August 21st marked the 7th year anniversary of the annual John Comito Memorial Walk. Many gathered to not only honor John’s life but also to honor those who lost their life to brain tumors. The American Brain Tumor Association raises funds for resources for brain tumor patients and caregivers, while funding research in the pursuit of breakthroughs in brain tumor diagnosis, treatment and care. John lost his nearly two year long battle with brain cancer on September 18th, 2008 at the age of 49. Every year, his wife, Andrea Comito, and her children, Victoria, Jaclyn, Liana, and Nick, set up the walk to honor John. The walk was originally held to celebrate John’s 50th birthday. However, the event quickly evolved into a fundraiser with all proceeds raised being donated to the American Brain Tumor Association to help fund research to fight brain tumors and diseases.
Each year the walk is held at Brady Park in Massapequa Park, where John had spent a lot of time over the years with his family. Walkers arrived at 9 a.m. and enjoyed breakfast and coffee while they shared their memories of John. At 10:30 a.m., the walk began and raffle drawings followed with prizes consisting of: Yankee Tickets, Mets Tickets, iPad, Xbox, Rangers Tickets, Restaurant gift certificates, wine tasting gift certificate, Concert tickets (Rascal Flatts) and much more.
Memorial t-shirts and bracelets were also available for sale. The John Comito Memorial Walk Facebook page has some more information about the event that took place.
The fundraising goal of $5,000 was exceeded by $1,000 as donations reached $6,000 to the American Brain Tumor Association in John’s honor during the time of the walk. The website created allows those that were unable to attend a way to easily donate and show support for the cause. Last year’s donation amounted to $5,000, an increase from 2014’s donation of $3,000. You can learn more about the American Brain Tumor Association and the progress made during the John Comito Memorial Walk through the fundraising page.