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Michelle Byers' Fundraiser:

2017 Race for Rehab Falmouth Road Race

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Michelle Byers

THE STORY:


I run for those who can’t.

I am honored to be running the 2017 Falmouth Road Race with Spaulding Rehabilitation Network’s Race for Rehab team!  I am running this year to give back to Spaulding some of what it gave me: hope, strength, and a sense of community.  Having the privilege to run Falmouth on behalf of Spaulding is a great milestone in my recovery. 


In January 2016, I was in a serious car accident while heading up to Vermont to ski for a long weekend.  I "walked" away from the accident with some life-changing injuries, including spinal fractures at C2-C3 and T11-T12.  In a matter of millimeters, this accident could have taken away my ability to walk, run, exercise, and perform all the activities of daily living.  Fortunately, a little bit of luck and the watchful eye of my mother from up above prevented me from suffering any spinal cord damage.  After a week in the hospital, I was able to walk out with some new hardware and a promise to myself that I would never again take for granted an opportunity to use my body in a healthy way. 


After spending months in HALO and TLSO braces, my healing process brought me to Spaulding Rehab.  Attending PT in the outpatient center in Charlestown, MA was both a blessing and a curse.  I was blessed to be working with such amazing providers, but cursed in that I was emotionally overwhelmed by the many patients around me with more devastating injuries.  Each time I was able to walk into that building I felt lucky; it could have been worse.  Knowing that I survived a major accident and that I am expected to achieve full recovery in time, I renewed my promise to myself that I would never take walking or running for granted again. 


Running with Spaulding’s Race for Rehab team has been a goal for me since I walked in the door in Charlestown, and I haven’t looked back.  The care and support Spaulding continues to provide me throughout my recovery truly has been life changing.  Without the help of Spaulding, I wouldn’t be where I am today.  I still have far to go, but thanks to my Spaulding team, I know where I am headed.  In just a few photographs, you can see what one can accomplish with the help of Spaulding: metal to medal in 455 days.


I am so grateful to have the ability to run again, and I can think of no better way to honor and support those who do not with a little run around Falmouth, MA this August.  Please consider donating to the Race for Rehab team this year to help pay it forward to other Spaulding patients.  


Thank you!


Michelle

DONATE

To This Fundraiser

$1,045

MONEY RAISED
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  • Jamie Berger

     

  • Julianne Fitzpatrick

     

  • Eric Apjohn

     

  • Michelle Schaffer

     

  • Jocelyn Mahoney

     

  • Michelle Benjamin

    $25

  • Jen & Beau Thomas

     

  • David & Susan Graham

    $100

  • Katiana Gruppioni

    $100

  • Lindsey Weller

     

  • Ana & Mau

    $50

  • Allan & Jenny Apjohn

    $50

  • Nicole Benjamin

    $50

  • Ed & Joanne Fitzpatrick

    $100

  • tina pittore

    $25

  • Christopher Ligatti

     

  • Jenny Rosenthal

    $25

  • Tony Lu

    $50

  • Erika Barber and Alex Baquerizo

    $50

  • Kelley & Bill

    $25

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Fundraise for this Campaign

The Team: $4,250 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Fundraiser Title

Matthew Fink

Amount Raised

$2,175

 

44% Raised of $5,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Michelle Byers

Amount Raised

$1,045

Fundraiser Title

Joe Castellana

Amount Raised

$500

 

33% Raised of $1,500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Emily Weston

Amount Raised

$265

Fundraiser Title

Marianne Gaffney

Amount Raised

$100

 

7% Raised of $1,500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Richard Pratt

Amount Raised

$65

 

4% Raised of $1,500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Sean Kukauskas

Amount Raised

$50

 

5% Raised of $1,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Ashley Bonaccorso

Amount Raised

$50

 

3% Raised of $2,000 Goal

Donor Comments

Kelley & Bill

Kelley & Bill

DONATION: $25

You are an amazing woman dear cousin!! 22 hours ago

Erika Barber and Alex Baquerizo

Erika Barber and Alex Baquerizo

DONATION: $50

So happy for you and your recovery! 23 hours ago

Tony Lu

Tony Lu

DONATION: $50

1 day ago

Jenny Rosenthal

Jenny Rosenthal

DONATION: $25

Love you ALWAYS. 3 days ago

Christopher Ligatti

Christopher Ligatti

3 days ago

tina pittore

tina pittore

DONATION: $25

you're a beast, michelle! 3 days ago

Ed & Joanne Fitzpatrick

Ed & Joanne Fitzpatrick

DONATION: $100

Way to go Michelle! 6 days ago

Nicole Benjamin

Nicole Benjamin

DONATION: $50

1 week ago

Allan & Jenny Apjohn

Allan & Jenny Apjohn

DONATION: $50

Go Michelle!! 2 weeks ago

Ana & Mau

Ana & Mau

DONATION: $50

2 weeks ago