On September 20th, 2015, many gathered to support the American Brain Tumor Association (ABTA) in honor of John Comito, in the 6th annual John Comito Memorial Walk. The American Brain Tumor Association raises funds for resources for brain tumor patients and caregivers, while funding research in the pursuit of breakthroughs in brain tumor diagnosis, treatment and care. John lost his nearly two yearlong battle with brain cancer on September 18th, 2008 at the age of 49. Every year, his wife Andrea Comito and her children, Victoria, Jaclyn, Liana, and Nick, set up the walk to honor John. The walk was originally held to celebrate John’s 50th birthday, however the event quickly evolved into a fundraiser with all proceeds raised being donated to the American Brain Tumor Association to help fund research to fight brain tumors and diseases.
The walk was held at Brady Park in Massapequa Park, where John has spent a lot of time over the years with his family. Walkers arrived at 9 a.m. and enjoyed breakfast and coffee while they shared their memories of John. At 10:30 a.m., the walk began and raffle drawings followed. The raffle prizes consisted of tickets to the Broadway show The Lion King, Yankees tickets, Rangers tickets, a GoPro, and a Galaxy Tablet, as well as gift certificates to various local businesses and many other great prizes. Memorial t-shirts and bracelets were also available for sale. The John Comito Memorial Walk Facebook page has some more information about the event that took place.
This year the fundraising goal of $5,000 was achieved. A website was set up prior to the event where people could donate to the cause. Last year there was a donation of $3,000. With the website, along with the money collected the day of the event, they raised $2,600 more than last year. This year there was a total of $5,600 donated to the American Brain Tumor Association in John’s honor. You can learn more about the American Brain Tumor Association and the progress made during the John Comito Memorial Walk through the fundraising page.