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July 2nd, 2014

The 6th Annual Lap4Life Race

Several City of Newburgh Firefighters take a group picture after the race.

NEWBURGH - The 6th annual Lap4Life event was a huge success. This race/community day is to raise money for Desmoid Tumor research and to raise money and awareness for Organ Donation. The event was attended by well over 1600 racers, supporters, volunteers and health fair vendors. Over 560 people ran the 4 mile course, over 350 people participated in the 4 mile walk and over 70 kids enjoyed the kids fun run. There was live music, food, and a Health Fair that had something for everyone.

This year the event was started with a Sibling Ceremony to acknowledge how hard it is to lose someone in the prime of their life and to help celebrate the memory of those that have left us too soon. Also, Ed Diana, who spoke at our 5thAnnual event, came to kick off the race again this year. Last year, Ed was on the waiting list for a liver transplant; this year, Ed was a prime example of the lifesaving power of organ donation, since he successfully underwent an organ transplant. This gift of life truly allowed him to be with us once again.

Attendees were unanimous in their praise for this well run event; many saying that this is their favorite event of the year, and they are already looking forward to next year’s event. Maddalena Casabianca Reade who founded this event 6 years ago, as a way to do something to help her brother, continues on -despite the fact that her brother sadly passed away before the second annual event. The event is a way to remember her brother; and to help others, and their families, that may be going through the same pain that her brother and she went through.

The Foundation is able to donate all the proceeds to their causes (Desmoid Tumors and Organ Donation) since Lap4Life is run 100% by volunteers. The food, water and music are all donated and the few costs incurred are kept to a minimum through the hard work of Maddalena and her volunteers. These volunteers work year round to plan for the next year’s event, secure donations, grants and other support, and to make the event itself run smoothly. Lap4Life is a registered 501(c)3 organization.

Maddalena is able to rely on the support of over 100 volunteers, but it is truly her vision, coordination and tremendous efforts that makes the event the huge success that it is every year. This past year Maddalena was nominated and selected for Dutchess County’s Chamber of Commerce’s "Shaker Awards" where they select the 40 people under 40 to salute and celebrate.

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