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Learn more about Monica, one of our runners on team Tell Every Amazing Lady® for the 2019 NYC Half Marathon!

I discovered T.E.A.L.® when I was searching for ovarian cancer educational organizations. It was a chance finding on Instagram and I’ve been a fan ever since!

This is my first half marathon and my goal is to finish! 2019 is my year of meeting goals and showing my daughters that you can do anything you set your mind to! Instead of waiting for the end of the year, the United Airlines NYC half is at the perfect time! Ringing in spring! I hope this is the first of many to come!

The thing I love the most about running is that it is a sport that I can come back to again and again. I can not run for a period of time when things are happening in my life that cause me to forget who I am, or get distracted. Running says, “come back. I am here. You will find yourself here.” Indeed I do. Where else can you clear your head, clear your heart, and push yourself at the same time? Running is meditation. It is a gift to myself.

The power I wish I had would be to have MUCH earlier detection. While the word is finally getting out, when most women discover they have ovarian cancer, it can be very late. For many, too late, as was the case for my mother who passed from the disease in 2009. My sisters and I have definitely been much more proactive when it comes to our health.

I am running in memory of my mother, Patricia. She was my rock, my anchor, and my best friend. I am raising money for the future so that no woman has to face this disease again.


On March 17th, Monica will be running the 2019 United Airlines NYC Half as part of team Tell Every Amazing Lady®. Support her here: https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/tell-every-amazing-lady-about-ovarian-cancer-foundation-nyc-half-2019/monicafratinardo1

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