Marianne Volpe (Photos courtesy of the Volpe family and ENYYSA)
The 11th Annual Marianne Volpe 5K and Pumpkin Fun Run will be held on Saturday morning, Oct. 29 at Baldwin Harbor Park on Long Island.
The Pumpkin Fun Run starts at 9 a.m. with the 5K at 9:30 a.m., with the proceeds benefiting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
Blood cancer support continues to be very important to the local soccer community because of the life of Marianne Volpe. The Baldwin, N.Y. resident was 56- years-old in October 2011 when she died of Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia, an aggressive form of blood cancer,leaving behind her husband Jim, daughters Chelsea and Shaun, three brothers, five sisters and countless friends.
Jim Volpe is a Long Island Junior Soccer League Hall of Famer and chairperson of the Eastern New York Olympic Development Program for the past decade. Chelsea and Shaun grew up playing in the LIJSL, then played for Manhattan College and are still involved in the game today as adults. The family started the Marianne Volpe 5K and Pumpkin Fun Run the day before Hurricane Sandy hit the New York metro area in 2012 and both the soccer and running communities have been helping out ever since.
A decade later, approximately $250,000 has been raised in total.
Another way to help out is by sending a donation check made payable to The Leukemia & Lymphoma’s Society. You should note Marianne Volpe in the check memo. Please send the check to:
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society – LI Chapter
3 Huntington Quadrangle, Suite 202 South
Melville, NY 11747
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society 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 its mission is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma.
For more information about the Marianne Volpe 5K and Pumpkin Fun Run, contact Jim Volpe at 516-805-3765.
Front Row Soccer editor Michael Lewis has covered 13 World Cups (eight men, five women), seven Olympics and 25 MLS Cups. He has written about New York City FC, New York Cosmos, the New York Red Bulls and both U.S. national teams for Newsday and has penned a soccer history column for the Guardian.com. Lewis, who has been honored by the Press Club of Long Island and National Soccer Coaches Association of America, is the former editor of BigAppleSoccer.com. He has written seven books about the beautiful game and has published ALIVE AND KICKING The incredible but true story of the Rochester Lancers. It is available at Amazon.com at https://tinyurl.com/nfhdk4e5.