Grandparents at the NJ Marathon

The New Jersey Marathon is a perfect opportunity to raise awareness of Turner Syndrome.  Not only will you be making a difference, but it’s also the perfect chance to enjoy a sunny (hopefully) day  filled with love and happiness with the Turner Syndrome community. Come and join the cause! Get your heart to pump a little faster by joining any of the races, enjoy our delicious food, treat yourself with some sweets, laugh at the occurrences of the lovely children, talk with other TS parents/caregivers and so much more.  I mean… I wouldn’t think it twice! What are you waiting for?

Don’t believe me? Take Joan & George Devito’s words:

Devito's FamilyWe have been attending the TSF Family Day at the NJ Marathon for the past six years!  In 2011, our daughter, Cindy, read about the event after Googling Turner Syndrome.  She immediately contacted Donna Villavicencio and was thrilled to meet another mom whose daughter had TS.  We knew so little about TS at this point in time.  That year,16 of us attended and we were so thrilled to meet Laura and her family; and, for the first time, be given valid and encouraging information about TS.  We were excited to meet other TS families and to no longer feel so alone and that we were the “only” family going through this.  Since then we have attended every year, although with a smaller group, but we would not miss this very special day! 

Another highlight for us was in 2014 when we walked the half marathon for our granddaughter, Ava, and for all TS girls.  It was an amazing experience, especially seeing our family at the finish line cheering us on!

We are looking forward to participating again this year. If anyone is on the fence about attending, we would strongly encourage you to do so. It is a fun-filled day for the kids and grownups as well and a wonderful opportunity to meet other TS families and form new friendships.  It is also a great venue to raise awareness as so many people are not familiar with Turner Syndrome and it is important to share the knowledge that we have with other families that may be feeling like they are the “only” ones going through this.  Please join us.  We promise you will be glad you did!

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