The Supervisor of the Town of Haverstraw, Howard T. Phillips, Jr.; the Supervisor of the Town of Stony Point, Jim Monaghan; and North Rockland Athletic Director, Joseph Casarella this week announced the upcoming 13th Annual North Rockland Community 5K Run/Walk and charity fundraiser.
This year’s event will take place on Sunday, June 5, 9 a.m. at Bowline Point Park, Haverstraw, New York. All proceeds raised from the event will be donated to:
TERRI PILEGGI-MARCOUX – a lifelong North Rockland resident, born in Garnerville and living in Tomkins Cove. Terri and her husband Doug are former members of the West Haverstraw Fire Department 23 Vol. Hose #2. Terri is the mother of two children Amanda and Bobby. In 2014 Terri was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. MS has taken away Terri’s ability to work, drive her kids to sports, cook dinner and grow tomatoes. There’s no cure for MS. Doug has become her full-time caregiver, making it unable for him to work. The family struggles every day to make ends meet.
JOSE RAMIREZ FLORES – a 12-year-old student at Fieldstone Middle School who was diagnosed with Recurrent Grade III Anaplastic Ependymoma. He resides in Haverstraw with his parents and two sisters. When he was 10 years old he started complaining of headaches. Soon after, he also started experiencing seizures. He was taken to Nyack Hospital and an MRI showed that he had a brain tumor. On March 11, 2013 he was admitted to Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital which led to his first of four separate surgeries to remove tumors from his brain. In February 2016, Jose was diagnosed with pneumonia and later found to have swollen lungs. Jose continues to have numerous follow up medical tests.
ANGELICA HICKS – a 9-year-old girl who suffers from Hirschsprungs disease and gastroperisis. She has been fighting this disease since birth. She has gone through numerous major surgeries and small procedures. She lost her large intestine as a baby and her colon was removed almost two years ago. She has an ileostomy and a G-tube with continuous feeds due to malnutrition from these diseases attacking her gastro tract and without them she would become very ill. Angelica has recently found out these two devices will be permanent because her body just can’t do it alone.
Special recognition this year will go to Father Thomas Madden, Stu Gates and the Italian American Social Club.
Anyone interested in participating can pick up an application at the Haverstraw or Stony Point Town Hall. You can also register online at www.townofhaverstraw.org. If you wish to volunteer for the day’s events or be a sponsor, call Michael Gamboli at 845-429-2200 or John Casey at 845-821-4349.
The children’s race begins at 8:30 a.m. Registration for all participants begins at 7 a.m. Entry forms can be obtained that morning. All children 12 and under will receive medals.
The event will be held rain or shine.