Spirit of Hope
Meet Madeline Wiebicke
Race for Research: Tri-State 5K Walk/Run
The MMRF is proud to have honored Madeline Wiebicke at the June 12th 2011 MMRF Race for Research: Tri-State 5K Walk/Run in New Canaan, CT.
Madeline Wiebicke, of Bardonia, NY, is a Real Estate professional and mother of three. Her husband, Randy Wiebicke, a former NYC Firefighter, lost his battle with multiple myeloma in March of 2011. Randy likely developed myeloma as a result of his service at Ground Zero after the terrorist attacks on September 11th, 2001 as a 2009 study found an increase in risk of developing multiple myeloma among first responders who spent time at Ground Zero both on and following 9/11.
Madeline attended the June 2011 MMRF Race for Research: Tri-State 5K Walk/Run in Randy’s honor, and she was not alone. Along with firemen from Randy’s Firehouse in New York, she was joined at the event by the local New Canaan and Darien Fire Departments in support of all firefighters combating this deadly blood cancer. After the 5K, an informal picnic was organized by Mike Socci, a New Canaan Firefighter, and Mike Russo, one of Randy’s closest childhood friends. All in all, the entire Wiebicke Family, close family friends, and firefighters from Randy’s Fire Station, New Canaan, CT and Darien, CT were in attendance to remember and celebrate Randy's memory.
At the race, Madeline accepted the MMRF Spirit of Hope Award on behalf of Randy. This award is given at Race for Research 5K events to individuals who inspire hope with their perseverance in overcoming personal obstacles such as a cancer diagnosis.
"Randy could not have been more deserving of the MMRF Spirit of Hope Award,” said Madeline. “He never gave up hope that a cure could be found and he was proud to fundraise for the MMRF in order to help advance the development of next-generation myeloma treatments. I am honored to accept this award on his behalf.”
Madeline and Family with Firefighters
Kathy Giusti and Madeline Wiebicke with the Spirit of Hope Award