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20-mile bike ride benefits local nonprofits


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Photo courtesy of NYFAC/Dominick Totino Photography

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More than 200 cyclists came out on Saturday for the inaugural “Loop,” a 20-mile bike ride that raised nearly $15,000 benefiting the New York Families for Autistic Children Foundation (NYFAC) and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).

“It was a great ride. We had a good time,” said Joe Mure, who sits on the board of directors for JDRF and is also a trustee of NYFAC. “I think this was a great cause and a great reason to come out and get a little exercise.”

Riders started their route at the NYFAC building on Cross Bay Boulevard in Howard Beach. After the ribbon was cut by state Sen. Joe Addabbo and Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder, riders took off and journeyed over three bridges in two boroughs and then back to the NYFAC building where there was a celebratory barbecue.

“Our first annual Loop was a great success,” said Andrew Baumann, president and CEO of NYFAC. “So we’re already getting ready — mark your calendars for next July.”

 

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$75,000 raised at Juvenile Diabetes walk in Howard Beach


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THE COURIER/Photo by Terence M. Cullen

It might have taken the Mets 50 years for a no-hitter, but the people of Howard Beach worked and walked to strike out Juvenile Diabetes this past weekend.

Hundreds gathered to raise money and awareness and show support for those with Juvenile Diabetes at the Fourth Annual South Queens Juvenile Diabetes Walk-A-Thon to Cure Diabetes, held Saturday, June 2. The event raised about $75,000 to go toward research, and the day sought to make strides toward finding a cure.

Joseph Mure, one of the Walk’s organizers, said the masses of attendees were “all here to support one thing: to help find a cure for Juvenile Diabetes. We want to find a way to find a cure as quickly as possible for these children.”

The 5k walk started at the Ave Maria Catholic Academy, went through Old Howard Beach and around New Howard Beach, before returning to Ave Maria’s parking lot. The walk was organized and sponsored by International Society of Saints Cosma and Damiano, and featured appearances by Goumba Johnny of WKTU; Joe Causi of WCBS; State Senator Joseph Addabbo; Councilmember Eric Ulrich; and the Islanders Ice Girls.

Though there had been concerns about poor weather that morning, the sun came out just before the walk started. “I think based on what the weather forecast was we did very well,” said Joe De Candia, the walk’s organizer.

This was the first year Lisa Lampman of Ozone Park was taking part. She said several family members have diabetes and she wanted to do whatever it took to lend a hand. Aside from walking, Lapman said she had volunteered to serve food afterwards.

“I’d do anything I can to help cure the disease,” she said.

In the last four years, the walk has raised about $400,000 to go directly toward research for JDRF. “Four hundred thousand dollars in four years, we’re pretty impressed with those numbers for a one-day event in a small community,” De Candia said.

 

JDRF Walk set for June 2


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Lace up those sneakers.

The Fourth Annual South Queens Juvenile Diabetes Walk-A-Thon to Cure Diabetes in Howard Beach will take place this Saturday, June 2 at 10:30 a.m. – starting at the Ave Maria Catholic Academy. Participants can begin to register at 9 a.m.

The goal of the walk is to raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund (JDRF), which will go toward researching a cure for Juvenile Diabetes.

The three mile/5k walk is sponsored by The International Society of Saints Cosma and Damiano, and will feature Goumba Johnny of radio station KTU; Joe Causi from 101.1 WCBS FM; Tony Sirico, best known for playing “Paulie Walnuts” on “The Sopranos”; and local politicians. Pedro Beato, a Mets relief pitcher from Queens, might possibly appear as well, according to Joe De Candia – the walk’s organizer.

A free breakfast provided by Panera Bread will be available, De Candia said, and Applebees will supply hamburgers and hot dogs for lunch.

The 101.1 Street Team will have a booth set up and will broadcast from the Walk, which starts in Old Howard Beach. There will also be clowns, balloon artists and rides. Sparky the Dragon, the New York Islanders mascot, and the Islanders Ice Girls will appear as well, De Candia said.

Since the walk began in 2009, it has raised more than $100,000 to donate to JDRF. This year, De Candia said they hope to reach $100,000, with the state of the economy.

“Hopefully we achieve our goal,” he said.