Teal and Toe

for Ovarian Cancer

 

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Kristin Mikolajewski (left) and Bella Mancini (right).

Welcome to Teal and Toe for Ovarian Cancer! Teal and Toe is a 5K walk on the Sammamish Plateau to support a charity, the Ovarian and Breast Cancer Alliance, whose mission is to promote lifesaving early detection of Ovarian cancer through education and awareness. Ovarian cancer affects 22,000 women in the US each year. 15,000 of these women will lose their lives to Ovarian cancer, mainly due to a late stage diagnosis. When Ovarian cancer is detected early a woman has over a 90% chance of survival, however less than 20% of patients are diagnosed at an early stage.

 

The walk was the brain child of Bella Mancini and Kristin Mikolajewski.  They were rising juniors at Eastside Catholic High School when they decided to find a way to spread awareness about Ovarian cancer. In July 2010, Bella's mum (Caroline)  was diagnosed with Ovarian cancer and then had recurrances in 2011 and 2012. Caroline is currently undergoing chemotherapy but doing great! Refer to Caroline's Story for further information.

 

"Our aim is for the walk to raise money, bring people together, and spread awareness of this dreadful disease but at the same time have a fun day with lots of hope, laughter and joy."

 

The first walk in 2012 was a huge success raising $6,000 for O&BCA. Well done everyone invloved! And a huge thank you to all of our volunteers  and to our sponsors, Carolyn Coffee Photography, Sahale Snacks, and glassybaby!


The Second Annual Walk, which took place on September 15th, 2013 raised a massive $26,000!!! We had 230 walkers turn out to help spread awareness of Ovarian cancer. We certainly turned the Plateau teal! It was a fantastic afternoon full of hope and joy and community spirit! Thank you once again to all our wonderful volunteers and our sponsors.


We hope to see everyone next year.