April 2015 CF Workout Warrior of the Month – Sam Gaccione

April 2015 Sam Gaccione

I was born and raised in Westerly, RI, a small town in the southwestern corner of Rhody. I’ve been living in Manhasset for the past 24 years. I’ve been married to my beautiful and incredibly patient wife Paula for almost 23 years, who in addition to putting up with me, leads the charge in making sure our two children, Skyler (16) and Cole (13), are fed, do their homework, and take their shoes off in the mudroom.

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February 2015 CF Workout Warrior of the Month – Michael Molnar

February 2015 Michael Molnar

I was born and raised in Northern New Jersey. My parents still live in Tenafly, NJ, are happy and healthy, and are fabulous grandparents to our two boys – Nicholas (23) and Alexander (20). Nick works on Wall Street and Zan is a sophomore at LMU in Louisiana. My wife Lynn and I started dating when I was in the 10th grade and she was in the 9th grade – and have now been married for 26 years!

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January 2015 CF Workout Warrior of the Month – Emily Schaller

January 2015 Emily Schaller

Founder/CEO of the Rock CF Foundation I’m a Pisces. A vegetarian. Fun loving. Broadway loving nerd. An aunt to 2 awesome nieces. Making small connections with people throughout the day makes me happy. In 2007 I founded the Rock CF Foundation to EmPower people with CF and their families to fight on and feel like they are part of something bigger.

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Logan McGovern – December 2014 CF Workout Warrior of the Month

December 2014 Logan McGovern (3:3)

I was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at Yale Children’s Hospital when I was three months old.  I have 2 older brothers who do not have CF – Conor (21), and Trevor (18). I grew up in Darien and have played every sport you could name growing up including lacrosse, hockey, golf, tennis, baseball, basketball, squash, and paddle. My favorite sport is Lacrosse. I played this past spring on the Darien Youth Lacrosse 8th grade travel A team. I play year

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Sally Bell – November 2014 CF Workout Warrior of the Month

June 2012 Sally Bell

My son Stephen, who was diagnosed at 3 months old, is now 30. My husband, Gene, and I raised Stephen as normally as possible – never keeping him in a bubble. I got involved with the Boomer Esiason Foundation and Team Boomer in 2011 when Stephen asked me to run the NYC Marathon because there were a few spots still open on the team. I have always been athletic, never really a runner – but I said yes. I started

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Craig Fels 2014

I am born and raised on Long Island.  Met my wife Melissa out in Pennsylvania while attending Indiana University of PA.  Convinced her to move to New York with me and 20 years later, we have two beautiful daughters, Lauren (11) and Erin (8) and live in Smithtown.

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Blair and Bobby Plott – September 2014 CF Workout Warriors of the Month

September 2014 Blair and Bobby Plott (1:3)

We live in Bobby’s hometown of Tuscaloosa, Alabama (Roll Tide) with our two young sons, Boots (8) and Thomas (6). We’ve been married 14 years and have trained together for the New York Marathon 3 years in a row, although this is only our second year to run it because of Superstorm Sandy in 2012. This year we are really excited to have 3 friends running with us for Team Boomer in New York. 5 people from Tuscaloosa, AL –

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Nathan Hatley – August 2014 CF Workout Warrior of the Month

August 2014 Nathan Hatley

I have had cystic fibrosis my entire life. In spite of the doctors’ initial claim that I would not live past the age of 2, I am now approaching 22 and getting stronger every day. I am a big believer that exercise keeps me healthy and have been running since the 7th grade. I got really serious about running once I started cross-country in high school, which led to my running for Catawba College in Salisbury, NC. After I graduate,

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Mike Corr – July 2014 CF Workout Warrior of the Month

July 2014 Mike Corr (1:2)

Hi! My name is Mike Corr and I am the Dad to two great kids – Anna, 22, and Aidan, 19 – who happen to have cystic fibrosis. Both of my kids fight their disease continuously in ways that epitomize their personalities. Right now, we are so close to fully managing – or even curing – the disease, so I firmly believe we need to continue with the full court press and do everything possible to fundraise. I can’t personally

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Bobby Campbell – June 2014 CF Workout Warrior of the Month

June 2014 Bobby Campbell (1:2)

I was born and raised on Long Island, NY where I currently live with my wife and two children, Ella and Luke. Throughout my childhood, high school and college years I was constantly competing in sports like football, basketball and baseball, though it was not until my late twenties that I really took up running.  I turned to running to get me through some tougher times years ago as a stress reliever (a free one at that), and it has

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Sabrina Walker – May 2014 CF Workout Warrior of the Month

May 2014 Sabrina Walker (1:3)

About me: I was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska and I am ¼ Tlingit Indian (Alaska Native). I was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis at the age of 4 and was told that I would not live past the age of 8. I participated in X-Country Running & Track and Field in middle and high school. A few months after graduating from high school, a tumor was found on my spine and I was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins Lymphoma, a type of

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Roger Wright – April 2014 CF Workout Warrior of the Month

April 2014 Roger Wright

I grew up in Maine, moved to Texas when I was 12 and back to New England after graduating from college. Decided against going to medical school and instead ended up working in the mortgage field with my brother and have remained in the industry for 28 years. Met my wife Mary at a party and somehow convinced her to go out with me. We have been married 22 years this October. I was morbidly obese for most of my

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Pete Olson 2014

March 2014 Pete Olson

Excerpt From November 2013 personal blog: Even without a race recap, many of you – my dozen or so readers – already know that just a few nights ago, I completed my first half marathon down in Orlando at Disney’s Wine & Dine Half Marathon. And while I am proud as punch that I, a formerly obese smoker, was able to run 13.1 miles in just a little over two-and-a half hours, I really want this post to be about

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Chris Kvam – March 2014 CF Workout Warrior of the Month

March 2014 Chris Kvam (1:2)

I’m 33 years old, an avid cyclist and runner, a husband, a prosecutor, and I happen to have CF.  I was diagnosed at the age of 4.  I live my life with CF by setting short and long term goals, the achievement of which require adherence to my medical regimen.  Growing up with CF gave me a drive to figure out what is most important to me and to accomplish it, and as I reach my mid-30’s, CF has distilled

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Doug Ornoff – February 2014 CF Workout Warrior of the Month

February 2014 Doug Ornoff

I was diagnosed with CF a few weeks after I was born. Skip forward 29 years, and I’m now an MD/PhD student at the University of North Carolina, training for a career as a physician-scientist. I also compete in triathlons, running races, and open-water swimming events. What free time I have after all that is spent with my girlfriend, friends, and family. I recently challenged myself to complete an Ironman race – which was a true challenge. With a combination

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Moni Hendrix

October 2013 Moni Hendrix

When asked to write a blog for Team Boomer, I was not only honored, but also a little uncertain because I have never really stopped to think about my last ten years as a marathoner. On November 3, I ran my tenth – and final – New York City Marathon, something that was exciting and bittersweet at the same time. I ran my first NYC marathon in 2001, just eight weeks after 9/11 at the age of thirty-one. I can’t remember exactly

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Scott Buchanan

August 2013 Scott Buchanan

Living with Cystic Fibrosis is a bit like having a monkey on your back.  Those long arms draped around your shoulders and neck. He’s a wiley old devil; helping himself to your lunch, always making noise, sometimes tugging on your hair or poking you in the eye. As you age together he demands more attention and time to appease. And he just keeps putting on weight – even after you’ve stopped growing. Over time he gets heavy and threatens to

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Mark Capristo

August 2013 Mark Capristo (1:2)

I was always a bigger guy, and eventually, let my weight get to a point where it took a major toll on my health. I ate and drank whatever I wanted without noting the consequences. That all changed when, in 2008, I was in a serious motorcycle accident. Six seconds after a light turned red – and while I had the right-of-way – a car slammed into me while I was crossing an intersection. The police report stated that I

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David Gray

October 2012 David Gray (2:2)

I Run for My Family… My brother-in-law Nathan suffers from cystic fibrosis, an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system of about 30,000 children and young adults in the United States (and 70,000 worldwide). In the 1950s, few children with cystic fibrosis lived to attend elementary school. Since that time, thanks to advances in research, significant progress has been made in the form of innovative medical treatments resulting in the enhanced and extended life for children and

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