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Lap 4 Life Foundation Announces the 5th Annual Charity race In NewBurgh NY

Industry: Charity Event

5th Annual Lap4Life run/walk - June 22, 2013 at Chadwick Lake Park -Newburgh, NY. Proceeds go to the Desmoid Tumor Research Foundation and NY Organ Donor Network.

Newburgh, NY (PRUnderground) May 9th, 2013

The 5th Annual Lap4Life run / walk will be held on June 22, 2013 at Chadwick Lake Park in Newburgh, NY. The course is a four mile lap around Newburgh’s scenic Chadwick Lake Park.  The run will begin at 9:15am, the four mile walk will begin at 9:20am and the kid’s fun run will begin after the award ceremony.

Race director Maddalena Casabianca-Reade created this charity run event in memory of Dr. Angelo Casabianca to help raise money and awareness for Desmoid Tumors and Organ Transplant Research. At the age of 30, her brother was found to have a Desmoid tumor in his abdomen. These rare but aggressive tumors affect one in every 2-4 million people.  They can cause destruction to vital structures and organs. Little is known about their cause, treatment and prognosis.

Angelo was a loving husband, father, and local physician.  Nine years of medical treatment and multiple surgeries with subsequent complications left him with few options.  A final attempt to remove his large Desmoid Tumor required the resection of his entire small intestine.  He could no longer eat and was reliant on intravenous nutrition.  Six months later, he underwent an intestinal transplant, a rare and risky procedure.  Seven weeks after his transplant, on the day of his daughter’s sixth birthday, he returned home to resume his life as a loving father and husband.  Devastatingly, at the age of 39, one week after being home he succumbed to an illness that his weakened immune system could not ward off.  He is survived by his wife Elizabeth, nine year old daughter Olivia, six year old daughter Angelina, and three year old son Antonio.

Helpless does not begin to describe how I felt as I watched my brother bravely battle this rare disease, for nine years of his life.  The Lap4Life Foundation was started as a way for me to feel less helpless and to do something to help my brother.  – Maddalena Casabianca-Reade

There is a desperate need for continued research both into the biology and treatment of Desmoid Tumors.  As well, Organ Donation needs not only more research to find new ways to improve outcomes for recipients, but also, greatly needs more awareness for potential donors, especially in Orange County NY.

Please join us this year at the 5th Annual Lap4Life Run / Walk will be held on June 22, 2013 in memory of my brother, Dr. Angelo Casabianca.  It will be held at Chadwick Lake, in Newburgh, NY.  We are proud to announce that all proceeds of this event will benefit the Desmoid Tumor Research Foundation and the New York Organ Donor Network.

About the Event:

This event will prove to be a fun filled family day.  Trophies will be awarded to the top 3 male and female runners and the overall male and female walker.  In addition to the actual race, Lap4Life will also be host to a community health fair and exhibition. Participants in the fair include the NY Organ Donor Network, At Your Feet Foot Care, The Desmoid Tumor Research Foundation, Gold’s Gym, massage therapists, physical therapists, local doctors and many more. Activities include face painting for children, bouncy houses, massages, silent auction/ raffle items, and a pre- race stretch by Gold’s Gym. Live music will serve as entertainment and plenty of food, beverages, and refreshments available on race day.

We are also excited about all the amazing items at our raffle and silent auction section which include golf packages to Trump National, signed Nets basketball by Brook Lopez, restaurants in the Hudson Valley, Yankee Tickets and much more.

For more information please visit our website at  
Lap4Life is a non-profit organization created to raise money and awareness for the research of Desmoid Tumors and Organ Transplant. All proceeds of this event will benefit: The Desmoid Tumor Research Foundation and the New York Organ Donor Network.  Donations are greatly needed to help find answers, save lives, and build hope. This will help thousands of individuals and their families facing these horrific medical conditions. Every tax deductible donation, regardless of size, will bring us one step closer to finding a cure for these terrible conditions. 

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