2015-10-16 / Community

Doc O'Grady's hosts fundraiser for Barb's Beer campaign to cure lung cancer


Barb Murphy was a record-setting marathon runner who got non-smoker's lung cancer out of the blue. The Barb's Beer campaign is designed to raise funds to support a cure for lung cancer in Barb's name. Barb Murphy was a record-setting marathon runner who got non-smoker's lung cancer out of the blue. The Barb's Beer campaign is designed to raise funds to support a cure for lung cancer in Barb's name. Barb Murphy loved a beer. But what she loved most was the conversation that came when friends sat around having that beer, the kind of conversation that could lead to real connection-making between people.

Doc O'Grady's at 273 Nassau Blvd S will host a Barb's Beer fundraiser on Sunday, Oct 25 from 1pm to 4pm (during the Jets/Patriots game) to support the Murphy family's effort to bring the Barb's Beer campaign to New York to raise funds to help find a cure for lung cancer.

Barb, who was married to Tom Murphy - the eldest of the GC Murphys who grew up on Westbury Road - was a record-setting marathon runner. So it was a shock when she got lung cancer out of the blue in 2007. But Barb, who passed away in December, 2013, never complained. The focus of her conversation during her sixyear illness was about HOW she could help others. She wanted to create awareness for lung cancer that could lead to early detection and save lives, but she also wanted to promote research that could lead to a cure for lung cancer so no one else would get the disease.

Barb's Beer, with its campaign theme, "RACING TO THE CURE," is the answer to Barb's wish.

Tim Worstell and Mike Spieler, partners at Doc O'Grady's, are stepping up to help as a follow up to leadership offered by BK Sweeney's which hosted a fundraiser for Barb's Beer at Uptown Grille this summer to advance the campaign.

Barb's Beer was launched in Seattle and the NW in 2014 where the light-bodied pale ale became an immediate success. The goal is to bring the beer and the "Racing to the Cure" campaign to NY on a regular basis.

Donation is $25 at the door. Contributors get a chance to watch the Jets/Patriots game with Barb's Beer and wings. Proceeds from the sale of Barb's Beer go to GRACE (cancerGRACE.org,) a charity founded by Dr. Howard West, Barb's oncologist and one of the country's leading experts working to find a cure.

There will be a street fair that day, Oct 25, so look for parking on side streets.

For more information about Barb's Beer, visit barbsbeer.org. Barb Murphy was a record-setting marathon runner who got non-smoker's lung cancer out of the blue. The Barb's Beer campaign is designed to raise funds to support a cure for lung cancer in Barb's name.

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I lost my healthy non

I lost my healthy non smoking, extremely fit, active father to lung cancer 5 yrs ago. I think it's so great that you are bringing awareness to this illness as it has been plagued a smokers disease for too long and I truly believe it is because my father was not a smoker that he wasn't diagnosed until the diseas was at a fatal state. I hope this race makes its way to Bellingham Wa. Thank you sincerely for all that you are doing. Daisy Huntley

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