Maddie’s Mark to Co-Anchor Race start w/Dr. Lee!

We are honored to welcome a very special family and organization to be a part of this year’s CRSS Race for Hope.  The Mustos will be serving as race starters this year with Dr. Lee McElroy of UAlbany.  They also have a team that will be participating in this year’s 5K.

Maddie’s Story or visit Maddie’s Mark

Madeline Musto, age five, an independent, kind and mature kindergartener was diagnosed with an inoperable brain stem tumor – known in the medical world as DIPG. In moments, our visions of boyfriends, proms, driving lessons and grandchildren became thoughts of how long, how come and how can we prepare our baby for heaven? Our doctor said, “Enjoy this time, even though it is hard, make the best of it. You will have a LONG time later to grieve and be sad.” This statement, in a way, determined our state of mind when we left the hospital. Life would be lived the way Madeline would love, filled with family, friends, crafts and adventures – a life of ‘best days ever’.

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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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