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The Superstars of Team EndoStrong: Meet The 2022 TCS New York City Marathon Team

It's our 8th year as an official charity partner with the TCS New York City Marathon, and we're thrilled to introduce you to our record 50+ runners on our team! The personal connection to endometriosis has motivated each of these dedicated runners to take on the challenge of running the most famous 26.2 miles in the world. Each of their stories are unique, and we have the honor of introducing you to these superstars today. Want to support the team as a whole? Visit our Team EndoStrong fundraising page to see the team in action!

Introducing Team EndoStrong
Finding the Strength to Ask for Help—Emotional & Financial Help: Lily's Endo Story

If you're a person struggling with endometriosis, you know all too well how difficult it can be to ask for help. Emotional help, and—less discussed and often taboo—financial help, too. We're thrilled today to be sharing Lily Clayton Hansen's endometriosis story. Lily, an author, actor, and TedX speaker (“Talking to Strangers is My Self Care"), suffered through seeing countless doctors who wouldn't take her pain seriously until she finally found the right one. The catch? She couldn't afford the surgery. When her friend set up a GoFundMe campaign to support her treatment, she was conflicted—but knew she had no choice but to swallow her pride. Her hope in sharing her story is to inspire others to find the treatment they need, too. "If you don’t receive the healthcare you deserve, I hope these words may inspire you to find a doctor who cares. If you need money, I hope that hearing from someone like me, who is very proud yet asked for help, may make you more comfortable asking for support, too."

Lily's Story

The Blossom is taking a summer hiatus! Thank you to all our readers and supporters—we hope you have a restful and healthy August. Looking to contribute to our community? Share your endo story with us, sign up to volunteer, or donate to our programs that fund cutting-edge endometriosis research and advocating for endometriosis legislation. 

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