Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure
Hartford, CT - June 2, 2012
By Michael Giannamore
Many years ago, my sister Karen Giannamore was diagnosed with, and eventually died from, breast cancer. A few years ago, my wife Sabine ran this race with some friends and I found the entire experience quite moving and emotional. Last year I ran the race along with my son Lorenzo and daughter Lucia.
This year, along with my hockey-playing son Lorenzo, I decided to put together a team and see if I could get more friends to participate and (obviously) raise more money.
In Memory of Karen Giannamore
We had 23 runners (only 22 in the pic as one member, Liz Torres, took the photo). Twelve are South Windsor Bantam hockey players, one is a Central (CT) player, and there are two girls (aged 11 and 14).
The race was run in the rain, starting at 8:30 A.M. on a cold June morning. EVERYONE showed up even though we all would have rather been in bed!
The hockey kids were inspirational. Many many people spoke with them and took their photos. Even though there are many young people running, we were the only â€œteamâ€ of young people and surely the only hockey team.
We raised over $3000.00 for Komen CT. Plus, and in my opinion more importantly, the kids felt what I have felt the last three years: that doing something positive for others and the community, can feel very very good. They have all told their parents and me that it was a wonderful experience and are looking forward to doing it next year.
My goal is to get more and more South Windsor kids involved and hopefully more assistance from the association (S Windsor).
Just bragging here about how proud I am of "my boys." They did a great thing that morning and we all had fun doing it. Good fun, good effort and good lesson.
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