Kimberly Gagnon's Fundraiser:

Team Samaritans Boston Marathon 2012

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Kimberly's Photo

BENEFITING: Samaritans

ORGANIZER: Samaritans

EVENT: 2012 Boston Marathon

THE STORY:

I awoke late on a beautiful January morning in the White Mountains of NH, settled down for a cup of coffee and found myself slowly engulfed in a book my eldest daughter had been reading titled "The Happiness Project".  After enjoying a few hours of peace that morning, and quite a few chapters, I decided to lace up my sneakers and go for a run.  Suffering from a severe case of writer's block, the last thing I said to my daughter before heading out the door was "off for a run, desperately in need of some inspiration for my Samaritans' marathon fundraising letter!!".  You see, running is where I create and compose; where problems are solved, prayers are said, forgiveness is learned and gratitude is found. And, it's where I find peace and acceptance with my sister's tragic death.  My sister, Jodi Ann Sims, took her own life on July 10, 2006. 

A few miles into that run, I found that inspiration I had been searching for.  It was all right there in front of me; mild temps, sunny blue skies, mountains all around me, not a cloud to be seen.  All the blessings in my life easily came to mind; four children I adore, an eighteen year history at a firm that gave me the ability to vacation here and the healthiest heart, legs and lungs; to name just a few.  Being happy just seemed so simple  My sister had an abundance of blessings in her life as well.  Two children, a son & a daughter, a beautiful face & bright mind, a family that loved her unconditionally and a silliness and innocence about her that made everyone she knew smile.  How could it be, that being happy was such a challenge for her?

Running, like life, is the glorious albeit sometimes painful act of always moving forward.  I often find myself comparing marathoning to life.  There are moments when everything feels just perfect, and moments when quitting seems like the only choice.  Each require determination, perseverance and passion.  Each require will.  My sister suffered from mental illness, unable to find the will to live; the will to finish.

On April 16th, I will be running the Boston Marathon in Jodi’s memory.  And although it’s too late for me to change her mind and convince her that life really is worth the fight, her spirit will be alive and soaring deep inside me as I make that 26.2 mile journey from Hopkinton to Boston.  Once again, I’m on a mission to raise much needed funds for a charity I hold near and dear to my heart.  The Samaritans, Inc. is a non-profit organization that hopes to alleviate despair, isolation, distress and suicidal feelings among individuals in the Greater Boston and Metrowest communities, 24 hours a day; to educate the public about suicide prevention; and to reduce the stigma associated with suicide.  Their services emphasize confidential, nonjudgmental, and compassionate listening.  Your support of my fundraising efforts, as always, is greatly appreciated.

It’s my calling; she’s my inspiration.  I truly believe that to live in the hearts you leave behind, is not to die.  Almost six years later, I continue to find myself inspired to help the Samaritans with their mission to help those searching for a reason to move forward as "My Love Project" continues...

Namaste :)

Kimberly Jo Gagnon

Mother, Marathoner, Yogi & Beloved Sister

$5,131

MONEY RAISED
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  • Roberta Hurtig

    $25

  • Pat, Tricia, and Lissa Pierson

     

  • Justine, Dave & Jack Jacome

     

  • Arlene Lagos

    $20

  • Prenderg...

    $25

  • Michelle, Mike & Madison Gaughran

     

  • Heather Jack

    $25

  • Anonymous

     

  • Joe McMorrow

    $50

  • The Ciampa Family

    $40

  • Diane Bracken

    $50

  • A Greater Strength

    $100

  • The Derenzo Family

    $50

  • Geoff Stanton

    $50

  • Better Life Properties

     

  • Deb Berryman

    $25

  • Sam and Ava Maloof

    $25

  • The Hamel Family

    $50

  • Tim Kelly

    $200

  • The Cataldo Family

    $50

  • Kathleen Donnelly

    $25

  • The McWade Family

    $25

  • Joan and Ken Donovan

     

  • The Laenen family

    $25

  • Ron and Carolyn West

    $75

  • Rebecca Nation

    $100

  • Heidi McAvoy

    $100

  • The Resnick Family

    $75

  • Pete Marsh

    $26

  • Karen VanRIper

    $50

  • Cheryl Rogers and Family

    $25

  • Dan Fuller

    $50

  • Heather and Matthew McKay

    $50

  • NEFC Girls U10

    $100

  • The Gallagher Family

    $25

  • Kate & Adam Tenforde

    $50

  • Kari & Tom Nicholson

    $50

  • Erik Fowler

    $25

  • The Mancini Family

    $50

  • Catherine Cashman

    $50

  • The Hafford & Papineau family

    $25

  • Joyce Silver

    $50

  • The Digan Family

    $50

  • Juline Holland

    $25

  • Lappas Family

    $200

  • Judy & Manny Luciano

    $50

  • Devin, Barry & Austin PC

    $50

  • Cindy Gilman

    $100

  • Mary J Zimbone

    $50

  • Katie, Jake & Gavin

    $25

  • katherine sandoz

    $25

  • Brad & Rita Graci

    $50

  • Dan Batterton

    $100

  • Jan and Steve Mongeau

    $100

  • Anonymous

     

  • The LeDoux Family

    $50

  • Rehbergs

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • The Dowding Family

    $20

  • Ken Mulvaney

    $50

  • Caitlin Panciocco

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • The Petty Family

    $100

  • The Tunney Family

    $100

  • Maggie and Emma Will

    $20

  • Steve Green

    $100

  • Barb Archamba...

    $30

  • Guy & Allison

    $50

  • Figueiredo family

    $50

  • Nana & Papa McNiff

    $100

  • L. Mazzola

    $25

  • Stephen Dudley

    $25

  • Michael and Shirley Condon

    $40

  • Kim D

    $25

  • The Bartucca Family

    $50

  • Chris McGree

    $25

  • The Olsens

    $50

  • Tricia Glynn & Gerry Campos

    $100

  • Stacey Root

    $25

  • Lynch Family

    $500

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • The Jacob Family

    $25

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103% Raised of $5,000 Goal

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The Team: $112,623 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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$15,365

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Kirstie Crawford

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$11,279

 

113% Raised of $10,000 Goal

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Marc Bellanger

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$10,682

 

107% Raised of $10,000 Goal

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Naomi Schwartz

Amount Raised:

$8,891

 

178% Raised of $5,000 Goal

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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

The Olsens

The Olsens

DONATION: $50

In memory of Kevin P Olsen beloved brother and uncle. 2 years ago

Chris McGree

Chris McGree

DONATION: $25

Good Luck Kim, Chris 2 years ago

The Bartucca Family

The Bartucca Family

DONATION: $50

Hey Kim - great message on the website. Good luck!! 2 years ago

Kim D

Kim D

DONATION: $25

2 years ago

Michael and Shirley Condon

Michael and Shirley Condon

DONATION: $40

2 years ago