Oct. 19-25, 2001
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U.Va. Marine Corps Marathon Team
Mike Higgins
About half of the U.Va. marathon team stops on the steps of the Old Medical School. The runners, who come from all walks of life, will put their best feet forward to benefit the Children’s Heart Center in the Health System.

Marathon team to run for Children's Heart Center

Their goals range from finishing first to just finishing. But one aim will unite the 50 members of the U.Va. team running in the Marine Corps Marathon on the morning of Oct. 28, when they leave the starting line: raising at least $50,000 to support the Virginia Children’s Heart Center, part of U.Va.’s Children’s Medical Center.

The long road to one of the nation’s most competitive marathons has been full of progressively difficult training practices and grueling 20-mile practice runs. The backgrounds of the U.Va. team members run the gamut, from lab technicians and deans to secretaries and surgeons, business people and lawyers. With each runner setting a personal best fund-raising goal of at least $1,000 each, the team hopes to make the $50,000 goal.

About 16,000 runners from throughout the world are expected for the 26.2 mile race, which begins and ends at the Iwo Jima Monument in Arlington.

Dr. Thomas Massaro, chief of staff for the Health System and an avid runner, said he hopes that the U.Va. team effort will be an annual event. “It’s a great race,” he said. “Maggie Lebo and George Rich have been very enthusiastic leaders of this group. They conceived of the idea and helped organize the team registration. They managed the great support team, which includes Mark Lorenzoni, Bob Wilder and others.”

Lebo, an operating room nurse, said that everyone is united in their desire to help the Children’s Heart Center. Formed two years ago as a partnership between U.Va. and private practices in the state, the VCHC has become the pre-eminent network for pediatric heart care in Virginia. The center works closely with private practice pediatric cardiologists in Richmond, the Shenandoah Valley and Southwest Virginia to provide coordinated diagnosis and care of pediatric heart patients. The congenital cardiac surgery program, based at the CMC, and headed by 20-year veteran Dr. Irving Kron, treated more than 200 patients last year.

The CMC has the only pediatric heart and lung transplant program in the state and will soon add another congenital heart disease surgeon, as well as another interventional cardiologist and a pediatric electrophysiologist. The center already maintains a network of educational resources for families and their doctors through a family resource library and a Web site at www.med.virginia.edu/virginiachildrensheart.

For information on how to contribute to the U.Va. Marine Corps Marathon Team, call George Rich at 977-0402 or Pat Belisle of the U.Va. Health System Development Office at 924-8432.

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