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Juvenile Diabetes Walk-A-Thon raises $70,000 toward cure

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THE COURIER/Photo by Terence M. Cullen

They are $70,000 closer to a cure.

On Saturday, May 18, the Fifth Annual South Queens Juvenile Diabetes Walk-A-Thon to Cure Diabetes, organized by the International Society of Saints Cosma and Damiano, raised $70,000. All of the funds will go directly to juvenile diabetes research.

The Howard Beach Kiwanis Club, one of many organizations involved, donated a $500 check to the cause.

The walk was emceed by KTU’s own Goumba Johnny. The kickoff featured fun and games for all ages at the Ave Maria Catholic Academy in Old Howard Beach.

“We’re going to walk for a cure for diabetes and it starts here,” the host said. “And we’re doing it every year until we find a cure.”

Walk organizer Joe De Candia said this year has been tough for everyone in the neighborhood because of Sandy, but the community still came out to give their support.

“Everybody knows the devastation this area has gone through in the last six months.” De Candia said.

“And it was a little tough for everybody to get through, but this is a worthwhile cause we all fight for.”

Co-organizer Joe Mure said the day was about the children who suffer daily from the disease, and promised those present a cure was on the way.

“I promise you,” he said. “We’re working, we’re taking a step closer to finding a cure and hopefully we’ll be there one day soon.”

Councilmember Eric Ulrich applauded the work of De Candia and Mure for organizing the walk and looked forward to the day juvenile diabetes is no longer a problem.

“But until that day comes we must do everything that we can,” he said. “We must walk, we must raise awareness and we must fund the necessary research to find a cure.”



Final act of Good Samaritan

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The Howard Beach grandfather who died after a final good Samaritan act had a history of helping others, family members said.

Paul Trinchese, 61, was accidentally struck by an unidentified man suffering from a violent seizure — after rushing to his aid, according to reports.

The incident occurred during a student talent show at Ave Maria Catholic Academy on February 2. The man was treated at the scene, according to reports, and Trinchese died later that night at his home on 98th Street, his family said.

“It wasn’t shocking that he went to help. He was always like that,” said his daughter Gilda Turano, 31. “He was always trying to help people however he can.”

Trinchese died of apparent cardiac arrest before emergency responders arrived. Family members said he had a history of heart problems, but he never had a heart attack and he was always vigilant in checking his health.

It was unclear whether or not the punch caused the heart attack leading to Trinchese’s death.

Trinchese, a well-known metal worker in Ozone Park, was a longtime resident of Howard Beach. He owned Trinchese Iron Works, building gates and railings for several decades.

He leaves behind a wife of 39 years, Filomena, five children and eight grandchildren — with one more on the way.

“He was a funny guy, and he was very straightforward. He told you how it is,” Turano said. “He had a lot of friends. We’re remembering his good memories and trying to be strong.”

School officials directed comment to the Diocese of Brooklyn, who did not respond as of press time, and police officials could not be reached.

Wake services were held on February 4 and 5. Trinchese was buried on Monday, February 6 at All Saints cemetery in Middle Village.