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Sewickley area runner headed to Boston Marathon for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

| Wednesday, April 10, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
Local runner John Paul poses for a photo at his Edgeworth home Saturday, April 6, 2013. Paul will be participating in the Boston Marathon on April 15.
Kristina Serafini | Sewickley Herald
Local runner John Paul poses for a photo at his Edgeworth home Saturday, April 6, 2013. Paul will be participating in the Boston Marathon on April 15.

John Paul has run more than 50 miles to help cancer victims, and, on Monday, he plans to run 26.2 more as he participates in the Boston Marathon for the third time to raise money for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

In the first two years, the Sewickley man raised a total of $10,000, and so far this year, has raised $10,000 more.

Paul, of Edgeworth, will run for the third time with his daughter Caroline, who lives in New York, in honor of his father, Robert, and his wife's father, Mike Galicia, both of whom died of cancer.

Paul, 58, also ran the Columbus, Ohio, marathon this year as a qualifier for the 117th Boston Marathon and does much of his training at Sewickley Valley YMCA and throughout Sewickley.

β€œI run on Fern Hollow Road and on Blackburn. I have all these routes I run through Sewickley,” he said.

He tries to run about 50 miles a week and has put in a few 22-milers to train for the marathon. When his daughter has been in Sewickley for holidays, they have run together, he said.

Paul, president of Cattron Group in Sharpsville, said he has enjoyed working with Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

β€œIt is a first-class organization,” he said.

He will be among 550 Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge teammates from across the United States and around the world who will run the historic marathon route from Hopkinton, Mass., to Boston with a goal to raise $4.6 million for cancer research.

Joanne Barron is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-324-1406 or

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