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St. Mary’s Walk set for Belmont track

Kea Spooner (r.), 20, smiles with nurse Kristy McGregor after completing the 2.5-mile fund-raiser walk for St. Mary's Hospital on a special tricycle.
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For the ninth consecutive year, St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children is holding its celebrated Walk for St. Mary’s Kids with five children tapped to serve as grand marshals.

The annual walk was scheduled this year at Belmont Park, at 21-50 Hempstead Tnpk. in Elmont, L.I., Sunday at 10 a.m. The Bayside hospital, at 29-01 216th St., chose five of its patients from all over the city and beyond to lead the way around the racetrack.

Grand marshals for the walk include Parker Chen, 5, of Flushing; Pak Lam The, 23, of Flushing; Jordan Bailey, 4, of Brooklyn; Miles Baker, 12, of Brooklyn; and Sophia Resti, 6, of Moriches, L.I.

The hospital also selected Joe Matagy, of Rallye Acura, and Joe Chierico, of Local 79, as honorary grand marshals in the walk because of their support of the healthcare system.

The walk includes either a half-mile or a 2.5-mile walk, family activities and exhibition tents, the hospital said. All proceeds from the event will go to benefit programs and services at St. Mary’s Healthcare System.

Reach reporter Phil Corso by e-mail at or by phone at 718-260-4573.

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