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Special Olympics Massachusetts Boston 2017

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50 Days until the 2017 Boston Marathon!
February 26, 2017

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BENEFITING: Special Olympics Massachusetts

ORGANIZER: Special Olympics Massachusetts

EVENT: 2017 Boston Marathon

EVENT DATE: Apr 17, 2017

DAY TO GO

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

$7,019

MONEY RAISED
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  • Paul and Linda Lafkowitz

     

  • Adar

    $18

  • Arthur and Anne Robbins

    $100

  • Gary and Leslie Rosen

     

  • Kathy & Mike Speen

    $250

  • Barbara and Bob Gilstein

    $50

  • Dorothy Sacks/George Speen

    $250

  • Steve and Mona Poyta

    $50

  • Rachel Dill

     

  • The Guldbergs

     

  • Cory Brine

     

  • Anne and Reid Auger

    $100

  • Joan and Marvin Dill

    $300

  • Shawn, Robyn, Isabelle and Noah

    $100

  • Jon Speen

    $250

  • Jeff Werner & Diana Mitcham

    $50

  • Brian Nestor

    $25

  • Taryn Baglino

    $50

  • Stephanie Esposito

    $50

  • Andrew Speen

    $50

  • Kelsey

    $50

  • Triple G

    $15

  • Andrew Sperl

    $50

  • Maura Eaton

    $50

  • Robin Lensi

    $100

  • Vivian Erwin

    $100

  • DJ Wyatt

    $50

  • Nancy Cullen

    $50

  • Joan Bernhardt

     

  • Charles Eaton

    $100

  • Gary Backinoff

    $100

  • Pat Palmaccio

    $30

  • Shaheer Mustafa

     

  • Della Freedman

    $25

  • Pat Diskin

    $100

  • Lisa Kemp

    $100

  • Matt and Kim Niemi

     

  • 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

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70% Raised of $10,000 Goal

Fundraise for this Campaign

The Team: $176,981 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

JOIN THE TEAM
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John Ulin

Amount Raised

$22,176

 

222% Raised of $10,000 Goal

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Eric Spindt

Amount Raised

$17,225

 

69% Raised of $25,000 Goal

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Tim McLaughlin

Amount Raised

$8,785

 

103% Raised of $8,500 Goal

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Reena Shah

Amount Raised

$8,733

 

87% Raised of $10,000 Goal

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Jessie Colangelo

Amount Raised

$8,695

 

87% Raised of $10,000 Goal

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Adil Nargolwala

Amount Raised

$8,410

 

99% Raised of $8,500 Goal

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Hank Hudepohl

Amount Raised

$8,134

 

81% Raised of $10,000 Goal

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Bennet Johnson

Amount Raised

$7,313

 

73% Raised of $10,000 Goal

Donor Comments

Paul Ferber

Paul Ferber

DONATION: $36

25 minutes ago

Terry Keilty

Terry Keilty

DONATION: $150

You Go Girl! 43 minutes ago

Jeff Werner and Diana Mitcham

Jeff Werner and Diana Mitcham

DONATION: $50

You are doing great!! Keep up your wonderful work!! 24 hours ago

Jill Blum

Jill Blum

DONATION: $50

3 days ago

Jon-Paul St. Germain

Jon-Paul St. Germain

DONATION: $50

You got this, Rachel! Thank you so much for your efforts to support Special Olympics. Every player is an impact player. #Play Unified! 5 days ago

Linda and Jeff Bennett

Linda and Jeff Bennett

Best of luck !!!! 5 days ago

Sam and Toby Kaplan

Sam and Toby Kaplan

DONATION: $25

6 days ago

Leslie Lorber

Leslie Lorber

DONATION: $25

6 days ago

Temple Sinai of Sharon MA

Temple Sinai of Sharon MA

DONATION: $36

6 days ago

Eileen, Matt, Jack & Will

Eileen, Matt, Jack & Will

1 week ago