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AABR NYC Marathon 2013

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BENEFITING: AABR FOUNDATION INC

ORGANIZER: AABR FOUNDATION INC

EVENT: 2013 ING New York City Marathon

EVENT DATE: Nov 03, 2013

Rhonda Underwood

THE STORY:

On November 7, 2010 I watched people running the ING NYC Marathon near the finish line at Central Park. It was so inspiring to watch the marathoners run the last few meters of the race. I remember telling my friends with me that I wanted to run the marathon the next year, but like many things in life I never followed through with that goal.

Earlier in 2010 I met my friend, Teresa, in an improv class. She will always be one of the greatest people to ever come into my life. Teresa and I instantly became close friends, and we spent every free moment together going to improv shows and hanging out afterwards at bars. A couple of months into our friendship Teresa told me she had terminal cancer. She explained while her cancer was not treatable, the doctors kept her on chemo treatments to keep her cancer from spreading and to prolong her life. Teresa was so upbeat, positive, and full of life that it was hard to believe she was so sick.  As time went by Teresa's cancer started not responding to chemo and began to spread. Myself and a couple of friends decided we would be there for Teresa as much as we could. We started going with her to treatments and doctor appointments. We stood by her side during hospital stays and surgeries. The more agressive Teresa's cancer got, the more we were there to help her fight it.  I've never watched someone fight as hard as Teresa did.   

On June 27, 2012, Teresa lost her battle with cancer. She confided in me one day that she thought after she died that she wouldn't matter to people any more. Teresa was wrong. If it wasn't for her, I would never in a million years sign-up to run the marathon. Teresa taught me so much about life and how I want to live it. She taught me how to be fearless and how to find happiness within myself. I think about her every time I run and it gives me strength I never thought I had. At the beginning of this year I couldn't run 1 mile without walking, but last month I ran my 1st half marathon and ran the entire 13.1 miles. I will be dedicating my marathon run on November 3rd to Teresa because she has given me the strength I need to accomplish this goal.

Since I am not a "runner" per se, I knew I needed to find a charity to run for the marathon.  AABR has given me a spot on their team and I coundn't be happier to run for them!  For almost six decades, AABR has been guided by the dream: “May each life find meaning.” They teach daily living skills, inspire self-confidence and empower adults with developmental disabilities and children with autism to lead productive and rewarding lives. You can learn more about AABR here: http://www.aabr.org/ Please consider giving a donation to this amazing organization. My goal is to raise $3,000 for them and I can't do it without your support.

 

$4,015

MONEY RAISED
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  • DANA LOVES RHONDA

     

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  • Anonymous

     

  • wrongbrainfilms.com

    $20

  • Aston

    $10

  • Rebecca Ledferd

    $50

  • Lisa and Arnold Kent

    $50

  • Bill and Dora Walden

    $200

  • Keith Huang

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $35

  • Megan M

    $20

  • Christina Bobrowsky

     

  • Coogs

    $25

  • Arden Burby

    $10

  • Autumn McDonald

    $25

  • David

    $25

  • Mark D

    $30

  • Lisa Nold

    $40

  • Devin Horne

    $15

  • Pete

    $50

  • Matt Fried

    $30

  • Neil Michaels

    $100

  • Gwen Mesco

    $25

  • Athos

    $25

  • Christine DeNoon

    $25

  • Ashley B

    $25

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    $25

  • Oscar, Brooke and Beau Holt

    $100

  • Jamie and David Beauregard

    $75

  • Giancarlo O.

    $25

  • Nate Starkey

    $15

  • JJ & Cale Matchett

     

  • Chris Griggs

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $20

  • Stefani

    $50

  • Scott Eckert

    $50

  • Gabe C

    $25

  • Scot Wisniewski

     

  • elsieana

    $50

  • Antonella

    $75

  • Dad and Mom aka Sheila

    $105

  • Bradford Jordan

    $25

  • Rod J Sayegh

    $100

  • Joe Galan

    $25

  • Sean Duffy

    $100

  • Fiona Ramsay

    $100

  • Nyssa Pitts Morais

    $100

  • Binu

    $25

  • MFT

    $45

  • Emerald Catron

    $20

  • Bull's Head Tavern Fundraiser

    $200

  • Remy Guidry

    $25

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    $25

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    $20

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    $30

  • Anonymous

    $20

  • RonJon Surf Shop

    $50

  • Team Oliver

    $40

  • Coach Attreed

    $100

  • Eamon

    $50

  • Amber Cliett

    $55

  • PRIME

    $20

  • Maria and Vanessa Haggerty

    $100

  • The Queen's Secret Improv Club

    $75

  • Mariano Rivera

    $42

  • K-Bear

    $25

  • Mickey Hawtrey

    $20

  • Noah Driscoll

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Angela

    $30

  • Ingrid Suprock

    $25

  • Richy

    $20

  • Monica Koh

    $10

  • Liane

    $10

  • Melissa Mabasa

    $50

  • Carla Zerfuss Nager

    $25

  • Dewey Caddell

    $10

  • Danny Weinstein

     

  • Vinny Squillace

    $50

  • Magali Magbitang

    $100

  • Jeff Melton

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $443

  • Anonymous

    $15

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134% Raised of $3,000 Goal

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The Team: $11,256 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Fundraiser Title

Rhonda Underwood

Amount Raised

$4,015

 

134% Raised of $3,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Sarah Kuhl

Amount Raised

$3,076

 

103% Raised of $3,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Jessica and Anthony

Amount Raised

$2,400

 

40% Raised of $6,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Christopher Flanigan

Amount Raised

$1,665

 

56% Raised of $3,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Thomas McAlvanah

Amount Raised

$100

Fundraiser Title

AABR FOUNDATION INC

Amount Raised

$0

 

0% Raised of $18,000 Goal

Donor Comments

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $15

4 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $443

4 years ago

Jeff Melton

Jeff Melton

DONATION: $50

4 years ago

Magali Magbitang

Magali Magbitang

DONATION: $100

Way to go, Rhonda!!! 4 years ago

Vinny Squillace

Vinny Squillace

DONATION: $50

Good luck - I know you will do amazing! 4 years ago

Danny Weinstein

Danny Weinstein

YEAH RHONDA!!! 4 years ago

Dewey Caddell

Dewey Caddell

DONATION: $10

4 years ago

Carla Zerfuss Nager

Carla Zerfuss Nager

DONATION: $25

4 years ago

Melissa Mabasa

Melissa Mabasa

DONATION: $50

4 years ago

Liane

Liane

DONATION: $10

4 years ago