Starting a team? Here’s what one captain did to rally her Warriors
Leila Fattore's Story
July 6, 2015
Led by Leila Fattore, Leila’s Teal Warriors are walking in Ajax, Ontario. Recently the Warriors won top honours in the Team Up Challenge, which had people across the country vying to recruit new participants over the course of two weeks.
This is the team’s first Walk. 37 members have signed up so far and the numbers keep on climbing.
“Once I decided to walk, I sent out an email that shared my story. I sent it to everyone on my contact list,” says Leila. “We’ve got to make it personal because this cause is personal it’s about me.”
Leila has been living with ovarian cancer for three years. She decided to seek genetic testing because of her family has a history of cancer. Through this process, she learned that she carries the BRCA1 gene mutation.
“I have two adult daughters,” says Leila. “It’s my job to advocate for them for future generations that’s why I’m getting active to increase awareness. People say I talk too much about ovarian cancer but I don’t think I can speak enough about it. More people need to know about this disease.”
In addition to increasing awareness, Leila challenged each of her team members to raise $150 or more. As team captain, she is going above and beyond to motivate members and make a splash at the Walk.
“Let’s get teal-borne for the day! I promise it will be fun,” she wrote in a recent email.
Behind the scenes, Leila plans to outfit her Teal Warriors in everything from tutus to leis to baseball caps.
Whatever they are wearing, as winners of the Team Up Challenge, Leila’s Teal Warriors will enjoy massages and celebrations in a specially designated tent on Walk day.