(WTNH) – Go the extra mile: walk, run or drive. It’s all for Fairfield’s Charlie Capalbo, who is fighting cancer for the third time.
“He’s just grit, he’s all grit,” said Shelton’s Jill Bodach.
Charlie was first diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma in 2017. Then, in 2019, leukemia. He received a bone marrow transplant from his younger brother to help fight his battle. But now, at the age of 22, he is fighting leukemia again.
‘He can’t run now. He cannot be active. He plays hockey, he can’t do what he likes to do now, but I can, ”said Bodach.
So Jill Bodach, a former Charlie’s professor at Fairfield University, shows her strength – “I’m ten miles in today.” She gathers her teammates from Leading Level Fitness in Shelton. Step by step they dedicate 100 miles to Charlie each in the month of May.
“We can’t take the pain away, we can’t cure Charlie, just knowing that people are running for you,” said Laurean Vasquez-Limauro, owner of Leading Level Fitness.
They continue to raise thousands of dollars along the way.
“In the first 10 days, we raised $ 5,000,” added Bodach.
News 8 has interviewed Charlie in the past: “It leaves you speechless,” he told us. His gratitude and fighting spirit are the same today; it is eternal.
“Charlie, your story has touched the hearts of many, you are a warrior,” said Vasquez-Limauro.
Charlie is the ultimate warrior and behind him is a group of warriors racing with him to the finish line to defeat Cancer again.
Jill nicknamed this fundraiser, #FuelForTheFight because she uses the money raised to buy UberEats gift cards for the Cpalbo family. This way, they can enjoy more than just hospital food, while Charlie stays at Boston Children’s Hospital for treatment. If you want to donate, visit the #FuelForTheFight Facebook fundraising page.