Cococcia well ahead of kids cancer target after six runs

Danielle Cococcia is well on her way to reaching her target of $12,000 for the year to raise money for kids cancer research after completing her sixth run last week.  

Cococcia and her husband James Bebarfald began campaigning last year to raise attention to kids cancer funding because it is relatively poorly supported compared to adult cancer research.  

They formed Team Cayman, a virtual team that joined thousands of others to run and walk to raise money for kids cancer research in the name of Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation.  

The foundation emerged from the front yard lemonade stand of cancer patient Alex Scott 14 years ago when the little girl was only 4 years old. 

She held a lemonade stand to raise money to help find a cure for all children with cancer, including herself, but died four years later. 

Cococcia ran the Flashy Nation 5k at the Holiday Inn and although she did not wear a superhero costume like many, she deserves star billing for her fundraising efforts. The mother of two was on Cayman 27 last week to promote her campaign.  

“It’s going great. The runs are wonderful as well as the fundraising,” she said. “I am halfway through the year and ahead of target so I couldn’t be happier.” 

Cococcia has completed six runs so far with six more to go and has raised $8,000.  

The American’s next event is a run in her hometown, near Danbury in Connecticut, another 5K, on Aug. 21.  

Her next Cayman run is the Terry Fox 5k in Camana Bay on Sept. 15. 

She loves the support from the Cayman public. “It’s great, from donations to events to publicity to general cheering on, the local support has been amazing and I am so grateful. The generosity of people and companies has been overwhelming and my appreciation is endless.” 

Anyone wanting to donate to Cococcia’s efforts should go to  


Danielle Cococcia had a blast on her last run, the Flashy Nation 5k. – PHOTO: RON SHILLINGFORD

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