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Nikki Ferraro's Fundraiser:

5 by 5 (5K for 5 years)

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BENEFITING: BITE ME CANCER

EVENT DATE: Jun 19, 2016

Nikki Ferraro

THE STORY:

What started off as a Father's Day present to my dad turned out to be something that I would completely fall in love with - running. This June, I am doing my very first 5K in honor of the 5th anniversary of my foundation, Bite Me Cancer. Being someone who used to hate running, I am humbled and amazed at how my body has transformed these past few months. Running every day or so, pushing myself, etc. I truly never thought I would be able to accomplish what I have done so far and be able to feel that "runner's high" that people so often refer to.

To give a little background info - I was diagnosed with Thyroid Cancer in April 2010 and had my first extensive surgery in May 2010. Since then I've had many surgeries, treatments, etc. - but I am very optimistic and have been recently declared stable! Around that time I started my foundation - Bite Me Cancer, which supports teenagers battling all cancers and raises funds for Thyroid Cancer research. 

In July 2014, I found out that the cancer had spread to the lower left lobe of my lung. After many tests, it was determined that I had to have lung surgery; and I had to prep for at least 30 days prior to strengthen my lungs by doing cardio one hour every day. This prep was my intro to running. Unfortunately, that September surgery was unsuccessful and nothing was removed. In October 2014, I had to start an oral chemotherapy treatment - this involves taking 2 pills of  chemo every day with no ending date. Luckily, my side effects have been bearable and my counts have shown a LOT of improvement! 

Now, running without the full use of your lungs is a challenge to say the least, but I am continuously amazed at what my body can handle with a push of passion and motivation. Finally, I have to give a Father's Day gift shout out to my dad. He's been the one inspiring me the whole time to keep running, keep going, and reach my goals. I surprised him by signing us up for a 5K, and I couldn't be more excited to experience my first (of many) races with him! My fundraising goal for my first 5K is $5,000. $5,000 for 5 years, and more years to come! Please help me reach my goal!

To learn more about my foundation, please visit www.bitemecancer.org !

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To This Fundraiser

$5,660

MONEY RAISED
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  • Susan Askew

    $100

  • Judy Gray

    $20

  • Hodgkiss Family

     

  • A LinkedIn Friend

    $25

  • Tony B

    $50

  • Christopher Borgal

    $60

  • Mina Ebrahimi

    $250

  • Aunt Debi

    $50

  • Cyndi & Ed Shanahan

    $100

  • Maddi and Rocky Dudley

    $100

  • Donna Noll Pagliaro

    $25

  • Buckmeier Family

    $100

  • Jamie Albright

    $25

  • Meryl and Tom

    $100

  • Uncle Ron & Aunt Jina

    $75

  • Tony B

    $50

  • Enjoy your day with your dad.

    $50

  • Lenore Hamm

    $50

  • Pamela Christina

    $20

  • Najmabadi/McDermott Family

    $50

  • Denny + Gardner

    $250

  • Anonymous

     

  • Susan Busatti Giangano

    $25

  • Lori Wiener

    $25

  • Lois Godby

    $25

  • Angie & Adele Smith

    $25

  • Mike Gentile

    $100

  • Patrick & Cathy Chisholm

    $25

  • The Brough Family

    $50

  • Tammy Mendyk

    $50

  • Donna & Marc McIntosh

    $50

  • Ed and Sharon Williams

     

  • Tim and Jean

    $100

  • Teresa Snedeker

     

  • Myrtle Young

    $25

  • Anonymous

     

  • David Horwitz

    $50

  • Judy Olson

    $25

  • Susan and Jack Cullen

    $50

  • Pam and Jim St. John

     

  • Dan Sullivan

     

  • Rick and Kris Beckwith

    $75

  • Melissa

     

  • Anonymous

     

  • Carolyn E. Howell

    $25

  • Debbie and Jeff

    $25

  • Marissa Levin

    $25

  • Gina Poindexter

    $25

  • Philip Dudley

    $10

  • Kipp

    $25

  • Mina Fies

    $25

  • Toni and Bill Boyd

    $50

  • Ben and Jake

    $30

  • Maris Angolia

    $25

  • Kathy Cox

    $25

  • Richard Bond

    $25

  • Lori Ann Roth

    $25

  • Milce Snyder State Farm

     

  • The Baker Family

    $50

  • Mary Anne and Roy

    $50

  • Brett and Lara Coffee

    $25

  • Donna Weyh Roberts

    $25

  • Matt McQueen

    $100

  • Doug McDonald

     

  • Vivian and Harold Bloom

    $50

  • Michelle & Keith

    $100

  • Anonymous

     

  • Christina Pritchett

    $50

  • I see yew.

     

  • Matt

    $20

  • Josh Levi

    $50

  • Sharon & Mark

     

  • The Hills

    $50

  • Tim Tessman

    $25

  • Shari and Barry

     

  • The Williams Family

    $130

  • Beth Norton

    $25

  • You Rock Nikki

    $10

  • Kathleen Firzpatrick

    $50

  • Jeannette Mahoney

    $100

  • Susan Baron

    $25

  • The Schmidt Family

    $100

  • Mike Girone

    $50

  • Kathy Albarado

    $100

  • Linda Messina

    $25

  • Colin Callahan & Associates, LLC

    $250

  • Deb and Mark Tietbohl

    $25

  • Connie Whitman

    $50

  • Lindsay Mikita

    $100

  • Mom and Dad

    $100

  • Pat

    $500

  • Mike & Cheryl Smith

    $50

  • Maurisa Potts

    $25

  • Bobbi Longworth

    $50

  • Kiki and Ed Orski

    $25

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113% Raised of $5,000 Goal

Donor Comments

Kiki and Ed Orski

Kiki and Ed Orski

DONATION: $25

2 years ago

Bobbi Longworth

Bobbi Longworth

DONATION: $50

In celebration of Nikki's first 5K! 2 years ago

Maurisa Potts

Maurisa Potts

DONATION: $25

2 years ago

Mike & Cheryl Smith

Mike & Cheryl Smith

DONATION: $50

2 years ago

Pat

Pat

DONATION: $500

2 years ago

Mom and Dad

Mom and Dad

DONATION: $100

We are very proud of you. Have a great run! 2 years ago

Lindsay Mikita

Lindsay Mikita

DONATION: $100

Of Colleen Brogan 2 years ago

Connie Whitman

Connie Whitman

DONATION: $50

2 years ago

Deb and Mark Tietbohl

Deb and Mark Tietbohl

DONATION: $25

Inspiring! 2 years ago

Colin Callahan & Associates, LLC

Colin Callahan & Associates, LLC

DONATION: $250

2 years ago