2017 Be Brave Award – Joseph Burgio
For the 10th anniversary of the TOPS 5K/10K Run and Family Walk, we wanted to create an award in honor or memory of a special individual who exemplified strength and bravery in their fight against cancer. From dozens of nominees, four finalists were chosen for the inaugural Be Brave award – an annual race category that will ensure that the honoree’s legacy will live on for years to come.
While all of the nominees’ stories were inspirational, the community voted for the Be Brave award to be named in memory of Joseph Burgio, a longtime Tops employee who lost his battle to cancer in July 2017.
Joe Burgio was nominated posthumously for the Be Brave Award by Deb Galliher, Kevin Kippley and Karri Zwirlein.
“Joe Burgio is the definition of BRAVE. Through his short battle he remained brave for his family and friends, fighting every day. Joe has impacted so many people through his life, always facing every obstacle with certainty. He took on his last life battle with everything that he had in him, much like how he lived every day. Anyone who knows Joe can’t think of him and not smile.” — Deb Galliher
2016 - Dr. Boris Kuvshinoff Award
Awarded each year to the overall male winner of the 5K who is a Roswell Park employee
2015 - Mary Rose McDermott Award
Awarded each year to the overall female winner of the 10K
2015 – Trish Hartmayer Volunteer Award
Awarded each year to an outstanding TOPS 5K event volunteer
2014 – Vivacqua Family Award
Awarded each year to the overall male winner of the 10K
2013 – Higgins Family Award
Awarded to the overall female winner of the 5K
2012 – Sue Sullivan
Awarded to the overall male winner of the 5K
2011 – Michelle Musial Top Fundraiser Award
Awarded each year to the top fundraiser