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Michael's Miracle Marathon Team 2017

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BENEFITING: THE MICHAEL LISNOW RESPITE CENTER

ORGANIZER: THE MICHAEL LISNOW RESPITE CENTER

EVENT: 2017 Boston Marathon

EVENT DATE: Apr 17, 2017

Jennifer Cohen

THE STORY:

THE MICHAEL LISNOW RESPITE CENTER wrote -

The Michael's Miracle Marathon Team is a Boston Marathon team to benefit The Michael Lisnow Respite Center.  The Respite Center is an official B.A.A. charity that provides services for children and adults with disabilities. We have several programs which include our Adult Day Program, Weekend Respite, After School Care, Day Care (birth - 3yrs), Employment Support for Individuals with Disabilities and Residential Placements.

As we begin 2017 and our 18th Boston Marathon season, our goal is to continue to increase respite and support services for families trying to survive the challenges of raising a child with disabilities. Last year the Respite Center raised just over $600,000 with a team of 72 runners. These funds made it possible to grant scholarships and also provide over 40,000 hours of service to families in need.

Running for Michael's Miracles is such a challenging, emotional, and  exciting undertaking for us.  Matt ran for Michael's Miracles for 4 consecutive years, and then "passed the baton" to Me in 2015. Last year  we both ran, and this year I'm solo again. This will be our 7th consecutive year running for the Respite Center.

The Michael Carter Lisnow Respite Center provides a much-needed sanctuary for families and their children with disabilities. It is particularly special to us because Michael Carter Lisnow is  Matt's brother.

Growing up with Michael Matt was able to see first hand the huge joys and tremendous difficulties of having a family member with a severe disability, or, in Michael’s case, a bunch of disabilities. Having watched the amazing care given by Sharon, Michael's mom, and the unending love Michael gave to and received from his family, has inspired us to want to give back in any way we can to the Respite Center in Michael’s honor.

Although I never had the privilege of knowing Michael before he died, all that I learned about him from his family has taught me how to approach my own life, the lives of my patients, and the lives of each of the members of my own family. Learning about Michael through Sharon, Mark and Matt has showed me what a courageous and special little boy he was, and how many lives he has touched both during his life and after.

I was fortunate enough to work at the Respite Center for a summer during medical school, where she I able to help with daily care for the kids and adults who came to the center. Sharon and Mary, along with all of the members of the community, shaped the development of my love for people with unique and special challenges. My experiences at the respite center directed the course of my career, first to pediatrics and then to neonatology and palliative care. I try to emualte the love and compassion that I have learned from Michael, and all of those whose lives he touched.

When Matt and I spend time at the Respite Center we feel a great sense of pride and community. People with disabilities really need this community. It is most important to them. However, people without disabilities also need the Respite Center. Whenever we spend time there we learn from people who have to struggle with everyday tasks.  We learn not to take anything for granted.  We learn to be a better spouse, better parent, and a better person. 

If we can help to ease the mental, physical, and financial burden for several families through the course of a year, then running 26 miles seems a less daunting task. Running a marathon in several hours doesn’t compare to the marathon that these families call every day life; the respite center allows for much needed breaks and pauses for both the attendees and their caregivers.

We so appreciate the support many of you have given us through the years for the Respite Center. we continue to value your contributions to this special place.

Donating through this website is simple, fast and totally secure. It is also the most efficient way to support out fundraising efforts. Many thanks for your support -- and don't forget to forward this to anyone who you think might want to donate too!

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To This Fundraiser

$9,100

MONEY RAISED
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  • Mark Lisnow

    $5,000

  • Richard and Patti Abramowitz

     

  • The Shamis Family

     

  • Sally, Dan & Maggie Reilly

    $500

  • Jill & Hal Weiss

     

  • Carole Lucas

    $100

  • Terri Gorman

    $50

  • Mark Bierman

     

  • Zaiff Family

    $100

  • Tracy and Dennis Ianneli

     

  • Peter & Arlene Langone

    $100

  • Annalee Cohen

    $300

  • Ed and NEJ Team

    $100

  • Robert DeRosa

     

  • Jimmy

    $100

  • Audrey and RObert del Grosso

    $50

  • Stella Barry

     

  • Rob Rosen

    $500

  • Laura Levine

     

  • Carina Flynn

    $100

  • Jill and Patrick

    $100

  • Roland Webber

     

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182% Raised of $5,000 Goal

Fundraise for this Campaign

The Team: $593,939 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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THE MICHAEL LISNOW RESPITE CENTER

Amount Raised

$191,380

 

38% Raised of $500,000 Goal

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Katie and Cindy Walls

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$97,108

 

216% Raised of $45,000 Goal

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Mario Sousa Jr.

Amount Raised

$30,465

 

102% Raised of $30,000 Goal

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Robert Hinojosa

Amount Raised

$16,551

 

110% Raised of $15,000 Goal

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Jamie and Melanie Harrington

Amount Raised

$12,707

 

85% Raised of $15,000 Goal

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Dan Roy

Amount Raised

$11,200

 

93% Raised of $12,000 Goal

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Jennifer Cohen

Amount Raised

$9,100

 

182% Raised of $5,000 Goal

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ERIN SULLIVAN MURPHY

Amount Raised

$9,000

 

120% Raised of $7,500 Goal

Donor Comments

Roland Webber

Roland Webber

4 months ago

Jill and Patrick

Jill and Patrick

DONATION: $100

Go, girl 4 months ago

Carina Flynn

Carina Flynn

DONATION: $100

4 months ago

Laura Levine

Laura Levine

4 months ago

Rob Rosen

Rob Rosen

DONATION: $500

5 months ago

Stella Barry

Stella Barry

5 months ago

Audrey and RObert del Grosso

Audrey and RObert del Grosso

DONATION: $50

5 months ago

Jimmy

Jimmy

DONATION: $100

I love you Jen and will see you when you finish. 6 months ago

Robert DeRosa

Robert DeRosa

Will be there to cheer you on!! 6 months ago

Ed and NEJ Team

Ed and NEJ Team

DONATION: $100

6 months ago