Pietro’s fight to the finish line 5K Run/Walk
The 5K Run/Walk was held last weekend on Saturday, September 16, 2017. It was a warm and sunny morning when friends, family and community members came out to support 8 year old Pietro. Pietro couldn’t have been more excited! The approval of Eteplirsen, now called Exdonys, this past June has given Pietro the ability to run the kids race alongside his friends and start the main 5K race alongside all of his supporters. Runners, walkers, and strollers all showed their support as they proudly wore END DMD shirts, representing our main goal at Pietrosfight.org. Pietro is truly an inspiration to all who cross his path. He refuses to give up. With enthusiasm and a huge smile, Pietro lead the race. He couldn’t have been more determined to walk the entire 5K path along the Belt Parkway in Brooklyn, NY. Five years ago that was not an option. Five years ago, his mother would carry him on her shoulders for the kids race and he would stand at the finish line "high fiving" everyone who crossed it. This year he was clapping hands as he passed supporters along the path.
We will not stop until we END DMD. We will not stop until Pietro has chance at a normal life.
We want to thank Senator Marty Golden for coming out and supporting Our Mission of Love, Our Fight for a Cure. Thank you to all of Pietro's fighters for being there and showing your support. You are the backbone of Pietrosfight.org and the reason we push every day. Thank you to all of our sponsors; without you our events would not be as successful as they are. Thank you to Kiwanis Club, Investors Bank, Roth & Co. Empire City Laboratories, Horizons in Dance, Mr. Robert Scarpaci & Family, Lisa Wiersma and Meric Greenbaum from IMC, Venezia Iron Works, Posses & Chasan CPA, The Alacan Family, Aunt Butchies, ALC, Robert Nelson in memory of Paul Furtaw, Agostino D- In memory of Domenico Deleonartis, Camille Fortunato Team AG, CEBU, Bohemian Rose, Bay Ridge Honda, Bay Ridge Volvo, Bay Ridge Volkswagen, Bay Ridge Mazda, Specialized Eye Care, GPM Pediatrics P.C, Floral Fantasy, The Mastorakis Family, Brooklyn Square Pizza, Fitness Delivery, The Girls - Aimee, Marina, Lindsey, Natalie & Gabrielle, Kiera Whalen & Family, Krispy Pizza, Bohemian Rose, CKO, BRBW Mike Diamond, LOBO LOCO, and The Satturland Family.
Special thanks to Charlie Cavallo of C&C Productions for providing the entertainment on the 69th street pier with rocking music, Daniel Marino of Marino Photography www.danmarinophoto.com for capturing the memories, Stas Furman from Factor5Films for documenting the event on video and Binxx the Clown and Tommy's Costume Character for donating face painting and Poppy. Thank you to Bagel Boy and H&L Bagels for donating bagels, Starbucks on 3rd Avenue for donating coffee, Go Fresh or Go Home for donating an assortment of fruit and Utz for the chips! It takes a team like ours to come together and get the job done. On behalf of our family and our team, we want to offer our heartfelt thanks to everyone who made Saturday so successful, including all donations that were made in the form of food, money, or time, the Parks Department, the Fire Department and Police Department. None of this would be possible without all of you standing with us and joining in our fight to the finish. With your support we will continue this mission of love and fight for a cure until a cure is found. We will not stop until a Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy diagnosis lets children live a normal life.
Congratulations to the Winners of Pietro's Fight to the Finish Line – The 5th Annual 5K Run/Walk
First Place Male = Diego Taraskiewicz
First Place Female = Felicia Alacan
Second Place Male = Andrew Seidel
Second Place Female = Andrea Saadi
Third Place Male = Maximus Alacan
Thurd Place Female = Natalie Sayegh