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Joe Cassella 5K Raises $16,000, Annual run supports families of children suffering from cancer - Source Connection News Papers

Posted on May 21,2013
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Runners make their way down Columbine Street, the home stretch of the Joe Cassella 5K Sunday, May 19. Photo by Alex McVeigh.

Source Connection News Papers

By Alex McVeigh

GREAT FALLS -
Frank Cassella remembers his brother Joe as a man who had very high character. Even throughout Joe’s 10-month battle with mesothelioma, which claimed his life in July 2009 at the age of 40, Frank remembers a brother who embraced support, not pity.

"Joe had a real soft spot for kids, especially sick ones. When he went into business in Great Falls and heard stories about a kid with cancer and one who had been in a terrible accident and was paralyzed, he felt compelled to do something," Frank Cassella said. "So he hosted his own 5K Run, with money out of his pocket, just to help these kids. Because Joe embraced support, not pity. Pity is when you hear a sad story and say ‘oh, that’s sad,’ but don’t do anything about it. Support is when you get out there and do something."

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