On October 30, 2008, an incredible force entered this world: a boy by the name of Luca Iacono. As a resident of Middletown, NJ, he attended Harmony Elementary School, where he was a bright, loving, witty child with a passion for family, friends, and sports. A multi-sport athlete, he excelled at football, and he dreamed of becoming a running back for his favorite team, the NY Giants. When Luca was in third grade, he was diagnosed with Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare form of cancer that begins in the soft tissue structures of the body. Even during his cancer treatments, he exuded strength and grace, and would continue to find joy and passion in time with his loved ones and on any sports field.
The world heartbreakingly lost this energetic, passionate boy in November of 2019. To honor his memory, we are planning the first Love for Luca 5K Run/Walk and Kids Fun Run, which will be held on September 18, 2022 at Middletown North High School to celebrate the life of this remarkable boy with an athletic endeavor that he would have loved and excelled at. All of the proceeds from this race will be given to a local non-profit organization, Infinite Love for Kids Fighting Cancer , whose purpose is to assist with fulfilling pediatric cancer treatment research grants while also providing financial emotional and financial aid to children and families who are undergoing cancer treatment. Infinite Love was a tremendous support to the Iacono family, and we are honored to be able to fundraise for their incredible organization. With less than 4% of the federal budget for cancer research being dedicated to childhood cancer, it is important that we chose an organization that is providing the medical community with the funds to help these children live to see their dreams fulfilled.
From Luca’s obituary: “He was wise beyond his years and taught those around him not to waste a single moment, to always smile, be happy, and that life was a gift not to be wasted.” Come join us on 9/18/2022 to celebrate his remarkable spirit and raise much-needed funds for Infinite Love!
The way that we can really drive up donations is through FUN-draising! Once you sign up, you can share a link to family and friends to begin your fundraising campaign. The top three individual fundraisers will receive special prizes on race day!