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Marianne Volpe 5K and Pumpkin Fun Run is Both Live and Virtual This Year

By Randy Vogt, Director of Public Relations, Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association

September 21, 2021-Blood cancer support is important to the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) because of the life of Marianne Volpe. The Baldwin resident was 56 years old a decade ago when she died of Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL), an aggressive form of blood cancer, leaving behind her husband Jim, daughters Chelsea and Shaun, three brothers, five sisters and countless friends. There are many stories of extraordinary people like Marianne whose lives are cut tragically short by this horrible disease. 
Marianne Volpe
Jim is a Long Island Junior Soccer League (LIJSL) Hall of Famer and current Chairperson of the Eastern New York Olympic Development Program (ODP) for nearly the past decade. Both Chelsea and Shaun grew up playing in the LIJSL, then played for Manhattan College and are still involved in the game today as adults. The family started the Marianne Volpe 5K and Pumpkin Fun Run the day before Hurricane Sandy hit the New York metro area in 2012 and both the soccer and running communities have been helping out ever since.
Nine years later, $235,000 has been raised in total for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) and Northwell Health’s LIJ Monter Cancer Center in New Hyde Park through the run with plans to top a quarter of a million dollars this fall.

The first eight events were run at Baldwin Harbor Park and last year’s was virtual because of the pandemic. For the 10th Annual event, it will be held both at Baldwin Harbor Park plus virtually for those who are leery of running with people around.

On Saturday, October 30, the kids run, dubbed the Pumpkin Fun Run, is at 9:00 am with the Marianne Volpe 5K starting at 9:30 am. Those who would like to run solo outside the event can register as well.
You may click here to register for the run. 

Shaun, Jim and Chelsea Volpe

You can also send a donation check made payable to The Leukemia & Lymphoma’s Society to:

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society – LI Chapter
3 Huntington Quadrangle, Suite 202 South
Melville, NY 11747
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is the world’s largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding research towards cures for blood cancers. Since its inception in 1949, the Society has provided more than $1.2 billion to research specifically targeting blood cancers and its mission is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma.
For more information about the Marianne Volpe 5K and Pumpkin Fun Run, please contact Jim Volpe at 516-805-3765.
With approximately 100,000 youth soccer players––both boys and girls––and more than 25,000 volunteers, the non-profit Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) stretches from Montauk Point, Long Island to the Canadian border. Members are affiliated with nine leagues throughout the association, which covers the entire state of New York east of Route 81. ENYYSA exists to promote and enhance the game of soccer for children and teenagers between the ages of 5 and 19 years old, and to encourage the healthy development of youth players, coaches, referees and administrators. All levels of soccer are offered––from intramural, travel team and premier players as well as Children With Special Needs. No child who wants to play soccer is turned away. ENYYSA is a proud member of the United States Soccer Federation and United States Youth Soccer Association. For more information, please log on to