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Westport Residents Raise Money To Find Cure For Crohn's Disease

Fairfield County and Westchster County residents raised $125,000 for Crohn's disease. See story for IDs.
Fairfield County and Westchster County residents raised $125,000 for Crohn's disease. See story for IDs. Photo Credit: Contributed

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- Thirty-five residents of Fairfield County and Westchester County raised more than $125,000 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.”

Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are two debilitating intestinal diseases under the inflammatory bowel disease umbrella.

The Westchester and Fairfield athletes began training in March and will participate in half-marathons on Saturday, July 12, in Jamestown, R.I., and on Sunday, July 20, in Napa, Calif.

The Connecticut 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.

The New York participants 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; and Felicia DiBuono and Josh Reed of Yorktown.

For more information about the group or the fundraiser, contact Maddy Bell at or 914-812-8986.

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