Run, Walk, Bike To Support Cancer Patient


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Yes, it’s couch potato season. But Gia Bujnowski is hoping that she can get Verona moving to support her mother, Pauline Bujnowski, who was recently diagnosed with breast cancer.

Gia, who’s a senior at Mount St. Dominic Academy, has started “60 Miles For Pauline.” She’s asking for people to run, walk or bike 60 miles between now and January 8 in honor of cancer research and her mom. That might sound like a lot, but one round trip on Bloomfield or Linden avenues from Pompton to Fairview is 2 miles and, if you do it every day, you’ll hit Gia’s goal with ease.

As you run, walk, or bike to 60 miles, Gia is asking for just one thing: Tag your milestones to the Instagram support page she’s created, @60milesforpauline.

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If you want to go a step beyond, Gia has also arranged for Academy Apparel, located at the corner of Bloomfield and Fairview, to sell sweatshirts and other apparel to raise money for breast cancer research.

“As my school’s community will be involved,” says Gia, “I also thought it would be important for the town of Verona, where my mom grew up and still lives, to be part of this journey.”

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Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano grew up in Verona. She moved away to write and edit for The Wall Street Journal’s European edition, Institutional Investor, Crain’s New York Business and Since returning to Verona, she has volunteered for school, civic and religious groups, served nine years on the Verona Environmental Commission and is now part of Sustainable Verona. She co-founded MyVeronaNJ in 2009. You can reach Virginia at [email protected]


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