Maddalena Casabianca-Reade

The brainchild of Maddalena Casabianca-Reade, lap4life was launched 10 years ago to honor her brother, Dr. Angelo Casabianca, who battled a rare desmoid tumor for nine years, succumbing six months after the first run.

Each year, the honorees change at the lap4life run/walk (This year, parents who have lost a child were spotlighted.), but the purpose – to raise money and awareness for Desmoid Tumors and Organ Transplant research – remains steadfast. Lap4life is a lifeline thrown by this hero, whose compassion has touched – and will continue to reach – thousands here in the Hudson Valley.

Category: Sibling Hero