LUDLOW, Vt. – Two teachers at Ludlow Elementary School, Lisa Marks and Lora Miele, are working to raise money to support the global fight against stroke and cancer. Lisa Marks will be running to support the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and Lora Miele will run with Tedy’s Team in the Boston Marathon. Over the next few months, Marks and Miele hope to raise thousands of dollars to support our friends, family, and country, a little at a time.
Lisa Marks has been running in the Dana Farber Marathon for 18 years: millions of steps and a fundraising total close to $200,000. She has been running for a young Vermont girl, Caitlyn Mattes, who passed away at 13 as a result of neuroblastoma; Nolan Alberty, who will be celebrating his sixth birthday after battling two bouts of cancer; and hundreds of children and adults who have fought cancer. Marks is proud to be a part of the cancer battle by raising money for research and certain treatments with the enormous help of her friends, family, and community.
The Dana Farber Marathon Challenge is part of the Claudia Adams Barr program in innovative basic cancer research, which was established in 1987. This program provides financial resources to encourage the development of leading innovative research. This year, the marathon challenge is celebrating its 28th anniversary, having raised over $80 million with the help of all kinds of runners who have been touched by cancer in some way. They are dedicated to a common cause, fighting cancer.
Lora Miele will run the Boston Marathon in April in support of the American Heart Association, the American Stroke Association, Tedy’s Team, and her friend Liz Hindinger, who suffered a stroke several years ago. Hindinger, after feeling the support of an entire community, dreams of becoming a motivational speaker, drawing from her experiences. Stroke victims are not alone; they have a supportive team of friends, family, and even strangers behind them. Hindinger wants to help other stroke survivors realize that this team is strong enough to pull stroke survivors through.
Tedy’s Team was founded by Tedy Bruschi, who suffered a stroke in Feb. 2005 just after winning his third Super Bowl and returning from the Pro Bowl in Hawai’i. He dedicated his life to fighting stroke and promoting stroke awareness. Together, runners have raised over $3.5 million for stroke research, education, and awareness.
Lisa Marks and Lora Miele depend on the community for support. On Friday, Feb. 17, 6-10 p.m., The Killarney will be hosting Marks’ and Miele’s next fundraiser, Dining for a Cause. A percentage of each meal will be donated to the Dana Farber Marathon Challenge and Tedy’s Team. Tickets are currently for sale at The Killarney for a handmade Patriot Corn Hole set, valued at $200. During dinner, Marks and Miele will be running a 50/50 raffle, and the winner of both raffles will be chosen at 10 p.m. Marks and Miele extend a huge thank you to the community for all their support thus far, and to Mark Verespy for hosting this fundraiser.
On March 11, starting at 6 p.m., The Rustic Rooster in Cuttingsville will be hosting the first annual Corn Hole Tournament in support of Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge and Tedy’s Team. The winning team will take home a custom Corn Hole board. Businesses interested in supporting this event will be featured at one of the Corn Hole events.
Marks and Miele thank the community for the support they have already received, and they look forward to continuing to make a big difference in our world by supporting cancer and stroke awareness, research, and treatment.