NYC Marathon Update!
November 19, 2017
BENEFITING: National Ovarian Cancer Coalition, Inc.
ORGANIZER: National Ovarian Cancer Coalition, Inc.
On November 5th I'm running the 2017 New York City Marathon as a member of the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition Team Teal. I'm running on Team Teal in memory of my grandmother, Elena Chavez, who passed away in 2006 as a result of ovarian cancer.
Some of my favorite memories of being a kid include spending the holidays at my grandmother's house while enjoying her delicious food, getting to see how much the people she worked with enjoyed her company when she would walk into the room, and (especially) listening to her tell stories about her childhood. She was an example of how to be kind, sincere, generous, lighthearted and persistent in the face of difficulty. Needless to say, she had a huge impact on my life and on the lives of many others.
While running the 2016 New York City Marathon, toward the end of the race I found myself thinking a lot about my grandmother. I thought about what she might think of my life, my habit of running long distances, the positive impact she had on me and the lives of those around her. Like many who are diagnosed with ovarian cancer, hers was detected late. This is one of the reasons I chose to support NOCC, who's early awareness and education programs directly impact many who are like my grandmother.
Though I can only predict what my grandmother might say about my affinity for running long distances, what I'm sure of is this: I'm honored to be running in her memory this year with Team Teal/NOCC.
Please consider donating to NOCC via my fundraiser in support of ovarian cancer awareness, education and research.
The mission of the the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition (NOCC) is to save lives by fighting tirelessly to prevent and cure ovarian cancer, and to improve the quality of life for survivors. For 25 years, the NOCC has been committed to raising awareness, promoting education and funding research in support of women, families and communities touched by ovarian cancer.
More than 20,000 women in the United States are diagnosed with ovarian cancer each year, and approximately 14,000 women die annually from the disease. Unfortunately, most cases are diagnosed in their later stages when the prognosis is poor. However, if diagnosed and treated early, the five-year survival rate is over 90%. Through national programs and local Chapter initiatives, the NOCC's goal is to make more people aware of the early symptoms of ovarian cancer so that we can make progress in improving ovarian cancer mortality rates.
In addition, the NOCC provides information to assist the newly diagnosed patient, to provide hope to survivors, and to support caregivers. The NOCC also supports and funds critical, cutting-edge ovarian cancer research.
The New York City NOCC Chapter, founded in 2014, is part of a strong network of Tri-State Chapters, which are all working hard to advance the NOCC's mission in our local communities. Our NYC Team Teal will run 26.2 miles on November 5, 2017, and we hope you will consider supporting our runners. All proceeds raised through the TCS New York City Marathon will help us continue to expand the NOCC's programs and provide vital research funding.