Running for a worthy cause

Rochard Brodsky Foundation 5K raises $2,300


The sixth annual Richard Brodsky Foundation 5K Aids Cancer Run Walk in North Woodmere County Park was nothing short of a solid turnout for a very worthy cause.

The June 9 event included 175 runners and walkers. Brodsky, an Atlantic Beach resident, is a brain cancer survivor and is HIV-positive.

Approximately $2,300 was raised and will be donated equally to the Five Towns AIDS Services in Inwood, Hewlett House, Cohen Children’s Medical Center of NY, Center of AIDS Research and Treatment at North Shore University Hospital and Ronald McDonald House, according to Brodsky.

Businesses from the Five Towns and various South Shore communities donated more than 100 trophies. Trophy winners included the top three finishers: Kenyan born Mwanghi Gitahi of Manhattan, Travis Wooten of Riverhead and Juan Nieves of Manhattan.

Jeffrey Liu of Lawrence and Jodi Brodsky of Atlantic Beach were the first two Five Towns finishers. Terry Bisogno, considered the voice of Long Island, was the race announcer and announced the winners during post-race festivities.

Due to this year’s success, the Richard Brodsky Foundation is anticipating sponsoring the event in North Woodmere Park again next year. Donations can still be made online at