BHOF is An Official Charity Partner of TCS New York City Marathon
BHOF is pleased to be named as an official charity partner of the 2022 TCS New York City Marathon. The BHOF is recruiting a group of inspired, dedicated runners to join its Be Bone Strong team. The team is committed to showcasing the critical importance of bone health throughout the lifespan. These devoted runners will continue to raise awareness and encourage others to prevent osteoporosis and broken bones by taking steps to promote strong bones for life. This is a cause near and dear to their hearts.
In the U.S., more than 2 million broken bones are caused by osteoporosis annually. Studies show that half of all women over the age of 50 (and 1 in 4 men) will break a bone due to osteoporosis in their lifetime. Our Be Bone Strong team will work to raise much-needed funds to help BHOF improve patient care, support those who have broken bones due to osteoporosis and educate the public about this chronic but preventable disease.
Please meet the current team members:
Barbara Hannah Grufferman
As the Be Bone Strong Team Captain, Barbara Hannah Grufferman, 65, a nationally recognized advocate for positive living, award-winning author, and an avid marathoner, will provide guidance and support for the team. To date, Barbara has run 14 marathons, and countless half-marathons, and other smaller races, all since turning 50. She’s passionate about motivating people to move more, and encourages everyone to focus on the health of their bones in order to age better. Barbara also serves as a BHOF Trustee and Bone Health Ambassador.
Christina Cuevas Albert
Christina Cuevas Albert, 54, lives in WA and has been married for 23 years to her loving husband, John. She is a proud mother to three children: Alex (21), John (19), and Josefina (19), who are all attending college. Christina has enjoyed running all her life, but it wasn’t until she became a mother that she began to compete. She has completed several sprint and Olympic distance triathlons and numerous half-marathons. The 2022 TCS New York City Marathon will be her second marathon with the Bone Health & Osteoporosis Foundation ‘Be Bone Strong Team’. Christina is also delighted that her daughter Josefina will be joining the ‘Be Bone Strong’ 2022 team and running her first marathon. Both are excited to fundraise for the Bone Health & Osteoporosis Foundation. They hope that their fundraising will highlight the silent bone health conditions that plague both men and women over 50, while raising awareness and advocacy for healthy lifestyles which include healthy eating, regular exercise, and bone density screenings.
Josefina AlbertJosefina Albert, 19, is a freshman at the University of Washington and the daughter of Christina (who is also running as a member of the ‘Be Bone Strong’ team) and John Albert. She has enjoyed playing basketball and soccer, as well as running cross country and track throughout the past several years of her life and is excited to continue competing as she runs in the 2022 NYC Marathon — her first marathon — as a member of the BHOF ‘Be Bone Strong’ team. In addition to being an athlete, Josefina has also loved being a sports medicine student throughout her four years of high school. There she learned the beneficial role movement and exercise plays in minimizing the risk for bone-related diseases, providing longevity as an athlete, and maintaining overall health. Josefina can’t wait for this fall and is excited to run for a cause that raises awareness for bone health and advocates for lifelong fitness.
Kelli Konop, 55, is a proud New Yorker and married mother of two boys and a dog. She has been running on and off since high school but recently became more serious about it. She started a running streak in November of 2020 and has run every day since starting. Kelli recently completed the Tri-borough Challenge, running the Central Park Half, the Queens Half, and the Brooklyn Half. For her first marathon, she is going to run the 2022 TCS NYC Marathon this November. Earlier this year her son was diagnosed with Chronic Recurrent Multifocal Osteomyelitis and that was when Kelli started educating herself about bone health. When she learned about the ‘Be Bone Strong’ Team, she knew it was the team she wanted to join, and that the Bone Health & Osteoporosis Foundation was the charity she wanted to support for her first marathon.
Chris Marhula, 66, lives in NYC, NY and has been running for over 40 years. She happily completed her first marathon when she was 62 years old in 2018 as part of the Bone Health & Osteoporosis Foundation ‘Be Bone Strong’ NYC Marathon Team. Chris is thrilled to not only be running her second NYC marathon, but to be doing it once again as part of the BHOF ‘Be Bone Strong’ team. Her nephew, Ryan, will be running this marathon, too — a first for him. Chris works as an administrator for a renowned lab at Rockefeller University, a bio-medical research institution, where the lab is relentlessly working on Covid/SARS research. Chris wishes to make a difference in raising awareness of and tackling osteoporosis, which her beloved dad was diagnosed with. Chris can vouch for the benefits of running and improved bone health. During her initial training for the 2018 marathon she experienced some pain in her right hip after running longer distances (which had occurred in the past at times as well). However, as she continued her training, the pain decreased significantly to almost zero. While not a medical opinion she believes that the increased bone fitness and flexibility was a factor in her hip pain improvement. Chris will lovingly be dedicating this marathon experience to both her mom and dad.
Mary NewellMary Newell, 71, started running in January 2006. Her first race was on Labor Day of that year, at the age of 56. Since then, she has run distances from 5k to a 100 miler, but the NYC Marathon is her absolute favorite race. Mary is running with the BHOF ‘Be Bone Strong’ team to raise awareness for the need to have strong, healthy bones especially as we age. She believes if we take care of our bones, we’ll be able to engage in physical activities across our life span.
Lori Ross, 40, a married mother of two boys and NYC public school teacher for 15+ years, has been active all her life, competing in sports such as martial arts and roller derby among others. It was in her early 20s when she became passionate about running. Inspired by other runners in her life, Lori decided to sign up for the Staten Island Half Marathon in 2018 as her first long-distance race and was hooked. From there she has completed 22+ races, including two full marathons (2020 Virtual TCS NYC Marathon and TCS NYC Marathon in 2021). The 2022 NYC Marathon will be her first marathon running with a charity and she is proud to support the Bone Health and Osteoporosis Foundation ‘Be Bone Strong’ team. Because her mom is currently suffering from osteoporosis, breaking her femur last year and not fully recovering, Lori knows how detrimental this disease can be to one’s quality of life and is committed to raising awareness for this disease. Lori lives in Staten Island, NY with her husband and two children.
Cameron Roth, 33, ran his first marathon in Chicago 2021, and has been hooked ever since! He is currently finishing his Orthopaedic Surgery residency at the University of Chicago, and will be returning home to Boston to begin his Hand & Upper Extremity Fellowship at Harvard this summer. His career is committed to bone health, musculoskeletal care and advocating an active and healthy lifestyle. In his free time, he enjoys traveling, cooking (and eating!) and reading. He is proud to be a member of the BHOF “Be Bone Strong” Team and is looking forward to New York!
Rasleen Sahni, 42, has lived in New York her entire life and started running marathons in 2015. To date, she has run nine marathons, including those in NYC, Chicago, Philadelphia, Long Island, and Berlin. In 2022, she is training for the London Marathon and the TCS NYC Marathon. She’s proud to be a member of the BHOF ‘Be Bone Strong’ Team! When not running, Rasleen is a full-time attorney and a full-time mom to her two-year old son. Being a later-in-life mom, she understands the importance of bone health, especially for women. Her grandmother suffered from osteoporosis and a minor fall left her with a cervical fracture from which she never recovered. Raising awareness of the importance of bone health will be a beautiful way to honor her grandmother. And, Rasleen wants to keep her own bones strong so she can be a better mom for her son!
Mary Van der Loo
Mary Van der Loo, 59, has been enjoying traveling the world as a flight attendant for over 35 years and volunteering as a ski patroller for over 13 years. She has been an active runner since her late 40’s, running 5ks and a few half marathons, and completed her first marathon in 2018 in Cincinnati. Mary is an advocate for healthy aging and maintains a lifestyle that includes a whole food plant based diet. Mary is passionate in her quest for promoting active, healthy aging, is committed to supporting the Bone Health and Osteoporosis Foundation, and excited to be part of the ‘Be Bone Strong’ team. She is the mother of two adult sons and lives in the Philadelphia area with her husband of 28 years.
Gail Woodham, 69, has been a runner her whole life, but didn’t begin long distance running until she was 52. She now has completed eight full marathons and 10+ half marathons to date! She’s experienced the thrill of running New York five times already, the last time as a member of the ‘Bone Strong Team’ in 2018. Her husband has always been a staunch supporter and follows her throughout the course. This year, because she will be 70, her whole family will be cheering her on and her grandson will be running with her. Gail knows that many women her age are not aware of the importance of taking care of your bones early and making bone health a priority to stay independent and active as one ages. She’s happy to be an example of staying active while aging and encouraging others to do the same.
As the rest of the year unfolds, BHOF looks forward to welcoming additional members to our Be Bone Strong team. If you are interested in learning more, please contact Barbara Hannah Grufferman at email@example.com.