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2015 Other Races

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BENEFITING: Cactus Jack Foundation

ORGANIZER: THE IRONMAN FOUNDATION

EVENT: YOUR JOURNEY, YOUR CAUSE

Tim Watson

THE STORY:

Tim and Brian’s Bernier Family Support through Cactus Jack

Tim Watson and Brian Beahn will be training to compete in the 2015 Ironman Mt-Tremblant 70.3 and the 140.6 Ironman events in June and August, respectfully.  They are dedicating their races to help fundraising for Amanda, Chris and Arabella Grace Bernier in South East Connecticut.  The reason is simple; anything worth doing is worth over-doing; and helping others is a blessing and a privilege.

Amanda Bernier was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS- Lou Gehrig’s disease) only days after she and her husband Chris received joyous news: They were expecting their first child; the baby they’d wished for during years of working side by side as firefighters and emergency medical first responders. But something was wrong. A runner who had raced only weeks before, Amanda felt her legs giving out as she climbed into a fire truck answering another emergency call from her community. Chris helped support her up the high, metal steps. Nothing like this had happened during the years they’d both served as “Nomads,” volunteers with the North Madison Volunteer Fire Company, whose motto is “Neighbors Helping Neighbors.” ALS had begun to change their lives forever.  Since that day on the truck, Amanda and Chris have learned she has the most aggressive form of the disease.

What does ALS mean for Amanda? ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that causes the deterioration of motor neurons. There is no cure or treatment. Amanda’s condition has worsened to the point where she can no longer walk and is living as long and strong as she can for the sake of “Peanut,” as she and Chris are calling their little girl. Amanda understood that her pregnancy could accelerate her disease, but made the decision to sacrifice her own wellbeing for the sake of her unborn child.  On November 4th, 2014, Arabella Grace Bernier was born weighing at 6.5 lbs, 19 inches long. Both Peanut and Mom are doing great!!

Amanda is a fellow triathlete. She participated in 3 triathlons in 2013:  The YMCA Triathlon, the Summer Solstice Triathlon in MA, and the Madison Triathlon in CT. She was always running or riding, and being in shape was a priority of hers. Ironman and triathletes around the world are part of a special breed of people who love backwards hats, riding fast, and a good beer, BUT they never lose focus on what is important in life and are quick to embrace moments to help each other.

Tim and Brian have decided their 2015 racing season to help this family in need.  Together, with the help of The Cactus Jack Foundation of South East Connecticut, they will race in honor of the Bernier family while raising money to support their dreams, wishes, and finances.  The Cactus Jack Foundation, Inc. is a grassroots, not-for-profit charity dedicated to serving families, individuals and other charitable organizations in need throughout Southeastern Connecticut.  The Foundation was organized over ten years ago in memory and honor of Edwin “Cactus Jack” Evento.  Mr. Evento was a long time community volunteer who touched the lives of many throughout Southeastern Connecticut.  The Foundation and its members also recognize the need for volunteerism, and are well known for lending time and expertise to local good-cause fundraisers.  Cactus Jack has graciously agreed to be the official non-profit organization, sponsoring Tim and Brian’s “journey” and raise money to help with this cause (Thank you, Cactus Jack!).

Life is often times so much larger than ourselves; racing to help the Bernier family will definitely give extra incentive to Tim and Brian when they wake up tired, sore, and exhausted, only to have to repeat long, grueling training days.  Training and racing will not be taken for granted and will help them reflect on life’s blessing.  Helping others will make their race season/ journey that much more worthwhile.  After all, the journey is the destination.  Giving back makes that destination so much more enjoyable.  It is an honor and privilege to be able to race and help such a deserving family in our community.  Together, our financial gifts can relieve them of their stressors so that they can focus their energies on Amanda’s well‐being and spending time with their daughter and family.

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To This Fundraiser

$12,452

MONEY RAISED
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  • Judy R.

    $25

  • Pfizer Matching - Ulf Hilgren

    $50

  • Pfizer Matching - Lynne Handanyan

    $100

  • Pfizer Matching - Melanie Diamanti

    $25

  • Pfizer Matching - Susan Berlam

    $25

  • Pfizer Matching - Pamela Award

    $500

  • Pfizer Matching - Hahdi Perfect

    $200

  • Pfizer Matching - Beth Kendsersky

    $50

  • Pfizer Matching - Nathan Ide

    $50

  • Pfizer Matching - Robert Timpano

    $50

  • Pfizer Matching - Amy Stanchina

    $50

  • Pfizer Matching - Timothy Watson

    $500

  • Pfizer Matching - Timothy Watson

    $500

  • Mike Miller

    $50

  • The Nelson Family

    $100

  • Karl and Marcia Bratin

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Carol and Jim Watson

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • The Darras Family

    $100

  • Finn & May

    $50

  • Mark and Kim Webster

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • JohnPaul Morales

    $200

  • Pfizer Matching - Amy Stanchina

    $50

  • Pfizer Matching - John Groskoph

    $100

  • Robert and Linda Baum

    $100

  • Pfizer Matching - Mark Webster

    $100

  • Pfizer Matching - Jade Nelson

    $100

  • Pfizer Matching - Karen McKenney

    $100

  • The Vitale Family; Thames Aquatic Club

    $100

  • The Pesicka Family

    $500

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Jade Nelson

    $100

  • Megan McMahon

    $100

  • Amy Drouillard

    $10

  • Drew T

    $50

  • Steve Kirkup

    $100

  • Alyssa D.

    $30

  • Emily Reed

    $100

  • Mr and Mrs John Beahn

     

  • Dave Reed

    $75

  • neil

    $50

  • John Reed

    $20

  • Shannon Wantz

    $100

  • Shawn Coulter

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • The Wantz Family

    $100

  • Brian Beahn

    $150

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Bob and Jean

    $100

  • Robert Gerber

    $20

  • Dipan Patel

    $50

  • Kayla and Lyle

    $50

  • Ken Ryan

    $50

  • The Seymour Family

    $200

  • Frank Montgomery

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Larry

    $50

  • The McIntosh Family

    $100

  • Angela Gilbert

    $50

  • Ciaran Byrne

    $50

  • Dan Belmont

    $100

  • Steve Rogers

    $50

  • Mitch Smolen

    $50

  • The Hakenjos Family

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $10

  • Anonymous

     

  • Erin Heckley

    $50

  • Ben and Emma

    $100

  • Kevin King

    $50

  • Sarah Dombrowski

    $25

  • Maura and Bryan

    $50

  • Robert Gent

    $200

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Jenny R

    $25

  • Ray Filosa

    $40

  • Coggeshall

    $10

  • Washington Supports

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $40

  • Christie Hayes

    $25

  • Suisman Shapiro Attorneys at Law

    $500

  • Bruce Betts

    $30

  • steve and linda mendivil

    $100

  • Colleen

     

  • Megan Pennington

    $25

  • John & Natalie

    $25

  • Mike Trezza

    $50

  • TG

    $500

  • carl and susan hinebaugh

    $50

  • Jerry & Esther

    $50

  • Jason Halverson

    $100

  • Thomas Garcia

    $50

  • Karl Bratin- Pfizer Matching Gift

    $50

  • The Mariani Family

    $112

  • Darlene Hall- Pfizer Foundation Matching Gifts

    $50

  • Regan Seymour- United Technologies

    $200

  • Christine Seymour- Pfizer Foundation Matching Gifts

    $200

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Fundraise for this Campaign

The Team: $107,440 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Fundraiser Title

Scott Lundberg

Amount Raised

$15,000

 

30% Raised of $50,000 Goal

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Keith Vona

Amount Raised

$14,225

 

95% Raised of $15,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Tim Watson

Amount Raised

$12,452

Fundraiser Title

Charles Finck

Amount Raised

$12,065

 

67% Raised of $18,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

trent munyer

Amount Raised

$7,950

 

265% Raised of $3,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Brian Young

Amount Raised

$7,519

 

75% Raised of $10,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Jeffrey Koh

Amount Raised

$5,626

 

56% Raised of $10,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Kristen David

Amount Raised

$4,750

 

158% Raised of $3,000 Goal

Donor Comments

Christine Seymour- Pfizer Foundation Matching Gifts

Christine Seymour- Pfizer Foundation Matching Gifts

DONATION: $200

2 years ago

Regan Seymour- United Technologies

Regan Seymour- United Technologies

DONATION: $200

2 years ago

Darlene Hall- Pfizer Foundation Matching Gifts

Darlene Hall- Pfizer Foundation Matching Gifts

DONATION: $50

2 years ago

The Mariani Family

The Mariani Family

DONATION: $112

2 years ago

Karl Bratin- Pfizer Matching Gift

Karl Bratin- Pfizer Matching Gift

DONATION: $50

2 years ago

Thomas Garcia

Thomas Garcia

DONATION: $50

2 years ago

Jason Halverson

Jason Halverson

DONATION: $100

2 years ago

Jerry & Esther

Jerry & Esther

DONATION: $50

3 years ago

carl and susan hinebaugh

carl and susan hinebaugh

DONATION: $50

great cause, inspirational to all. well done guys!!! 3 years ago

TG

TG

DONATION: $500

3 years ago