Fundraiser Feb. 1 for Peabody woman with genetic disease now battling aggressive brain tumor.
Sunday, January 20
[The following press release was submitted by Neurofibromatosis, Inc., Northeast.] In spite of being born with a genetic disease called neurofibromatosis (NF), Peabody resident Erin Dawson finished college and landed her dream job at Endicott College with campus security. Several months ago 25-year-old Erin’s reality was shattered when she was diagnosed with a glioblastoma, an aggressive malignant brain tumor that is more prevalent in people with NF. Neurofibromatosis (NF) is a neurological genetic disorder that causes tumors to grow anywhere along the body’s nerves at any time. NF affects more people than muscular dystrophy and cystic fibrosis combined. Facing mounting medical bills and unable to work, Erin’s many friends and large family…
Former Peabody resident Kareklas is running the Boston Marathon for Team NF in honor of young four-year-old friend who was diagnosed with Neurofibromatosis.
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
[The following was submitted by Sonja Nathan for Neurofibromatosis, Inc., Northeast.] Tia Kareklas and Andrew Joy (AJ) are quite a pair. The Charlestown couple is running the venerable Boston Marathon on Monday, April 16 as Team NF members in honor of their four-year-old friend, Jonathan Malerba, who was diagnosed with neurofibromatosis at the tender age of 18 months. AJ, a service technician for Verizon, has been running for about 20 years. Tia started about five years ago. Close friends of Jonathan’s parents, they decided to step up their efforts this year with the goal of completing their first Boston Marathon. Together they train two days a week on short runs and hills and they reserve Sunday for their long run. The former Peabody …