Caring Together is fighting ovarian cancer "one step at a time.” 2015 marked the fourteenth
anniversary of the Teal Ribbon Run/Walk and our largest one yet! Much-loved survivor and race founder Deb Cullinan began the run/walk in 2002 with the hope that the event would raise money to support research efforts toward a cure for ovarian cancer. In the initial year, $20,000 was raised, and to date, the Teal Ribbon Run/Walk has raised well over a million dollars! In 2015, the event yielded over $125,000 to support research for a cure, local projects such as the Survivors Teaching Students Program®, and other awareness and educational activities.
The event is supported by over 100 loyal volunteers, many of whom have been with the run/walk since the beginning. Over 1800 walkers and runners gathered on a cloudy overcast September day hoping to out-run the raindrops. Fortunately, our Teal Angels were looking out for us and the sun peaked through the clouds at the start and the rain held off until the last of the volunteers left. Each year, new groups join the cause increasing the number of teams. This year we welcomed student athletes and staff from Columbia High School whose numbers reached 300 strong. Each team 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 of family, friends, co-workers, colleagues, doctors and nurses was evident throughout the event.
We greatly appreciate the support of Benita Zahn who was on hand again this year to "anchor" our event. With #1 on her tee-shirt, she joined in the run and 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 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 include the researchers selected by our research partners, the Foundation for Women's Cancer (formerly the Gynecologic Cancer Foundation), the Lynne Cohen Foundation, and Stand Up 2 Cancer (through the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance). We work with these organizations because they allow us to direct the research dollars you help us raise toward work that will lead to more effective treatments, an early detection test, and, ultimately a cure.
Foundation for Women's Cancer (FWC)
"The non-profit leader in the funding of gynecologic cancer research, FWC annually offers 7-10 ovarian cancer grants. This foundation gives priority to young investigators and supports research on a range of ovarian cancer 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 FWC 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. Since 1998 the LCFOCR has donated $5 million to support research and prevention care for women's cancers, including the creation of five preventive care clinics at hospitals throughout the United States."
Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C)
Their Ovarian Cancer Dream Team will focus on DNA Repair Therapies for Ovarian Cancer, building on recent advances that have identified DNA repair as a common weakness in ovarian cancer. Researchers will also explore the prevention and early detection of ovarian cancer by developing a web-based approach to genetic testing and counseling. Dream Team researchers hope to offer women identified as genetically high-risk a choice of surgical options, including one that removes the fallopian tubes but spares the ovaries. SU2C’s Ovarian Cancer Dream Team grant is providing $6,000,000 in funding over a three-year period that started in July 2015. A joint effort, the Ovarian Cancer Dream Team includes researchers from Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School, the University of Washington, the Mayo Clinic, University of Chicago, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
Some of the 2015 Run/Walk Awards
Top Fund Raisers
Mind Over Matter
Teal Tough, Teal Strong
Brian Carlino -Team Phyllis
Mary Ann MacCracken - Mare's GFTC Pride
Pat Buckley -Draggin' Fly Team
Tracey Shapiro - Team Shapiro
Barbara Mack - Pennies From Heaven
Female Overall Results
Jamie Woolsey (Oneida, NY) 20:44
Beth Stalker(Burnt Hills, NY) 20:49
Joanne Burns (Queensbury, NY) 22:33
Male Overall Results
Matthew Flint (Queensbury, NY) 16:07
Tim Van Orden (Bennington, VT) 16:59
Stephen Siebrecht (Delmar, NY) 17:49
Female age 1-14
Alexis Van Vorst (Rensselaer, NY) 23:19
Female age 15-19
Rachel Smith (Rensselaer, NY) 23:16
Female from 20-29
Jessica Balthazar (Riverhead, NY) 23:25
Female from 30-39
Jennifer Dean (Rensselaer, NY) 24:03
Bridget Cotugno (Ballston Spa, NY) 24:25
Kim Law (East Greenbush, NY) 23:03
Carolyn George (Albany, NY) 27:11
Male age 1-14
Jared Kehmna (Rensselaer, NY) 19:53
Male from age 15-19
John Hope (Castleton, NY) 19:02
Male from 20-29
Tyler Campbell (Middleburgh, NY) 19:19
Josh Gregg (West Sand Lake, NY) 18:01
Mark Cotugno (Cohoes, NY) 19:10
Michael Stalker (Burnt Hills, NY) 19:08
James Costello (Valatie, NY) 23:49
Kenneth Tracy (Greenwich, NY) 30:05
Join Us! 15th Annual Teal Ribbon Run/Walk
September 11, 2016 9:00 a.m.
Washington Park, Albany, New York
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