August 15, 2020 (rescheduled from April 25)
Philadelphia Navy Yard- Marine Parade Grounds- Broad Street & Intrepid Avenue
The Sandy Sprint is hosted by the Sandy Rollman Ovarian Cancer Foundation in an effort to spread the word about our mission and raise funds to advance research. All funds raised will support Ovarian Cancer Research.
Race Start Times
Survivor Ceremony and Photo- 8:00 AM
5K Run/Walk- 8:30 AM
Children under 12: $30
This week's Teal Spotlight is Team Carla
This week we are highlighting veteran team of the Sandy Sprint Philly, Team Carla, who first got involved 11 years ago when their friend, Carla Pellecchia, was battling ovarian cancer. She was just 25 years old when diagnosed and everyone was stunned and felt helpless. Carla’s friends wanted to find a way to support her and show her that they would be there for her through everything. Luckily, Carla’s friends met SROCF’s co-founders and developed an instant connection. They knew from that moment that SROCF was a perfect fit for Carla, and her family and friends.
Team captain Maria Pote shares what they like most about the event, “Our favorite part of the race is bringing everyone together as a team, and seeing how many people join together in an effort to make something good come out of a horrible disease.”
As the team name suggests, the main reason the team participates is to honor their friend Carla. In addition, some members of the team have had sisters and friends who are also battling ovarian cancer, which only makes the team more devoted to supporting this cause.
Their team is made up of Carla’s friends and family. It doesn’t take much encouragement to get people to participate because everyone loved Carla so much, and they continue to support her family in honoring her memory.
The team has mainly used Facebook posts and messages to spread the word, tagging anyone and everyone they know who would want to participate. The response is always positive and they gather a good number of participants every year. The team should be about to recruit at least 30 members. A few team members may dress with capes for the Superhero theme, but most of the group will wear their Team Carla t-shirts. Now that the event is moved to August, the team is considering planning some fundraising events.
Team captain Maria Pote shares, “Our commitment (to raising awareness and money for research) comes from our love of those we know who are suffering with this disease. Anything we can do to support those living with ovarian cancer and raise money for research is more than worthwhile for us!”