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Vida and Kerry's Fundraiser:

Chicago Marathon

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BENEFITING: Americares

ORGANIZER: Americares

EVENT: 2015 Team AmeriCares

Vida and Kerry

THE STORY:

Native Canadians Vida and Kerry have been runners and friends since high school – in fact, their friendship began the year Wayne Gretzky led the Edmonton Oilers to the first of five Stanley Cup victories (Canadian trivia, anyone?). Despite this longtime bond, they only began running together after they each had children and began taking joint family holidays in British Columbia.  There, the friends developed a love for trail running through the B.C. forests—a skill that requires stamina to get up hills and agility to negotiate the roots of trees hundreds of years old. Last summer, they added to their workout when they rented a remote cottage and had to paddle across a lake before going for a run each day. These two really take things to the next level!

To date, the women each have one marathon under their belt and the duo is looking forward to completing the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Vida ran the TCS NYC Marathon in 2014 and pledged to run Chicago 2015 for Team
AmeriCares when she joined the AmeriCares staff last winter (smartly committing to another 26-miler before the euphoria of her first wore off!).  Kerry ran the London Marathon in 2003, the year her son was born, and has been hooked on competing in races of all kinds ever since.  

Even with all that they have in common, there is one difference: Kerry runs without music, whereas Vida is dedicated to her playlist, which leans heavily toward indie female vocalists such as Cat Powers.  Vida also admits that she can’t get enough of Canadian Leonard Cohen’s deep, gravelly voice – and now and then finds herself humming the theme song from Ferris Bueller's Day Off, “Oh Yeah.” Hopefully Kerry can endure a singalong as they weave through the Chicago streets!

These hard-core Canadians are exicted that their (hopefully less than) four-hour run through Chicago will benefit AmeriCares emergency response and global health programs. 

Every day, AmeriCares puts critically needed medicines and supplies in the hands of frontline health workers and develops innovative, sustainable health improvements in their communities. It launched a major response to the Nepal earthquake in April and is currently supporting several Ebola recovery programs in West Africa. Since its founding in 1982, AmeriCares has delivered more than $12 billion in humanitarian aid to 164 countries.

Thanks in advance for supporting AmeriCares work by making a contribution to their Chicago Marathon fundraiser.

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To This Fundraiser

$7,411

MONEY RAISED
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  • Karrin

     

  • AmeriCares Social Media Challenge

    $25

  • Ron and Alice Foubister

    $100

  • Tim van Biesen

    $1,000

  • Michael Retterath

    $100

  • Liz Angelone

    $50

  • Janette & Frederik van der Weijden

    $250

  • Frank van Biesen

    $200

  • Vivian Jonokuchi

    $50

  • Mary and Matt Cashin

    $25

  • Carol Campili

    $50

  • Lilly Armstrong

    $50

  • Albarracin Family

    $30

  • Tanya & Andrew

    $200

  • Aideen Mounty

    $50

  • Raj and Akta Menon

    $50

  • Sandy and Michael Nyenhuis

    $100

  • Warne Family

    $50

  • Todd and Megan Johnson

    $100

  • Beth Miranda

     

  • The Sargent Family

    $50

  • Connie Bennett

    $100

  • Cornelia Brefka

     

  • Anonymous

    $20

  • The Jaquiery Family

    $150

  • Romona Norton

    $100

  • Jaye & Josh Weisbrod

    $250

  • The Lammers Family

    $50

  • THE AMEZCUA FAMILY

    $100

  • Rosie Foster

    $50

  • The Hartman Family

    $100

  • Laura Tobias

    $50

  • Fundraising Challenge 1

     

  • marie pope

    $50

  • Kerry & Darren

    $200

  • Ellen Rae Dai

    $40

  • Darrelle O'Connor

    $50

  • Klaus & Waseem

    $100

  • Alaina Spaziani

    $25

  • Martha Hostetter

    $50

  • When A Fire Starts To Burn

    $25

  • Carol Milano

     

  • Kevin Allan

    $100

  • Mary Rauscher

    $50

  • Emanuela

     

  • Melissa Bruni

    $50

  • Janine Ducoin-Arnold

    $100

  • The Van Maanens

    $50

  • Brennan/Reilly Family

    $100

  • Kassey and Anya Dimaculangan

     

  • The Aguiars

    $25

  • Michael and Rita Kyba

    $101

  • Salon Ruggeri

    $500

  • Kaity Geren

    $50

  • Min & Preston

    $200

  • Holly

    $25

  • Christine Haran

    $25

  • Atul and Cortney Aggarwal

    $250

  • Anonymous

    $200

  • Lizzy Laidlaw

    $50

  • The Dean Family

    $50

  • The Neuenfeldts

    $250

  • The Lonnegrens

    $50

  • Charlie and Allyson Kim

    $250

  • Ted

    $25

  • Harley & Heather

    $35

  • The Rochas

    $100

  • The Sanko Family

    $50

  • Shelby Slayton

    $100

  • Kevin Gilrain

    $60

  • Diana Maguire

    $100

  • Anonymous

     

  • Cathy Tokarski

    $50

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74% Raised of$10,000 Goal

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The Team: $12,727 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Fundraiser Title

Vida and Kerry

Amount Raised

$7,411

 

74% Raised of$10,000 Goal

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Joel Mathew

Amount Raised

$2,776

 

111% Raised of$2,500 Goal

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Michael Mesirow

Amount Raised

$2,525

 

84% Raised of$3,000 Goal

Donor Comments

Cathy Tokarski

Cathy Tokarski

DONATION: $50

In memory of Anne Smedinghoff 4 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

4 years ago

Diana Maguire

Diana Maguire

DONATION: $100

4 years ago

Kevin Gilrain

Kevin Gilrain

DONATION: $60

4 years ago

Shelby Slayton

Shelby Slayton

DONATION: $100

4 years ago

The Sanko Family

The Sanko Family

DONATION: $50

4 years ago

The Rochas

The Rochas

DONATION: $100

4 years ago

Harley & Heather

Harley & Heather

DONATION: $35

4 years ago

Ted

Ted

DONATION: $25

4 years ago

Charlie and Allyson Kim

Charlie and Allyson Kim

DONATION: $250

4 years ago