GARFIELD, N.J.– A 5-kilometer race has been scheduled for October in memory of a Garfield YMCA teacher who died in May after a fight with breast cancer.
The Garfield YMCA Boilermaker 5K will be held on Saturday, Oct. 1, in memory of Susan "Suzie" Gallagher-Colurciello. She was a pre-school teacher at the Garfield YMCA and sister of Chief Executive Officer Patricia Gallagher.
Gallagher-Colurciello died at age 49 in May. She loved the outdoors, vacationing, hiking and taking walks and working out. "Suzie was more than a part of the Y-family for 15 years. She is the beloved sister to our CEO, teacher to hundreds of four year olds throughout her career at the Y, and friend to all who knew her," the YMCA said after her death in May. "Suzie was part of the very fabric of the Y."
On the Garfield YMCA Facebook page, a friend of Suzie's wrote. "I've worked with and met hundreds and hundreds of people over the years in my career, but none like her. In our gym Suzie was a fierce competitor & wanted to win. If there was a challenge, she accepted it and went at it head on. At the same time she was also the most supportive and caring person in the group. Often helping out new members and always cheering everyone on to do their best. And that smile. Man she lit up the room. Her strength and courage inspired us all & she will be missed dearly."
The race will support Breast Cancer Awareness and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the American Cancer Society
Gallagher-Colurciello was graduated from Garfield High School and William Paterson University, where she earned her bachelor's degree in Psychology.