CRSS Race for Hope Profile: Sandra Kaddo, Runner and “Spirit of the Course MVP!”

Name: Sandy Kaddo

Age: 54

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.

3) What song gets you moving on race day?  “I Gotta Feeling” – Black Eyed Peas, “How Far We’ve Come” – Matchbox 20, and “Raise Your Glass” – Pink.

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.

 

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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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