Dani Maniscalco

New York City Marathon 2018

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I am running my first marathon in New York City on November 4 in honor of my soon-to-be born nephew, Liam Vito Milnes, and to raise money for the Spina Bifida Association.  Liam will be born in October and was diagnosed with Spina Bifida.  My twin sister and her husband, Liam’s parents, can’t wait to welcome him into this world and are so grateful to have the support of the incredible and dedicated doctors, nurses, and staff at Boston Children’s Hospital, its Spina Bifida Center, and those who they have already met in the Spina Bifida community.

I know that my nephew’s journey has only just begun and that many families manage and overcome the unique obstacles that Spina Bifida poses every day for their children and family members.  As we welcome Liam into this world and seek support from medical professionals, friends, and family, I run this marathon with gratitude and acknowledgement of children born with Spina Bifida who have blazed a path forward for others, like my nephew, and offer a source of inspiration and strength for all children with Spina Bifida aspiring to a healthy and successful life.  My run seeks to honor their courage and inspire some for my own family, especially for my best friend and Liam's mom, my twin sister Desiree.

Thank you for visiting my page!  My family thanks you for your support!!!  #TeamLiam2018

Spina Bifida Association:  http://spinabifidaassociation.org/ 

More about Spina Bifida and myelomeningocele:  https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/spina-bifida/symptoms-causes/syc-20377860

TCS New York City Marathon (November 4, 2018):  https://tcsnycmarathon.org/ 

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