BLOG: A sea of teal

BLOG: A sea of teal

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8.28.13 Five-year-survivor Jodie Rychwalski (left) is a MOCA supporter who had the largest team at last year’s Silent No More Walk/Run. Our latest Teal Together blog post highlights why the event is such a special day for her.

The HOM Silent No More Walk/Run is not simply an event – it’s about real people like Jodie Rychwalski.  Jodie is a Stage IV ovarian cancer survivor and part of MOCA’s Teal Survivors group. Marking 5 years from diagnosis is cause for celebration, and last year she wanted to celebrate that milestone in a big way. It’s why she rallied her friends and family to join her Walk/Run team, which at more than 75 members, became the largest group at the event.

She was proud to perform the lead off with her team carrying a special banner. “It’s a very powerful feeling to be at the Walk/Run. I remember meeting a 30-year survivor and just feeling so inspired by her.”

Jodie’s dream for the disease is for better treatment, and research is the answer for developing new therapies to increase survival rates. But she stresses that women also need to be aware of the symptoms and listen to their bodies, “Know the symptoms and take them seriously.”

Supporting MOCA is one way to fund the critical research, support and education that MOCA makes possible. When you support MOCA, you help drive on research that impacts women like Jodie, and other local women.

Jodie is ready for the upcoming HOM Silent No More Walk/Run on Saturday, Sept. 7. She encourages others to register, start a team and join her. “It’s an amazing way to support women with ovarian cancer and their loved ones,” Jodie states, adding, “It’s a sea of teal, and you don’t feel alone.”