Caring Together is fighting ovarian cancer "one step at a time". 2014 marked the thirteenth anniversary of the Teal Ribbon Run/Walk! 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 over a million dollars! In 2014, the event yielded close to $110,000 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 1200 walkers and runners gathered on a brisk, beautiful day in September – perfect for a run and a stroll through Albany's Washington Park. Each year, new groups join the cause growing the number of teams in 2014 to more than 70 – including 10 new entries. 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 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 are researchers who are selected by the Foundation for Women's Cancer (formerly the Gynecologic Cancer Foundation) and the Lynne Cohen Foundation. We work with these two 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."
Some of the 2014 Run/Walk Awards
Top Fund Raisers
Mind Over Matter
5,256,000 Minutes (Remembering Sara)
Jim Foley, Sr. - Mind Over Matter
Carol Battaglia – Team Battaglia
David Mysliwiec – Gwen’s Peeps
Bonnie Foster – Bonbon’s Battalion
Emily Rawitsch – 5,256,000 Minutes (Remembering Sara)
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
Join Us! 14th Annual Teal Ribbon Run/Walk
September 13, 2015 9:00 a.m.
Washington Park, Albany, New York
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