Three Generations of WNY Family to Run at Disney World Marathon for Roswell Park

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Mother, daughter & grandson part of Western New York team departing for Orlando


BUFFALO, NY A family from Western New York is traveling from Buffalo to their third consecutive Walt Disney World Marathon on behalf of Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Team Cure Challenge and in memory of their husband, father and grandfather, who lost his battle with cancer more than a decade ago.

Kathie Barreca of Angola, her daughter Trish Kuest of Eden, and Trish’s 4-year-old son Gunar will participate in the Walt Disney World Marathon’s 5K run in support of Roswell Park’s Team Cure Challenge program. The family runs to honor Kathie’s late husband, Larry Barreca, who lost his battle with cancer in 1990. This is the second annual 5K for young Gunar, who completed last year’s event thanks to a piggyback ride from his mom.

The family will join more than 20 Team Cure Challenge teammates in Orlando for this weekend’s marathon, half-marathon and 5K events. In the three years they have participated in Team Cure Challenge, Kathie and her family have raised nearly $15,000 for Roswell Park.

Team Cure Challenge provides training and support to athletes who raise funds in support of cancer research and patient care at Roswell Park. Athletes take part in a number of events throughout the year locally and across the country.  Learn more about Team Cure Challenge events by visiting or calling 716-845-3179.

Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, founded in 1898, is the nation’s first cancer research, treatment and education center. The Institute was one of the first cancer centers in the country to be named a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center and remains the only facility with this designation in Upstate New York. Roswell Park is a member of the prestigious National Comprehensive Cancer Network, an alliance of the nation’s leading cancer centers; maintains affiliate sites; and is a partner in national and international collaborative programs. For more information, visit Roswell Park’s website , call 1-800-ROSWELL (1-800-767-9355) or e-mail                    


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Annie Deck-Miller, Senior Media Relations Manager