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College track star Jocelyn Kuksa to run for CNCF on October 7th

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College track star Jocelyn Kuksa to run for CNCF on October 7

Former Indianapolis Colts right tackle Ryan Diem started a family tradition with his annual Allie & Friends Golf Classic to raise money for neuroblastoma research and education. On Sunday, his cousin, Joceyln Kuksa, a native of Palatine, IL, will carry on that tradition when she runs for CNCF in the Chicago Marathon.

Jocelyn began training right after her collegiate track and field career as a pole vaulter ended in May. “So going from that to distance running was interesting but a blast,” said Kuksa, who resides in Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan, in the Upper Peninsula. “My family has been very involved with this cause since my cousin started his golf outing about 8 years ago, so I have helped out for multiple years now.”

Jocelyn now works as an assistant track and field coach at Lake Superior State University. Her best friend, Quinton Dennis, who is also a pole vaulter, will be her running buddy. So far, she has raised $1,000. Let’s support Jocelyn by donating on her giving page online at

“I wish Jocelyn and Quinton the best this weekend, and really appreciate the hard work and dedication they’ve put into training to support CNCF,” said President Pat Tallungan.

Tallungan will be in London this weekend leading the first Neuroblastoma Alliance UK conference, inspired by CNCF’s annual Parent Education and Medical Conference.