A fundraiser to help pay the medical bills of a man known as “The Voice of Long Island Running and Racing” broke its goal of raising $60,000 in less than a week.
Terry Bisogno, who is a mainstay as an announcer at local sporting events, is undergoing treatment for a serious illness that insurance is not completely covering. To help, supporters launched a GoFundMe campaign to crowdfund his ability to afford the medical care — and raised more than $65,000 in five days.
“I am appealing to the hearts and kindness of my fellow running/tri community, his friends and anybody that knows Terry to come together to help cover some of these expenses and to also show our support during this difficult time,” Rich Sallustro, the Bayport resident who organized the campaign, wrote in the campaign.
Bisogno has announced more than 1,000 local races — including the Long Island Marathon — with encyclopedic knowledge about individual runners for nearly 20 years, reportedly averaging about 75 annually. He’s been nationally recognized and locally honored for his efforts.
“Terry has been known to spend hours upon hours of his own time researching and memorizing little-known facts and stats about every athlete to make the feeling of crossing that finish line even more memorable,” Sallustro wrote. “There are countless stories of how Terry has made somebody feel so special with a unique shout-out or compliment at the finish line; now is our chance to show him how special he is to us.”
To contribute to help Terry Bisogno, visit gofundme.com/f/raising-funds-in-support-of-terry.