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started. I re­ally want to have this Run Against Lung Cancer to raise aware­ness. Lung cancer is one of the dead­li­est forms of cancer. The first doc­tor who di­ag­nosed me told me to go home and get my af­fairs in or­der. Thank­fully, my hus­band found me an­other doc­tor who I’ve been with ever since.”

An­thony Tul­lio is a pri­vate con­trac­tor for McKes­son Med­i­cal Sup­plies and was familiar with many doc­tors so he had no trou­ble lead­ing his wife to a qual­ity on­col­o­gist with a more pos­i­tive out­look, Tul­lio said.

Tul­lio ex­plained that she also wanted to raise funds to con­trib­ute to re­search be­cause “lung cancer re­search is one of the least funded of all can­cers.”

“Peo­ple al­ways think that lung cancer is self-in­flicted through smok­ing or job choice. But that is not al­ways the case. There are many other rea­sons and causes why peo­ple get lung cancer,” Tul­lio ex­plained.

The mother of four sons, Ge­orge Swink, Joey Par­ente, David Tul­lio and An­thony Tul­lio, and grand­mother of five, said that she feels stress played a sig­nif­i­cant role in trig­ger­ing the growth of her cancer. Tul­lio was the owner of McTul­lio’s Pub at the TriS­tate Mall in Clay­mont, Delaware, be­hind where Le­vitz Fur­ni­ture was lo­cated. When an op­por­tu­nity came up to buy a larger spot two doors down, Tul­lio made the move to the larger space. Three days af­ter her grand open­ing is when she was di­ag­nosed with the cancer.

“I plugged along with the bar op­er­a­tion while un­der­go­ing treat­ment for the lung cancer,” Tul­lio ex­plained, “but when the brain cancer di­ag­no­sis came, I was in­spired to close. I just felt it was the right time to close the doors on this chap­ter. I did it with­out re­gret.”

Tul­lio, who grew up in Springfield, grad­u­ated from Springfield High School in the Class of 1973. Be­fore own­ing the tav­ern, she bar­tended through­out the area, at Kelly’s in Haver­town, Con­cord Café in As­ton and Roy’s Pour House in Clay­mont, be­fore buy­ing it and turn­ing it into McTul­lio’s Pub.

Since hang­ing up her bar apron, the en­er­getic Tul­lio en­joys spend­ing time with her fam­ily and work­ing part-time for her hus­band’s pri­vate con­trac­tor busi­ness. She an ac­tive mem­ber of Cor­ner­stone Church, en­joys play­ing with her Amer­i­can Akita res­cue dog “Duke,” vol­un­teers once a week at the Delaware County Preg­nancy Cen­ter in Ch­ester and is, in her own words, “an in­sane Ea­gles fan,” rarely miss­ing an op­por­tu­nity to watch a game.

“This is go­ing to be a fantastic event, big­ger and bet­ter than last year,” gushed Tul­lio en­thu­si­as­ti­cally about the 2017 Run Against Lung Cancer. “We ex­pect up­wards of 150 bik­ers. I hope non-bik­ers come too. They are wel­come to ride along or meet us at the af­ter-party in Chadds Ford. If we raised al­most $6,000 last year, I know we can top that num­ber this year. To­gether, we can make a dif­fer­ence.”

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Barb Tul­lio of Drexel Hill David­son Tri Glide Ultra is pic­tured re­cently on her Har­ley with grand­daugh­ter Ava Wink, 10.

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