October 20, 2011

Caroline Gildea leads Team Molly efforts for fallen friend

NEWPORT, R.I. - Every year Salve Regina's women's cross country team raises money for a cause that directly affects the runners personally. This year the girls are raising money for ovarian cancer awareness.

Team Molly is an educational program that asks students to participate in educating peers, family, and friends of the risks, signs, and symptoms of ovarian cancer. The organization was created in memory of Molly Eisenberg who lost her battle to ovarian cancer in 2009.

Heading off to college in 2008, Eisenberg was like any one of a hundred thousand students with hopes and aspirations for a wonderful future. She was diagnosed with cancer the first week of college and never had the experience many are enjoying today. She missed out on so much more.


Seahawk senior Caroline Gildea (Lexington, Mass.), a four-year member of Salve Regina's cross country team, had a personal connection with Molly and therefore this cause is extremely meaningful.

"I contacted the Ovarian Cancer Awareness foundation and they have sent me sweatbands to wear through the month of October. I chose October because this is the month Molly passed away (2009)."

Throughout the Salve Regina v. MIT football game on Saturday (Oct. 22 with a noon kickoff) at Gaudet Field in Middletown, the cross country athletes will be at a table collecting donations and handing out informational cards about how to recognize the early warning signs and symptoms of such a devastating disease. Donations are greatly appreciated.