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December 05, 2017

Robert Pickus Completes NYC Marathon

On November 5th, Robert Pickus completed the New York City Marathon. Before doing so, he raised an incredible $15,147 for the National CMV Foundation. The event, sponsored by Tata Consultancy Services, celebrated its 47th year with 50,773 runners crossing the finish line. This NYC institution has always been an incredible platform for raising and creating awareness for charities and various initiatives.

Noah’s Story #runningfornoah

At 10 days old, Robert and Lynn Pickus’ son Noah was diagnosed with congenital cytomegalovirus (CMV), suggesting that as a baby he was infected. Despite doctors telling the family Noah would never walk or talk beyond a newborn level, at age 13 Noah continues to amaze the people around him by his determination and love of life. Noah has battled microcephaly, global developmental delays, cerebral palsy, right hemiparesis, and hearing loss (he wears bilateral hearing aids) however his motivation and energy never waver. Robert, for the second time, ran the NYC Marathon in support of the organization that does so much to create awareness about CMV and advocate for a vaccine.

National CMV Foundation

The National CMV Foundation works to inform and educate others on the specific prevention measures to protect against the risk of CMV infection. Congenital CMV is the most common viral infection with which infants in the U.S. are born; occurring in about 1 in 150 births. Unfortunately, most people infected with CMV show no symptoms meaning mothers are likely unaware they have CMV during their pregnancy – this was certainly the case for Robert’s wife Lynn during her pregnancy with Noah. As a matter near and dear to his family, running in support of the National CMV Foundation was a no-brainer.

2017 NYC Marathon,

In 2013, Robert ran the marathon with two goals in mind. Firstly he strived to raise at least $10,000 for the National CMV Foundation, a figure he actually exceeded. Secondly, he hoped to break the 4-hour mark running time. Although he came exceptionally close with a finishing time of 4:09:34, the ever-relentless Robert committed to more training and now four years later, can be proud of his 3:40:37 finishing time.

Robert Pickus, Director Accounting and Finance Division, “I trained harder and worked harder for this year’s marathon. I hope to eventually break 3:30 in the future; of course that gets tougher as I get older.”

Samantha Garcia, Marketing & Communications Manager, “We are immensely proud of Rob’s efforts and not at all surprised by his success and tireless determination. We work to celebrate and support the incredible members of our Abacus family and it gives us great pleasure to share their stories.”

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