Caring Together is fighting ovarian cancer “one step at a time” and this year, 2013, marked the twelfth anniversary of the Teal Ribbon Run! Much-loved survivor and race founder Deb Cullinan began the run/walk in 2002 with the hope that the run would raise money to support research efforts toward a cure for ovarian cancer. In the very first year of the run, $20,000 was raised, and to date, the Teal Ribbon Run has raised almost a million dollars! This year alone, the run raised more than $105,000 to support research for a cure, local projects such as the Survivors Teaching Students program, and awareness and educational activities. Together we support the ovarian cancer survivors in the Capital Region with meetings each 2nd Wednesday of the month from 6:30 to 8:00 pm.at Hope Club on 1 Penny Lane in Latham, New York.
The event is supported by over 100 loyal volunteers, many of whom have been with the run/walk since the beginning. To their credit everything ran smoothly for the 1200 walkers and runners who gathered on a brisk, beautiful day in September - perfect for a run and a stroll through Albany’s Washington Park.
Each year, new teams join the cause raising that number this year to more than 60 teams. Each group has been touched by ovarian cancer prompting them to walk or run in support of ovarian cancer awareness and to raise funds for research and outreach. The love and support from teams consisting of family, friends, co-workers, colleagues, doctors and nurses was evident throughout the event.
We greatly appreciate the support of Subrina Dhammi who was on hand this year to “anchor” our event. With #1 on her tee-shirt, she and her husband joined in the run and Subrina distributed the many awards to teams, fundraisers, and runners. And as always we are indebted to our loyal run/walk sponsors. We cannot thank them enough. To see who they are click here.
The Teal Ribbon Run is dedicated to the courageous women who cope daily with the diagnosis and treatment of ovarian cancer and the beloved members of Caring Together who, like our race founder Deb, who have lost their lives but who will be forever remembered by all of us. We will honor them each September as we continue to raise awareness and fund research for a cure. We thank all of you who have supported us for years- we truly appreciate it. Be assured that we will continue our efforts toward finding a cure.
Beneficiaries of the Teal Ribbon Run/Walk are researchers who are selected by the Gynecologic Cancer Foundation and the Lynne Cohen Foundation.
Gynecologic Cancer Foundation (GCF)
“The non-profit leader in the funding of gynecologic cancer research, GCF annually offers 7-10 ovarian cancer grants. This foundation gives priority to young investigators and supports research on a range of ovarian cancer research topics. The average grant ranges from $25,000-$50,000. Over 50 ovarian cancer grants have been awarded to date and there is data that demonstrates that grant recipients have been successful in obtaining additional funding based upon the results of the GCF grants.”
Lynne Cohen Foundation for Ovarian Cancer Research (LCFOCR)
“The Lynne Cohen Foundation supports and enables collaborative, multi-institutional research combating ovarian cancer through prevention and early detection. A network of preventive care clinics, a consortium of researchers from prestigious cancer centers around the country, and a national data registry of high-risk patients from geographically diverse communities comprise the core of our direct efforts. Approximately five $100,000 grants are awarded each year. Over 70 grants totaling $4.5million have been awarded since 1998.”
Some of the 2014 Run/Walk Awards
Female Overall Results
Payton Czupil (Watervliet, NY) 19:32
Ben Sears (Schenectady, NY) 19:34
Trista Neinast (Washington DC) 20:37
Male Overall Results
Tucker Chrapowitzky (Delmar, NY) 16:23
Travis Fairlee (Delanson, NY) 17:01
Tyler Lipina (Schenectady, NY) 17:04
Female age 1 – 14
Gabriella Broga (Nassau, NY) 22:42
Female age 15-19
Jessica Hernandez (East Greenbush, NY) 22:00
Female from 20-29
Meghan Louden (Clifton Park, NY) 21:21
Female from 30-39
Nicole McCutcheon (Altamont, NY) 23:24
Joanne S. Burns (Queensbury, NY) 21:25
Beth Stalker (Burnt Hills, NY) 20:56
Carolyn George (Albany, NY) 26:06
Male age 1 - 14
Benjamin Shah (Slingerlands, NY) 20:14
Male from age 15-19
Ethan Samarija (Castleton, NY) 20:24
Male from 20-29
Matthew Flint (Queensbury, NY) 17:39
Jeffrey Greer (Ballston Lake, NY) 17:52
Sean Madden (Albany, NY) 18:25
John Noonan (Malta, NY) 18:40
James Larkin (Clifton Park, NY) 22:27
Kenneth Tracy (Greenwich, NY) 29:51
Please join us for the 13th Annual Teal Ribbon Run/Walk on Sunday morning, September 14, 2014. Both the 5 K run and 1 mile walk will begin and end at the Lake House in Albany’s beautiful Washington Park. There will be awards, prizes, raffles, children’s activities, and ovarian cancer awareness materials. Registration materials will be posted on this website in the spring. Online donations will be collected through FirstGiving.com/CaringTogether. If you would like to volunteer to help at the 2013 Run/Walk, click here.