For Jakes Sake's Fundraiser:

Team For Jake's Sake NYC Marathon 2011

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BENEFITING: For Jakes Sake

EVENT: 2011 ING New York City Marathon - $1 Mil a Mile

EVENT DATE: Nov 06, 2011

HOURS PLEDGED: 1,000

THE STORY:

On November 6, we will be running the New York City Marathon to raise money for an Autism non-profit called For Jake's Sake, Inc. 

At 20 months little Jakie was given this diagnosis.    His mom Dawn took on the autism challenge like she does everything else, like a crazy person.   She convinced work to let her work 1 day per week so that she could spend the other four days getting Jake the therapies that the Dr. told her would help Jake make the most progress.   And she did it.  For years he gave up naps so he could have therapy all day.  The family gave up birthday parties, outings as a family, dinners out and everything else that might be too loud or bright and set Jake off into a spiraling tantrum that could last an hour +.   Mom gave up running because she felt guilty taking time for herself that could be spent with Jake or his sister.  It was hell, but with intensive therapy Jake made amazing progress.   These therapies were not covered by health insurance, the family paid out of pocket for years so that Jake could continue to receive therapies that clearly were working.

Today Jake is 7 years old, and he attends St. John's School in a typical first grade classroom.   He is funny, he has friends, he plays on a basketball team and never stops talking.  He is also absolutely obsessed with football!   Was his progress worth spending our life savings for?  Absolutely.   However somewhere along this journey it occurred to Dawn that other children with the same diagnosis, who's parents didn't have the know-how or the means to get these therapies for their children, would go without. 

So, what are the therapies that children with autism need?   Children with autism lack a means to communicate, and most of them benefit from speech therapy.  They lack coordination and gross/fine motor skills; these are improved with Occupational Therapy.  The need Social Skills groups to help them overcome the awkwardness that can make them common targets of bullying. The groups can enable them to make friends and form meaningful relationships.  Some children with autism are only able to learn with Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy, a specialized method of instruction particularly effective with autistic children.

Insurance copayments and out of pocket costs for these therapies can cost more than the average family can afford.  ABA therapy is not covered by insurance and costs $100+/hour, with doctors recommending 20-40 hours per week.  A possible $4000 per week!  Speech and OT copayments can average $20/visit, with 2-10 visits per week depending on the child's needs.

For Jake’s Sake believes that NO child should be prohibited from therapies due to inability to pay, which is why they will provide qualifying families with needed funding.  And, with autism affecting 1 in 84 boys in the US, there are many families out there in need.

 

 

If you donate...

I'll...

$15

Send you a picture message DURING the race of any mile marker you want. Donate $390 dollars and you'll get mile by mile updates.

$25

Write you a personal poem, haiku or limerick and sing it to you.

$40 + mile count

Call you at any time DURING the race with a short update or shout-out. So for example, a near-death phone call at mile 25 would cost $65. I don't think I'll have time or energy at mile 26 though so please stop at 25.

$50

Make you a personalized Shower Hair Art and post it on the web site. You tell me what you want me to make or let me choose.

$100

Call you and sing a verse or two of your favorite song (or my choice if you can't decide). This will probably be in the first half of the marathon while I can still breathe.

$101+

You tell me what you want me to do, within reason (and NY laws).


Team For Jake's Sake is running 26.2 miles for children with Autism and would like your help.   Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to this wonderful organization, no amount is too small.   Checks can also be mailed to:  For Jake's Sake, PO Box 3051, Beverly, MA 01915.

Donating through this website is simple, fast and totally secure. It is also the most efficient way to support my fundraising efforts.  For more information about this organization, please visit
www.forjakessake.org.  For Jake's Sake, Inc is a certified 501(c)3 organization and your donation is tax deductible.

Many thanks for your support -- and don't forget to forward this to anyone who you think might want to donate too!

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To This Fundraiser

$12,132

MONEY RAISED
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  • Stan Franzeen

    $25

  • Millie Martin

    $25

  • Rita McAteer

    $30

  • Jul & Tobe

    $50

  • Jennie Hopkins

    $100

  • Marie Gesnaldo

    $50

  • Jennifer Rowan

    $25

  • Jennifer Kelley

    $25

  • Beth O'Grady

    $50

  • James J. Malchisky

    $100

  • Shane McCarthy

    $25

  • Susan Shelby & Rhino PR

    $100

  • Dante Sepulveda

     

  • Tim & Mair Lasquade

    $30

  • Christy and Matt Golden

    $50

  • Lori & Mike Connolly

    $25

  • "The Chad"

    $50

  • Dave Buchanan

    $20

  • Domenica

    $50

  • Thatcher and Finn Schrafft (and their mo...

    $40

  • Nicole McGuinness

    $100

  • Stephanie & Ken Long

     

  • The Consedines

     

  • Shelly Lupo

    $10

  • Anonymous

    $20

  • Jacqui and Scott Archer

    $50

  • Mueller Family

    $25

  • Katie McKenna

    $25

  • Jennifer Fernandes

    $25

  • Lillian LoGrasso

    $20

  • Enza Iacono - You go girl!

    $25

  • Carol Conway

    $25

  • jennifer baptiste

    $10

  • Genovese Family (Glouces... MA)

    $50

  • Kevin & Eileen Walsh

    $100

  • Cri and Gary Bruch

     

  • Amy Grafton

     

  • Cindy Knight

    $25

  • Michael LaRue

    $40

  • KAY REICHARD

    $20

  • Kaethe & David Harding

    $50

  • JoAnne Ludwig

    $50

  • KHANG TRAN

    $50

  • The Rex Family

    $100

  • Lisa Balentine

    $50

  • Alexis & Maggie McDonough

    $25

  • Dan Durkin

    $50

  • Moe and Allie Kelley

    $50

  • Brent and Sally

    $50

  • Jack Woods

    $100

  • Shawzy

    $100

  • Brian Eggleston

    $50

  • Leslie Forkner

    $25

  • Craig & Stephanie

    $52

  • Brian T.

    $10

  • Kevin Geaney

    $25

  • Christine Palmer

    $10

  • The Svajians

    $25

  • The DiCostanzo Family

    $50

  • Abby, Jake, Chris & Carl Engel

    $50

  • Leeny

    $75

  • Peter

    $110

  • Melissa and Justin Jaynes

     

  • Costa Family

    $52

  • Liz, Peter & Millie Robinson

    $100

  • Johanna Renzi

     

  • Darla Johnson

    $52

  • The Farynaz Family

    $20

  • Tom Onacki

    $50

  • Marky Ryan

    $20

  • Ryan

    $10

  • Donna Greenberg

    $25

  • Maria Sepulveda

     

  • Courtney Silver

    $20

  • Cristy Donnelly

    $25

  • Dr. Paul Dardeno

    $50

  • Cynthia Hamlin

    $20

  • MEO and Jeb

    $25

  • Jean Martin

    $20

  • Bill M.

    $25

  • Meghan and Rich

    $50

  • Anna E & Pete Phelan Jr.

    $50

  • Laurel May Renzi

    $50

  • Laura Knight

    $26

  • Carol D. , mom.

    $20

  • The Swiniuch's

    $25

  • Leanne

    $50

  • Scavenger Hunt Fundraiser

    $1,500

  • Autism Speaks Walk Scarf Proceeds

    $1,000

  • EEEEEEE & Mike

     

  • Judy & Jeff

    $50

  • Julie Arrison

    $20

  • Deb Schnabel & Steve Moran

    $25

  • Catherine Brockette

    $100

  • Lucy

    $20

  • Brian, Emily, Lily, Tyler & Kyle Rus...

    $50

  • mary wittenberg

    $26

  • Kristen Homan

    $25

  • Sarah Conway

    $100

  • John and Pat Diskes

    $50

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49% Raised of $25,000 Goal

Fundraise for this Campaign

The Team: $12,132 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

For Jakes Sake

Amount Raised:

$3,492

 

14% Raised of $25,000 Goal

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Paula Renzi Gibbs

Amount Raised:

$2,672

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Tara Arnold

Amount Raised:

$2,650

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Michele Campbell

Amount Raised:

$1,538

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Gretchen Driscoll

Amount Raised:

$1,035

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Nicole McGuinness

Amount Raised:

$745

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Alexandra Manning

Amount Raised:

$0

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Ellen and Dan Driscoll

Amount Raised:

$0

Donor Comments

John and Pat Diskes

John and Pat Diskes

DONATION: $50

Dawn - Congrats on another great Marathon on a great weather day even though you were feeling a little under the weather!!! 2 years ago

Sarah Conway

Sarah Conway

DONATION: $100

This is for all the amazing autism children out there and the moms who support them--Gretchen, Dawn, Paula, myself! 2 years ago

Kristen Homan

Kristen Homan

DONATION: $25

2 years ago

mary wittenberg

mary wittenberg

DONATION: $26

2 years ago

Brian, Emily, Lily, Tyler & Kyle Russo

Brian, Emily, Lily, Tyler & Kyle Russo

DONATION: $50

2 years ago