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Southwick Man to Run One Last Marathon for Seriously Ill Children


SOUTHWICK, Mass. (WGGB) — For the last few months, the winding roads along Congamond Lake have become Vinny Caruso’s home away from home.

Vinny is training for the Boston Marathon. He’s been there before, but this year it’s different.

“With everything that transpired last year at the marathon, the itch came back — I wanted to do something for the kids, again,” says Vinny.

Vinny has heart disease. After running several marathons and raising $15,000 for sick children, in 2011 his doctor ordered him to stop running such long races.

But after last year’s bombings, Vinny went back and asked his doctor for clearance to run one last marathon.

“My doctor tells me that I’m strong as an ox, and you know it’s something that I love to do, and I just — I can’t sit on the couch,” says Vinny.

“He’s been so motivated to try to get out when we have snow storms and ice storms, it’s a little challenging but he’s been doing a great job and I know he’ll do well on April 21st — Marathon Monday — and also in his fundraising efforts,” adds his wife Amy.

This year, Vinny is running for the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp. He hopes to raise $7,500 — enough to send three seriously ill children to the week-long camp.

“They’re sick every single day, so it gets to be monotonous,” says Vinny. “They get to experience life — fish, run around.”

Vinny adds, “I was given a second chance in life, so I wanted to give back to children that may not have a second chance.”

If you’re interested in donating to the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, head to crowdrise.com/vincentcaruso.

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