CureSearch for Children's Cancer funds and supportstargeted and innovative children's cancer research with measurableresults, and is the authoritative source of information and resourcesfor all those affected by children's cancer.
Barry heard about CureSearch after his friends' daughter Maddie was diagnosed with Wilms Tumor when she was just 7 months old in 2011. He watched his friend Pete and his daughter go through the difficulties of treatment and knew that he had to do something. Being a father helped him understand that no parent should ever have to hear the words, your child has cancer.
Last year, while training for the New York City Marathon he decided to raise funds for CureSearch to help fund critical children's cancer research. With the help of this friends and family, he managed to raise $4,000. This year, he decided to train and fundraise again. While training was tough and required him to spend many hours away from his family, he found solace in the hard work he was doing to help find a cure for children's cancer.
After months of training, running hundreds of miles and raising thousands of dollars, race week was upon him. Unfortunately, Hurricane Sandy hit the eastern seaboard, causing devastation in New York and New Jersey. People lost power, lost their homes, and much more, which prompted Mayor Bloomberg to cancel the marathon.
Although disappointed, Barry was undeterred; he had made a commitment to his family and supporters and raised $3,300 with their help. He didn't want to let anyone down, especially his family, who had given up so much for him to train.
He made the decision to run the marathon on his own, mapping a route around his home. Although there were no water stops and few fans along the route, he did come across others with the same idea. His kids made signs for him and were there at the finish line to cheer him on. With an unofficial time of 3 hours and 31 minutes, a personal best by 20 minutes, Barry completed his second New York City Marathon in honor of children with cancer.
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