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Team JAF Boston 2017

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BENEFITING: JOE ANDRUZZI FOUNDATION

ORGANIZER: JOE ANDRUZZI FOUNDATION

EVENT: 2017 Boston Marathon

EVENT DATE: Apr 17, 2017

DAY TO GO

Michael Garofalo

THE STORY:

My family and I watched our first ever Boston Marathon in 2013 from the patio of Forum Restaurant on Boylston Street.  One year prior, my wife Amy watched the Marathon from a sterile hospital room at Brigham and Women's.  After a year of chemotherapy, she was undergoing a lifesaving stem cell transplant for her diagnosis of Multiple Myeloma, a rare blood cancer.  We decided to celebrate her one year transplant anniversary in Boston at the Marathon.  It seemed only fitting we attend the Joe Andruzzi Foundation Marathon Watch Party that was benefitting cancer patients.    

We cheered all day as we watched the runners go by.  I recall telling Amy, "Someday I'd like to give this a try.  26.2 miles is a long way but I ran in high school and played rugby for 16 years, I could do this".  After she stopped laughing, she reminded me that I graduated high school over 30 years ago, and I had to quit rugby due to chronic calf issues.  A quick dose of reality and I was back to being a spectator, which was fine with me.

By now, most know of the horrific events that took place that day.  The first bomb went off just two blocks from where we were standing.  My immediate thought was "too loud and too much smoke for a celebratory cannon or fireworks".  Twelve seconds later the second bomb went off and I was blown back into the restaurant, lying next to Amy in a pile of broken glass, my ears ringing and blood trickling down my face and neck.  My first ever Boston Marathon just took a drastic turn for the worse.

Four years later, Amy and I continue to make the mid-April trek into Boston to cheer on the runners, especially those from Team JAF.  It's never a question of "if" we will go; rather "when are we leaving and where will we stay."  We have grown to love the Joe Andruzzi Foundation and are truly inspired by the work they do; helping so many cancer patients and families affected by this disease.  I am so honored to run for JAF at this year's Marathon and can't wait to take that final turn onto Boylston Street.  I will run to honor loved ones lost to cancer, and all those fighting cancer, especially Amy, who has been through the equivalent of one hundred marathons since her cancer diagnosis 6 years ago. 

Thanks for reading my story.  Your donation supports the amazing Joe Andruzzi Foundation and their mission of providing financial and emotional support, hope, and a reason to smile to cancer patients and their families. 

 

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$3,847

MONEY RAISED
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  • Lisa & Harley

    $50

  • Marty Vela

    $200

  • Judy Garofalo

     

  • Anne and Chuck Furey

    $250

  • Kimberly Czaja and Tiffany Shaffer

    $100

  • Mark and Terrie Vetrano

    $100

  • Joyce and Tom O'Malley

    $25

  • Richard Garofalo

    $50

  • Donna Cifarelli

    $50

  • Lisa Kiako

    $25

  • Linda & David - Tucson Arizona

    $50

  • Michelle Airo Salafia

    $50

  • Steve, Deb (Turcotte), Nate and Ben Carragher

    $150

  • Dina Ditacchio Wentworth

    $25

  • Super Bowl Pool

    $1,000

  • Bill Glueck

    $50

  • John and Sherri Mallinson

    $50

  • Brendan Flaherty

    $100

  • Brad Cunningham

    $100

  • Francesca Melchiorri

    $100

  • Dave Croweak

    $100

  • Jim Corrigan

    $50

  • Jim Cozzolongo

     

  • Jeff Macca

     

  • Anne and Chuck

    $26.20

  • Anne and Chuck

    $26.20

  • The Grafing Family

    $25

  • Holly Bajek D'Errico

    $25

  • John and Jody Rowley

    $100

  • Ed and Gillian O'Brien

    $50

  • JP & Paul Norden

    $100

  • Mick and Kelli Odenwaelder

    $50

  • Bob and Susan Russo

    $25

  • Peter Riddle

    $100

  • Bill Donovan

    $50

  • The Cashman Family

    $50

  • Deborah Annino

    $20

  • Wandering Dragon

    $50

  • Micki Charton

     

  • Valerie Chirichiello

    $25

  • John and Lucinda Thiede

    $100

  • Megan and Rick Eriksen

     

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128% Raised of $3,000 Goal

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The Team: $191,259 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Frank Seyboth

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$44,312

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Jen Andruzzi

Amount Raised

$34,375

 

69% Raised of $50,000 Goal

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Lorraine and Brenda Reynolds

Amount Raised

$22,436

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Mike Nelson

Amount Raised

$13,137

 

164% Raised of $8,000 Goal

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Jase Simmons

Amount Raised

$10,211

 

102% Raised of $10,000 Goal

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Valerie Chirichiello

Amount Raised

$7,675

 

102% Raised of $7,500 Goal

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John Ponte

Amount Raised

$7,278

 

73% Raised of $10,000 Goal

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Lindsy Connolly

Amount Raised

$7,135

 

95% Raised of $7,500 Goal

Donor Comments

Megan and Rick Eriksen

Megan and Rick Eriksen

2 days ago

John and Lucinda Thiede

John and Lucinda Thiede

DONATION: $100

2 days ago

Valerie Chirichiello

Valerie Chirichiello

DONATION: $25

Looking forward to celebrating with you on Boylston!! 2 weeks ago

Micki Charton

Micki Charton

3 weeks ago

Wandering Dragon

Wandering Dragon

DONATION: $50

God bless your family, the 4.15 survivor community and all the folks and families battling cancer. 3 weeks ago

Deborah Annino

Deborah Annino

DONATION: $20

3 weeks ago

The Cashman Family

The Cashman Family

DONATION: $50

Keep fighting Mom! 3 weeks ago

Bill Donovan

Bill Donovan

DONATION: $50

4 weeks ago

Peter Riddle

Peter Riddle

DONATION: $100

4 weeks ago

Bob and Susan Russo

Bob and Susan Russo

DONATION: $25

4 weeks ago