NYC Marathon Team Mission

On November 3rd, seven team members ran the NYC Marathon in support of Mission CT Challenge. They ran in honor of those affected by cancer, and in support of the millions of survivors and their networks who will benefit from tools and programs that help them build better lives after cancer.

Altogether, the Mission CT Challenge team raised $26,402 of their $25,000 goal.

Michael Dematteis was one of them. While Dematteis is not a cancer survivor himself, his story shows how cancer affects everyone, especially families and communities. He ran the marathon in honor of his mother, who he lost to cancer a few years ago. Dematteis exceeded his goal of raising $2,500 for the race, raising nearly $11,000 to support cancer survivors with life-changing programs, tools, and community.

“Like too many others, I have been exposed to the impact that cancer can have on a person’s life. As many of you know, my mother passed away after a long fight with cancer several years ago. Playing tennis and being outside whenever possible, had a massive role in helping her feel healthy, happy, and normal again whenever in remission, and I am forever grateful for those that made that possible for her. I know how valuable being active can be for someone recovering from cancer, but also appreciate how difficult it can be too. I’m proud to contribute to an organization that shares that same view and helps people create a life after such a mentally and physically taxing illness,” said Dematteis.

Other Mission team members include Alix Marks, Neil Cullen, Gean Tremaine, Kady Buchanan, Angelica Guerra, and David Liniado.