June 22, 2013 marked the 5th annual Lap4Life event on Chadwick Lake in Newburgh, New York. The event drew over 1,000 enthusiastic participants in a 4 mile run, walk and kids’ fun run. Organized by Maddalena Casabianca-Reade, this event raises research funding and awareness for demoid tumors and organ transplants.
Eleven years ago, at the age of 30, Maddelena’s brother Angelo was affected by desmoid tumors. After nine years of medical treatment and multiple surgeries with subsequent complications he was left with few options. A final attempt to remove his large desmoid required resection of his entire small intestine and an intestinal transplant, a rare and risky procedure. Unfortunately, after the transplant, he succumbed to an illness that his weakened immune system could not ward off.
The annual Lap 4 Life keeps Angelo’s memory alive and helps others avoid similar suffering by funding research for a cure. A thousand thanks to Maddalena for her valiant efforts in putting on this incredible event every year!