Our Savior Lutheran School teacher runs NYC Marathon
By EMMETT HALL
SUN SENTINEL CORRESPONDENT |
NOV 23, 2021 AT 10:54 AM
Trisha DePasquale had plenty of support to get her over the finish line at the 50th annual New York City Marathon.
The Our Savior Lutheran School kindergarten teacher laced up her running shoes for the 26.2-mile challenge through the five boroughs of New York City to raise donations and awareness for the fight against cystic fibrosis.
DePasquale was one of 70 members of Team Boomer who raised funds to help people battling cystic fibrosis with proceeds going towards scholarships, medical treatments and research for the disease.
NFL star Boomer Esiason started the Team Boomer program as part of the Boomer Esiason Foundation. The fundraising helps people with cystic fibrosis live longer, healthier and more fulfilling lives. DePasquale had an additional family incentive to run the event as Esiason is her husband Bob’s uncle.
Esiason’s son Gunnar was diagnosed at an early age with cystic fibrosis for which there is no cure. After decades of costly research, there have been some major breakthroughs that have extended the lives of some patients by decades.
Trisha DePasquale is all smiles running through the five boroughs of New York City during 50th annual New York City Marathon. (Team Boomer/Courtesy)
Our Savior Lutheran School kindergarten teacher Trisha DePasquale proudly displays her NYC Marathon medal in Central Park as a member of Team Boomer. (Team Boomer/Courtesy)
With the help of a lifesaving drug, Gunnar has managed to beat the odds and survive the disease. Today he and his wife Darcy are happily married and are expecting their first child in December.
The NYC Marathon is the largest marathon in the world and the number of entrants allowed to run the race this year due to COVID-19 was cut back from 50,000 to 35,000. DePasquale, who completed her first marathon in Chicago in 2013, came away from the event impressed.
“Everything was very organized and the crowd energy really lifted up all the runners with their cheering and encouragement,” DePasquale said. “I knew what I was running for. We have witnessed firsthand how far Gunnar has come with a major medical breakthrough, which has been lifesaving. We are so excited and happy to see the progress. This has been a dream come true.”
COVID-19 put a halt on plans to run the NYC Marathon in 2020 for Team Boomer.
“I was determined to continue my training and run this 2021 NYC Marathon,” she said. “I created an 8-mile loop in my Weston neighborhood and trained and did my own personal neighborhood marathon in 2020. However, there is something special with New York and running through the five boroughs. It was electrifying and an incredible moment. So many things carried me through the race: my family, friends and students.”
Our Savior Lutheran Church and School in Plantation opened its doors in 1961 and serves children ranging in age from 18 months to eighth grade. Faculty, staff and students had a strong interest in seeing their kindergarten teacher complete the race.
“It means so much to me that Our Savior Lutheran was helping my family fight the disease,” DePasquale said. “I know I felt their prayers and heard their voices in my head cheering me on. They stepped up in ways I could never dream of. My husband Bob was a rock and was my training mentor. The roar of the crowd carried me through and they have no idea how much they helped me across the finish line.”
DePasquale raised $5,182 for Team Boomer with a big assist from Our Savior Lutheran School and Church who contributed over $1,900. Ideal weather conditions were a big plus for the runners. Coming into Central Park and running toward the finish line was an emotional moment for the Weston resident.
“Looking back, I realize I wanted to do well for such a great cause, which is near and dear to our family because of Gunnar,” DePasquale said. “Gunnar and his wife Darcy made videos for the kids and Boomer put out a video shout out to Our Savior Lutheran Church and School, which was really neat. I can’t wait to run with Team Boomer in the future. I learned so much more about the Boomer Family Foundation and all the work they have done. You see how patients are living longer and healthier lives and that makes me more determined.”
Running for Cystic Fibrosis
Kindergarten teacher, Trisha DePasquale, is running in the New York City Marathon on Sunday, November 7th and the students and staff at OSL are helping her get across that finish line.
The students and staff selected Team Boomer as the recipient for their 1st quarter chapel offerings and have already raised more than $600 at the halfway point. Team Boomer is a program of the Boomer Esiason Foundation (BEF), which contributes to helping people with cystic fibrosis live longer, healthier, and more fulfilling lives.
There are 75 runners that are a part of Team Boomer’s NYC Marathon team this year. Each team member is responsible for fundraising a set amount for their team page. All of the proceeds go towards scholarships and medical treatments for CF patients, and research for the disease.
Trisha says, “It means so much to me that OSL is helping my family fight the disease. I know I’ll be feeling their prayers and hearing their voices in my head cheering me on while I’m running through the five boroughs of New York City in November!”
You will have an opportunity to make a contribution by special door-offering, in addition to your regular church offering, Sunday, October 24th.
Church members can also contribute to Team Boomer’s goal by visiting the following link:
For more information about the Boomer Esiason Foundation please visit: www.esiason.org
2nd Grade Morning Promise
Every morning the 2nd grade class starts with their promise
Second Grade Class Promise
I am wonderfully made and created for a purpose.
The choices I make today will shape my future.
Today I will listen.
Today I will learn.
Today I will do my best and let my light shine bright!
What a wonderful way for Ms. Klein 2nd grade to start the morning.
Listen to class by clicking on play
City Plantation Art Contest Winners 2021
We are delighted to announce four of our students were selected as winners in the City of Plantation Art Search Contest. Please congratulate students Josiah Williams, Olivia Evbuomwan, Madison Jones, Julia Jones, and Art Teacher Mrs. Harter!
We feel incredibly lucky to be in a community where the role of art is seen as essential in shaping society. Each year our school participates in the Art Search presented by the City of Plantation, the Parks & Recreation Department and the Plantation Junior Woman’s Club. Students were asked to create art that would relate to the 2020-21 theme, Art Can Heal the World. The winners will be recognized in March at an outdoor ceremony hosted by the City of Plantation and the Plantation Junior Woman’s Club.
Brooke Harter Essay Winner About Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Brooke Harter, a 7th grade student here at Our Savior Lutheran, submitted her paper to the Martin Luther King Jr. essay writing contest for the City of Plantation. We are proud to announce that Ms. Harter’s essay won that contest and her moving words are included below for all to read:
Dr. King said, “Everyone has the power for greatness, not for fame but greatness, because greatness is determined by service.” It means to me when you help others you have the feeling of greatness. You don’t have fame, which just means that people know you, but you are happy in your heart. For example, greatness is like how you feel when you do something like mowing the lawn for a neighbor if they are in the hospital, of even just giving someone a hug if they are feeling sad. When Dr. King says everyone has the power for greatness, he means that everyone can help someone in some way.
A person doesn’t have to be famous to make a change. Small actions can easily change the way someone feels or impact the direction of their life in a positive way. I think these words meant to Dr. King that when he saw a problem he wanted to fix it. Even though his actions made him “famous,” his intent was to change the conditions of the society. He saw a problem, developed a dream, and took action. Through his series of non-violent protests and speeches he began to change a lot of minds in the U.S. and most parts of the world about racism. We can all help others in our own way, and we don’t need lots of money to help others. When we help others, it helps our personality grow. It also helps us to be closer to our community. And it also gives us a feeling of teamwork and greatness. If we walk in his footsteps, continuing to learn the lessons Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. put before us, maybe we can be the change that the world needs now.
See Sun Sentinel newspaper article about Brooke Harter. Notice Our Savior Lutheran School is not responsible for any content at the third party site.
Kindergarten class collected clothing and bed sheets
The kindergarten class collected clothing and bed sheets in the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving for the children at His House Children’s Home in Miami. This faith-based social services agency provides safe, caring homes to abused, abandoned, and neglected children in south Florida. To learn more about His House, please visit their website: www.hhch.org
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