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Team Samaritans Boston Marathon 2012

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BENEFITING: Samaritans

ORGANIZER: Samaritans

EVENT: 2012 Boston Marathon

THE STORY:

For every donation over $20, I will wear a ribbon bearing the name of a loved one lost to suicide during the Boston Marathon. (email me at dunny131@aol.com with details)

I am running the Boston Marathon for the Samaritans in memory and honor of my dear friend, Georgie.

    For a period of time, my life seemed to unravel.  On May 22, 2008, my dear friend, Georgie, took his own life.  Georgie is the older brother to my best friends and I consider him my own as well.  Shortly after his passing, my wife and I suffered miscarriages, my grandmother died, and my wife's 36 year-old cousin passed unexpectedly.  In addition, I watched my closest friends struggle with the loss of their brother and son to suicide.  The unbound grief we all were experiencing had been crippling, but in no way could I truly understand the utter devastation unleashed on Georgie's family.  With all of this happening around me, I became depressed, put on an excessive amount of weight and my health quickly deteriorated.  

In November of 2010, my wife and I had a very healthy baby girl, and in January 2011 I decided it was time to take back control of my life and my body.  Since then I have lost 54 pounds and less than a year later, I completed the ING NYC Marathon in a time of 3:56:44. Running has become a passion and it's truly a privilege to be a part of this special team.

In April I will run the Boston Marathon in Georgie's memory.  I sank into my despair and lost control through food and unhealthy living.  Georgie chose a much different path. I am running to help the Samaritans continue its vital mission of suicide prevention and providing grief services for survivors.  Since Georgie's passing the Samaritans have offered his family invaluable grief counseling and support.  It is an honor for my small act to help provide the funds necessary to offer these and other services.

In my life there have been a handful of instances when news has hit that someone has decided to end his/her life.  At every instance, the people left behind were left asking "why?"  I ask my Boston Latin Academy, NDA and Saint Anselm College friends to remember our classmates, and I hope Dorchester will commemorate the two young men we have lost in the last few years. Maybe we can prevent another family from having to ask , "why?"         PPT

Please donate today.  Every dollar raised will help Samaritans continue its mission.  Thank you for visiting and check back often for updates on events and fundraising progress.

For more information about Samaritans life-saving programs, please visit http://www.samaritanshope.org.

No matter how you decide to contribute, please know that your support will help ensure that our confidential and anonymous befriending services remain available to the members of our community who are feeling lonely, desperate and suicidal. Thank you so much!

$8,857

MONEY RAISED
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  • Tristan Claxton

    $20

  • Mike and Sarah Connors

     

  • The McDermod Family

    $100

  • Chris Donovan

    $100

  • joyce and tim

    $100

  • Aunt Kathy and Uncle Jack

    $100

  • Kelley Family

    $40

  • ED DONOVAN

    $100

  • Lily and Anna Donovan

    $100

  • Pam & Keith

    $100

  • The Doyle Family

    $50

  • Michael Doyle

    $50

  • Heather Chisholm

    $50

  • Megan Long-Kov... & Family

    $50

  • Carolyn O'Reilly

    $50

  • The Schneider Family

    $100

  • Kathleen Norris

    $100

  • Megan and Bryan Clooney

    $20

  • Ann & Don Donovan

    $50

  • Anne F. Donovan

    $100

  • Mike & Brittany Donovan

    $25

  • The Kelly's

    $25

  • Jim & Pat Gorman

    $100

  • The Ready Family

    $100

  • jimmmy 7 susan Sage

    $100

  • Mom & Dad Wallace

    $500

  • MICHAEL STRUPPA

    $10

  • Rick Daniels

    $200

  • Courtney Lacey

    $50

  • Steph & Bryan Aucoin

    $50

  • Christine McCarthy

    $50

  • Katie Kelly

    $50

  • Roberta Hurtig

    $25

  • Sean & Amy McDonnell

     

  • Trish Grauwiler & Family

    $50

  • The Corley Family

    $75

  • The Lamie Family

    $50

  • Francis Curran

    $35

  • Sara and Rob Montanari

    $100

  • Dodie & Henry Kelley

    $50

  • Jennifer Wallace

    $100

  • Gearge Wallace

    $50

  • Breda & Sean Healy

    $50

  • Family Karaoke Party, SuperBowl Squares,...

    $3,473

  • Matching Gifts

    $150

  • Ryan Hodgdon

    $50

  • John and Susan Doyle

    $50

  • Lisa and Mark Cahill

    $50

  • Pat, Tricia, and Lissa Pierson

     

  • The Hardiman Family

    $50

  • The Randletts

    $50

  • Samaritans event at the Fours

    $100

  • Friends of JJ

     

  • Jen Devine & Mark Eaton

    $50

  • Peter and Holly Hunt

    $25

  • Vin & Gina DiTullio

    $50

  • Shannon

    $100

  • The Brown Family Charlotte, NC

    $50

  • Gavin and Coleen Wallace

     

  • Anonymous

    $54

  • Jan and Steve Mongeau

    $50

  • A Cousin

    $100

  • Matt and Rachel Segien

    $50

  • Bill Donovan

    $25

  • Will and Marianne

    $100

  • Billy O'Sullivan

    $20

  • Lauren and Thomas Dembowski

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Don & Ann Donovan

    $75

  • Nik & Courtney Galiatsa...

    $100

  • Allison, Kevin, and Declan Connolly

    $50

  • Patrick & Aiden Crisman

    $50

  • Sharon & Jim McLean

    $50

  • Peggy Lydon

    $200

  • Anonymous

    $10

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177% Raised of $5,000 Goal

Fundraise for this Campaign

The Team: $112,623 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

JOIN THE TEAM
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Nancy Rappaport

Amount Raised:

$15,365

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Kirstie Crawford

Amount Raised:

$11,279

 

113% Raised of $10,000 Goal

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Marc Bellanger

Amount Raised:

$10,682

 

107% Raised of $10,000 Goal

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Naomi Schwartz

Amount Raised:

$8,891

 

178% Raised of $5,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Andrew Donovan

Amount Raised:

$8,857

 

177% Raised of $5,000 Goal

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Kevin Quinlan

Amount Raised:

$7,525

 

100% Raised of $7,500 Goal

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Nicole Costa

Amount Raised:

$7,156

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Lila Flavin

Amount Raised:

$6,665

 

133% Raised of $5,000 Goal

Donor Comments

Pam & Keith

Pam & Keith

DONATION: $100

Thank you Andy. I can't tell you how proud I am to have you run in my brother's honor! 2 years ago

Lily and Anna Donovan

Lily and Anna Donovan

DONATION: $100

Go Daddy!! We are so proud of you and love you XOXO 2 years ago

ED DONOVAN

ED DONOVAN

DONATION: $100

GEORGIE 2 years ago

Kelley Family

Kelley Family

DONATION: $40

2 years ago

Aunt Kathy and Uncle Jack

Aunt Kathy and Uncle Jack

DONATION: $100

Andy really is SPECIAL!!!! Run Andy Run...... Love, Aunt Kath 2 years ago