Teal Strides 2014 recap

Another fundraising walk benefiting the Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance (MOCA) successfully completed September 6. It is MOCA’s largest fundraising even in terms of money and participants. Last year’s event drew 3,400 participants. This year’s participant count is still unreleased, but it seemed like even more participants than last year. Thank you to everyone who donated, who sent encouragement, and who participated in spirit.

The annual Survivor’s Photo was unique this year for two reasons. One of the survivors is seven years old. People think of gynecological cancers as something striking a middle-aged woman, not a pre-teen. It’s a sobering reminder that cancer does not recognize demographics. A nine-year ovarian cancer survivor wore a great costume. She dressed as a cup of mocha with MOCA emblazoned on the cup.

The day started out very chilly at 47°F with a breeze off the lake. Standing in a group on over 3,500 people cut down on the windchill. I think the event is getting too large for Rosland Park because it takes almost twenty minutes to get the last walkers on the path after the walk starts, but I understand the appeal of the park. There is a play area for children, and in warmer years, the water park sees action. It is also a dog-friendly park.

Thank you again for your support! You help keep Lucy’s memory alive.

2014 Teal Strides Survivor's photo

2014 Survivor’s photo

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