and economic
environment.

“This latest round of more than $7 million in grants, made possible by generous support from
MacKenzie Scott, the AbbVie Foundation, and Eli Lilly and Company, is the most recent infusion
of funding for organizations deeply committed to eliminating health disparities and improving
healthcare quality in their communities”, said Dr. Byron Scott, Direct Relief COO and Co-Chair of
the Fund for Health Equity. “Direct Relief is proud to support and grateful for the work they do
every day.”

Tell Every Amazing Lady® received $200,000 from the Fund for Health Equity for its work to
increase access to healthcare services in underserved communities.

Tell Every Amazing Lady® plans to collaborate with the Weill Cornell Medicine Meyer
Cancer Center at New York-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital and the Center for
Community Health at NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital
. Throughout the
grant period, we hope to eliminate health disparities by increasing enrollment of patients
from underrepresented communities diagnosed with gynecologic cancers into clinical trials
and improving compliance with recommended treatment by helping them overcome
barriers of cost, fear, and misinformation. Enhancing patient navigation will be a part of
fulfilling this grant to help achieve more equitable cancer care.

The awardees were selected by the Fund for Health Equity’s Advisory Council, which includes
the following members:

 Co-Chair Regina Benjamin, MD, MBA, 18th US Surgeon General of the United States,
Founder Bayou Clinic, Inc.
 Co-Chair Byron Scott, MD, MBA, Direct Relief COO
 Martha Dawson, DNP, MSN, RN, FACHE, President and CEO President of the National
Black Nurses Association, Associate Professor at the University of Alabama at
Birmingham
 Jane Delgado, Ph.D., MS, President and CEO of the National Alliance for Hispanic Health
 Gail Small, JD, Head Chief Woman, a citizen of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe

“We are pleased to support the essential work of Tell Every Amazing Lady® and other
grassroots organizations striving to reduce disparities and increase equity in vulnerable
populations across the United States,” said Dr. Byron Scott, MD, MBA, Co-Chair of the Fund for
Health Equity and COO of Direct Relief. “It is a privilege to promote and support these
organizations that are deeply connected to the communities they serve, know best what their
patients and communities need, and the most effective means of providing it.”

Read more here.

Ghost Pirates honor T.E.A.L.®

On February 2nd, the Savannah Ghost Pirates Hockey Fights Cancer Night hosted by Kappa Psi Delta Omega at the Enmarket Arena, took on the Florida Everblades and all the ticket proceeds were donated to T.E.A.L.®!

Meet Team Tell Every Amazing Lady®’s 2024 United Airlines Half Marathon Runner, Marc!

I became involved with T.E.A.L.® through my great friend and colleague Michael.

My goal is to be in the best running shape of my life and enjoy the whole experience. I love how running “quiets” my head and often helps me think more clearly. It’s an activity that when completed, makes me feel better about my day and what was accomplished. If I had the power to make a difference related to ovarian cancer, I would want to increase awareness, funding and research. And hopefully a cure is discovered as a result.  
Every amazing lady has the power to inspire others with their courage, positive attitude, and bravery.

Excited to have an opportunity to raise awareness and funds for research for Ovarian cancer.  It’s a great cause with exceptional people. I’m thankful to be a part of Team TEAL!!!

To donate to Marc, please visit Team Tell Every Amazing Lady®’s 2024 United Airlines NYC Half Marathon fundraising page. To apply for a future marathon, or to learn more, please visit Team Tell Every Amazing Lady®’s half-marathon page today.

Meet Team Tell Every Amazing Lady®’s 2024 United Airlines Half Marathon Runner, Maria!

My name is Maria. I’m 47 and married with two beautiful children. I’m a Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor as well as a Special Education Teaching Assistant in the Syosset High School. Up until August 2022 I lived a very healthy and active lifestyle…

I have always suffered from IBS symptoms, and I noticed they were getting worse. Bloating, cramps, constipation, etc. Turns out after demanding an MRI thinking I had a blockage I was hit with the news that I had stage 3 ovarian cancer. Full hysterectomy and debulking came next with a difficult recovery and 8 rounds of chemotherapy. I couldn’t wait to enjoy the “I BEAT CANCER” party I had planned to throw myself only to find out that I am not cancer free. I may never be cancer free…As I am still going through my treatments I’ve never once thought of giving up. I have an amazing support system that has helped me through this battle, and I truly believe that God never gives you anything you can’t handle…

I am fundraising for Tell Every Amazing Lady® and planning on running this half marathon to prove to myself and to others that even with cancer, I can live my life to the fullest. I will never let it beat me without a fight. 

To donate to Maria, please visit Team Tell Every Amazing Lady®’s 2024 United Airlines NYC Half Marathon fundraising page. To apply for a future marathon, or to learn more, please visit Team Tell Every Amazing Lady®’s half-marathon page today.

Meet Team Tell Every Amazing Lady®’s 2024 United Airlines Half Marathon Runner, Yvonne!

I lost a dear friend of mine to ovarian cancer two years ago. She was the same age as me, and also a runner and a triathlete. When I saw that Tell Every Amazing Lady® was one of the charities involved in the 2024 United Airlines NYC Half, I knew that this was the charity I wanted to run for and raise money for as a tribute to my friend.

My friend Louisa dealt with her diagnosis with courage, grace, acceptance and even humor. I take the lessons I learned from her and try and apply them every day.

I have a few goals for the 2024 United Airlines Half Marathon! I had extensive knee surgery in September 2022 and ran my first half-marathon in November 2023 which was amazing although I did have some residual pain. My goal for this race is a pain free race! Apart from that, I want to raise lots of money for Tell Every Amazing Lady® and to have fun!

I love how running makes me feel – free, strong, confident, like I can do anything! I also love that I can pretty much do it anywhere, anytime and I get to enjoy and explore the environment I am in.

If I had the power to make a difference, I would love for there to be greater awareness around ovarian cancer and a more robust process for screening so more women could be diagnosed earlier.

Please show up and cheer us on! Every spectator and cheer helps!

To donate to Yvonne, please visit Team Tell Every Amazing Lady®’s 2024 United Airlines NYC Half Marathon fundraising page. To apply for a future marathon, or to learn more, please visit Team Tell Every Amazing Lady®’s half-marathon page today. 

Meet Team Tell Every Amazing Lady®’s 2024 United Airlines Half Marathon Runner, Taylor!

My name is Taylor Tuohey, I am from Rockaway Beach, New York City and I am so excited to run the 2024 United Airlines NYC Half Marathon with Tell Every Amazing Lady® in the upcoming weeks! I have chosen to run my first half marathon with Tell Every Amazing Lady® in memory of my mom – Coleen Tuohey. My mom battled ovarian cancer for several years before passing away in February 2014. My mom and I, along with family and friends would always participate in Tell Every Amazing Lady® walks as it was one of her favorite days. She would always be dancing and smiling the entire walk. It will soon be 10 years and I thought this is a perfect time to run for her, and others who are battling ovarian cancer! 

To donate to Taylor, please visit Team Tell Every Amazing Lady®’s 2024 United Airlines NYC Half Marathon fundraising page. To apply for a future marathon, or to learn more, please visit Team Tell Every Amazing Lady®’s half-marathon page today. 

Meet Team Tell Every Amazing Lady®’s 2024 United Airlines Half Marathon Runner, Michele!

I wanted to introduce myself and give a little background to how I found Tell Every Amazing Lady®. I am an avid runner and triathlete, I have been in the running community for years, as I am now 57. I have in the past found it meaningful to run for a cause bigger than myself and have raised awareness and funds for a lot of different organizations over the years. I ran to the White House for childhood cancer awareness, I have run the Marine Corps Marathon for Hope for the warriors, and I was a team leader for our local CF organization. 

Recently my close friend was diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer. I have watched as she has undergone two surgeries, and two rounds of chemo. The last round finished recently. I was scheduled to do the Long Island 1/2 Ironman this past September and needed some motivation to complete it. I asked my girlfriend if I could run for her and raise some money towards her medical bills, she refused but mentioned Tell Every Amazing Lady®. She told me to run for a charity that has been there for her. I immediately signed up and raised $100.00 and learned more about the work Tell Every Amazing Lady® is doing. I work as a NP in an acute care hospital, and since I am now more aware of this organization, I have felt more compelled to share Tell Every Amazing Lady resources and partner with them. I am looking forward to raising funds for this charity as I train and run the 2024 United Airlines NYC Half Marathon proudly wearing a Tell Every Amazing Lady® uniform!

To donate to Michele, please visit Team Tell Every Amazing Lady®’s 2024 United Airlines NYC Half Marathon fundraising page. To apply for a future marathon, or to learn more, please visit Team Tell Every Amazing Lady®’s half-marathon page today. 

Meet Team Tell Every Amazing Lady®’s 2024 United Airlines Half Marathon Runner, Maeve!

I heard about Tell Every Amazing Lady® through my younger brother Henry, who ran with the team last year. The outpouring of love and support he received, and the donations he generated for the organization was truly inspiring.

We lost our mom, MaryPat, to ovarian cancer in September of 2022. Running a half-marathon isn’t easy, and the training can sometimes be difficult. However, it is nothing compared to what our mom faced, like so many other women, in her fight against cancer. I am looking forward to pushing myself to honor what she went through. 

My goal for the race is to enjoy it. I am not necessarily looking to finish in a certain amount of time, but to enjoy experiencing the run alongside my brother while appreciating those who come out to support us. 

I hope to remain a part of Tell Every Amazing Lady® moving forward. I believe that research into earlier detection of ovarian cancer is what will be the key to saving the lives of countless women moving forward.  I am looking forward to continuing to help spread the organization’s message and, most importantly, make my mom proud. 

To donate to Maeve, please visit Team Tell Every Amazing Lady®’s 2024 United Airlines NYC Half Marathon fundraising page. To apply for a future marathon, or to learn more, please visit Team Tell Every Amazing Lady®’s half-marathon page today. 

Meet Team Tell Every Amazing Lady®’s 2024 United Airlines Half Marathon Runner, Kimberly!

Wife, mom of two, and a passionate runner from Long Island. With a decade of running experience, I’ve conquered races from 5Ks to marathons, including the TCS NYC Marathon last November. This upcoming United Airlines NYC Half Marathon is not just a race for me; it’s a journey in honor of my dear friend Maria, bravely battling ovarian cancer. The best part? Maria is running this empowering journey by my side.

To donate to Kimberly, please visit Team Tell Every Amazing Lady®’s 2024 United Airlines NYC Half Marathon fundraising page. To apply for a future marathon, or to learn more, please visit Team Tell Every Amazing Lady®’s half-marathon page today. 

Meet Team Tell Every Amazing Lady®’s 2024 United Airlines Half Marathon Runner, Kaitlyn!

I am running with Team Tell Every Amazing Lady® in memory of my grandmother who passed away from ovarian cancer in 2020. My grandmother was the most generous and kindhearted person I’ve ever known, and I cannot think of a better way to honor her memory than to fundraise for an organization that supports those battling ovarian cancer. 

Since my grandmother’s passing, I have inevitably learned a lot about this deadly disease. I was very shocked to learn that there is no screening test for ovarian cancer and many women aren’t familiar with the signs and symptoms. I am extremely grateful to be fundraising for an organization that funds research to find a screening test and cure, as well as raises awareness of the signs and symptoms. I hope that one day no woman has to suffer from ovarian cancer like my grandmother did. 

To donate to Kaitlyn, please visit Team Tell Every Amazing Lady®’s 2024 United Airlines NYC Half Marathon fundraising page. To apply for a future marathon, or to learn more, please visit Team Tell Every Amazing Lady®’s half-marathon page today. 

Meet Team Tell Every Amazing Lady®’s 2024 United Airlines Half Marathon Runner, James!

My best friend’s mom passed away in September of 2022 to ovarian cancer after fighting for about 8 years. I considered her my aunt not because we are related, but because she was like a second mom to me. She was one of those truly special individuals. Every person that had her in their life was blessed to have known her and we were all so lucky to have her fight for those extra years. We all miss her very much! Additionally, last year it was an amazing experience running for Team Tell Every Amazing Lady® in the 2023 NYC Half Marathon. It was great to hear other team members’ stories to just shine more light on others effected by ovarian cancer. The team makes you feel like you’re part of something larger than just your individual fundraising, goals, and the physical run. 

I have several goals for the NYC Half Marathon. First, raise as much money as possible for ovarian cancer research. Second, promote a ton of awareness on social media. Lastly, finish the race with a sub 10min mile pace.

Running is your own time and space to have an inner thought process and conversation with yourself. In addition, I love to take in the surroundings whether it’s the NYC skyline, or just the foliage on trees in the suburbs.

Aunt Marypat, we all love you so much. You raised one incredible family, and we know you’re looking down over us in heaven. Thank you for being a loving second mom and for always bringing happiness into the world.

Aunt Marypat easily made the best chocolate chip cookies on the planet.

To donate to James, please visit Team Tell Every Amazing Lady®’s 2024 United Airlines NYC Half Marathon fundraising page. To apply for a future marathon, or to learn more, please visit Team Tell Every Amazing Lady®’s half-marathon page today. 

Meet Team Tell Every Amazing Lady®’s 2024 United Airlines Half Marathon Runner, Henry!

I heard of Tell Every Amazing Lady® via social media and word of mouth in the past, but I first got involved in the fall of 2022. My mother, Mary Pat, had recently passed away after battling ovarian cancer for 8 years, and my friend suggested we sign up with Team Tell Every Amazing Lady® for the upcoming NYC Half Marathon. I thought it would be a great opportunity to find some therapy in running, while also raising money and awareness for an incredible organization whose mission means so much to me. Not only was completing the 2023 NYC Half a great personal achievement for myself, but on top of that, Team Tell Every Amazing Lady® was able to raise a significant amount of money for ovarian cancer research and awareness. I had such a wonderful experience working with Team Tell Every Amazing Lady®, meeting the team, and making some noise about ovarian cancer, both on and off the course!

My goal for the half marathon is to raise as much money & awareness as possible for Tell Every Amazing Lady® in order to provide support for those currently battling ovarian cancer, as well as survivors, caregivers, and the families of those affected. Having witnessed my own “Amazing Lady” battle ovarian cancer for as long as she did, I understand the hardships that many have gone through, are going through, and will go through. If I can make a positive difference in their lives, even in the smallest way possible, I’ll consider my efforts a great success.

What I love most about running isn’t the physical act of running at all, but the mental challenge that it provides. Running has never been my favorite activity, but I’ve always enjoyed the process of cultivating my mental strength to run farther and faster than I think I can. 13.1 miles is a long way, but the motivation to provide support and inspiration for those that need it the most, all while honoring my mom, will certainly push me to keep going.

If I had the power to make a difference in one thing related to ovarian cancer, it would be awareness. Too many women are often diagnosed with ovarian cancer when the disease is already in its advanced stages. Because it is still so difficult to diagnose, it is imperative that women are as aware, educated, and proactive as they can be as early as possible. If we can make some noise about the signs, symptoms, and best resources for early detection, we can help to increase the survival rate of this deadly disease, and ultimately save lives

To donate to Henry, please visit Team Tell Every Amazing Lady®’s 2024 United Airlines NYC Half Marathon fundraising page. To apply for a future marathon, or to learn more, please visit Team Tell Every Amazing Lady®’s half-marathon page today. 

Meet Team Tell Every Amazing Lady®’s 2024 United Airlines Half Marathon Runner, Darleen!

My mother was first diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer in 2011. We looked for an organization that supported women diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer and their families, but really couldn’t find many resources. We found a group in New Jersey, which while very helpful, was far. We continued to look and found Tell Every Amazing Lady®. Tell Every Amazing Lady® is an amazing organization! My mother found so much support bonding with her “sisters” and loved the weekly Wednesday mediation groups. In February 2022 when we learned my mother would need to begin in-home hospice and I was eight months pregnant, we reached out to Tell Every Amazing Lady® and they linked my sister, dad, and I to amazing services and sent care packages. Even after my mother passed, they have been in touch with us and provided support and strength. 

My goal in running the 2024 United Airlines NYC Half is to honor the legacy of my mother and her memory. The Half is on the two-year anniversary of her passing. Last year, as it was the first anniversary, I spent the morning in bed crying and listening to sad songs that made me think of her. While I needed to do that last year to get through the day, this year I want to do something special and productive to honor my mother. I could think of no better way than to do that by running for her and raising money for an organization that she loved, and that is helping so many women and their families. 

Running has been a passion of mine for years. I don’t really think of myself as athletic (I’ve never been particularly at sports), but with running it’s just you against you. I just get lost in my thoughts and listening to music. In a lot of ways, it’s extremely therapeutic. 

I am running for my special lady, my mother. I just want her to know that she is a warrior! She fought so hard and is the strongest woman I know! I am so lucky she is mine!

Ovarian Cancer is the 5th cause of cancer related deaths in women and the number 1 cause of gynecologic cancer deaths. There is no effective way to screen for Ovarian Cancer. Early detection is key to fighting the disease, but often very difficult to do. Tell Every Amazing Lady® is helping the Ovarian Cancer community in so many ways. It helps those diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer, and their families. As Ovarian Cancer is not a diagnosis often discussed, it doesn’t always receive the financial support as other conditions. Tell Every Amazing Lady® can benefit greatly from your support. Please consider donating to an amazing cause. 

To donate to Darleen, please visit Team Tell Every Amazing Lady®’s 2024 United Airlines NYC Half Marathon fundraising page. To apply for a future marathon, or to learn more, please visit Team Tell Every Amazing Lady®’s half-marathon page today. 

Meet Team Tell Every Amazing Lady®’s 2024 United Airlines Half Marathon Runner, Danielle!

On March 17th, I’m running the 2024 United Airlines NYC Half Marathon with my friend, Maria. She was diagnosed with ovarian cancer at stage three and has had a myriad of chemo treatments, major surgery, and trial drugs since then. I have never met and never will meet a stronger woman than her. She has the most positive and optimistic attitude about it all. She shows up at the gym to work out even through treatments. (Even at the ungodly hour, 5:15am!). She recently started a new job, continues to support her family, works out and goes on about her life, with no complaints, even on her worst feeling days. She has shown me the true meaning of strength and true meaning of being unstoppable. I’m so excited and honored to be running alongside her and Team Tell Every Amazing Lady®.

We became aware and involved with Tell Every Amazing Lady® around 2022. My friend was diagnosed with ovarian cancer that year. She researched and found Tell Every Amazing Lady®. We wanted to be involved with every amazing lady going through the same health struggles.

 My goal for NYC half is to be present and grateful, to take in the camaraderie of running with Tell Every Amazing Lady®, the support of family, friends and strangers cheering us on. It’s the greatest gift to be able to exercise, to move, to run. I want to be fully present and feeling gratitude for the full 13 miles.

Running has always been a challenge for me. Two years ago, I started running and I couldn’t get past 2 miles for a long time. Only a year after I started training, I ran the NYC Marathon. I feel a sense of pride and accomplishment for myself. I feel unstoppable. Anyone can do anything they want if you believe you can! 

To donate to Danielle, please visit Team Tell Every Amazing Lady®’s 2024 United Airlines NYC Half Marathon fundraising page. To apply for a future marathon, or to learn more, please visit Team Tell Every Amazing Lady®’s half-marathon page today. 

Meet Team Tell Every Amazing Lady®’s 2024 United Airlines Half Marathon Runner, Blair!

Hi, my name is Blair I am 16 and a junior in high school. I decided to start to run to learn to push myself and persevere through races and even training. I run for my high school, where we won our league championship, where I got first place. Mainly I am a long-distance runner, and my main events are 3200m and 5000m. I hope to improve over the next two years to continue running in college and achieve more of my goals. I am running the 2024 United Airlines NYC Half Marathon to promote Tell Every Amazing Lady® and to run for a good cause. I think knowing while racing the importance of running for Tell Every Amazing Lady® will help me push through the 13.1 miles.

To donate to Blair, please visit Team Tell Every Amazing Lady®’s 2024 United Airlines NYC Half Marathon fundraising page. To apply for a future marathon, or to learn more, please visit Team Tell Every Amazing Lady®’s half-marathon page today.

Meet Team Tell Every Amazing Lady®’s 2024 United Airlines Half Marathon Runner, Ariana!

Hi, my name is Ariana, and I am running for all the people who are enduring something much greater than running 13 miles in some discomfort. Those people are the true inspirations and the true heroes, and I will be running for you, because you inspire me. It is a privilege to be able to move my body and feel the pavement beneath my feet. I am running this race for all the people who aren’t physically able to run themselves.

To donate to Ariana, please visit Team Tell Every Amazing Lady®’s 2024 United Airlines NYC Half Marathon fundraising page. To apply for a future marathon, or to learn more, please visit Team Tell Every Amazing Lady®’s half-marathon page today.

T.E.A.L.® Celebrates Community Member Jane Weedon

T.E.A.L.® staff and community members gathered at the T.E.A.L.® Community Center in Brooklyn on December 15th, 2023 to celebrate Jane Weedon. Since February 2020, Jane has volunteered her time with T.E.A.L.® and hosted weekly Energy Healing and Meditation workshops on Zoom. Every Wednesday, Jane leads a 30-minute guided morning meditation that helps set such an impactful tone for every participant’s day. Not only has she spearheaded this effort, but this workshop has served as a place for an inspiring group of people to come together in support and share stories. Learn more about Jane here and sign up for her weekly workshop here.

T.E.A.L.® funds medical research study at University Illinois Chicago

Tell Every Amazing Lady® has funded research at some of the country’s most prestigious hospitals and institutions. For 2023, we are proud to announce partial funding of the study “Nanoparticle-boosted Dendritic Cell Therapy for Treating High-grade Serous Ovarian Cancer,” led by Assistant Professor Zongmin Zhao at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

The goal of the research is to develop a transformative immunotherapy to more effectively treat and prevent relapse of high-grade serous ovarian cancer (HGSC), which is the most common and lethal form of ovarian cancer. Current standard treatments for HGSC including cytoreductive surgery and chemotherapy are only partially effective and tumor relapse occurs in most patients owing to chemoresistance and immune cell evasion. To address these challenges, this study will develop a transformative dendritic cell-based immunotherapy (ACT-DC). ACT-DC is based on the combination of innovative immunoactive nanoparticles and a unique type of dendritic cell for efficient in situ antigen capturing, enhanced antigen delivery, and boosted induction of antigen-specific immune responses.

This study aims to develop more efficacious immunotherapeutic technologies that can reverse the immunosuppressive microenvironment in HGSC and generate high levels of antigen-specific T cells which has implications in vaccination development.

Partial funding of this grant was made possible by donations to the Jane Fund.

T.E.A.L.® Spreads Awareness at PS 192

On November 30th, 2023 with the help of longtime volunteer Solange, T.E.A.L.® spread awareness in several different languages to parents and faculty during dismissal at PS 192 Magnet School for Math and Science Inquiries in Midwood, Brooklyn. 

Coin War to benefit T.E.A.L.®

In 2023, Victoria Jones, Chaplain and Philanthropy Committee Chairman of Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity Inc. Delta Omega, organized a coin war between the Class of 2025 and the Class of 2026. In order to earn points each class had to add pennies and dollar bills to a jar. 

To defeat the opposing class, they added quarters, nickels, and dimes. For the losing class, the class advisor had to wear a squirrel costume. The picture above is Class of 2025 class advisor, Dr. Mackenzie Meier, along with some of the Kappa Psi brothers. The fundraiser raised over $275 to benefit T.E.A.L.®. 

T.E.A.L.® Visits the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens

On October 26th representatives from T.E.A.L.® and other community members visited the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, where they were guided around the gardens on an educational tour. It was an enjoyable and informative experience, as they got to enjoy the unseasonably warm weather and surrounding beauty. It was a great bonding experience for the T.E.A.L.® community, and an excellent opportunity to practice wellness.

T.E.A.L.® Spreads Awareness with The New York Islanders

On October 26th, 2023, T.E.A.L.® staff and volunteers went to UBS Arena in Elmont, New York to spread awareness about ovarian cancer at the New York Islanders vs. The Ottawa Senators hockey game. T.E.A.L.® was selected to be the charity of that game as part of the New York Islanders Hockey With A Heart Program. T.E.A.L.® had an awareness booth on the concourse, where we interacted with the public by encouraging them to utilize our photobooth, while also spreading awareness. T.E.A.L.®’s CEO and Co-Founder Pamela also had the unique opportunity to spread awareness about ovarian cancer on the jumbotron! T.E.A.L.®’s volunteers were also stationed around the arena to help sell raffle tickets to fans, in which a portion of the proceeds went to benefit T.E.A.L.®. This was a fun night that allowed T.E.A.L.® to spread its mission and awareness on the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer to the thousands of people who attended the game.

Thank you Walmart Foundation!

On October 23rd, 2023, the Walmart Foundation awarded Tell Every Amazing Lady® a $1,500 grant to help support T.E.A.L.®’s mission to spread awareness, and support survivors within the Savannah community. T.E.A.L.® representatives, Rachel and Victoria, went to Walmart on Abercorn St. to claim this check. 

Turn The Towns Teal® Features T.E.A.L.® in Newsletter

On October 17th, 2023, Tell Every Amazing Lady® was featured in the Turn the Towns Teal® newsletter. This feature highlighted all the great things T.E.A.L.® did during the month of September to raise ovarian cancer awareness. Turn The Towns Teal® is a national campaign to promote awareness of ovarian cancer and its often subtle symptoms.

T.E.A.L.® Attends Women Arise: Women’s Conference 2023

On October 14th, 2023, T.E.A.L.® representatives had the honor of taking part in the Women Arise: Women’s Conference 2023, a carefully organized event hosted by the Hope For All Outreach Christian Center in Brooklyn, NY. The main goal of this event was to raise awareness about breast cancer, especially during October, known as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The Women Arise conference was a well-thought-out gathering, bringing together a diverse group of people. They invited breast cancer survivors, educators, and representatives from healthcare organizations to talk about important healthcare topics that matter to people today. This community event was a chance for our T.E.A.L.® representatives to connect with the local community and share information about ovarian cancer and how it is genetically linked to breast cancer. Our aim in attending the event was to help people become more aware and empowered when it comes to understanding and addressing ovarian cancer as it relates to breast cancer and genetics. This event provided a meaningful opportunity for T.E.A.L.® to reach and educate the public about this important issue.

T.E.A.L.® featured on the Overlooked Podcast

On October 4th, 2023, T.E.A.L.® Co-Founder and CEO Pamela Esposito-Amery was featured on the Overlooked Podcast episode titled “Family.” In this episode, Pamela discusses her experience as a caregiver to her sister, Louisa M. McGregor, as she navigated her ovarian cancer journey.
Listen to the podcast episode here.

T.E.A.L.® featured in Healthy Women articles

On October 2nd, 2023, T.E.A.L.®’s co-founder and CEO Pamela Esposito-Amery partnered with Healthy Women to create an educational video discussing ovarian cancer symptoms, risk factors, and the importance of knowing your family history and genetic risks. The video discusses how symptoms of ovarian cancer can be mistaken for other women’s health issues, such as endometriosis and menopause, causing the disease to often be diagnosed in later stages. Pamela also discusses her Lynch Syndrome diagnosis and how genetic testing empowered her to make the right decisions regarding her health. She emphasizes the fact that there is no screening test for ovarian cancer, and that you should always advocate for yourself when you feel something isn’t right. Watch the video here.
Also, on August 8th, 2023, T.E.A.L.® supporter and ovarian cancer survivor Schern Yung was featured in a Healthy Women article where she discussed her ovarian cancer diagnosis journey, and how her symptoms were dismissed by doctors, leading to a later diagnosis. Read Schern’s article here.

T.E.A.L.® Spreads awareness at the Brooklyn Night Market

On Monday October 2nd, 2023, T.E.A.L.® had an awareness activation Masculine Hospitality Groups; Brooklyn Night Market in Industry City. Representatives from T.E.A.L.® were present at this event with the new T.E.A.L.® photo booth. We encouraged event goers to take pictures at the booth, while simultaneously providing lifesaving information on the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer and the fact that there is no screening test for the disease.

10th Annual Savannah T.E.A.L.® Walk™

On September 30th, 2023, T.E.A.L.® organized the 10th Annual Savannah T.E.A.L.® Walk™ to honor those impacted by ovarian cancer and spread awareness regarding the disease. For the past 10 years T.E.A.L.® has organized a walk in Savannah, Georgia to celebrate the courage of ovarian cancer survivors and the strength of the families who have been touched by the disease, raise awareness to the public, and to raise money for research. This year’s walk was especially important not only because it was T.E.A.L.® ‘s 10-year anniversary in Savannah, but because it marked the first walk T.E.A.L.® held in person since 2019 due to the pandemic. We are deeply grateful to those who supported this year’s walk, such as Girl Scout Troop 30284, Delta Omega Chapter of Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity Inc, Grande Cosmetics, Feminade, Walgreens, Staybridge Suites Hotel, Preferred Pharmacy, Binya, and Dick’s Broadcasting without whom this event could not have been as successful as it was. T.E.A.L.® would also like to thank Rachel Davis, Victoria Jones, Mollie Andrade, and Dr. Stephen McCall who helped plan, organize, and put on this event. Click here to view the photos taken at the walk.

T.E.A.L.® lights the Bronx County Courthouse teal for the first time

On September 30th, 2023, T.E.A.L.® lit the Bronx County Courthouse with teal-colored lights to close out Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. Teal is the official color that represents ovarian cancer awareness. Thank you to the Bronx County Courthouse for helping us to spread much needed awareness about ovarian cancer to the Bronx community!

T.E.A.L.® Was Amazing This September!

This September T.E.A.L.® celebrated its 15th year anniversary! T.E.A.L.® was extremely busy the entire month of September. T.E.A.L.® lit NYC the color teal with four building monument lightings throughout the month, which included Coney Island’s Luna Park Parachute Jump, Bronx County Courthouse, NY City Hall, and The Municipal building. T.E.A.L.® hosted 3 different awareness walks in three different cities and states; Brooklyn, NY, Litchfield, CT, and Savannah, GA. We turned Brooklyn teal by tying teal-colored ribbons on trees along Myrtle Avenue, 5th Avenue, and Flatbush Avenue. T.E.A.L.® also participated in several awareness events throughout the month including a series of Masc. Hospitality Group Night Market events. The month was jam packed with awareness and education on the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer! None of this would have been made possible without the help of T.E.A.L.®’s many volunteers and supporters!

OrangeTheory Fitness Hosts Ovarian Cancer 90 Minute Workout Class

OrangeTheory Fitness Rockaway Beach Hosts Ovarian Cancer 90 Minute Workout Class to Close out Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month!

On September 30th, 2023, OrangeTheory Fitness Rockaway Beach held a 90-minute workout class to raise awareness and funds for ovarian cancer. This is the second year in a row that OrangeTheory Fitness Rockaway Beach hosted this event for T.E.A.L.®. Representatives from T.E.A.L.® spent the day in the studio’s lobby spreading awareness on the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer as well as the importance of understanding genetic risks. Everyone who attended an OrangeTheory Fitness workout class that day walked away with valuable lifesaving information; not only those who took part in the 90-minute donation class!

T.E.A.L.® Celebrates National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month at Maimonides Medical Center!

On September 27, 2023, T.E.A.L.® partnered with Maimonides Health in Brooklyn, NY to celebrate National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month in the hospital’s main lobby. T.E.A.L.® representatives were there spreading awareness of ovarian cancer, while also informing community members about T.E.A.L.®’s many free resources for women, ovarian cancer patients, survivors, and their family members. Hospital staff, patients, doctors, and administration took part in the event by coming to learn about T.E.A.L.® and the work we do. They also took part in our new fun interactive photo booth! It was a great event and we enjoyed being able to reconnect with Maimonides Health.

Meet Levana! Captain of team Elle’s Pretty Hall

Meet Levana! Captain of team Elle’s Pretty Hall which raised over $10,000 for the 15th Annual Brooklyn T.E.A.L.® Walk/Run™ Celebration!

Hi! I’m Levana. I was diagnosed with Stage IV Ovarian Cancer in 2020 at age 33. The symptoms were subtle- headaches, fatigue, bloating. I was diagnosed through a CA 125 blood test during my annual gynecologic appt. I was able to get this blood test because I have the BRCA1 gene- I learned I had this gene after my mom passed away from Ovarian Cancer and I did genetic testing. Despite my best efforts at surveillance there is NO test for Ovarian Cancer. By the time I learned I had it, it had already spread to lymph nodes in my neck. 

I am beyond lucky to be getting the best possible care at Memorial Sloan Kettering. I am grateful for outstanding doctors, supportive friends, family, and co-workers. Not all days are great- I am on a weekly chemo and the port in my chest is a constant reminder of how my life has changed. I’ve lost track of how many ER visits and hospital rooms I’ve had.