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Posted on: 04/14/2004

Race In Sag Harbor For Tumor Research

By:Erin Carpenter April 14, 2004

The charity known as Minds Over Matter, which was organized to raise money for brain tumor research, will be holding its first annual MOM Sag Harbor 5K run on May 1. The organizers are hoping that many Long Islanders will participate in the race in an effort to boost donations to the cause.

MOM, which has been around for about three years, has raised more than $100,000 dollars, according to foundation president Jaime Kosinski. Jaime and her father, John, were part of the creation process of MOM. Jaime's mother, Gwen, was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 1999 and died two-and-a-half years later at only 48 years of age.

Jaime and John met with a 20-year tumor survivor, Bob Conneely, and his wife, Shelia, prior to the organization's beginning. Together, the four individuals formed MOM in order to raise money for brain tumor research. In November of 2001, runners with MOM participated in the New York City Marathon. MOM raised $28,000 through individual and corporate sponsorships.

The Kosinskis also established the Gwen L. Kosinski Foundation Benefiting Brain Tumor Research a week after Gwen passed away. Almost $50,000 in research grants has been given to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York and Cedars Mt. Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. The funds raised at the Sag Harbor race will go primarily to Cedars Mt. Sinai.

"The race will begin at 9 a.m.," explained Jaime. "It's 3.1 miles and takes runners through the historic district of Sag Harbor - down by the water it's really beautiful. There is a $25 tax-deductible entry fee for adult walkers and runners. We will also be having a kid's race for kids 16 years of age and younger. The entry fee for that is $5." Jaime also noted that anyone who is interested in participating in the race should meet at West Water Street in Sag Harbor prior to the 9 a.m. race start time. "We also have an anonymous donor who has agreed to contribute $10 for everyone who crosses the finish line in under 30 minutes and $200 for every family of four or more who participate." Interested participants can register online at www.active.com. On the day of the race, if people still wish to register online, they should do so between the hours of 7:30 and 8:30 a.m. All checks should be made payable to The Gwen L. Kosinski Foundation, Inc. Jaime also mentioned that she has plans to expand on the purpose of the Foundation. In addition to the money raised through the foundation, she is working to set up a caregiver fund in order to give assistance to families of those suffering from brain cancer. Jaime has also written a book called For the Kids, which is currently in print, in order to help children deal with the cancer of a loved one. All of the money acquired through the sale of the book will go towards the foundation.

Brain tumors are the number-one killer of children under the age of 15, according to Jaime. They are also the number-three killer of adults. There is no cure for a brain tumor.

"Money is the only thing stopping this from moving forward," said Jaime. "We intend to make a difference here so that in the future a diagnosis of a brain tumor does not automatically translate into a terminal illness."




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