Carey Elizabeth Fitzmaurice, beloved wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend, died on June 15, 2015, at her home in Bethesda, Maryland, with her family by her side. She had ovarian cancer. Carey was the founder, president and animating spirit of Teal Toes, a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness of ovarian cancer and its symptoms.
A native of Dallas, Texas, Carey graduated from Greenhill School in Addison, Texas in 1986, where she spent her entire academic career prior to college. She enjoyed a rich social life and excelled academically, played field hockey and basketball, and was a member and often founder of student organizations. Upon graduation, Carey was awarded the Kate Cecil Award, given to the senior who rendered the most outstanding service to the Dallas community. She would continue her service to community for the rest of her life. She treasured her time at Greenhill and the many lifelong friends that she made while there.
She received her Bachelor's Degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1990, where she double-majored in international studies and political science. Carey subsequently attended the University of Texas School of Law, where she received a masters degree in public affairs from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, and a law degree.
Following graduation, Carey worked for the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, where she focused on air quality issues between Texas and Mexico. She then moved to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, DC, where she continued to work on air quality issues as a senior policy analyst for twenty years. Carey gained wide respect across EPA, states, businesses, and environmental groups for her expertise on air pollution control strategies, and for her ability to build relationships across organizational lines. Her efforts to design and encourage the use of economic incentives and other policy innovations will continue to provide millions of people with cleaner air for years to come. As part of her tireless work, she will also be remembered as a mentor and friend, providing her support and insights to many across the air quality community.
Carey was an active member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority since her college days. She served as President of the DC/Maryland Alumni Club, was an advisor to the Zeta Iota Chapter at Washington and Lee University, and recently was the keynote speaker at the Northern Virginia Founders Day luncheon.
Carey was diagnosed with Stage 3 ovarian cancer in 2006. In the years that followed, she pursued her vision of using fun—painting toenails teal—for the serious purpose of educating women and men to the subtle signs of ovarian cancer. (Teal is the color for ovarian cancer awareness.) Carey founded Teal Toes (www.tealtoes.org), a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness of ovarian cancer. Teal Toes creates a way for survivors and friends alike to show solidarity and support for ovarian cancer survivors, and to use an unusual color to spark conversations about symptom awareness. Teal Toes has reached tens of thousands of people nationally and internationally, distributing more than 400,000 symptom awareness cards since its inception. The Ovarian Cancer National Alliance awarded Carey the Cindy Melancon Spirit Award for 2015 in honor of her courage, passion, and tireless work on behalf of the ovarian cancer community. Teal Toes has become embedded in the national conversation about ovarian cancer.
Carey lived life to the fullest, before and after her diagnosis. She loved her red Mustang convertible, the Beatles, the Carolina Tar Heels, mint chocolate chip ice cream, poodles and much more. She was an avid traveler, introducing her sons, Elijah and Sam, to diverse cultures through frequent trips around the world. Most of all, Carey was an extraordinary mother to her sons, and wife to the love of her life, her husband Andrew.
Near the end of her life, she wrote: "All you need is love. It has been true for me. I didn't have beauty, fame, success or other things like that but I did have the love of family and friends that made me what I was and sustained me when things were rough. Please continue to apply that love to each other. And, in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make."
Carey is survived by her husband, Andrew Schulman; sons Elijah and Samuel Schulman; stepson Mathieu Schulman and his wife Dilara Schulman, of Bethesda; parents Edward and Marcia Fitzmaurice, of Coconut Creek, Florida; and brother Evan Fitzmaurice and his wife Ashley Fitzmaurice, of Austin, Texas.
The family will sit shiva at their home at 5200 Glenwood Road, Bethesda, Maryland on Wednesday, June 17 and Thursday, June 18 from 7 to 9 PM.
A memorial service will be held on Sunday, July 26 at 3 PM at the Tifereth Israel Synagogue, 7701 Sixteenth Street, Washington, DC.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a gift in Carey's memory to the Stand Up to Cancer/Ovarian Cancer National Alliance Dream Team. The SU2C Dream Team is a groundbreaking collaboration among three national ovarian cancer organizations—the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund (OCRF), Ovarian Cancer National Alliance (OCNA), and National Ovarian Cancer Coalition (NOCC)—which have teamed up with Stand Up To Cancer to fund a new Translational Research Ovarian Cancer Dream Team dedicated to piloting leading-edge ovarian cancer research. Gifts in Carey's memory may be made online (www.ovariancancer.org/tealtoes), or by check to Teal Toes, 5200 Glenwood Rd., Bethesda, Maryland 20814.