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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

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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To This Fundraiser

$8,424

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

     

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Lance Johnson

    $100

  • Noelle Stafford

    $200

  • dennis becker

    $50

  • Benevity--MG United Health

    $200

  • peter griffin

    $500

  • Lisa and Sal Popolizio (Lisa from Sue's setback league)

    $50

  • Richard Eriksen

    $100

  • Louis Petruzzello

    $50

  • Mary Lou Garofalo

    $25

  • Lance Johnson

    $50

  • Alyssa Pillion

    $200

  • Mike's Setback Fundraiser

    $2,500

  • Mark and Patti Steinhoff

    $75

  • Susan Albano

    $100

  • Cindy Stevens

    $50

  • The Chathams

    $100

  • The Craig Family

    $52.40

  • Julie Lewis

    $100

  • "The nurses"

    $50

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281% Raised of $3,000 Goal

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The Team: $247,444 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Frank Seyboth

Amount Raised

$50,337

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Jen Andruzzi

Amount Raised

$43,122

 

86% Raised of $50,000 Goal

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Lorraine and Brenda Reynolds

Amount Raised

$26,671

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Mike Nelson

Amount Raised

$15,205

 

190% Raised of $8,000 Goal

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Lindsy Connolly

Amount Raised

$11,125

 

148% Raised of $7,500 Goal

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Katie Adelstein

Amount Raised

$10,753

 

108% Raised of $10,000 Goal

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Jase Simmons

Amount Raised

$10,411

 

104% Raised of $10,000 Goal

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John Ponte

Amount Raised

$10,278

 

103% Raised of $10,000 Goal

Donor Comments

"The nurses"

DONATION: $50

Amazing accomplishment! Congratulations! And for the best cause ever :) 1 week ago

Julie Lewis

Julie Lewis

DONATION: $100

What a gift you are giving of yourself to run this race! 2 weeks ago

The Craig Family

The Craig Family

DONATION: $52.40

In memory of my mom - Good luck my fellow rugby player!!! 2 weeks ago

The Chathams

The Chathams

DONATION: $100

In Memory of Chris Coyle: Go, Mike! You got this! See you on Boylston! 2 weeks ago

Cindy Stevens

Cindy Stevens

DONATION: $50

2 weeks ago

Susan Albano

Susan Albano

DONATION: $100

Best of luck on Monday! 2 weeks ago

Mark and Patti Steinhoff

Mark and Patti Steinhoff

DONATION: $75

2 weeks ago

Mike's Setback Fundraiser

Mike's Setback Fundraiser

DONATION: $2,500

3 weeks ago

Alyssa Pillion

Alyssa Pillion

DONATION: $200

I'll be cheering you on at the finish line, xoxo! 3 weeks ago

Richard Eriksen

Richard Eriksen

DONATION: $100

4 weeks ago