The T.E.A.L. Walk is a non-competitive 5K event celebrating it's 5th anniversary this year in Prospect Park, Brooklyn. Today, The T.E.A.L. Walk is NYC's largest Ovarian Cancer Walk and this year also a run. Participants include survivors, caregivers, families, and friends who come together to raise awareness and promote a cure. The Walk is our largest event of the year in raising funds directly benefiting Ovarian Cancer research and awareness programs.
After the late Louisa M. McGregor's Ovarian Cancer diagnosis in 2007, she and her sister Pamela Esposito-Amery started Tell Every Amazing Lady, or T.E.A.L. Their drive to create an organization like T.E.A.L. was propelled by the realization that doctors lack the knowledge, understanding, and tools to detect the disease early, when survival chances are best. Much of this issue is a direct result of a tremendous lack of funding.
These sisters began to understand that as a result of the absence of Ovarian Cancer research funding, women across the country lacked the awareness, treatment options, and ability to diagnose: all factors incredibly vital to these women in order to overcome the disease. T.E.A.L.'s annual Walk is the primary source of income the organization raises to benefit research. Thousands of people attend this event and are affected by our awareness efforts.
The annual T.E.A.L. Walk draws attention to this critical disease, which is the leading cause of death among gynecological cancers, to a much-needed audience of community members without the tools to understand the dangers. Since the project is in a public space (Prospect Park), the event creates a ripple effect, shedding light on the issue not only to survivors, family, and friends, but to previously uninvolved community members.