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Boston Marathon runner will honor Malden High School Class of 1975 grad

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Beloved late aunt Andrea Giannattasio was a well-known student in her years at MHS

  Andrea Giannattasio, a Malden High School student who passed away in June 1975 after a two-year battle with leukemia at 17 years old holds a special place in the hearts of many Maldonians.

   There is even a plaque above the entrance of the Malden YMCA that reads, “Our Programs are dedicated to the Spirit of Andrea Giannattasio”.

    Her nephew, Josh Mader is running the 2022 Boston Marathon on behalf of Tufts Medical Center to honor his Aunt Andrea’s legacy. Andrea received treatment and care at the Tufts Medical Center and had been scheduled to be one of the very first bone marrow transplant procedures performed at Tufts, before her untimely passing.

  Her brother, Rich – Josh’s father —was her designated bone marrow donor.  Sadly Andrea passed away a week prior to her operation at only 17 years old.

  Funds raised through Team Tufts MC play a vital role in providing every child and adult who comes through its doors with exceptional and compassionate care.

   “I am running for all those who are fortunate enough to receive world-class care at Tufts,” states Mader. Any donation amount will help Josh reach his goal. If you would like to donate please log on at:  https://www.givengain.com/ap/josh-mader-raising-funds-for-tufts-medical-center/

Andrea Giannattasio was a beloved Malden High School Class of 1975 member who passed away in her senior year. Courtesy/Maldonian
Josh Mader is the nephew of the late Andrea Giannattasio and is running the 2022 Boston Marathon in her honor.

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