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W&H Systems Team Members Run NY Marathon For Charity

Posted November 18, 2014 in Blog, News

Two members of the W&H Systems team recently ran in the New York Marathon. Rudi Lueg, VP Business Development, and David Papillo, Senior Controls Engineer, of W&H Systems both ran the 26.2 miles through the streets of New York City along with more than 50,000 other runners. Rudi came in at 5 hours, beaten by David by 4 minutes, but as this was Rudi’s first marathon, his time was incredible.

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Rudi ran for Fred’s Team, a charity for Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital, the leading cancer hospital in the US. Rudi and his team raised over $5500. The money raised will allow doctors and researchers to advance research and care—and bring renewed hope to those affected by cancer worldwide.

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Says Rudi, “Both of my parents died of cancer. I spent a lot of time with them as they underwent all the treatments and took the medications. I am honored to help raise this money in their memory and know it will be used well, to hopefully someday find a cure.”

W&H Systems matched the funds raised by the team.

“NYC Marathon is the Holy Grail of marathons, especially to someone who grew up in NY.  Once I started doing them, I knew I would have to do NYC at some point. The spectators lining the route were amazing; except for the bridges and a few remote spots – they were a constant source of encouragement,” said David.

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David joins his wife Maureen in training for various marathons with Team in Training, which raises funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. His has run two other marathons: Quebec City in 2012 and Portland, ME in 2013.

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Adds David, “Leading up to this marathon, I thought it would be my last, but after running the marathon in New York City, I’m ready to do it again. Maureen and I are thinking maybe Dublin, Ireland next year!”

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Rudi adds, “I am thankful for the support of my wife and for the people at W&H Systems which allowed me to spend time training for the marathon. I want to also thank all my co-workers at W&H who donated to the cause.”