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Team Clarke: TCS New York City Marathon 2016

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owner profile imageMainstream 9-6-16
September 06, 2016

The Falmouth Road Race is behind us, summer has ended and school has begun. Cait's offical first day of kindergarten was today and she stepped  See more
Christopher Gallant

THE STORY:

Call it a comeback?

2011 was the last time I set out to run a marathon event, and it just so happened to be my best year. It was also the same year Cait was born and we learned of her hearing loss. Not so surprising now, running had moved to the back burner and further learning of Cait's loss and focussing on early speech development became a priority.

August 2015 was the first time I would set back out on the road again to run for Clarke in the Falmouth Road Race. It was brutal. Amazing what happens to the body after being so conditioned in the past. In July, just prior to that race we learned of a further loss in Cait's left ear. What had been known as the better of her two ears, now became her worse. Knowing early her loss could be progressive we could only hoped it wouldn't change, but it did.

On October 26 Cait received her cochlear implant. She was activated/ 'turned on' December 5th. With the support from those at Clarke, and of course a little help from mom and dad, the whole experience of surgery and the activation of her processor seemed to be a very smooth transition.

We are almost seven months out from the point of her activation and she only continues to progress in word recognition and development.

Cait will be mainstreaming this coming September; she's moving on to kindergarten. Although nerve racking it is also exciting. Knowing the support from Clarke will still be there makes it somewhat easier for us to handle Cait transitioning. She has done incredible until this point and we can only see great things to come.

As for running NYC (and yes Falmouth again)... well I kind of see this as a way of saying thank you to those who supported us the last five years. Faces come and faces go but the memories and experiences of what we have experienced at Clarke will continue on. While trying to regain a part of my past which I enjoyed so much, I am also trying to use it as a way to pay it forward.

Thank you Clarke for your support and hopefully we'll see you at the finish line.

Additionally, thank you to those taking the time out to read a brief story and donate to/support a great organization.        

Clarke Schools wrote...

"When your child is diagnosed with a hearing loss, there is a moment of uncertainty. But then Clarke comes into your life, and you know that it's all going to be okay."

Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech provides children who are deaf or hard of hearing with the listening, learning, and spoken language skills they need to succeed.

On Sunday, November 6th, the 5 members of TEAM CLARKE will take to the streets of New York City. Each runner has committed to raising $2,500 for Clarke. 100% of the donations they receive will provide direct support for the life-changing programs and services Clarke offers for children who are deaf or hard of hearing children and their families.

Support an individual runner and help Clarke open a world of limitless possibilities for the children Clarke serves.

Thank you!

 

$3,250

MONEY RAISED
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  • Kathleen Luizzi & Paul Luizzi

    $50

  • Steve Anastos

    $25

  • Joe and Jen Marchetti

    $100

  • Archie & Kathy Gormley

    $100

  • Julie MacLean

    $50

  • Mike & Laurie Zarrella

    $100

  • Matt Warner

    $50

  • Eddie & Jeanine Bradsher

    $50

  • clarke school

    $50

  • Pete, Kim, Natasha and Maya

     

  • Sue Goodale

    $75

  • Megan Weingarten

    $100

  • The Norkus Family

     

  • The DeCastro Family

    $150

  • Nuala Doherty

    $25

  • Tim Lacouture

    $25

  • Robert & Maria Sullivan

    $100

  • The Binienda's- JT, Abby, Danielle and Jamie

    $50

  • Jim, Kathy, Sean & Aria Lyon

    $50

  • Phil Gallant

    $200

  • Kathleen Luizzi & Paul Luizzi

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Mischler Family

     

  • Anonymous

     

  • Bill Duffy

    $200

  • Pete, Kim, Natasha and Maya

    $50

  • Jeremy maddem

    $50

  • Bob Wyman

    $50

  • Henk Leget

    $10

  • Ron Giguere

    $50

  • Brian Nickerson

    $50

  • Courtney Lennon

    $25

  • Bassett family

    $50

  • Chuck and Andrea Davis

    $50

  • Mark Baker

    $25

  • Normand Gallant

    $50

  • Sue, Kiley and Josh Gallant

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $20

  • Clare Gill

    $25

  • Mary Jane

    $100

  • Anonymous

     

  • Christina Sanborn Danese

    $25

  • Paul Wisocky

    $25

  • Logan, Owen & Finn McKenna

    $25

  • GROUP 1, Station 1

    $275

  • Cait Gallant

    $155

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130% Raised of$2,500 Goal

The Team: $17,698 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

Kristen Kuhn

Amount Raised

$6,072

 

121% Raised of$5,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Christopher Gallant

Amount Raised

$3,250

 

130% Raised of$2,500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Sandra Laflamme

Amount Raised

$3,101

 

124% Raised of$2,500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Denae Kessel Dostal

Amount Raised

$2,700

Fundraiser Title

Charlie Page

Amount Raised

$2,575

 

64% Raised of$4,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Jodi Fairman

Amount Raised

$0

Donor Comments

Cait Gallant

Cait Gallant

DONATION: $155

2 years ago

GROUP 1, Station 1

GROUP 1, Station 1

DONATION: $275

2 years ago

Logan, Owen & Finn McKenna

Logan, Owen & Finn McKenna

DONATION: $25

For our buddy Cait 3 years ago

Paul Wisocky

Paul Wisocky

DONATION: $25

3 years ago

Christina Sanborn Danese

Christina Sanborn Danese

DONATION: $25

3 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

on behalf of Phil Gallant 3 years ago

Mary Jane

Mary Jane

DONATION: $100

It's a great race! Good luck! 3 years ago

Clare Gill

Clare Gill

DONATION: $25

Good luck!! 3 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $20

3 years ago

Sue, Kiley and Josh Gallant

Sue, Kiley and Josh Gallant

DONATION: $100

3 years ago