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White Plains Residents Raise Funds To Fight Crohn's Disease

Westchester and Fairfield county residents raised $125,000 for Crohn's disease.
Westchester and Fairfield county residents raised $125,000 for Crohn's disease. Photo Credit: Contributed

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- Thirty-five Westchester County residents and Fairfield County, Conn., residents have raised more than $125,000 to date to help find a cure for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.

The money was raised as part of the Team Challenge endurance training and fundraising program run by the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America.

“Team Challenge provides people with an opportunity to raise critical research dollars while training to do something that, for many people, they never imagined they’d be able to do -- run 13.1 miles,” said Maddy Bell, endurance manager for the Fairfield/Westchester Chapter of CCFA.

“It is inspiring to see a group of people come together, some who have these diseases and some who do not, united in the mission of finding a cure for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.”

The Westchester and Fairfield fundraisers will participate in half-marathons on Saturday, July 12, in Jamestown, Rhode Island and on Sunday, July 20, in Napa.

The Westchester residents include:

David Circle of Amawalk; Dawn Becker of Brewster; Cristina Mancini of Bronxville; Elie Abemayor, Dana Gottleib, Tom Gottleib and Ira Silverman of Chappaqua; Lily Cretekos-Gross of Congers;  Diana McNally of Cornwall-on-Hudson; Jennifer Halperin and Glenn Trieff of Hartsdale,; Elizabeth Greene of Katonah; Michael Connor, Brian Studwell and Jonathan Studwell of New City. Lauren Albanese of New York; Dan Kaplan and Rebecca Kaplan of Ossining; Melissa Magliula of Poughkeepsie; Jason Cavalier of Scarsdale; Lauren Colantonio of Stony Point; Virginia Leone of Valhalla;  Anthony Russo of West Harrison; Melanie Johnson and Lisa Koenigsberg of White Plains; Eric Alters, Yonkers; Felicia DiBuono and Josh Reed of Yorktown.

The Fairfield participants include: Nicole Bartone of Cheshire;  Arlie Messmer, Daniel Pascone and Craig Stearns of Fairfield; Penny Wickey and Bob Wickey of Westport and Alexandra Hasenauer of Southport.

For more information, contact Maddy Bell at or 914-812-8986.

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