Meet Our Run Disney Team: Run4Will

Maggie Novello

Maggie and Anne grew up in the same rural neighborhood in New York State. Anne would “sneak” through the neighbor’s yards to play with Maggie, they would spend entire summer days in Maggie’s pool, Anne would often help Maggie clean her room, and they would often ask to eat at each other’s houses depending what was on the menu.

Hometown: Middletown, NY

Three words to describe you: on the go

What is one random fact about you? I HATE snakes. When I see one, I feel like my heart is going to jump out of my chest and I am actually going to die.

What does running for PPMD mean to you? It means kicking all of my pains and excuses to the curb. It will never come close to the pain that boys with Duchenne and families living with Duchenne go through on a daily basis.

What is your race strategy? My race strategy will be to take each mile in stride and do a lot of talking/catching up with my childhood friends.

If you were reincarnated as an ice cream flavor, what would it be? If I was reincarnated as an ice cream flavor it would have to be Chunky Monkey. (or Whirled Peace)


Kristina Solan Berryman 

Kristina, Maggie, and Anne went to grade school together.  They played together during many a recess, attended each other’s awesome birthday parties and sleepovers and survived the pre-teen years together without unfriending each other.  They have a lot of catching up to do during the 10K 😉

Hometown: Burlingham, NY

Three words to describe you: non-stop mama, loyal!

What is one random fact about you? I played women’s rugby at SUNY Oswego, starting scrum half. 🙂 I’m not big but I was fast! The Black Widows.

What does running for PPMD mean to you? Well at first and at the very forefront of reasons, it was to support my dear child-hood friend and her family whose strength is inspiring. But after some reflection and reading more about the disease and how it can effect any boy, I realize as the mother of 3 young boys and an aunt to 6 nephews, I could hear that diagnosis myself someday.

What is your race strategy? Be one with the tortoise. Slow/brisk and steady mi amigas, slow/brisk and steady. 🙂

If you were reincarnated as an ice cream flavor, what would it be? Though it is not my favorite flavor, I would pick that bluish/rainbow sherberty one. Isn’t it called Superman or something? Always makes me think of childhood and special ice cream trips to Dick Zogby’s.


rfosthumbsup

Anne Hancock

William’s mom.  Anne was born and raised in Orange County, New York by teacher parents with her older brother, Kevin. She ran winter track in high school for one week and then her running career ended abruptly due to cold temperatures.  She is hoping to experience a running Renaissance one of these days because the benefits are tremendous on many levels.

Hometown: Middletown, NY

Three words to describe you:  empathetic, conscientious (but not that organized), jovial

What is one random fact about you?  I am a drill sergeant about making beds the “right” way.  I may have missed a calling.

What does running for PPMD mean to you?  In a sense it’s one of the few ways I feel I can give back to a community that has done so much to improve the standard of care for not just my son but all children and young adults living with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.  It has also provided me with a good excuse to start taking better care of myself as well as a way to reconnect with some amazing people I grew up with.

What is your race strategy?  1st, finish and 2nd, finish without hurting myself.  

If you were reincarnated as an ice cream flavor, what would it be?
Chocolate chip cookie dough !!!!!


Bill Ozaslan 

Bill runs with the Melrose Running Club, is a Marathon Maniac, and at last check has raced almost 500 miles in 2013. He’ll be tackling the Dopey Challenge consisting of the 5K, 10K, Half & Full Marathon.

Hometown: I live in Melrose, and consider Boston my hometown.

Three words to describe you: Shy, Bookworm, and (somewhat) Random.

What is one random fact about you? So there are so many random things about me, like mountain bicycling, and three cats, Jackson, Sapphire and Maya.

What does running for PPMD mean to you? I don’t have children of my own, other than the three furkids mentioned above. So, to support a worthy cause like PPMD is an honor and privilege. So many revolutionary things happened in the science and medicine of the last century. Eradicating polio or malaria started with small efforts, and grew into a scientific enterprise. There is hope, and it is out there. We just need to find enough support to make that hope possible.

What is your race strategy? My race strategy is to go at your own pace, and aim for negative split, while treating fellow runners with appropriate runners etiquette.

If you were reincarnated as an ice cream flavor, what would it be? I like pistachio, mint, butterscotch mix with hot fudge to top it all, perhaps I’m many things to many people.


Chris Hancock

William’s dad. The 2014 WDW Marathon will be Chris’ 6th time running for Run For Our Sons. Previously Chris ran the 2011, 2012, & 2013 Boston Marathons, the 2012 Timberman Half Ironman & the 2013 WDW Half Marathon for PPMD.

Hometown: I’ve lived in 6 states and 2 countries so I’m not sure. Some of you know what I’m talking about.

Three words to describe you: Persistent, Creative, Inquisitive

What is one random fact about you? I love tech and gadgets. So does William. Among many things, we’ve got about 15 Macs. The most ancient are over 20 years old.

What does running for PPMD mean to you? Running for PPMD is a calling. It gives meaning to all the training I do year round. Every bit of awareness and fundraising we do supports a better quality of life and moves us closer to a cure for boys like William.

What is your race strategy? Run smart! I’m racing for time so hope to hold back appropriately for the first 15 miles, run strong and steady for the next five, and then hang on for dear life for the last 6.2.

If you were reincarnated as an ice cream flavor, what would it be? Mint Chocolate Chip!

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