I am very excited to join T.E.A.L (Tell Every Amazing lady About Ovarian Cancer) for the NYC Half Marathon 2019.
I became interested in fundraising to find a cure for ovarian cancer when I got introduced to the field of genetic counseling. Carriers of a BRCA gene mutation face a lifetime risk of ovarian cancer between 10-60 percent. Genetic counseling and testing is the best way to identify hereditary ovarian cancer risk, especially in families with a strong history and prevalence of ovarian cancer and breast cancer.
The psychological stress introduced by genetic diagnosis of cancer can be overwhelming. I have learned through my research career at Northwell Health that patients can take preventitive care for their children who may be at risk. Early prevention is key to successfully stopping the onset of Ovarian Cancer.
Located in Park Slope, Brooklyn, T.E.A.L.® is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that is dedicated to decreasing mortality rates due to ovarian cancer. By promoting public awareness and education, T.E.A.L. inspires women to get early intervention.
I hope to run the NYC Half marathon with purpose. Running has always been a healthy outlet for me, and all started as a friendly competition with my big sister Lauren. I now consider running an intregal part of my life and joined the dashing whippets running team back in 2017. I hope to not only beat my personal best, but more importantly reach my fundraising goal to help prevent future cases of Ovarian Cancer.
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