Turn it Teal Tuesday – Sandy Rollman Ovarian Cancer Foundation, Inc.
One of our weekly columns (that inspired the Turn it Teal Tuesday Challenge) is Turn it Teal Tuesday. This weekly post features one of the many wonderful ovarian cancer groups that exist in the world and the goal is to promote their cause to show our support for them.
The Sandy Rollman Ovarian Cancer Foundation, Inc., is a local Philly-based fighter for ovarian cancer awareness and fundraising. Every year, they host their Sandy Sprint 5k Walk/Run for ovarian cancer & Sandy’s Canine Sprint (this year will be their ninth one!) with awareness and funding in mind. However, the organization itself was founded – like so many others – as a tribute to Sandy Rollman, who sadly lost her fight with OC in 2000. They beautifully express their intentions on their website:
Sandy Rollman was a fighter in the truest sense of the word. It would have been a mistake for us to just give up.
Very inspiring words.
Since their formation in 2000, they have maintained an active presence in Philadelphia and beyond. Because of their contagious momentum and hard work, they have been recognized as a partner by the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance and are able to host a variety of awareness projects. In addition to the annual Sandy Sprint, they take part in the Survivors Teaching Students: Saving Women’s Lives, an educational medical program (created by OCNA) designed to “to increase the number of healthcare providers who recognize ovarian cancer symptoms and refer women suspected of ovarian cancer to gynecologic oncologists to diagnose and treat the disease in its earliest stages”. Their Dr. You program is a public education program created to allow those affected by OC to share their stories via skits. Dr. You also teaches participants how to navigate the healthcare system and truly advocate for their own health (after all, if you don’t speak up for yourself, who will?).
Also unique to Sandy Ovarian is their “Lisa’s Army” program, an empowering support network created to help young women with ovarian cancer to:
- improve their quality of life
- get financial assistance
- build community
So many “thank yous” go out to the Sandy Rollman Ovarian Cancer Foundation, Inc., for their ambition and tireless hard work. We can also personally attest that Robin, one of Sandy’s founders, is a lovely woman who genuinely cares about this cause. You’re highly encouraged to peruse their website and see what else Sandy has been up to – it’ll be time well spent.
Thank you SO much for inspiring us all to keep working hard for ovarian cancer awareness – together, we are strong.
PS – They’re always looking for volunteers, so please email them if you’re in the area!