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Falmouth Road Race 2015

Team MDSC

 

The MDSC Falmouth Road Race team is made up for 26 very special people from all over Massachusetts. We are inspired by their training and fundraising efforts. Meet our special 2015 runners and help support their journey:

Danielle Athanasiadis is running the Falmouth Road Race for the third time. She is the parent of a 14 year old daughter Emily with Down syndrome. She is running to keep giving back to the organization. She is looking forward to finishing the race, wearing a MDSC bib and seeing her daughter smile in excitement as she crosses the finish line. Danielle lives in Lexington, MA. She is a MDSC member and a First Call volunteer.

George Athanasiadis is the MDSC’s youngest runner being 12 years old! He is running the Falmouth Road Race for the first time. He is running with his mom Danielle in honor of his older sister Emily. He is running “to show society that we are all the same! He wants to be able to see Emily in the community working and living as I do.”

Alison Boutiette is a new runner to the MDSC team but will be a 4th time runner in the Falmouth Road Race. Alison is an elite/competitive runner and running coach. She is good friends with the Graves family and loves watching them with their nephew Sam and all the love and the support they give him. We are happy to have Alison representing Team MDSC. Alison lives in Reading.

Fabiola Farrell is a new runner to the MDSC team and for the Falmouth Road Race. She is running in honor of her 2 year old daughter Gabriella Faith. The MDSC has been a source of support for her and her family and she wants others expectant families to continue to get reliable information. Fabiola lives in Worcester.

Kimberly Forness is a new runner to the MDSC team and for the Falmouth Road Race. She is running in honor of her 3 1/2 year old son William. Kimberly has always wanted to run the Falmouth Road Race and “I can’t think of a better reason than to promote Down syndrome awareness and raise critical funds for the MDSC. The organization does so much for our community and I feel blessed to be a part of it.” Kimberly lives in Stoughton.

David Granfors is running for the 4th year on the MDSC Team for the Falmouth Road Race. David is running in honor of his daughter Claire and to enable the MDSC to build a better future with more opportunities and acceptance for individuals with Down Syndrome. David is a member, advocate and DADS member and lives in Holliston, MA.

Jennifer Graves is running for the 1st year on the MDSC Team for the Falmouth Road Race. She is running in honor of her son Sam and to enable the MDSC to build a better future with more opportunities and acceptance for individuals with Down syndrome. Jennifer is a First Call parent and she runs a support group in the North Shore area. She lives in Topsfield, MA.

Nicholas Graves is running for the 1st year on the MDSC Team for the Falmouth Road Race. He is running in honor of his nephew Sam. Nicholas has watched Sam grow and develop alongside his sisters and cousins. “The MDSC’s commitment is to ensure that the same acceptance and appreciation is afforded to all individuals with Down syndrome. After seeing the effect on Sam that the feelings of value and belonging have on him, I want everyone to be able to enjoy these benefits. As an avid runner, running for this cause seemed like a perfect fit and I am excited to be more involved in working for this cause.” Nicholas lives in Reading.

Sam Graves is running for the 1st year on the MDSC Team for the Falmouth Road Race. He is running in honor of his son Sam. “I know how important it will be for our family to stay active, especially for baby Sam. This is a great cause and I would love to partake in something I never thought I could do.” Sam lives in Topsfield, MA with his wife Jennifer Graves.

Stephen Hawley is running on Team MDSC for the Falmouth Road Race for the third time. He is running for her beautiful 12 year old daughter Alice. He is running for the MDSC because they have been instrumental organization for helping us and our extended family understand the implications of having a members with Down syndrome and how it affects her, us, her school and her community. Stephen resides in Northampton.

Chessie Lawson is passionate about running and staying healthy. It was through her fitness routine that she became fast, inseparable friends with Laura Rossi, a fellow mom, who happens to have a daughter, Jillian, with Down syndrome (Chessie has three children; Laura has four!). In honor of Jillian, Chessie will be running her first Falmouth Road Race and her first time on Team MDSC. "I want to do anything everything I can to support her and this charity," Chessie says. "Her mother works hard and is a huge influence in my life. I admire her strength and her courage in this life and since we have come into each other's lives, my life has changed for the better."

Caroline Ludwig is running for Team MDSC for the Falmouth Road Race for the second time. Caroline is running in honor of her niece Paige Lafferty. “The MDSC has been instrumental in providing my family support and information throughout the years. I am honored to be a member of this great team.” Caroline lives in Barre.

Emily LaMarca is an experienced runner for Team MDSC for the Falmouth Road Race and the Boston Marathon. She is running for her son Cole but also for the amazing people with Down syndrome. She states that the MDSC is part of her family and to run for such an amazing/worthy organization is so rewarding. Her hope is that with her running she can make a small difference in the lives of those with Down syndrome. She is the president of RUN FOR COLE. Emily is a advocate and active member who lives in Clinton.

Rebecca Marcoux is a new MDSC runner. She is running in honor of her 8 year old son Ryan who has Down syndrome. She has attended conferences, Buddy Walks, Bruins Alumni Hockey games and other events. She is running for the MDSC to raise awareness about Down syndrome and to show her older son about “giving back.” Rebecca lives in Foxboro.

Allison Marshall is running the Falmouth Road Race for the second time. She is a good friend of MDSC Development Director Becca Canavan. “Thought I do not personally know anyone with Down syndrome, I see the need to advocate for them and help them find as much opportunity as possible for them, I look forward to learning more about everything the MDSC does.” Allison resides in Watertown.

Christina Marshall is running the Falmouth Road Race for the second time. She is a also a friend of MDSC Development Director Becca Canavan. Christina is running for the MDSC to raise awareness and support Down syndrome and to maintain a great support network for families and people with Down syndrome. Christina resides in Boston.

Alexandra Moore is running for Team MDSC for the first time. She is running in honor of her friend’s son named Will Forness who has Down syndrome. “Being the parent of a child with any disability can be isolating and I would like to show consistent support for Will’s family and also teach my children about charity, competitive spirit and supporting people-all-people in their community.  The MDSC has been a tremendous resource for Will’s family and I’m honored to help contribute a small piece to this through fundraising.” Alexandra lives in Needham. 

Scott Paradis is running the Falmouth Road Race for the 2nd time. He is running in honor of his cousin Daniel Gill who is 18 years old. “I am running for Daniel who is loved very much by our family. The MDSC assists people with Down syndrome to reach their full potential in life. Dan has already accomplished so much including being on the wrestling team, chorus and drama clubs at Wakefield High school. This year, he graduated from high school and his future could not be brighter!” Scott lives in Woburn.

Chris Petkewich is running for team MDSC for the second year in a row for his older brother Brian, who happens to have Down syndrome. Brian has made a tremendous impact on Chris' life. Brian often comes to Chris’ sporting events and cheers him on. Now Chris wants to run in the race to give thanks for being an amazing brother and an even better best friend. Chris volunteers for the Buddy Walk by the Sea every year. He lives in Leominster.

Michael Pettinella is running for Team MDSC for the 5th year in a row. He is running in honor of his sister-in-law, Ashley Berardi. He wants to support people with Down syndrome and raise funds to better their lives. Michael resides in Grafton.

Nick Pettinella is running the Falmouth Road race for the 20th year but for the first time for Team MDSC. He is running in honor of his son’s sister-in-law, Ashley Berardi. He wants to support people with Down syndrome and to financially support the mission of the MDSC. Nick resides in Milford.

Mary-Kathryn Quinn has participated in the Falmouth Road Race three other years. She is running in honor of her niece Paige Lafferty who has Down syndrome. Mary-Kathryn’s family participates in Boston Bruins Alumni Hockey event and other Buddy Walks.  The MDSC is her top charity. Mary-Kathryn lives in Stow.

Ned Reichenbach is a new MDSC Team runner for the Falmouth Road Race. Ned is an accomplished self-advocate with Down syndrome and serves as the MDSC Allen C. Crocker Intern focusing on public speaking and legislative advocacy. He enjoys giving speeches and loved traveling to the Buddy Walk on Washington this spring to educate lawmakers about the potential of all people with Down syndrome. Ned lives in West Newton with 8 housemates.

Danny Roads is a dedicated runner for Team MDSC and will be running for the 7th year in a row in honor of his son, Thomas. Thomas can not walk or talk so this is a way that they can do something together. Thomas enjoys the crowd while Danny runs and pushes him. Danny is an active member and lives in Marblehead.

Kyle Ross is a 2nd year runner to the MDSC team and he is running in honor of his 2 1/2 year old son Bennet who has Down syndrome. Kyle is also running for MDSC to help raise money and awareness of how important inclusion is for our kids in society today. Kyle is an advocate and lives in Dartmouth.

Chrystal Som is running for the MDSC Team for the Falmouth Road Race for the second time. She is running for her close friend’s daughter named Stella who has Down syndrome. “I love running and the Falmouth Road Race is the best race I’ve ever run. But more than that, it is important for me to run for a purpose. I chose to support the MDSC to honor my friend Sandra and her daughter Stella. Sandra is one of the strongest, most positive woman I have ever met. Her daughter Stella was born with Down syndrome as well as a many health problems. Over the past 4 years Sandra has been nothing but strong, amazing, humble and grateful. She has a lot of support from organizations such as the MDSC. I run with her spirit in mind to raise awareness and to support this wonderful organization which I know helps so many people to live full, happy lives just like Stella and Sandra.” Chrystal lives in Stoneham.

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