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10/24/14 8:00am
REPORTER FILE PHOTO Islander Wade Kotula, then 14, crossed the finish line in first place at the 2004 Shelter Island Run/Walk for Breast Cancer with a time of 19:26. This year, young members of Shelter Island’s cross country team, Jack Kimmelmann and Kal Lewis, posted even better times while placing third and fourth, respectively.

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Islander Wade Kotula, then 14, crossed the finish line in first place at the 2004 Shelter Island Run/Walk for Breast Cancer with a time of 19:26. This year, young members of Shelter Island’s cross country team, Jack Kimmelmann and Kal Lewis, posted even better times while placing third and fourth, respectively.

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10/13/14 5:00pm
JOANN KIRKLAND PHOTO Race director Mary Ellen Adipietro (left) presented a bouquet of flowers to Ann Cronin at last year’s Shelter Island 5k.

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Race director Mary Ellen Adipietro (left) presented a bouquet of flowers to Ann Cronin at last year’s Shelter Island 5k.

When Ann Cronin was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013, one of the first calls she made was to Mary Ellen Adipietro, with whom she had been working for 10 years on the Shelter Island 5K Run/Walk to benefit the North Fork Breast Health Coalition and the Coalition for Women’s Cancers at Southampton Hospital.

Another call went to Louise Clark on the race planning committee.
While Ms. Cronin hasn’t been helping to plan Saturday’s race, the 15th annual, it’s not because of health-related issues.

“I’m doing great,” she said.

“I’ll really miss it,” she said about the race during a telephone interview last week.

It has been a year since her first double dose of chemotherapy and she is among the fortunate who caught the presence of cancer early and could be a poster child for early detection. But what’s really critical, she said, is that she had a 3D mammogram at Southampton Hospital that revealed the cancer early enough to be successfully treated.

While she won’t be here Saturday, her sister, Dorothy Nolan, and cousin, Nancy Dickey, will be participating, Ms. Cronin said.

Ms. Adipietro and her team of volunteers — Patti Bumsted, Cliff Clark, Louise Clark, Betty Fogarty, Dede Gray, Gina Kraus, Linda Kraus, Ann Loeffler, Lisa Shaw and Linda Springer — have been working for several months, and if the forecast holds, runners and walker will see sunny skies and temperatures in the high 60s Saturday.

The 5k Run/Walk begins at 11 a.m. Saturday at Crescent Beach.

In addition to the major beneficiaries that share equally in the money raised, receipts from raffle tickets will support Lucia’s Angels, a foundation named for Lucia Terzi Bagan, who succumbed to breast cancer when she was just 47. Ms. Adipietro was among the founders of that organization to honor her friend and another of her former race volunteers.
Lucia’s Angels assists women with late-stage cancers with numerous needs as well as providing special wishes for terminal patients.

Raffle prizes include a gift certificates for various restaurants and shops; golf lesson with pros Robert DeStefano and Leigh Notley; gift baskets; and New Jersey Nets basketball tickets. Winners of tickets sold on Saturday must be present to claim their prizes.

Medals will go to the top finishers with results posted at www.auyertiming.com/results.php#. Awards will also go the first place breast cancer survivors in both the run and the walk. And a prize will be awarded to the team with most participants.

A free shuttle bus will be available for participants coming to Shelter Island by North Ferry. The bus will run from 9 to 10:15 a.m. from North Ferry to the staging area at Crescent Beach. After the race, buses will carry participants back to North Ferry until 1 p.m.

To register in advance, visit the race website at shelterislandrun.com/5k. Adult pre-registration through Thursday is $25 or $35 on race day. Registration for children 14 or younger is $10.

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10/20/12 6:39pm

BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO | Shelter Island native Janelle Kraus-Nadeau crosses the finish line as the first female finisher Saturday.

This year’s Shelter Island 5K was run at Crescent Beach Saturday.

Proceeds from the event benefit three organizations that raise money for cancer reasearch.

Chris Koegel of Malverne was the top finisher. Shelter Island’s own Janelle Kraus-Nadeau was the top female finisher.

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10/20/12 1:23pm

BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO | The start of this year’s Shelter Island 5K.

Runners and walkers participated Saturday in Shelter Island’s 13th annual 5K Run/Walk at Crescent Beach.

Participants in the event did so to help the cause of cancer patients, caregivers and survivors on Eastern Long Island. Proceeds will be split equally between the North Fork Breast Health Coalition and the Coalition for Women’s Cancers at Southampton Hospital.

Runners, walkers and spectators also helped support Lucia’s Angels and the Comfort and Caring Room at Southampton Hospital by entering the 5K raffle, which offered prizes from lunch for four at the American Hotel to lessons by golf and tennis pros.

Learn more about the organizations the event supports:

NORTH FORK BREAST COALITION

Based in Riverhead, the group provides financial assistance and support activities for cancer patients and their caregivers on the North Fork, including Shelter Island. The coalition has established “Lend a Helping Hand,” a program that offers grants of $1,000 to help cancer patients as they undergo chemotherapy or radiation. Knowing that these treatments can be debilitating and time-consuming, the grant program helps patients manage their personal and home commitments during treatments.

The coalition also provides services from yoga to support groups at its Riverhead office. Visit northforkbreasthealth.org for more information.

COALITION FOR WOMEN’S CANCERS AT SOUTHAMPTON HOSPITAL

The mission of this group is to create and sustain a supportive network for women affected by breast and gynecological cancers, who live in the towns of East Hampton, Southampton and Shelter Island. Last year the money that was raised at the 5K enabled cancer patients and survivors to attend an East Wind retreat and spa weekend. Here’s how one participant described that experience: “This weekend allowed me to let go of the stress of dealing with cancer on a daily basis. I was able to relax and enjoy life without any worries. This was the best gift anyone ever gave me.”

The coalition  focuses on education, early detection and empowerment to bring about an improved quality of life. For more information, contact Susan Roden at 726-8715 or email her at [email protected].

LUCIA’S ANGELS: 

This foundation was created in memory of Lucia Terzi Bagan, who was surrounded by friends and family in her final days. It is committed to helping women on Eastern Long Island with late-stage cancers, providing help and funding with a range of services, from babysitting to groceries, health insurance premiums to massages. Last year, Lucia’s Angels used its funding from the 5K to help pay for Lucia’s Room, a “Comfort and Caring Room” at Southampton Hospital, which is used by cancer patients going through difficult surgeries, palliative care and/or end-of-life services. The goal is to “create a peaceful and serene atomosphere for patients and their visitors.”

Visit luciasangels.org for more information.

 Log on to shelterislandrun.com/5k for more information on the race.

10/13/11 11:15pm

COURTESY SIPD | The route for Saturday’s 5K Race/Walk on Crescent Beach.

BY ANN CRONIN

Please join us for the 12th annual Shelter Island 5K (3.1 mile) Run/Walk on Saturday, October 15. The race starts at 10 a.m. and we are anticipating another fantastic run/walk.

Family and friends, please come out and support this event that benefits three worthy causes: the North Fork Breast Health Coalition, Coalition for Women’s Cancers at Southampton Hospital and Lucia’s Room (a comfort and caring room) at Southampton Hospital, a special project of Lucia’s Angels.

There will be same-day race registration but the entry fee will be $5 more, or $30.  Pre-registration starts at 8 a.m. and there will be an energized warm-up stretch clinic, plus various other activities prior to the race, so try to get there early.

After the race, participants can enjoy complimentary varieties of chili, courtesy of Chef Tom Hashagen and his BOCES students, plenty of hamburgers and hot dogs, plus everyone’s favorite, freshly baked chocolate chip cookies.

Our two volunteer massage therapists, Holly Cronin and Cassandra Bliss, will be working their magic for participants who would like a complimentary massage.

The 5K Run/Walk is always plenty of fun and a great place to meet good people.

Please visit shelterislandrun.com and click on to “Fall 5K Run.”  You can register online through our website as well as on active.com until October 14.

We have many wonderful sponsors and raffle donors that we hope you will support. We thank them for their generous donations to our event.

Remember, everyone matters in our quest to stop this disease and assist those affected.

Remember, “I am the cure.”