CRSS Race for Hope Profile: Deb LaPietro, Runner and Farley Friend!

Deb and Daryl’s niece, Jess Thompson

Name: Deb LaPietro

Age: 57

Hometown: Guilderland

Team name: Farley’s Friends

CRSS Race for Hope participant since: 2009


1) What is your connection to the Capital region? Moved here in 1980 from Michigan. Raised three beautiful children here and have a job that I love.

2) Who or what is the inspiration behind your participation?  I am inspired by my dear friend, Daryl Farley, who passed away in 2009 shortly after the 1st Capital Region Special Surgery race.

3) What song gets you moving on race day?  Anything upbeat inspires me to go for a great run. Bette Midler’s “Got to Have Friends” works well on this particular race day!

4) Any advice for a new CRSS Race for Hope participant?  Enjoy the fresh air, community of caring people and especially the bananas and yogurt at the finish line!

5) You turn the last corner and the finish line is in view, the best reward you could find waiting for you is family and friends of Daryl’s and, of course, a fresh banana and yogurt!



About CRSS Race for Hope

Since 2009, the Capital Region Special Surgery Race for Hope events have raised over $200,000, of which all monies have been dedicated to fundraising, since overhead costs are underwritten by Capital Region Special Surgery. This year's 5K will be held on Saturday, September 30, 2017. The major goal of the Capital Region Special Surgery – Race for Hope Fund, in partnership with the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region, is to make grants to not-for-profit organizations/programs serving uninsured and underinsured patients who are experiencing a financial hardship related to a brain, head, or neck cancer diagnosis in the Capital Region (Albany, Columbia, Fulton, Greene, Hamilton, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Warren, Washington counties). Thus far, these proceeds have been allocated to the following local 501c3 organizations: Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Capital Region, Inc. C.R. Wood Cancer Center at Glens Falls Hospital, Ellis Hospital Foundation, Inc., Saratoga Hospital—Mollie Wilmot Radiation Oncology Center, and patient services at St. Peter’s Cancer Care Center.
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