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Special Olympics Massachusetts Boston 2017

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I did it!!!
April 19, 2017

It's official, I completed my first marathon/first Boston!!! I finished in 5 hours 24 minutes and 18 seconds (12:23 pace). It was a little slower  See more

BENEFITING: Special Olympics Massachusetts

ORGANIZER: Special Olympics Massachusetts

EVENT: 2017 Boston Marathon

EVENT DATE: Apr 17, 2017

Rachel Dill

THE STORY:


Six years ago, I had the crazy idea that I wanted to run a marathon before I turned 30. It couldn’t be just any marathon, it had to be Boston. Fast forward to today and it just so happens that the 2017 Boston Marathon falls exactly one month before my 30th birthday. Running the marathon has been in the back of my mind every year for the last six years and I knew that one day I would follow through on this personal goal. Today is that day. I am so thrilled to announce that I am officially running the 2017 Boston Marathon for Special Olympics Massachusetts!

My connection to Special Olympics Massachusetts runs deep. My sister, Jenny, has special needs. Jenny is 31 years old and has a developmental delay and learning disability. Jenny is one of the most kind and compassionate individuals I know and never fails to put a smile on my face no matter the circumstance. Jenny started competing in track and field with Special Olympics Massachusetts when she was ten years old. (This happens to be the same time I became involved and became president of the Jenny Dill Fan Club.) As we grew older, she continued to participate and I evolved from spectator, to volunteer, to fundraiser, and finally to a dedicated staff member at Special Olympics Massachusetts. For as long as I can remember, I have seen what a positive impact sports has had on my sister. Sports has helped Jenny develop better fitness, expanded her endless social circle, encouraged her to have confidence, and allowed her to experience the pure joy and excitement of winning a medal after a competition. Jenny has taught me so much about myself and the importance of accepting others regardless of their situation. She has truly shaped the person I am today. Having a sister with special needs has only enhanced my experience of one of the most amazing bonds in life: sisterhood.

My family’s story is not unlike that of the 12,000 athletes that Special Olympics serves in our state. Jenny participated in track and field free of charge because of fundraising efforts like those of the Boston Marathon team. It costs approximately $390 for one athlete to train and compete in a full year of sports at Special Olympics Massachusetts. My goal for the 2017 Boston Marathon is to help 26 athletes – one for each mile that I will be running. That means raising over $10,000. I need your help in order to make this happen. Our athletes are some of the most inspiring and incredible individuals that I have ever met and have the pleasure of serving. It would be an absolute honor to fundraise to help them achieve their dreams. Please support me in whatever way you can, so that we can continue to make Special Olympics athletes’ dreams come true.

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To This Fundraiser

$11,381

MONEY RAISED
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  • Helene S Oskard

    $25

  • Hannah Eisenberg

    $10

  • The Elfmans

     

  • Briana Eaton

    $50

  • Lesley Machin

     

  • Bruce and Ellen Aronson

    $50

  • hydrate fool

    $50

  • Jan and Steve Niemi

    $100

  • Rhonda Backinoff & Charles Kaplan

     

  • Jen Dowdy

     

  • Nick Savarese

    $100

  • Gayle Fehlmann

    $100

  • Matt Vaghi

    $25

  • Mathias Dill

    $25

  • Jane Strigler

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Joey Cartolano

    $25

  • Kevin Finn

    $50

  • Steve Huftalen

    $385

  • Arthur Robbins(Moody Assoc.)

    $50

  • Josh & Jennifer Dill

    $25

  • David Morency

    $25

  • Anonymous

     

  • Jodi Gold

    $36

  • George Backinoff

    $100

  • Jenna Cosgrove

     

  • Barry and Linda Engelstad

    $50

  • Richard and Marilyn Tannenbaum

     

  • John Hirschfeld

    $50

  • Donna Sall

    $25

  • Anonymous

     

  • Eric Kiefer

    $100

  • Steph Gooltz

     

  • Deborah Mattia

    $25

  • Joel and Bonnie Schwartz

    $50

  • Matt Broderick

     

  • Aunt Judi and Uncle Sy

    $25

  • Arlene and Jeff Tannenbaum

    $50

  • Pam and Marc Ardizzone

    $25

  • Gail and Larry Litman

     

  • The Bray's

    $100

  • Mary and Donald Roberson

    $100

  • Lawren

    $25

  • Lesley and Jay Kaufman

    $25

  • Julie Cunningham

    $50

  • Derek Cohen

    $50

  • Super Bowl Squares

    $500

  • Rachel Romeo

    $30

  • Talia

    $30

  • Steve Backinoff

    $25

  • Lizzy Smith

    $50

  • danny livingston

    $25

  • Abba

     

  • Eileen, Matt, Jack & Will

     

  • Temple Sinai of Sharon MA

    $36

  • Leslie Lorber

    $25

  • Sam and Toby Kaplan

    $25

  • Linda and Jeff Bennett

     

  • Jon-Paul St. Germain

    $50

  • Jill Blum

    $50

  • Jeff Werner and Diana Mitcham

    $50

  • Terry Keilty

    $150

  • Paul Ferber

    $36

  • Erwin

    $100

  • George Speen

    $250

  • State Street Matching Gift

    $500

  • Dave Cohen

     

  • Squints

     

  • Gale & Sal Falletta

    $25

  • Jesenia Tejada-Perez

     

  • John DeRonck

    $50

  • Roger and Beverly Litman

    $25

  • Rita Vogel

    $50

  • Courtney Barry

     

  • Joyce and Jim Remillard

    $100

  • Analisa Costa

    $50

  • Deb Roberts

    $100

  • Ellee Nisselson

    $100

  • Meg Hoffman

     

  • David Benevides

     

  • Heather & Kevin

    $25

  • Lir Marathon Fundraiser

     

  • Matthew Austin

     

  • Amy Conner, Premiums 'R Us

    $100

  • Anonymous

     

  • Patti and Jim Schwartz

    $30

  • Kevin Corrigan

     

  • Gina and Beth- Raffle

     

  • Oracle Match

    $50

  • An Athlete

     

  • Marvin Kopp

    $50

  • Sheila Liebowitz

    $50

  • Doris Kalter

    $50

  • Ruth Semerjian

    $5

  • The Keefes

     

  • Chris Galvin

    $25

  • The Baglino Family

     

  • Jennifer Sweet

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $25

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114% Raised of $10,000 Goal

Fundraise for this Campaign

The Team: $313,346 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

JOIN THE TEAM
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John Ulin

Amount Raised

$27,386

 

274% Raised of $10,000 Goal

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Eric Spindt

Amount Raised

$23,810

 

95% Raised of $25,000 Goal

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Reena Shah

Amount Raised

$13,530

 

135% Raised of $10,000 Goal

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Bennet Johnson

Amount Raised

$12,834

 

128% Raised of $10,000 Goal

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Gregory Schwartz

Amount Raised

$12,581

 

126% Raised of $10,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Jessie Colangelo

Amount Raised

$11,866

 

119% Raised of $10,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Elizabeth ODay

Amount Raised

$11,645

 

116% Raised of $10,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Rachel Dill

Amount Raised

$11,381

 

114% Raised of $10,000 Goal

Donor Comments

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $25

3 months ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $100

Way to go Rachel - you rock!!! 3 months ago

Jennifer Sweet

Jennifer Sweet

DONATION: $50

3 months ago

The Baglino Family

The Baglino Family

3 months ago

Chris Galvin

Chris Galvin

DONATION: $25

3 months ago

The Keefes

The Keefes

We're so proud of you! 3 months ago

Ruth Semerjian

Ruth Semerjian

DONATION: $5

4 months ago

Doris Kalter

Doris Kalter

DONATION: $50

4 months ago

Sheila Liebowitz

Sheila Liebowitz

DONATION: $50

4 months ago

Marvin Kopp

Marvin Kopp

DONATION: $50

4 months ago