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Leslie Hamburger via Crowdrise
November 13, 2011

6:11:00 - NYC Marathon!!! An amazing experience! Celebrate with me by making a donation! Thank you! xoxo  See more

BENEFITING: A-T Ease Foundation

ORGANIZER: A-T Ease Foundation

EVENT: 2011 ING New York City Marathon - $1 Mil a Mile

EVENT DATE: Nov 06, 2011

Leslie Hamburger

THE STORY:

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Ataxia Telangiectasia is a rare genetic disorder affecting children. It is progressive and debilitating: causing cancers, immune system deficiencies and neurological deterioration.
 
A-T is presently incurable and unrelenting. If they are lucky enough not to develop cancer, most A-T children are dependent on wheelchairs by the age of ten, not because their muscles are too weak, but because they cannot control them. Later, A-T patients usually die from respiratory failure or cancer by their teens or early twenties. A few A-T patients live into their forties, but they are extremely rare.
 
There is no cure for A-T at the present time.
 
Jake is my friend, Mary and Larry's youngest son. I’ve known Mary close to forever – over 35 years. We’ve been through a lot together, but not nearly as much as Jake’s been through and what she and Larry have gone through with him.

Jake is 24, a good looking guy with a great smile and he has A-T: Ataxia Telangiestasia. Jake was diagnosed with A-T at 2, which was a fairly early diagnosis. But because Jake was Mary’s second son, she knew something wasn’t quite right with his development. Mary had been to countless doctors who kept placating her with a diagnosis of ear problems or other minor medical issues. She persevered trusting her mother’s instinct that something wasn’t right and took him to UCLA Medical Center where Jake was diagnosed with A-T. I’ll never forget the day Mary called and told me that Jake had A-T. I clearly remember sitting at our dining room table in our home in Los Angeles. I couldn’t even begin to comprehend what the diagnosis meant for Jake, Mary, Larry and Matt, his brother; and I’m sure Mary didn’t know either. It all seemed so shockingly surreal. David and I weren’t even married yet and I was eight years away from becoming a mother, but Mary’s news reduced me to tears.

22 years later, Jake is the most remarkable person I know and I now understand that crying for him would almost be an insult. A-T has taken Jake on an amazing journey filled with challenges most of us can’t even begin to imagine. He battled cancer (lymphoma) at age 10 and has had to adapt to life in a wheelchair; but as you can see from the pictures and the video, that chair has not limited his life.

As the saying goes, “Behind every great man is a woman”, so Jake has Mary and Mary has made Jake’s life limitless. Remember Sigorney Weaver’s character, Ripley, in “Aliens”, the second movie? She had to protect the orphaned girl whose parents were killed by the aliens. Ripley was invincible against the aliens! Mary’s sort of like Sigourney Weaver in that movie, but her alien is A-T. Mary has been fearless, relentless and selfless in doing whatever she needs to do to insure Jake gets the best medical care and that he led as typical a childhood as possible; and she and Larry continue to provide that for him even now that’s he’s a young man.

Jake, Mary and Larry could have plenty to whine and complain about. They could feel sorry for themselves….for each other. But they haven’t and they don’t and they never will. So on November 6th, for Jake, Mary and Larry, I'm running my fourth marthon – the 2011 ING NYC Marathon; because if Jake, Mary and Larry can rise to the challenges of the past 22 years without self-pity and only a positive attitude, then I certainly can run 26.2 miles to help find a cure for A-T.

So please go back to the top of the page and select "Donate" to make a donation today. Thank you! xoxo

$5,013

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125% Raised of $4,000 Goal

Fundraise for this Campaign

The Team: $24,465 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

Michael Egan

Amount Raised

$8,086

Fundraiser Title

Leslie Hamburger

Amount Raised

$5,013

 

125% Raised of $4,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Joseph Cella

Amount Raised

$4,784

Fundraiser Title

Brian Bill

Amount Raised

$4,677

Fundraiser Title

Robert Martzen

Amount Raised

$1,905

 

64% Raised of $3,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

A-T Ease Foundation

Amount Raised

$0

 

0% Raised of $25,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Emile Last

Amount Raised

$0

Fundraiser Title

Jules A Del Vecchio

Amount Raised

$0

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Bill

Bill

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Doug & Kathleen Wise Ridley

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Diane Rohman

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Way to go and in celebration of your birthday! 7 years ago

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Arlene Licata

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Jeannie Thompson

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Julie Gillern

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george kirsch

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April Whitacre

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