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May 6, 2014

In Our Opinion: Cheers

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The Daily Star

---- — To Lisa Russell, who ran the Boston Marathon as a representative of the Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Unit of the Massachusetts General Hospital.

The finish line was about nine blocks away from the hospital where she received a life-saving liver transplant 23 years ago.

Russell, 32, finished the 26.2-mile race in four hours, 22 minutes and 56 seconds, and was joined by the hospital’s head oncologist, Dr. Howard Weinstein, who cared for her as a girl when she was living in Walton. She raised more than $9,000 for the Pediatric Oncology Unit where she had been treated, she said.

This was her first time running a marathon, she said. The last five miles of the race were a challenge, but the supportive crowd, and her goal, kept her going.

“When the race got tough, I was remembering my own medical history, what I’ve been through, why I’m on the team, how I got here and all the children that are still fighting their battles with cancer,” she said. “The fact that I would see my family and friends at mile 20 kept me going, too.”

As much as she drew inspiration from the crowd and her experiences, her experiences and determination inspire us.

  

To Oneonta Boys and Girls Club Program Director Gary Dilello on receiving the group’s first Living Legacy award.

Club Associate Director Jennifer O’Donnell said the award was created especially for Dilello, who has worked at the facility for more than 30 years.

About 200 people attended the awards ceremony on April 28, and many former members spoke of how much Dilello impacted their lives.

On a video shown at the ceremony, O’Donnell said a lot of people say they want to make a difference in people’s lives, but “you’ve done that,” as evinced by the number who have traveled to attend.

We thank Dilello for all he has done, and we congratulate him on his award.

  

To the State University College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill Woodsmen Team.

Linda Serdy, one of the team’s advisers, said the close-knit Woodsmen Team reminds her of the kids from the ‘90s film “The Sandlot.” The 12 women and 16 men that make up the team come from an array of backgrounds and majors and get together five to six times a week to practice for competitions. The school’s Woman’s 1 team won first place at a competition at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse. 

Unlike other athletic teams, the Woodsmen Team is a club and raises the majority of its own money for equipment and travel expenses. The club members are dedicated, yet still maintain strong grade-point averages, Serdy said. 

The team members show incredible dedication to something many traditional sports fan may scoff at. We applaud the members for their hard work, dedication and skill.