Jim Volpe and his daughters have honored Marianne Volpe every year since 2012. (Photo courtesy of ENYYSA)

Blood cancer support is important to the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association because of the life of Marianne Volpe.

The Baldwin, N.Y. resident was 56-years-old in 2011 when she died of Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia, an aggressive form of blood cancer. She left behind her husband Jim, daughters Chelsea and Shaun, three brothers, five sisters and many friends.

Jim Volpe is a Long Island Junior Soccer League Hall of Famer and chairperson of the Eastern New York Olympic Development Program. Chelsea and Shaua played in the LIJSL, then performed for Manhattan College. They are still involved in the game today as adults.

The family started the Marianne Volpe 5K and Pumpkin Fun Run the day before Superstorm Sandy hit the New York metro area in 2012 and the soccer and running communities have been helping out ever since.

Eight years later, more $200,000 has been raised for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society through the run.

This year due to the pandemic, the race will be virtual. Once registered, you can complete your run anytime up to Nov. 14.

You can click here  to register for the virtual event for those who like to run or click here to make a donation in Marianne Volpe’s memory. In addition to using the website, you also can send a donation check made payable to The Leukemia & Lymphoma’s Society to:

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society – LI Chapter
3 Huntington Quadrangle, Suite 202 South
Melville, NY 11747

Cancer continues to affect the lives of many people so patients and their families need our support. LLS is the world’s largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding research towards cures for blood cancers. Since its inception in 1949, the society has provided more than $1.2 billion to research specifically targeting blood cancers and that research is paying off. LLS has helped advance 55 of the 65 blood cancer treatment options approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration since 2017.