Greenwich, Connecticut Committee
In Memory of Marilyn Ann Trahan Josephs
Connecticut and Ovarian Cancer
- 22,240 new cases of Ovarian Cancer will be diagnosed in 2018 in the United States
- 14,070 women will die of Ovarian Cancer in the United States in 2018
- Ovarian Cancer is the 5th leading cause of cancer death among women
- There is a 45% survival rate past 5 years after diagnosis
- 300 new cases in Connecticut every year
- 200 women die every year
- 36% survival past 5 years
- 15th highest rate of new ovarian cancers in the United States
- 18th highest death rate from ovarian cancer in the United States
She was a young, beautiful mom of two teenage daughters. Marilyn was a daughter, wife, cousin, dear friend and wonderful mother. Her energy and smile would light up a room and she made a deeply positive impact on those that loved and knew her.
She was 40, I was 13, when our lives would be forever changed. She dropped me off at school that morning, never to return. She worked at a community hospital as Manager of the Radiology Department and upon arrival at work, became very sick. She went from singing in the car at 7:00am with her daughters, to a hospital bed by that evening.
Stage 4 Ovarian Cancer. We weren’t sure if we would have 6 months left with her.
No signs of sickness before that day. Symptoms that were presenting but were disregarded and ignored….her belly pouch, her mild back pain, her feelings of fullness after meals….These nagging little symptoms would be randomly talked about from time to time, and quickly dismissed…by her, by us, by doctors.
Marilyn left us in May of 1999, I was 19, she was 46.
What would have happened had we known how to advocate for her? What if we knew how to recognize the symptoms and what they actually meant? That those signs were not a working mom who was just tired and “now 40” and feeling those aches and pains….that those signs were actually a silent killer, taking over her abdomen, that would end up out of control in a short period of time.
Tell Every Amazing Lady® so we can Save Every Amazing Lady.
Kaile & Pamela
Pamela, Co-Founder and President of T.E.A.L.® and Kaile Zagger, met in June of 2018. They were introduced by a dear friend to both of them, Kevin Holcomb, MD, who insisted they meet. He felt strongly that they would have synergies and would do profound work together.
Pamela was extremely busy building T.E.A.L.® in NYC and developing awareness programs that would and have touched hundreds of thousands of lives. Kaile works full time as a healthcare executive and is a single mom with two small children living in Old Greenwich, Connecticut.
They collectively wondered what Dr. Holcomb saw in their possible partnership, until they met for dinner in early June. The energy, excitement, tears and vision they shared was unprecedented. They knew they were brought together to expand T.E.A.L.®. Together, they could bring awareness to a greater population and expand the footprint to Connecticut, where Kaile resides.
Together, they will spread awareness. Together, and with the support of the strong organization of brilliant people that Pamela has built over the past 10 years, they will Tell Every Amazing Lady®, now, that lives in Connecticut.
New York Stock Exchange
On July 9, 2018, Tell Every Amazing Lady About Ovarian Cancer Louisa M. McGregor Ovarian Cancer Foundation also known as T.E.A.L.® is celebrating it’s 10th anniversary and was honored to ring the New York Stock Exchange opening bell with Kaile! View the video below.
Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month 2018
- 106 houses and 28 businesses have been lit with exterior TEAL colored lights as well as Greenwich Fire Departments and the Town Hall
- On September 17th, 2018, Kaile is hosting the Town of Greenwich Proclamation Ceremony at 6:15pm on Steps of Town Hall.
- On September 22nd, 2018, the 5th Annual T.E.A.L.® Litchfield Walk is taking place at Litchfield Community Field. For more information and to register, click here.
- On September 26th, 2018, the YWCA Greenwich Women’s Health & Wellness Series is took place at 6:30pm. This event was FREE and open to the public. For more information, click here.