Thanks WEXT! CRSS Race for Hope on MyEXT!

Link to full post My Exit: SarahNicole Mahoney

And a big thanks to KTG for being so kind and patient as I nervously chatted my way through recording this!

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I am the race director for a local charity 5K, the Capital Region Special Surgery (CRSS) Race for Hope. Since 2009 we have raised over $150,000 locally for persons in the Capital Region living with brain, head, and neck cancer. The songs in this show are those that I find on loop in my head when I’m running on my own and those that have pulled me through some of the tougher times in my life: REM, Wilco, Weezer, Arcade Fire and The National are some of what’s here. They aren’t all necessarily my favorite bands, but the songs matter a great deal to me.

I am SarahNicole Mahoney, born and raised in Northport, New York on the North Shore of Long Island. I’ve been happily married to my best friend, Dennis, for the last 14 years. We moved back up to his hometown of Troy about 6 1/2 years ago to raise our amazing and very rock-and-roll son, Jack. Music has been a part of my life as long as I can remember being alive. Lucky for me, my husband and son are also rabid music fans.

How would you describe your taste in music?
I am a shameless music snob. Not that I necessarily have the most enlightened or highly evolved opinions, but I know what I like and I know what I don’t. And yet, I do genuinely adore a broad range of bands, musicians and genres.

You can hear SarahNicole’s My Exit show Monday night at 8 pm on 97.7 or at

Some of the songs you will hear:

“Ho Hey”The Lumineers
This song is new to me but resonated quickly. It’s one of those songs that sound like “one of those songs” when you know everything is going to be okay. John Hughes would have deployed it as Bender faded into the distance, fist frozen in triumph. Wes Anderson ‘s beloved Tennenbaums would have walked away from Royal’s grave to its chorus.

“Half a World Away”REM
Not many can do bittersweet and longing the way REM used to (and yes, I am referring to when they still had Bill Berry). It breaks my heart every time I hear it. It makes me want to go and keep going. Where? I’m not sure. But I know I will walk, run, climb, and poll-vault over wind swept cliffs to get there.

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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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