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Whitney Sparks' Fundraiser:

ATHLETES TO END ALZHEIMER'S (2015 NEW YORK CITY MARATHON FOR THE ALZHEIMER'S ASSOCIATION)

Whitney Sparks

THE STORY:

Why do I run?

Running has been a part of my life for the last 10 years. And, though, the degree of running has varied radically in that decade, I've been given the opportunity to participate in NYC's marathon this fall, clad in purple, in support of the Alzheimer's Association.

My fondest running memories were in high school. I was lucky enough to be part of an All-American squad, competing alongside some truly talented, good friends.  On our relays, I almost always handed the baton off to my best friend, Leigh, a tricky weekly endeavor that mixed exhaustion and anxiety.  Whenever I turned the last bend, I would frequently hear a crisp, sharp whistle beckoning me around the straight.  That sound, forever ingrained in my mind, was coming from Leigh's Mom, Mrs. "Barb" Murphy.  Her Mom could pull off the one-handed whistle better than anyone I knew, and that shrill pitch was incredibly encouraging as I tried to reach her daughter so she could begin the next leg of the race.

Why am I running this year?

This year I’m running on behalf of Mrs. Murphy, someone we lost, much too young in life, to an early-onset of Alzheimers.  I'm running to remember and honor Mrs. Murphy.  I'm running to raise awareness for the disease and to aid in the progress the organization has made in finding a cure.  I'm running because I know she'll be there in spirit whislting me through those 26.2 miles.

See you in purple on November 1!

 

RUN FOR BARB. RUN FOR ALL. RUN FOR ALZ.

More Information:

The organization does truly incredible work.  In their words: "Since its inaugural year in 2009, team Athletes to End Alzheimer’s (ATEA) has represented the Alzheimer’s Association, New York City Chapter in one of the world’s biggest and best-supported marathons, the TCS New York City Marathon. In 2014, 134 runners took to the streets in Alzheimer’s Association purple, showing their support for the cause and their affected loved ones to not only New York City but an estimated 2 million spectators from all over the world."

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To This Fundraiser

$10,819

MONEY RAISED
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  • Whitney Sparks

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $1,000

  • Anonymous

    $200

  • Claire Kiely

    $25

  • Cassie Puhalla

    $100

  • BAM!

    $150

  • The Sands Family

     

  • William Sparks

    $131

  • Anonymous

    $400

  • Anonymous

    $1,500

  • The Murphy Family

    $1,000

  • Izze Murphy

    $50

  • Mom and Dad

    $2,620

  • Anonymous

    $118

  • Andy and Nancy Mann

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • James Brachfeld

    $50

  • Katherine Stanton

    $25

  • Chas and Holly

    $250

  • Francesca + Mateo

    $100

  • Claire Shapleigh

     

  • Samuel Ramos

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $250

  • Leigh Murphy

    $200

  • Katharine Kolowich

     

  • Dubois Family

    $500

  • Kelly Markey

    $50

  • Water Mill Asset Management Corp

    $500

  • Goldman Sachs MG for Jennifer Wolf

    $200

  • T. Rowe Price Global MG for Wyatt Sparks

    $400

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309% Raised of $3,500 Goal

The Team: $598,355 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

Karen Rulapaugh

Amount Raised

$21,385

 

306% Raised of $7,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Justin Weitz

Amount Raised

$15,217

Fundraiser Title

Ron Beach Jr

Amount Raised

$14,310

 

143% Raised of $10,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Matt Thomas

Amount Raised

$13,021

 

372% Raised of $3,500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

James Barb

Amount Raised

$12,189

 

61% Raised of $20,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Matthew Baier

Amount Raised

$11,400

 

114% Raised of $10,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Cathryn Devons

Amount Raised

$11,111

Fundraiser Title

SAM BERBERIAN

Amount Raised

$10,835

 

108% Raised of $10,000 Goal

Donor Comments

T. Rowe Price Global MG for Wyatt Sparks

T. Rowe Price Global MG for Wyatt Sparks

DONATION: $400

2 years ago

Goldman Sachs MG for Jennifer Wolf

Goldman Sachs MG for Jennifer Wolf

DONATION: $200

2 years ago

Water Mill Asset Management Corp

Water Mill Asset Management Corp

DONATION: $500

2 years ago

Kelly Markey

Kelly Markey

DONATION: $50

3 years ago

Dubois Family

Dubois Family

DONATION: $500

3 years ago

Katharine Kolowich

Katharine Kolowich

In loving memory of my dear sister Barb - Go Whitney! 3 years ago

Leigh Murphy

Leigh Murphy

DONATION: $200

IN MEMORY OB BARB MURPHY 3 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $250

3 years ago

Samuel Ramos

Samuel Ramos

DONATION: $100

3 years ago

Claire Shapleigh

Claire Shapleigh

In memory of my wonderful aunt, Barb Shapleigh Murphy. 3 years ago