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Bridget Walsh Graham Billy Walsh's Fundraiser:

Spaulding Rehab Race for Rehab Boston Marathon 2016

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Bridget Walsh Graham's Photo
Bridget Walsh Graham's Photo
Bridget Walsh Graham's Photo
Bridget Walsh Graham's Photo
Bridget Walsh Graham's Photo
Bridget Walsh Graham's Photo
Bridget Walsh Graham's Photo
Bridget Walsh Graham's Photo
Bridget Walsh Graham Billy Walsh

THE STORY:

We Run in Memory of our Dad Bill Walsh!

On January 22nd 2016 our Dad passed away at Spaulding Cambridge after a long battle with Guillain Barre-Syndrome.

During the first week of August, Dad was diagnosed with a very rare and serious autoimmune disease that affected the peripheral nervous system known as Guillain Barre-Syndrome. Guillain Barre, or GBS, occurs when the body attacks its own nerves to fight a bacterial infection. It literally destroys them. We soon discovered that this debilitating disease originated from Campylobacter, a type of food poisoning. Overnight our Dad went from being a healthy man, traveling the globe with mom, practicing law, and playing golf at least twice a week, to being paralyzed from the neck down. In addition to the paralysis, Dad had to have a tracheotomy and be put on a ventilator to breathe because his respiratory system was also affected. This meant that not only was he unable to move, he was also unable to breathe, speak, or eat. Dad’s mind and mental awareness were fully intact..while he was trapped inside his own body for nearly 6 months.

Why am I (Bridget) doing this? I have never run a marathon before, tho I always wanted to, but was afraid that it was an impossible feat for me. When Dad was first admitted to Spaulding in September, I discovered the address to Spaulding Cambridge was exactly 26.2 miles from my home. I knew that was a sign and something I needed to do for my Dad. I especially want to do this for the amazing caregivers who work tirelessly at Spaulding and so lovingly cared for Dad while he was a patient there.

Billy is joining me in the cause and this will be his third Boston Marathon....Together we will run for Dad's memory. Watching Dad fight every day for 6 months to regain his body and his voice was all the motivation we needed.  Though Dad did not recover from his illness, the staff at Spaulding did so much for him and we would like to help Spaulding help current and future patients.

We have many months of training and fundraising ahead, a daunting task, but nothing compares to what our Dad endured throughout his 6 month battle. We are doing our part to train and we ask for your help in meeting our fundraising goal. 

Thank you,

Bridget & Billy

 

 

 

$35,376

MONEY RAISED
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  • Helen Cogan

    $50

  • Steve and Kristen Donohue

    $50

  • Matt Catania

    $50

  • Shawn Cogan

    $25

  • Michael McPhee

    $100

  • Andrew and Lisa Majewski

    $100

  • Christina & Katherine Oliver

    $25

  • Jesse/Colleen/Paloma

    $50

  • Donna & Phil Hunt

    $50

  • Zak Grau

     

  • Ferrero Family

    $100

  • Mark Catania

    $50

  • Caissie Family

    $100

  • Patsy & Rob D'Amato

    $50

  • Ranalli family

     

  • Vicky OReilly

    $100

  • Denise Feloney

    $100

  • Dave Brigham & Beth Morahan

    $250

  • TJ & Courtney Gillespie

    $125

  • Josie Avakian

    $50

  • Jeff LaVoie

    $125

  • Richard Oliver DMD

    $100

  • Scott and Judy Larkee

    $100

  • Liana Christy

    $50

  • Sara and Jim Jakobek

    $150

  • Amy & Terry

    $200

  • John Kusnarowis

    $100

  • Janeen Hurley

     

  • Norfplk County Dental Associates

    $100

  • Mark, Julie, and Nicholas Field

    $100

  • Steve Levitt

    $118

  • The Martino Family

     

  • McGonigles

     

  • AnneMarie & Mike Mahoney

    $50

  • Bill Lenahan

    $25

  • Nick and Jackie DiBuono

    $75

  • Sam Khayat

    $500

  • The Schmidts

    $50

  • Ann Beaton

    $50

  • Sean & Breda Healy

    $50

  • Kristina Howard

     

  • Sharon G. Cisternelli

     

  • Eileen Sheppard

    $50

  • Marcia Braganca

    $50

  • Michelle Roach

    $100

  • Dolores Boylan

    $50

  • Mike and Caroline Farley

    $50

  • Shannon and Family

    $50

  • Pfizer Foundation Matching Gifts Program

    $25

  • Mom

    $300

  • Matt and Kathleen Wright

     

  • Brooks and Sarah Mathewson

    $250

  • MaryEllen, Tom & Margaret

    $150

  • Emily Bonacci

    $100

  • Karen Kennedy

    $50

  • Chris Barry

     

  • Christine Kovner & family

    $100

  • The Kilroy Family

    $50

  • John Guanci

    $100

  • Marie Meegan

    $200

  • barbara murphy

    $100

  • The Doyle family

     

  • Kim wright

    $50

  • John russo

    $50

  • West Street Tavern & Restaurant

     

  • The O'Brien Family

    $100

  • Joe & Sheila Flynn

    $100

  • Liz and Duncan Richardson

    $500

  • Beth and Mike King

    $100

  • Merle Leeds

    $100

  • Kathleen Duff

    $50

  • The Richer Family

     

  • Julé Frechette

    $50

  • Chuck and Jeanette Sullivan

     

  • Matt & Katelyn Bianculli

    $50

  • The Ianno Family

    $100

  • Quaranto Family

     

  • Matt Meegan

    $100

  • Sally Walsh

    $50

  • Lori&Brian; Whelan

    $50

  • Cathy Buckley Griffin

     

  • Kacey and Mike Graham

    $100

  • Ray & Susan Boscia (a.k.a. Jim's Friends!)

    $25

  • Courtney Cloonan and Kevin Healy

    $26.20

  • Mike & Kim Healy

    $100

  • Mark Lippolt

    $50

  • Mike and Laura

    $50

  • Katy and Jeff Hayes

    $25

  • Laura McDonald Hasenfus

    $25

  • Mary Turbini

    $25

  • Christopher Forhan

    $50

  • Pat and Jerry Buckley

    $100

  • David M Iadarola

     

  • Ann Walsh

    $100

  • Healy/Walsh Family

     

  • Renola Family

    $100

  • Lauren and Adam Paton

     

  • Peter Gavin

    $50

  • Donna Rossetti-Grimore

    $100

  • Judith McDowell

    $100

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The Team: $547,430 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

David Storto

Amount Raised

$109,825

 

110% Raised of $100,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital

Amount Raised

$38,734

Fundraiser Title

Bridget Walsh Graham Billy Walsh

Amount Raised

$35,376

Fundraiser Title

Adriene and Kari

Amount Raised

$14,007

 

140% Raised of $10,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Carrie Marie Janik

Amount Raised

$13,394

Fundraiser Title

Ben Mazza And Lauren Tabb

Amount Raised

$11,172

 

112% Raised of $10,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Kelly Corbo

Amount Raised

$10,942

 

109% Raised of $10,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Diane and Arian

Amount Raised

$10,881

 

109% Raised of $10,000 Goal

Donor Comments

Judith McDowell

Judith McDowell

DONATION: $100

11 months ago

Donna Rossetti-Grimore

Donna Rossetti-Grimore

DONATION: $100

12 months ago

Peter Gavin

Peter Gavin

DONATION: $50

1 year ago

Lauren and Adam Paton

Lauren and Adam Paton

Congratulations on your run. Billy sorry I didn't get to see you at finish line and wrap you in your blanket too! 1 year ago

Renola Family

Renola Family

DONATION: $100

In memory of Mr. Walsh 1 year ago

Healy/Walsh Family

Healy/Walsh Family

1 year ago

Ann Walsh

Ann Walsh

DONATION: $100

Hope you killed it today, Bridget!! 1 year ago

David M Iadarola

David M Iadarola

Good Luck 1 year ago

Pat and Jerry Buckley

Pat and Jerry Buckley

DONATION: $100

Run Strong, Billy and Bridget. "May the wind be at your back and the warmth of the sun shine upon your face" as you carry the wonderful memories of your Dad across the finish line. 1 year ago

Christopher Forhan

Christopher Forhan

DONATION: $50

Tribute to Martin Forhan Jr a Spaulding patient 1 year ago