I learned about T.E.A.L.® because I run in Prospect Park often, though I live on Staten Island, because I have friends who live on 16th Street. As we were walking to the park one day for a run I happened to notice the storefront for T.E.A.L.® and went in. I made a donation and got to learn about the organization and its mission. I was immediately drawn to it because my sister Robin died at 29-years-old from ovarian cancer. My aunt Roseann also succumbed to this disease at 38 years of age. I applied to the lottery for the 2020 United Airlines NYC Half but was not selected, so I decided to run for charity, as I ran the 2015 TCS New York City Marathon for Gilda’s Club, an organization that helps people with cancer. I was so happy to see that T.E.A.L.® was listed as one of the organizations to join for 2020 United Airlines NYC Half, because it is specifically for ovarian cancer.

I will be turning 54 years old on the day of the 2020 United Airlines NYC Half! My goal for the race is to complete it free of injury and to beat my half marathon personal record of 2 hours, 15 minutes.

I have played group sports most of my life. With that, you have to be aware of many other things other than yourself. With running, I only have to focus on me. It has made me see how strong I really am and what limits I can push myself to. It truly empowers me! 

If I had the power to make a difference or change one thing related to ovarian cancer it would be to ERADICATE it! Realistically, as one person, I feel the next best thing would be to educate women about the disease. As a registered nurse I know it is so important for women to know the symptoms for early detection.

The last thing I would like to share with readers, especially as a registered nurse, is to: GO FOR YOUR GYN CHECK UPS! Know your body so if something doesn’t feel right, you investigate its cause. Early detection and treatment saves lives! Be proactive with your health!

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