Why I'm Running
I went to the final mile last year and it was incredible so it motivated me to do it this year! Also to support an amazing cause
About Team Penelope

Penny was our smiley, talkative baby with contagious joy. After her second birthday, we started to notice heightened clumsiness, delayed milestones, and personality changes. We suspected something was wrong and started searching for answers.

She was diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea with suspected inner ear issues. During her tonsillectomy the surgeon found her ears to be pristine and had no explanation for her off-balance. Penny’s symptoms heightened with sporadic headaches and vomiting. After personal research, and clean ears, we started to suspect a tumor and began pursuing neurology.On June 21, ten days post tonsillectomy, Penny had such alarming symptoms we rushed her to the ER and demanded a CT scan. We discovered Penny did in fact have a very large tumor in her cerebellum and massive fluid buildup surrounding her brain. She was transported to Cleveland Clinic where she received an 18 hour brain surgery and spent a month recovering with rehab. Just 3 weeks later, we left to adopt her little brother in India.

Penny still attends weekly therapy where she works on strength, coordination, and confidence. Although the brain damage caused by the tumor may never reverse, Penny has continued to make miraculous progress. These days she loves all things princesses, but also loves playing superhero with her brothers.Penny Lou will always be our brave girl. Her bravery was inspirational through her surgeries and learning to walk again in therapy. She continues to be brave through appointments and MRIs every 3 months. We continue to sing praises for the way we’ve seen God write our brave Penny Lou’s story.

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Alyssa Catalano
14 days ago
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Butch Risma Family
14 days ago

You're a ROCK STAR!!!

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Danielle and Ron Cooper
17 days ago
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Laurie
1 month ago
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Teresa Schnell
2 months ago

I’m so proud of you Luke! So proud to be your aunt!

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Sara Parcell
2 months ago
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Johnny’s Dad
3 months ago

You are gonna do so great!!

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Brenda and Phil Scinto
3 months ago
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Anonymous
3 months ago

You got this bro! Good luck!

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Shawn & Shannon Castiglione
3 months ago

Because you’re awesome! Shawn is looking forward to running with you on 10/10-10/11!!

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Laurie Ferro
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Baby Asher
3 months ago

Baby Asher giving some love 💞

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Lisa Wisniewski
3 months ago

So kind & inspiring

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Emma
3 months ago

Proud sister!

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Sarah Allis
3 months ago

Such an amazing cause! Go team Penelope!

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Alfonso Family
3 months ago

Thank you for your effort in helping others!

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Amanda Strouse
3 months ago

So proud of you! This is amazing and you are making a huge difference. So much support for this organization and you!!

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The Drays
3 months ago

Go Luke!

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Bernadette
3 months ago

So proud to see the man you have become

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Anonymous
3 months ago

You are a true hero!!

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Fran Templin
3 months ago
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Kirch & Kirch2
3 months ago

We are proud to sponsor you. Luke. You are an amazing young man. You got this! 💜

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Anonymous
3 months ago
$100.00
Mary Del Valle
3 months ago

Thank you for doing this Luke.

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