Saturday September 6, 2014– Flatlands Lions and Leos and District 20-K1 Lions joined thousands of walkers and hundreds of runners for the 6th Annual T.E.A.L. Walk/Run for Ovarian Cancer in Prospect Park, Brooklyn. The Lions and Leos joined other volunteers, who arrived as early as 6am, helped with the event set-up, manned booths and registration tables, provided assistance along the walk route and joined thousands who walked through the park in the fight against Ovarian Cancer.
The event, which is the largest in New York City dedicated to Ovarian Cancer, was created in 2009 by two Flatlands Lions sisters, Louisa M. McGregor and Pamela Esposito-Amery, when Louisa was diagnosed with the disease in 2007. Finding that there was no event for Ovarian Cancer, and little information on awareness and prevention, they founded T.E.A.L ., which stands for “Tell Every Amazing Lady” About Ovarian Cancer, The Louisa M. McGregor Ovarian Cancer Foundation. This year, The T.E.A.L. Walk and 5K Run were bigger and better than ever, raising $280,000 for a total of over 1.2 million dollars for research grants and awareness, since 2009!
The funds raised are used to support ovarian cancer research for more accurate screening tests, to find a cure, and to spread awareness. And awareness is key, because early detection is one of the most significant factors in the successful treatment of ovarian cancer, since most ovarian cancer is detected in the late stages, when the chances of a successful outcome are significantly diminished. So T.E.A.L. has a special mission: to “Tell Every Amazing Lady” about ovarian cancer, to spread awareness of the signs, symptoms, and risk factors of the disease. And since there is no accurate screening method to date for ovarian cancer – this kind information can help to save lives
For the walkers, runners, Ovarian Cancer survivors and their families and friends, the T.E.A.L. Walk/Run is more than just a fundraiser. It is a place to the honor memories of those who have been lost to this disease and to celebrate the courage and determination of Ovarian Cancer survivors. It is a place to gather in solidarity for a common cause – to eradicate this disease, which claims the lives of 22,000 American women alone, each year.
Lion Louisa McGregor lost her personal battle with Ovarian Cancer in 2011, but the movement she started out of her home in 2009 has begun to spread like wildfire, with fundraisers and satellite walks in multiple states across the country, spreading the word that can save lives, and that will ultimately help to win the war against this disease.
Check the T.E.A.L. News Section for more updates about this year’s Walk.
Reporter and Ovarian Cancer survivor Stacey Sager hosted this year’s 6th Annual T.E.A.L. Walk/Run and along with Media sponsor WABC Channel 7 Eyewitness News have made a T.E.A.L. Public Service Announcement which will throughout September to help spread awareness about Ovarian Cancer throughout New York. The growth of the T.E.A.L. Walk/Run for Ovarian Cancer has also evoked the interest of numerous local TV and radio shows including Net TV’s Currents.