BENEFITING: THE DEGREGORIO FAMILY FOUNDATION INC
ORGANIZER: THE DEGREGORIO FAMILY FOUNDATION INC
EVENT DATE: Mar 20, 2016
For the NY Road Runner Half Marathon, we are teaming up with the DeGregorio Family Foundation (DFF) to raise money to further the DFF"s mission of raising awareness and funding the reaseach to improve early detection and treatment of gastric and esophageal cancer. This foundation means a lot to both Michelle Fischetti & Michael Jeske.
A little over a year ago, Michelle lost her father, Alex Fischetti, to stomach cancer. Despite undergoing CAT Scans and endoscopies in March, the cancer was not detected. By May, he was diagnosed with Stage 4 stomach cancer that had spread throughout his body. After being in the hospital for 2 months, he passed away. DFF's mission is very close to her heart and she hopes to help raise awareness for this terrible disease.
The DeGregorio Family Foundation's mission is also very meaningful to Michael as cancer has affected his family and friends. Before Michael was born, he lost his grandfather, John Dusak, to stomach cancer. John was 59 years old when he passed away. In 2013, Mike's best friend's father, Stephen Guinan, was diagnosed with throat cancer. Thankfully, after vigorous treatment, Steve was able to defeat this terrible disease. Michael will be running for both his Grandfather and Steve.
Stomach and esophageal cancers are among the fastest growing and most underfunded cancers in the world. Although these two cancers take over a million of lives a year, they are both largely ignored by the media. The DeGregorio Family Foundation seeks to promote and facilitate education and collaborative research on the pathogenesis, early diagnosis, and treatment of Upper Gastrointestinal Malignancies. All funds raised go directly to providing grants to innovative researchers. To learn more about DFF please visit their website at www.degregorio.org.
Please consider supporting DFF and helping us reach our goal by donating to the fundraising campaign here. If you prefer, you may make a gift to the DeGregorio Family Foundation by mailing a check to: the DeGregorio Family Foundation, PO Box 236, Pleasantville, NY 10570. Please designate "Michelle Fischetti & Michael Jeske" on your check.