Meet the 2014 TCS NYC Marathon Team

Celiac Disease Foundation is lucky to have 6 runners supporting Team Gluten-Free. These runners have each committed to raising $3500 as they make their way to the world’s biggest and most popular marathon, the TCS New York City Marathon. The money raised by Team Gluten-Free participants funds Celiac Disease Foundation’s education, advocacy and research programs. The 2014 TCS NYC Marathon will take place on November 2nd, please meet our runners below and help them reach their fundraising goal. On Your Mark, Get Set, GO!

Meet Our Runners

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Scott Bennett

My name is Scott Bennett, I was born and raised in Manhattan and remember watching the NYC Marathon each year from our first avenue terrace when I was growing up.  I never dreamed I would someday be running the New York City Marathon and I’m proud to be running as a member of Team Gluten-Free. I’m the owner of Golden Platter Foods and we make Gluten Free Breaded Chicken Products.

To donate to Scott, click HERE






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Toni Holland

I struggled with ten years of unpredictable and confusing symptoms. After a proper celiac diagnosis, I credit running with saving my life. I want to raise money for Celiac Disease Foundation to help raise awareness for the disease and support celiac research. I will run the marathon with my sister, Saundra, straight to the finish line to one day help “finish” celiac.

To donate to Toni, click HERE



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Charles Lavin

My name is Charles Lavin – or “Smitty” to anyone that knows me.  I am a 33-year-old program specialist at the New Jersey State Fire Marshal’s Office.  Originally from Woodbridge, NJ, I now reside in Toms River with my wife Dayna and two children – Teddy (3) and Juniper (10 months).  I will be running for my son, who was diagnosed with Celiac Disease on June 5, 2014.  I was then diagnosed myself exactly three weeks later.  I am extremely excited and proud to be running my first New York City Marathon as a member of Team Gluten-Free.

To donate to Charles, click HERE



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Jessica Madden

I am a mother of 4 and was diagnosed with celiac disease in 2010. My mother also has celiac disease, and my youngest, Claire (age 2), is gluten sensitive. I have worked as a celiac disease advocate and blogger since 2012 through my web page called “The Patient Celiac.”  I am honored to be able to run on Team Gluten-Free this year.

To donate to Jessica, click HERE




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Saundra Murray

My sister, Toni Holland, was diagnosed with Celiac disease two years ago. I am running for Team Gluten Free to support my sister. I adore my younger sister, and look forward to raising money to further celiac research. Education is also important to me because I work as a middle school media specialist. Toni recently qualified for the Boston Marathon and will run with me to the finish line. This is a once in a lifetime chance to run a marathon . . . . it’s on my bucket list!

To donate to Saundra, click HERE



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Nancy Pasciuto

I am a Long Island, New York native, currently residing in New Jersey and it’s been my dream to run in the NYC Marathon. I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease in 2013, after many years of suffering and misdiagnosis.  Thanks to the support of my husband, family, friends, and organization like CDF, I was able to overcome the challenges of living gluten-free and found a way to live a happy gluten-free runner lifestyle.  I started running in 2010 and have enjoyed how running allows me to be in my own world and enjoy the scenery stress-free.  This is my first Marathon and I look forward to seeing you at the finish line!

To donate to Nancy, click HERE

Want to donate to the whole team?  Click HERE

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