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Natalie Kozlowski's Fundraiser:

2016 Bank of America Chicago Marathon

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BENEFITING: BRIGHT PINK

ORGANIZER: BRIGHT PINK

EVENT: Bank of America Chicago Marathon 2016 - Bright Pink

EVENT DATE: Oct 09, 2016

Natalie Kozlowski

THE STORY:

As many may (or may not because I haven't been super open about it) know, my mom got diagnosed with triple positive breast cancer last October. I actually remember getting the news while wearing pink for breast cancer awareness day in October while student teaching. Irony at it’s finest.

Last year I started running longer distances as a way to prove myself. I was never a runner per se, and never thought I could accomplish such a distance as 26.2 miles. However, back in April of last year (after completing my first half marathon), I decided to put my name into the Chicago marathon lottery. Lucky me at getting picked. (insert sarcasm here) Traveling, hot weather, and student teaching really put a damper on the training schedule that I had for completing the full marathon. Although I wasn’t super prepared to run the event, I knew that I couldn’t quit, especially in such a difficult time. If I quit, what message was I sending to my mother who was about to endure chemotherapy? To make matters worse, my mom and I had to face the tough decision of putting our cat to eternal sleep the day before the marathon. Sweat and TEARS for sure.

I have done extensive research on triple positive breast cancer, and specifically the HER2protein, and know that without research, specific treatments to target this protein would not exist today. Only 20% of invasive breast cancers are a result of HER2 gene amplification or overexpression of HER2 protein. As always, finding the cancer early helps with treatment!

This year, I want to complete the marathon as a symbol of a so called emotional journey. For that reason, I have chosen to run on behalf of a charity that focuses on prevention and early detection of breast and ovarian cancer in young women. Although my mom tested negative for the BRCA gene, I personally know many that have been affected by this, and we all know cancer does not discriminate age-wise. My grandmother from my dad’s side also died of breast cancer, so I have family history from both sides. (Ladies, make sure to assess your risk!!!)

MOST IMPORTANTLY, this marathon will also be a celebration of my mom ending her Herceptin treatments, and hopefully a big middle finger to her cancer forever. It’s been a rough time, but my mom has been a total badass and I couldn't be more proud of her!!

I really hate asking people for money, but I would truly appreciate a donation on behalf of all the boobies out there. Remember, TAX DEDUCTIBLE! Instead of vowing to buy me a drank after I complete, donate! I have pledged to raise $1,000. I want to be a driving force in empowering women to live healthier, happier and longer lives. I want to somehow turn such a negative in my life, into a positive force. As a thanks for donating, and supporting me, I’ll make sure to help you out any time you need a helping hands, or a shoulder to lean on. :) 

If you do not feel comfortable doing it online with a credit card, you can ask me about other options. 

If you can’t donate, please say an extra prayer for all those affected with cancer, as well as a prayer for me on October 9! ;) (that or come cheer me on!)

xoxo,

Natalie

DONATE

To This Fundraiser

$1,000

MONEY RAISED
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  • Anonymous

    $200

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    $100

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    $25

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    $100

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100% Raised of $1,000 Goal

Toolkit

The Team: $184,147 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

Ben Rutledge

Amount Raised

$4,695

 

157% Raised of $3,000 Goal

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Amount Raised

$4,000

 

80% Raised of $5,000 Goal

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Patrick McHugh

Amount Raised

$3,845

 

154% Raised of $2,500 Goal

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Megan Lavery

Amount Raised

$3,708

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Caroline Wells

Amount Raised

$3,336

 

222% Raised of $1,500 Goal

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Emma Pollert

Amount Raised

$3,175

 

106% Raised of $3,000 Goal

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Denise Ibsen Cole

Amount Raised

$3,170

 

317% Raised of $1,000 Goal

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Francine Pine

Amount Raised

$2,993

Donor Comments

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $100

2 years ago

Stephanie Roche

Stephanie Roche

2 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $100

I am impressed with your commitment to fundraising for such an important cause and to running 26.2! Your incredible and strong Mom is so lucky to have you beside her. Early detection before the cancer metasticized could have saved my mom's life so educating those at risk is key and I am honored to aid in your support of Bright Pink. 2 years ago

Julie

Julie

2 years ago

Mary Beesley

Mary Beesley

DONATION: $100

Good luck Natalie! Prayers for your mom and family. Cancer Sucks! I miss you Dad! 2 years ago

Kristina

Kristina

2 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $25

You Mah Gurl â 2 years ago

Joey Christie

Joey Christie

2 years ago

Ronnie

Ronnie

2 years ago

Kate

Kate

2 years ago