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April 1, 2004 • Volume 12 Number 14

LSOE Grad Student Dedicates Marathon Run to Battle Spina Bifida

Don't tell Lynch School of Education graduate student Janelle Tribble '02 that marathon running isn't a team sport.

When she laces up her running shoes for the Boston Marathon, Tribble will be doing so with 5-year-old Marianne Mahoney of Newton and the Massachusetts Spina Bifida Association in mind.

Marianne was born with spina bifida, the permanently disabling affliction which results from the failure of the spine to close properly during the first month of pregnancy. Tribble befriended Marianne and her family while working as a babysitter during her undergraduate years at BC.

This is the third year that "Team Marianne and Janelle" will be raising money for the association. In the 2002 and 2003 marathons they raised a combined total of $15,000, according to Tribble, who is studying special needs assistance at the Lynch School.

A portion of this year's proceeds will go toward making the playground at Newton's Mason-Rice Elementary School handicapped accessible so that Marianne can join her friends at recess.

For more information on the Massachusetts Spina Bifida Association or "Team Marianne and Janelle," see www.teammsba.kintera.org.

-Stephen Gawlik

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