MEET OUR COACHES
Step-By-Step's trained coaching staff will help you take your training to the next level.
JOSEPH A. BENCIVENGA
Founder, President and CFO
of Step-by-Step
Joseph A. Bencivenga has been involved in sponsored,
athletic endurance events since 2002. He started by
volunteering with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s
Team-in-Training program. In addition to being an active
participant in many charitable events, including the Disney
Marathons, America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride in Lake
Tahoe, and the Nation’s Triathlon in Washington DC, he’s
assisted in directing or co-directing several major events.
Joe’s active participation in sponsoring and offering
endurance training programs for runners, walkers, cyclists,
swimmers, and triathletes, demonstrates his overwhelming
desire to raise funds to benefit cancer research. These
endurance, sporting events are designed to increase
awareness, provide support and outreach for those in need,
and promote fitness and healthy living.
Playing an instrumental role in finding a cure for cancer is
what prompted Joe to establish the Step-by-Step Charitable
Foundation. Its purpose is to provide funding at a local level
for patient advocacy groups in order to benefit patients and
their families. Joe raises funds by increasing awareness of,
and profiling, well-deserving cancer research and funding
charities such as the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society,
American Lung Association, and others like it.
Mr. Bencivenga serves as President/CFO of the Step-By-Step
Charitable Foundation. He and his family reside in Carle
Place, Long Island where he is an active member of the
community.
Eric Bencivenga
Running Coach

Eric has been involved in sponsored-athletic endurance races since 2004. He started by volunteering in the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Team-in-Training with his wife, Stephanie, and eleven other family members. He’s competed in various half marathons, sprints, and Olympic triathlons, and five marathons.

“Why do I run?” Eric explained.

“I am running to have FUN with my friends and family - I see them more frequently now because we share common activities and goals.

For myself, to keep and maintain fitness and health, and to challenge myself to do things and reach goals I never dreamed of with completing or completing races. For my children, to teach them that ONE person on ONE TEAM can make a difference!!!

And for EVERY family and person who has been affected by cancer. There is a way that everyone can make a difference and I want my family and me to be a part of the solution!

Eric is a direct part of the solution as a runners’ coach with Step-by-Step. He helps new runners (i.e., newbie’s!) learn how to prepare and run properly. For more seasoned runners, he’s a great companion, inspiring each member of the SBS team to be their best.

Marilyn Southerton
Running Coach
Health & Wellness Advisor

One of our new Running Coaches, Marilyn has recently become certified in Nutrition and is our expert Health and Wellness Advisor. What separates her from the rest of the pack is that she is a two time Breast Cancer survivor. Having run a full NYC marathon and numerous half-marathons around the US, Marilyn has found running to be the best therapy overcoming medical issues and stress for her.

“I literally ran into Step-by-Step last summer (2015) at the Bethpage State Park on the running path! I felt as if it was one of those ‘what are the chances’ moments; running into a team that works towards such a great cause. I feel that running is not just a great way of staying healthy, but also a great way of meeting amazing people. A few months ago when Joe asked me to join the Team as a running coach, I was truly moved!"

"After going through my treatments, I realized how important nutrition and exercise play a role in healing. I not only want to help Step-by-Step with their charitable efforts, but also help each team member gain confidence and feel the benefits of nutrition and running!”

MEET OUR TEAM
Barbara Bencivenga
VP, Treasurer

Barbara has been involved with Step-by-Step Charitable Foundation since it's inauguration in 2010. She has been involved with all aspects of the organization, including being named Treasurer in 2011.

Barbara has helped raise funds by running various Half Marathons, including the Long Island Half Marathon and the Walt Disney World Half Marathon. She hopes to keep raising her level of support by bringing awareness to several underfunded cancers, and helping to raise funds for these devastating diseases. She, along with others, hope that one day Step-by-Step will play an important role in KILLING cancer.

Linda Simone
Board Secretary

Linda has been an active participant in Step-by-Step’s running events over the last few years. She’s now part of our volunteer board of directors and helping to shape the future of the organization.

Linda says that, “I think the most important reason I started running was for the challenge. I never saw myself as a runner, but after doing my first half-marathon, I knew I had it in me to keep going and really push myself to be even better. I joined Step-by-Step because I wanted to help in any way I could. I saw all the good work that the organization was doing and how passionate Joe Bencivenga was about it. It really hits home when cancer surrounds us all on some level, and I wanted to help make even a small difference if I could.

Maria Fasulo

Maria spent over 28 years in healthcare sales, advertising, and medical education working in many drug categories, including anti-infectives, CNS, and oncology. In her own small way, it was a place to help patients through driving product awareness and knowledge to healthcare professionals about key pharmaceutical drugs.

She joined Step-by-Step in 2013 after she stopped working to manage healthcare for her family. Her dad was diagnosed with colorectal cancer and then her mom was diagnosed with lung cancer. The reality of cancer hit home hard-and personally-and she wanted to help other patients and families in similar situations.

Volunteering at SBS allowed her to bring her experience and expertise in healthcare communications to the non-profit world. She participates every year in the American Lung Association’s Fight for Air Climb in honor of her mom, and cheers on the many SBS Team Members as they run in events to help raise funds for defeating cancer!

Please join us in our crusade to help fight cancer and to promote fitness by offering a healthier
lifestyle for everyone.
Life begins with a Step. We venture along the highway until
we reach our destination.
Come - run with us and help fight Cancer along the way. Help us save a life.
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April 3, 2016

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April 9, 2016

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May 1, 2016

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