Traci Gossin

IN HER WORDS...

Why Abraham House? Watching family members come to the end of life in nursing home or hospital settings can be tough to watch. Knowing there is an alternative, for the entire family is what makes Abraham House special. And taking the burden off the family members as far as, how are we going to pay for this, allows the family to focus on their loved one, as it should be.

How many years have you run the Boilermaker?
Never

What is your current occupation?
I am a Social Security Specialist in the private sector.

Married? Children? Trying out for the Bachelor or Bachelorette?
I have been married for 22 years, and I have 2 girls 19 and 15

Hobbies and Interest?
Besides running, I would say Disney World, hanging out at the beach and baking.

How do you spend your free time?
I am currently training for a marathon so all my free time is running or recovering from a run.  I binge watch The Great British Bake Off in hopes of making it to the tent someday.

What are 3 things about you that people might be surprised to learn?
Coming from an Italian family, the fact that I hate tomatoes shocks pretty much everyone.  Intensity should be my middle name. I am terrified of bank lobbies.

Who is your role model, and why?
Queen Elizabeth II, she was thrown into a job at a young age, and the job was an all boys club at the time. She has run the monarchy with such quiet feminism. Sometimes being the loudest isn't always the best course of action.

What would you want to be remembered for one day?
That I made you laugh, humor is so important to me, if I can't laugh, I wont do it.

How long have you been running?
On and off since high school, but seriously for a year.

What city do you live in?
I live in Wesley Chapel FL, a suburb of Tampa.

Where did you grow up/graduated?
I grew up and graduated from New Hartford schools.

What is your favorite sport, team, music, etc.?
I am all about the Jimmy Buffett lifestyle.  I love the Yankees, I hate the Sox.

Anything else you can add?
I am terrified of this course, I live on a pancake and hill training is HARD to come by in Florida. I am seriously more nervous about this 15k than I am my upcoming marathon.  But running this race has been a bucket list item for too long, time to cross it off.

Annaliese Durant

IN HER WORDS...

The Abraham House was introduced into my family’s lives at a time that was not easy. My Nana was diagnosed with cancer and almost immediately needed to make new housing arrangements. Luckily, there happened to be a spot at The Abraham House (Utica) which allowed her to continue to live, have our family visit, and always feel at home. She loves every volunteer and truly has had the best end of like care that she could!

How many years have you run the Boilermaker?
This will be my first Boilermaker 5K!

What is your current occupation?
I am a work from home mom in the fitness and nutrition industry.

Married? Children? Trying out for the Bachelor or Bachelorette?
I am married, have an 11 year old, 1.5 year old and new baby on the way! We also have 3 pit bull babies that are a huge pet of our family.

Hobbies and interests?
I love anything fitness, animal or volunteering related! Helping people is a huge passion of mine and I love to do that in any way I can.

How do you spend your free time?
Almost all of my time is spent with my family or working out! I love to better myself and help provide a lifestyle that makes my family proud.

What are 3 things about you that people might be surprised to learn?
People might be surprised to learn that I’m a vegetarian. I want to pursue working towards a Tae Kwon Do belt and I love traveling and going on new adventures whenever I can!

Who is your role model, and why?
My role model would be Stephanie Reinart who fully dedicates her life to activism and works through her actions to make change instead of just spreading awareness. I fully believe both are necessary to really make an impact!

What would you want to be remembered for one day?
I would like to be remembered for being a positive person who devoted their life to helping others while still balancing their own inner peace and happiness.

How long have you been running?
I have always taught fitness classes however in the past two years I have realized how beneficial running is to my body and mind.

What city do you live in?
I am born, raised and continue to reside in Sylvan Beach, NY.

Where did you grow up/graduated?
I graduated from Oneida High School and attended Ithaca College.

What is your favorite sport, team, music, etc.?
I love Jack Johnson and because of my husband we are big into watching the NBA. Of course Baby Shark is on our daily playlist too!

Anything else you can add?
I am so grateful to have the opportunity to run for this amazing cause with others along side of me working with common goals. Without people that donate or work towards spreading awareness, people wouldn’t be able to find things like the Abraham House and it really has proven to be somewhere that is much needed for so many families during some of the hardest times.

Marcus Zwierecki

IN HIS WORDS...

Abraham house is a diamond in the rough. Helping our terminally Ill have a comfortable Environment during their last days.

How many years have you run the Boilermaker?
3rd year 15k

What is your current occupation?
Residential counselor @Catholic charities

Married? Children? Trying out for the Bachelor or Bachelorette?
Divorced, 3 children Autumn 19, Laila who would have been 9 in October and Halia 7

Hobbies and interests?
Building computers and long-term investing

How do you spend your free time?
I spend my free time working.

What are 3 things about you that people might be surprised to learn?
I co-wrote and published Ghost Hunting in the Mohawk Valley and a former paranormal researcher, I enjoy spending time alone, I only run for apparel.

Who is your role model, and why?
My role model would have been my mom, she was the only one who never judged me.

What would you want to be remembered for one day?
I do not want to leave a legacy

How long have you been running?
1989

What city do you live in?
Oriskany

Where did you grow up/graduated?
I was born and raised in the City of Utica

What is your favorite sport, team, music, etc.?
Utica Comets, Syracuse Orange, Kentucky Wildcats and the Buffalo Bills. Music and anything that is soothing to my ears, no genre preference.

Stacy Wilson

IN HER WORDS...

My mother passed away 4 years ago. I was her caretaker and Hospice guided me through not knowing what to do. Beyond grateful Abraham House had a bed available for my mother. While in the hospital, my Mom always asked to go home. Abraham House did exactly that for her. Made her feel welcome and right at home. Unsettling knowing your loved one is going to pass away. Abraham House workers and volunteers helped us through as much as they could. Thank you all again!

How many years have you run the Boilermaker?
2

What is your current occupation?
Retail

Married? Children? Trying out for the Bachelor or Bachelorette?
Married for 2 years and 2 boys, 15 & 12

Hobbies and interests?
Shopping, reading, being with friends & family, watching movies and warm weather

How do you spend your free time?
Shopping, hanging with friends & family, going for walks when warm outside and read

How long have you been running?
On and off for 5 years

What city do you live in?
Chadwicks

Where did you grow up/graduated?
Chadwichs/Sauquoit

Melissa Swald Camman

IN HER WORDS...

I am running to benefit Abraham House because I love their mission inside and out and was so happy they agreed to designate my donations specifically to any patients that have cancer. My family has recently been dealing with a difficult cancer diagnosis so this meant the world to me.

How many years have you run the Boilermaker?
16

What is your current occupation?
Admin Assistant, Munson Williams Proctor Art Institute

Married? Children? Trying out for the Bachelor or Bachelorette?
None of the above 🙂

Hobbies and interests?
Running and working on my little house in South Utica

How do you spend your free time?
Lots of house projects hanging out with my bloodhound, Penny

What are 3 things about you that people might be surprised to learn?
I am the oldest of 3 girls, I have an Art degree and have been a teacher, an executive director and a fundraising professional during my career.

Who is your role model, and why?
Both my grandmothers - One was a waitress at the Uptown Grill until she was 83 and the other worked at the Florentine Pastry Shop in East Utica (she just passed away this past summer, at the age of almost 101) as long as I can remember. Neither were afraid of hard work and were so proud of all their families. Safe to say I come from great stock!

What would you want to be remembered for one day?
Being tenacious (and a little bit stubborn!)

How long have you been running?
17 years

What city do you live in?
Utica, NY

Where did you grow up/graduated?
Whitesboro, NY

What is your favorite sport, team, music, etc.?
I love to watch professional football on Sundays in the fall or catch a Utica College Field hockey game when I can. My music tastes are wide and diverse - my Boilermaker race music mix always requires some care and planning but all time favorites include Eric Clapton, Gregg Alllman and more recently David Bowie.

Sheila Vellone

IN HER WORDS...

The Abraham House has been an important part of my life. I have been inspired by so many of our guests and their families and the love they shared. I am fortunate for the wonderful friendships made through the years.

How many years have you run the Boilermaker?
5

What is your current occupation?
I am an RN, graduated St. Elizabeth's

How do you spend your free time?
My hobbies are being with my family, walking with my dog, Norie. I like nature, music, yoga, reading, drawing, road trips, the Adirondacks and the Finger Lakes. I have a large collection of cookbooks. I like beer.

Who is your role model, and why?
Role model, All the strong women in my life (family and friends) whose strength, compassion, creativity and resilience inspire me.

Emma Vanderwerken

IN HER WORDS...

My love for the Abraham House started when I was interning for college credit. Through this internship I was able to support families and provide hands-on care for our guests. The end of life is a difficult time for many, and through this internship I found the ability to make an exasperating time for our families just a little easier. The Abraham House has high expectations for their caregivers, and it was an honor to be a part of this team. I also learned about the many different life-enriching activities we provide for our guests, ranging from bringing musicians in the house to creating comfort packages for their family members. My favorite thing about the Abraham House is that they charge NOTHING to the guests and their families for their services. I knew that the end of this internship experience wouldn’t be end of my time at the Abraham House; I had found my passion. I originally started volunteering in a buddy capacity, and gradually worked my way up to serving as a volunteer caregiver. There is no charity more deserving than the Abraham House, and I am proud to represent them at this year’s Boilermaker.

How many years have you run the Boilermaker?
This will be my first year running the Boilermaker!

What is your current occupation?
I work with individuals that have developmental disabilities as a Community Habilitation Aide. I am also a college student.

How do you spend your free time?
I am President of the SUNY Poly Student Government at Utica, so a lot of my free time is spent working with our students. When I am on break, I spend most of my time with friends and family, traveling, and reading.

3 things about you people might be surprised to learn?
It is my goal to obtain my PhD and eventually teach. I am also a volunteer at the Crisis Text Line. My favorite TV show is The Office.

What would you want to be remembered for one day?
I want to be remembered as a person who supported others and made a positive impact on the people around me.

Where you grew up/graduated?
I grew up in Frankfort, NY and graduated from Frankfort-Schuyler Central School. I am also a Herkimer College alumni.

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