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In Loving Memory of Joseph S. McCarthy

Welcome to my personal web page for the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nation's largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of all those affected by mental illness.

I have to start with the bucket list. At some point over this past summer it hit me....I'm turning 30 in May. I was a little panicked because there are so many things that I thought I would have accomplished by that point in my life. So I made a list and started checking them off. A few months later I met Danielle, a friend of my other friend Danielle, who also had a list of her own. We compared. She saw that I had running a race on my list and asked if I would be interested in a marathon. My initial reaction was "I could never do that!". Then I thought about it. My mom ran the NYC marathon when she was 29, and she already had 2 kids. So I changed my thinking and decided to do it. Two days after running my first 5K (the race I originally had in mind for my list) I signed up. This will undoubtedly be one of the most difficult things I will ever do, but I'm up for the challenge!

After registering, I instantly thought about raising money for a charity. There are so many amazing charities out there, but I needed something that would really inspire me and give me the extra push to get me through this. So of course, I thought of Joey right away. For those who don't know, Joey is my cousin. He was the oldest of the nine cousins, the one I idolized more than anyone. He was the one who taught me how to ride a bike (I already crossed a bike race off my list!) along with so many life lessons it is impossible to list them all. Joey was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder and faced so many struggles throughout his life that I cannot even imagine facing myself. Despite these struggles, he was truly one of the most loving people I've ever known. He had an innocence about him and always saw the good in people; even when others couldn't. He showed me that it is the simple things in life that truly matter and to not let things get me down. He would always tell me that life is too short to do anything but live it up. Joey passed away suddenly on April 7, 2007 when he was just 30 years old. Though life will never be the same without him, I am forever grateful to have had him in my life for the time I did. I have created this fundraising page because NAMI, and the work they do, is very important to me. NAMI is an organization that Joey was personally involved with and they do amazing things for those affected with Mental Illness.

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Joseph S. McCarthy





This page was created by angela pepe-lage in memory of Joseph S. McCarthy

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Victoria Pepe-Lage

I love you very much and I'm forever proud of you and all you do! I'll see you at the finish lin...


Nicole Brodeur

Good luck Angela!! I'll be cheering for you on race day!!


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Brittany Stone

So proud of you taking on your goals and incorporating such a wonderful organization like NAMI. GO...


Stacy Henry

Angela, I'm sure your cousin would be honored you thought of him and a cause dear to his heart!...


Caitlin Higgins

Good luck Angela! Happy to support this cause!


Colleen Dobson

Good luck Ange! A great accomplishment and a great cause!


Kristen Fuller

Good luck! Great cause


Lindsay Tellefsen

Crossing item off bucket list + supporting a great organization = awesome Angela!


Regina Pepe-Massey

All the best. Good luck!!


Nora Roberti

So proud of you! have fun!!!


Sarah Miltner

Good luck Angela and what a great thing you are doing!





Crystal Tellefsen

You will rock this just like you rock most things! And such a great way to keep your cousin's m...


Donna Pepe-Lage

Joey, not a day goes by that you are not in my thoughts. You will always have a special place in...


Ellie Miltner

I am so incredibly proud of you! Good luck! It will be the experience of a lifetime! Xoxo


Kerry Bryant

Good luck, Ange! What an amazing tribute to your cousin. I'll be cheering for you the whole way.


Margaret Barng

So proud of you Ang! Joey will help push you to 26.6! Love you!


Alison Lage

Best of luck Angela! You are an inspiration.


Emily Angeli

Wishing you the best Ange! So proud of you!


Megan Benson

Ang- I think what you are doing is amazing!


Kate D'Addio

Love your bucket list :-) best of luck with the race!!!


Thomas Whitley



Susan Witkowski

Good luck, Angela. So proud of you!


Leila Apuzzio

Wishing you the best.


Nicole Marcouiller

I think what you're doing is really inspiring. Good luck!


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Christopher Trivino

"He had an innocence about him and always saw the good in people..."-Angela. Heaven needed a sin...



Always in my thoughts. We hold you safe in our hearts. Our memories are the legacy of love.


Elizabeth Simon

Joey, you are greatly missed. We love you and your spirit forever lives in our hearts.


Nancy McCarthy

Love you forever Joey, miss you always.


Marie T DeProssino

Merry Christmas in Heaven, Joey! We love you!


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