Our Savior Lutheran School teacher runs NYC Marathon Trisha DePasquale is all smiles running through the five boroughs of New York City during 50th annual New York City Marathon. (Team Boomer/Courtesy) By EMMETT HALLSUN 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.”Visit esiason.org.