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Team Never Give Up Ever Vermont City Marathon 2013

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BENEFITING: NEVER GIVE UP EVER INC

ORGANIZER: NEVER GIVE UP EVER INC

EVENT: KeyBank Vermont City Marathon 2013

EVENT DATE: May 26, 2013

John Ferrara

THE STORY:

NEVER GIVE UP EVER wrote - Join "Team Never Give Up" at the 2013 KeyBank Vermont City Marathon and help us raise more money than ever before.  Click the big DONATE button or go one step further and help us fundraise by clicking the CREATE YOUR OWN FUNDRAISING PAGE button to share with all your amazing family and friends.

JOHN FERRARA wrote - This Memorial Day I’m running as part of a relay team in the Vermont City Marathon to raise money for the Vermont Children’s Hospital.  My team includes my daughter, my niece and my sister-in-law and is called “ALLmost There”.  There’s a reason our team name is spelled the way it is, and the story starts on Memorial Day weekend 2007.  I came home for work that Friday like many others and was busy mowing the lawn.  My wife, Kathy, was inside with the kids when the phone rang.  My son, Evan, who had just turned three, had been experiencing some pain in his legs and we were expecting to hear the results of the blood test he had that afternoon.  Evan had been treated for the last couple of weeks for a joint inflammation, but it didn’t seem to be improving. 

Well, our pediatrician told Kathy that he wanted me on the phone as well before he would explain the results.   She called for me to come in from the yard and we heard words no parent wants to hear…your child has cancer.  More specially, we would learn it was called “acute lymphocytic leukemia” or ALL.  Our lives immediately changed.  After the longest night we’d ever experienced, we reported to Fletcher Allen the next morning for additional tests and to begin treatment.  That was the start of nearly 50 days overnight in the hospital for the remainder of the year, and three years of additional treatment that included monthly scheduled visits to the doctor, numerous trips to the emergency room and a daily grind of chemotherapy, steroids and other drugs.  Evan handled most it wonderfully, survived, and today he is a happy third grader at Hinesburg Community School.  Not a day goes by, however, where I don’t give my son an extra hug and kiss at bedtime or at the start of school, say a quick prayer and give thanks for the oncologists and nurses at the Vermont Children’s Hospital that have kept my little buddy healthy.

This will be the fourth year that I’ve participated on a relay team that supports the Vermont Children’s Hospital as part of a larger group of teams called “Team Never Give Up”.  In previous years I ran  with other parents of children with a life-threatening condition that our family has met through our common experience.  This year I’m excited to run with members of my family - Evan’s sister, cousin and aunt.  It will be a special day for our family and the sixth Memorial Day Weekend that has a different meaning for us.

Once a month a new family somewhere in Vermont receives a call like we did six years ago, so thank you so much for whatever you can give to support the wonderful work they do at the Vermont Children’s Hospital at Fletcher Allen!

**VT Children's: Never Giver Up Ever mission is provide money for research for childhood diseases that are terminal or chronic in nature and  to provide financial support for families who are experiencing serious fiancial hardship  related to having a child with a chronic illness,  terminal illness or life altering event in their lives that requires long term medical care at VT Children's Hospital. Support for these families may include, but is not limited to; gas cards, meal cards, money for lodging and inevitable related expenses due to the loss of wages and overwhelming medical bills during inpatient hospitalizations and outpatient appointments.

Thank you so much for the support!

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To This Fundraiser

$750

MONEY RAISED
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  • Evan Ferrara

    $100

  • Carl Severance

    $25

  • Frame of Reference

    $100

  • Your CA family

    $50

  • Brett Phillips

    $25

  • Mare

    $20

  • Tony Stark

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $20

  • Adam Brunell

    $20

  • Eletra and Wayne Vandeberg

    $50

  • Mom and Dad

    $100

  • Rickster

    $25

  • Bethany L

    $15

  • Jen M

    $25

  • Betsy Bravo

    $50

  • mj

    $100

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100% Raised of$750 Goal

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The Team: $4,753 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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John Ferrara

Amount Raised

$750

 

100% Raised of$750 Goal

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Monica Benjamin

Amount Raised

$676

 

135% Raised of$500 Goal

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Sarah Wylie

Amount Raised

$508

 

169% Raised of$300 Goal

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Shannon Cole

Amount Raised

$490

 

98% Raised of$500 Goal

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Lori Roberts

Amount Raised

$350

 

70% Raised of$500 Goal

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Matthew Conti

Amount Raised

$300

 

60% Raised of$500 Goal

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NEVER GIVE UP EVER INC

Amount Raised

$280

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Cynthia McCormack

Amount Raised

$280

 

56% Raised of$500 Goal

Donor Comments

mj

mj

DONATION: $100

Evan, this is for you! 6 years ago

Betsy Bravo

Betsy Bravo

DONATION: $50

6 years ago

Jen M

Jen M

DONATION: $25

6 years ago

Bethany L

Bethany L

DONATION: $15

Go team Never Give Up Ever!! 6 years ago

Rickster

Rickster

DONATION: $25

6 years ago

Mom and Dad

Mom and Dad

DONATION: $100

6 years ago

Eletra and Wayne Vandeberg

Eletra and Wayne Vandeberg

DONATION: $50

Great team! Great goal! Best of luck! 6 years ago

Adam Brunell

Adam Brunell

DONATION: $20

6 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $20

6 years ago

Tony Stark

Tony Stark

DONATION: $25

6 years ago