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Remembering a Fellow Runner in Bronxville

It took a village to help care for James E. Kearney and take care of him they did."During the last few months of his life we had friends and neighbors at our house everyday, weekends included bringing us food and sitting with Jim and having dinner," said Kearney's father, also Jim Kearney, of Bronxville.Kearney, a 1994 Bronxville High graduate, died at age 27 in 2004 of brain cancer. On Saturday, the village remembered him with a run.Although the younger Kearney graduated from Columbia University and was an investment banker living in Manhattan, he went home to be with his family in Bronxville when he got sick."Evan after he had surgery, he would still run through the streets of Bronxville whenever he could, " Kearney said. He ran in this race two weeks after surgery."In 2005, the Kearney family found a way to give back to Bronxville. "The James E Kearney Foundation has contributed about $15,000 per year to the PTA for the last six years," Kearney said.One of the foundations fundraisers is the annual James E. Kearney Run for Fun.For the 6th year, the foundation funds the event, including t-shirts, prizes and even a DJ, and donates all of the sign up fees to the PTA.Some 400 participants signed up for this years run including Christian Fuller, who ran track with Jim Kearney when both were students."After we graduated Jim, myself and my brother Pierre would see at holidays," Fuller said He was a great guy, and a good friend. I definitely miss him."The race held Saturday morning was especially meaningful for James' twin sister Meg, who tears up when she speaks of him. "I definitely feel his presence here," she said.

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