WILMINGTON, MA — Gina Bolognese, a 22-year resident of Wilmington, is running the Falmouth Road Race for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute for the third consecutive year.
Bolognese is currently a marketing manager at Ninety Nine Restaurant & Pub, which has a team of more than 100 runners, called “Team Lanzoni.”
In 2006, the Ninety Nine lost a valued team member, David Lanzoni, to a courageous battle with cancer. Shortly after he passed, one of the Operations Directors ran the Falmouth Road Race in Lanzoni’s memory. With this effort, he raised $5,000 for the Jimmy Fund and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
From there, Team Lanzoni was born. Team Lanzoni quickly gained enthusiasm at the Ninety Nine, and grew from a one-person team to an organization with dozens of members in two short years. Now, Team Lanzoni is a companywide initiative with over 100 runners. The combined efforts have raised more than $3 million for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
Bolognese’s goal for 2017 is to raise $1,500, with 100 percent of donations going directly to Dana-Farber.
“We all know someone who has been affected by cancer, and if we work together to run, donate, raise awareness–we are that much closer to a cure,” says Bolognese. “As long as cancer is still around, I will not give up this fight to run and raise money for a disease we all know too well.”
Donations can be made directly on Bolognese’s fundraising page.
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