Be Bone Strong!

NOF is An Official Charity Partner of TCS New York City Marathon

Be Bone Strong

NOF is pleased to be named as an official charity partner of the 2018 TCS New York City Marathon. For its inaugural team, NOF has secured five women over the age of 40 to join its Be Bone Strong team, highlighting the importance of bone health in active aging.

The TCS New York City Marathon provides a unique platform for our dedicated runners to pursue their goals while raising awareness for a cause that is close to their hearts.

More than 2 million broken bones are caused by osteoporosis in the United States each year. Studies show that half of all women over the age of 50 (and a quarter of men) will break a bone due to osteoporosis in their lifetime. Our Be Bone Strong team will raise funds to help NOF improve patient care, support those who have broken bones due to osteoporosis, and educate the public to prevent osteoporosis and broken bones and promote strong bones for life.

Barbara Hannah Grufferman

Barbara Hannah Grufferman


As the Be Bone Strong team captain, Barbara Hannah Grufferman, 61, a nationally recognized advocate for positive living and an avid marathoner, will provide guidance and support to the five women selected to receive NOF’s official entries and welcome them to her hometown for the NYC race. Ms. Grufferman is also a NOF Trustee and Bone Health Ambassador.

The women who have committed to crossing the finish line and raising important funds for NOF include:

Christina Cuevas Albert

Christina Cuevas Albert

Christina Cuevas Albert, 51, lives in Washington State and is excited to tackle her first marathon. A busy wife and mother, Christina has run many half marathons and views being part of the Be Bone Strong team as an opportunity to support an important cause while running in one of the biggest races in the world. Running alongside her friend and neighbor Marci (see below) makes it even more special!

Gina Cefalu

Gina Cefalu

Gina Cefalu, 50, will be traveling the farthest to be part of the Be Bone Strong team. A realtor from California, Gina decided to make participation on the Be Bone Strong team her 50th birthday celebration. Gina’s grandmother suffered from osteoporosis and she is aware that hereditary is a major risk factor for the disease. Gina intends to embrace getting older by staying fit and Bone Strong!

Audrey Matteson

Audrey Matteson

Audrey Matteson, 58, is a retired pharmacist living in New Hampshire. As a healthcare professional, Audrey is aware of the devastating impact osteoporotic fractures can have on one’s life. She also has low bone mass, which puts her at higher risk for developing osteoporosis and fracturing. Audrey is happy to be part of the Be Bone Strong team, running her first marathon, and highlighting the importance of maintaining strong bones as we age.

Gail Woodham

Gail Woodham

Gail Woodham, 65, has been a runner her whole life, but didn’t begin long distance running until she was 52. She is now an expert marathoner having completed seven full marathons and 9 half marathons to date! She’s experienced the thrill of crossing the finish line in New York four times already and can’t wait to do it again in November. Gail knows that many women her age are not aware of the importance of getting a bone density test and need to make bone health a priority to stay independent and active. She’s happy to be an example of what positive aging looks like and encouraging others to do the same.

Marci Spence Peterson

Marci Spence Peterson

Marci Spence Peterson, 44, intends to check an item off her “bucket list” when she crosses the finish line in New York. A physical therapist from Washington State, Marci leapt at the chance to join her friend and neighbor, Christina, as part of the Be Bone Strong inaugural team. Marci wants to be an example for her children of healthy, active aging and raise awareness about osteoporosis and building and maintaining strong bones at every age.

In addition to the amazing women listed above, NOF is pleased to welcome additional members to our Be Bone Strong team. If you have a guaranteed entry to the 2018 TCS NYC Marathon and would like to contribute to NOF’s fundraising efforts, we would be honored to have you! Please visit our CrowdRise page to support our current team members or to join our team:

https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/national-osteoporosis-foundation-nyc-2018

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