Hundreds Catch a Cure


What started out as a chilly morning turned out to be one of those sun-drenched, fabulous October days. More than 300 people assembled on the boardwalk at Beach 102nd Street.  Father Jim Cunningham spoke a few words and offered a brief prayer before the start of the First Annual “Catch a Cure” 5K Family Walk/Run to raise awareness and benefit families in our community dealing with cancer-related issues.

The race went off without a hitch and an absolutely fantastic turn out ensured a wonderful day for all who participated, as well as those who watched and cheered for the runners, walkers and strollers pushed by parents and grandparents.  The day was about our local communities being united as one!  We were not individually Breezy Point, Rockaway Beach or Broad Channel, on this day we were a family.

After the last walker crossed the finish line, everyone assembled inside the Community House to hear the results, receive awards, drink, eat, enjoy great company and offer special recognition to certain people.  Catch a Cure will always honor and remember one person from each of our local communities.  Special thanks to the families who allowed us be their extended family.  We remembered Donna Kase of  Broad Channel, Coleen Tuohey of Rockaway Beach and Patricia Neinast of Breezy Point . The honorees of this day were Anna O’Connor of Broad Channel, Marty Andresen of Rockaway Beach, Miracle Maggie of Rockaway Beach and Jeannette Mulholland of Roxbury.  They all had a special place in everyone’s heart that day.

All the money raised was donated to Rockaway Wish, a local non-profit organization that recognizes the needs of the community, and volunteers their time and talents to assist our neighbors during difficult times.

The Catch a Cure Family Walk /Run was the brainchild of Robin Hoffman who had the idea to bring all the communities together in order to raise money and awareness, and honor those locals who have dealt with cancer.  She could not have made this event the tremendous success it was, without the help and extra hands of Linda Humphrey – who created the logo, flyers, shirts, banners, signs and sweatshirts, Megan Rochelle, who spearheaded all social media, Jean Mullen Condon of Rockaway Wish and John Edwards of Rockapulco Runs. The day of the event special thanks goes out to Sue Carlton, Bozena Lipiec, Sarah Kenny, LouAnn Mannino, Paige Humphrey, Keith Goldberg, Jeannette Mulholland, DJ Kelly Kelley, Miss Elaine’s Dance Company,  Joe Lehay, Tom Farr, Ridgewood Savings Bank and the Rockaway Point Volunteer Ambulance for their support, time, and hard work.  A special thank you goes to Kelley Brooke and the staff at Community House which in true fashion acted as a community gathering place, pre- and post-event.

This event could not have taken place without the support of sponsors who so graciously gave their time and money to this cause. For a list of sponsors, see the ad on Page 44.

Be sure to save the date, Sunday, September 30 2018 for the second annual  “Catch a Cure “Walk/Run. Looking forward to an even bigger and better event!

Photo by Linda Humphrey.