Hometown: Oneida, NY
CRSS Race for Hope Participant: since 2009
1) What is your connection to the Capital region? I moved to the Capital region in the mid-80s. Shortly after moving here I met my husband, Tony Kaddo. He is from Troy, NY. We were married in 1989 and upon deciding where to live we decided on Brunswick, NY. Twenty three years later and two kids we are still living in Brunswick and love the Capital region.
2) Who or what is the inspiration behind your participation? Susan Britain. We participate in this race each year in order to remind us what an inspiration Susan was (and continues to be) to so many people. We consider her parents – Dick and Ellen Britain to be some of our closest friends. Their journey with Susan throughout her illness gave us a new insight on life and how you live it. The Britains are truly a remarkable family and Tony and I feel blessed to continue to participate in this race to honor and remember Susan.
4) Any advice for a new CRSS Race for Hope participant? I never felt that this race was about who was the winner or placed in the top ten at the end of the race. I always felt that just participating in this race (whether walking or running) made us all winners. It truly is a “Race for Hope” and Tony and I hope to participate for as many years as we can.
5) You turn the last corner and the finish line is in view, the best reward you could find waiting for you is: I always enjoy all the people cheering everyone on at the end. It doesn’t matter whether you are first or last, there is always someone there giving you encouragement to finish the race. Ellen and Dick are always there to thank us for being part of the race. But most important I think of Susan and it reminds me what an inspiration she continues to be for so many people.