Team of the Week

Arvin Clone

One year of survivorship; First Race

This year was the first Komen Greater NYC Race for the Cure for team Arvin Clone. The team had 14 members and, so far, has raised $5,230.

Arvin Clone team captain Megan Olsen was diagnosed with breast cancer a year ago. She was just 32-years-old. She tested positive for the breast cancer gene despite no family history of the disease. Since September 2011, she has undergone three surgeries and three months of chemotherapy. She currently is still in the cosmetic stages of treatment. “It’s hard to believe that one in eight women will be affected by breast cancer,” said Olsen. “Fundraising is so important – especially since the money raised provides breast health services to local women without access to healthcare.”

Arvin Clones

Megan Olsen's mother wears an
"In Celebration" placard in honor
of her daughter.

Olsen started forming her team by inviting her great girlfriends from high school – women she has been friends with for over 16 years. “My friends, who are spread around the country, have been such an amazing support system for me during this past year,” she said. “I mentioned their coming to New York City to do the Race and, within hours, they had booked their tickets. Family team members included Olsen’s mother, father, brother, and sister-in-law. Also on the team was her boyfriend, who “has stuck by my side even though I was diagnosed when we were first dating.” Rounding out the team were Olsen’ former roommate, a fellow sorority sister and a friend from work.

Besides Olsen and her family, two team members (and good friends) have experienced the disease through their mothers, who each are five-year survivors. These friends have been “such a great source of support, information and more during my journey,” stated Olsen.

Arvin Clone recruited members via word-of-mouth. Olsen works for a huge New York City company, so she also spread the word at work, including hanging posters. For fundraising, she has used email and social media like Facebook. Her company also made an announcement, which generated some “great” donations.

How did Olsen feel about her first Race? “It was an amazing memory, which I will always cherish,” she said. “All of my team members stuck by me and walked the entire way, which is a true reflection of the past year.

“The whole Race was great, but if I had to pick a favorite memory, it would be the survivors’ photo at the end. Being among such amazing company was truly inspiring to me. These are the women I have looked up to through my journey.”