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Plainview Grad Joins Teammates For Run

Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy graduate Vincent Geritano was among the football players from Maritime College to recently volunteer at the Damon Runyon 5-kilometer run held at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx.

The members of the football were responsible for assisting spectators, securing the course, while also providing water to runners as they passed by, as well and cleaning up the area after the conclusion of the run.

“It was a great opportunity for our players to give back and volunteer to an organization devoted to supporting cancer research,” said defensive coordinator Vincent DiGaetano. “It gave an opportunity for our players to learn about giving back to the community.”

The course brought runners around the concourse and ramps, while also having to run stairs between levels of the stadium, and even saw runners walk or run on the warning track surrounding the playing field of the six-year old stadium. Nearly 2,800 runners ran the course on Sunday afternoon.

In addition to Plainview’s Geritano, a sophomore offensive lineman, and DiGaetano, the members of the team who volunteered were rising seniors Greg Caneparo, running back, Chris Klass, defensive back, and Chris Shehata, a defensive lineman, along with rising sophomore, a running back from Seaford.

Caneparo is no stranger to volunteer work, as the senior was recently named as a nominee for the 2014 AllState AFC Good Works Team in mid-July.

The fundraising run/walk raises funds to strike out cancer, as the organization has already raised more than $490,000. The funds raised go to support innovative and groundbreaking cancer research.

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Plainview resident Gail Wurtzel will be leading her team, Memories of Miriam, in the Walk to Defeat ALS at Eisenhower Park later this month.

 

Wurtzel’s Mother, Miriam Hanania, also a Plainview resident, succumbed to the disease two years ago after a long struggle. The disease forced her to go from an active, vibrant person to being wheelchair-bound and dependent on others for her care. 

 

ALS or Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

While everyone is subject to the trials and tribulations that life offers on a day-to-day basis, some people can use just a little bit of extra help. Luckily, there’s help with a proven track record out there for those who need it. 

 

Joe Russo of Old Bethpage heads up the Recovery International meetings held weekly at the Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library. These meetings extol the virtues of the self-help techniques developed by the late Dr. Abraham Low, M.D., associate professor of psychiatry as the University of Illinois Medical School.  


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