Our mission is to increase endometriosis awareness, fund landmark research, provide advocacy and support for patients, and educate the public and medical community.
Founders: Padma Lakshmi, Tamer Seckin, MD
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Meet 2019 TCS New York City Marathon Team

Get to know the amazing athletes running with Team EndoFound in the TCS NYC Marathon this November!


Michael Lewis

Hometown: Montreal, Canada
Favorite Food: Middle Eastern
Why Team EndoFound?: I care for patients with Endo and want to help raise more for EndoFound. I’ve already dreamed of running NYC marathon! I care for patients with Endo and want to help raise more for EndoFound. I’ve already dreamed of running NYC marathon!

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Safiya Warner

Hometown: Brooklyn, New York
Favorite Food: Roti from Trindad and Tobago
Why Team EndoFound? I want to run for EndoFound to help spread awareness! Along with raising awareness in general I’d like to bring awareness to women of color as well! And last but not least, I’m a survivor.

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Sara Gentzler

Hometown: Gretna, Nebraska
Favorite Food: Chips and Salsa
Why Team EndoFound? It's been a struggle for me to find the best treatment route. My hope is that additional support, advocacy, and research will help future endo patients more easily navigate endometriosis pain, implications, and treatment. As a runner and journalist, I feel running and fundraising is an intuitive way for me to play a part in progress.

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Ariella Pohl

Hometown: Olney, Maryland
Favorite Food: Pasta (great for marathon training!)
Why Team EndoFound? I’m a pelvic floor physical therapist and have seen many patients with endometriosis struggle to find the correct treatment. My sister and best friend have also been diagnosed and have faced similar struggles. I have seen how painful it can be and have become very passionate about spreading the word in order to help those find treatment and feel less alone.

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Tim Gueramy

Hometown: Midland Michigan
Favorite Food: Texas BBQ
Why Team EndoFound? To support my wife, who has suffered from endometriosis for most of her life.

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Jim Palmer

Hometown: New York, NY
Favorite Food: It's a tie! My mom's meaty Italian dinner and my mother-in-law's vegan cooking :)
Why Team EndoFound? I believe in EndoFound's mission.

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Cassandra Castillo

Hometown: San Antonio, Texas
Favorite Food: Brick oven pizza
Why Team EndoFound? When I applied I was 2 weeks post-op for a total hysterectomy and oophorectomy due to stage 4 endometriosis. I had no idea that I had endometriosis! I feel like the current protocol of care failed me and is failing women. I believe there is a strong need for education, research, and better care for women's health.

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Stevie Kremer

Hometown: Crested Butte, CO
Favorite Food: Sushi and Rice Krispie Treats
Why Team EndoFound? I have a great friend who has struggled with endometriosis. It was so hard to hear her story and now I want to help those going through what she is going through!

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Rebecca Vogel

Hometown: Kingston, New York
Favorite Food:
Avocados! I could eat them for every meal!
Why Team EndoFound? II ran for EndoFound at the Rock n' Roll Half Marathon in DC in 2018 and had a great experience. As a patient, I want other women out there with Endometriosis (and other chronic illnesses) to know that they are not alone and it is possible to tackle your goals. It has been a long time goal of mine to run the NYC Marathon!

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Ellen Purtill

Hometown: Bendigo, Australia
Favorite Food:
Anything carb heavy!!
Why Team EndoFound? To run the NYC marathon for a charity that raises awareness for a chronic disease that I personally suffer from, would have huge personal meaning to me as it’s combining two significant elements of my life; my love for running and my own experience living with endometriosis.

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Lora Liu

Hometown: New York, New York
Favorite Food:
Why Team EndoFound? I want to raise endometriosis awareness!

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