Columbia High School staff, students and families raised a record $13,191 for ovarian cancer awareness and support programs through their participation in the 18th annual Teal Ribbon Run on Sunday morning at Washington Park in Albany.
The Columbia Athletics/Team Betty Signorelli group, which was led by Columbia Athletic Director Michael Leonard and his wife Mary Signorelli, included 447 participants. It was the most of any group at the event.
Proceeds will be donated to Caring Together, an ovarian cancer support, education and awareness group located in the Capital Region.
According to the American Cancer Society, a woman’s risk of getting ovarian cancer during her lifetime is about 1 in 78. Early detection allows for more treatment options and a better prognosis. When ovarian cancer is found early, about 94% of patients live longer than five years after diagnosis.
Through Columbia Athletics’ participation in this annual event – they have contributed more than $50,000 to Caring Together over the years – they have helped bring more awareness and funding to fight this disease.
“This was a very exciting event, and a lot of fun,” said Mr. Leonard. “We’re proud that our school community continues to support this great event which brings awareness to ovarian cancer.”
Congratulations to Columbia’s Abby Moxon ’23 who finished 1st among all female runners (19:39) for the second consecutive year. Other top finishers in their age groups included: Goff 8th grader Shea Fajen who finished 1st in the Female U14 category (21:15), Columbia’s Dominic Nova ’21 who finished 1st in the Male Age 15-19 category (19:18), and Columbia’s Kiley Matthews ’22 who finished 1st in the Female Age 15-19 group (20:45).
Abby Moxon ’23 finished 1st among all female runners (19:39) in the 2019 Teal Ribbon Run.