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What Moves You – Rhoda’s Story

By August 1, 2022June 1st, 2023No Comments

For August, we highlight advocacy in action as we share stories of those making a difference with their miles and spreading awareness of ovarian cancer. Hear from Rhoda, ovarian cancer advocate and Together in TEAL participant, as she shares her experience getting physically active to support ovarian cancer and honor her sister, Robin.

NOCC: How did you become involved with the NOCC?

Rhoda: My sisters and I joined the run/walk to support our sister, Robin, at the onset of her latest recurrence in 2017 and raised more than $20k for Team Robin’s Eggs. Our family enjoyed one more race with her as team captain and have since remained active participants, volunteers, and fundraisers for NOCC’s mission in Robin’s honor.

NOCC: Why is physical activity important to you?

Rhoda: I’ve made running 78 miles for TEAL a priority to spread awareness of Ovarian Cancer because I miss my sister. Running is just one of the ways I can dedicate time specifically to her now. Before this, I only ran errands, ran red lights, and ran late. Robin’s illness made me realize that I could do more to earn the health I’d been blessed with.

NOCC: What would you say to someone considering getting active for the first time or after some time away from physical activity?

Rhoda: Go slow and try to listen to all the things your body is telling you. Try not to overdo it; try not to quit.

Rhoda Illustre

Rhoda is a passionate ovarian cancer advocate and Team Captain of Robin’s Eggs, a Together in TEAL team, who will be joining us in person at our Philadelphia Together in TEAL Event. Rhoda’s commitment to our 78 Miles to TEAL Challenge in memory of her sister Robin will help the NOCC work towards a world where no one will die of this disease. Visit her fundraising page today to learn more and donate to Rhoda’s team!

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