Boston Globe: Jan Cellucci continuing late husband’s ‘unfinished business’

Inaugural Governor Cellucci Tribute Road Race will support the UMass ALS Cellucci Fund

By Sandra Gray

UMass Medical School Communications

July 01, 2014

Gov. Paul CellucciThe inaugural Paul Cellucci Tribute Road Race  in Hudson on Aug. 2 will raise money for ALS research and honor the late governor’s dedication to public service and to the state’s only public medical school, according to a July 1 Boston Globe story.

In the article, Jan Cellucci talks about ALS, her husband, and why the 5K race is the perfect way to continue his final campaign—raising $10 million for the UMass ALS Cellucci Fund to support research at UMass Medical School.

“To me, it symbolizes the dignity of public office and the seriousness of raising money for [ALS] research,” Cellucci told the Globe, referring to the race medals that are engraved, “Governor, Ambassador, Proud Citizen of Hudson.”

Chancellor Michael F. Collins lauded the Celluccis for launching the fund, particularly as former Gov. Cellucci was in the fight of his life.

“I told him, ‘Are you sure? This disease is going to take every ounce of energy you have,’ ” Collins recalled, in the story. “He looked at me and said, ‘I just want to know: Are you with me, or aren’t you?’ ”

Read the full story at: Boston Globe: Jan Cellucci continues to fight against ALS

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