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Laurie's Hopes n Dreams

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Laurie Harris was a dear friend and New York Flyers teammate, not just to me, but to many people. Moreso, she was a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother; a social worker who gave her life to helping others; and a bright light of the NYC running community. Laurie was a beacon, with her effervescent, calming smile lighting the path in front of her while her blonde locks bobbed behind her as she ran race after race, loop after loop through her beloved Central Park. She's still out there running if you look and listen carefully enough. Unfortunately, Laurie was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, a vicious killer, in the summer of 2011. She fought hard and valiantly against this beast, undergoing treatment after treatment, while continuing to run races, including the 2011 NYC Marathon.
The NY Flyers running club, her home base and running family, created this race in her honor in 2013; a 5K to recognize her contribution to our world and to raise money to combat this dread disease. Unfortunately, it took her from us in November 2013. She was eulogized by many from all walks of her life-from childhood friends to the CEO of the New York Road Runners-for the incredibly special life she led and her great courage.
The NY Flyers have partnered with Project Purple to continue Laurie's fight, to bring to fruition her hopes n dreams of a cure.
Please contribute as much, or as little, as you can. If I get $5 from 200 people, that's $1,000. If I get $5 from 1,000 people, well that's $5,000 towards truly important research.
Project Purple, as our charity partner, is an organization deeply devoted to finding a cure. It's founder and now my friend, Dino Verrelli, lost his dad to this disease in 2011. He vowed to his dad that he'd find a cure so others would not have to lose a loved one to this horrible cancer. Please help us move Laurie's dream and Dino's vow to his dad closer and closer until it becomes a reality.
Thank you.




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