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Elizabeth Elder's Fundraiser:

2015 New York City Marathon for Achilles International

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BENEFITING: Achilles International Inc.

ORGANIZER: Achilles International Inc.

EVENT: 2015 TCS New York City Marathon

EVENT DATE: Nov 01, 2015

Elizabeth Elder

THE STORY:

Running a marathon is a huge personal achievement for anyone. However for me, running the NYC marathon is about overcoming challenges and proving that perseverance wins. I am so honored to run on behalf of Achilles Kids International.

Please read my story and learn how your support will help more than 300 athletes from all over the world fulfill their dreams. Today, that includes me… and the dream that someday it will include my dear Annabelle and Blair.

My husband, James, and I have two beautiful children, a four year old daughter, Annabelle, and a three year old son, Blair. Both of our children were recently diagnosed with a rare mitochondrial disorder that has caused significant developmental delays and mobility challenges. Although we believe they will eventually walk and hopefully run someday, they can’t right now. In fact, they work very hard to sit up on their own. But what they lack in strength, they make up in determination, while flashing the most infectious smiles!

Frankly, running a full marathon has never interested me. Until one day about five months ago… I was having a difficult day and my dear husband gave me a pep talk. Having run the NYC marathon himself in 2009, James likened our challenge to running the marathon. He explained how our situation is not like a sprint. We can’t just give it our all with the comfort of knowing it will quickly be over. Instead, we have to follow our kids' lead and give it our all, day after day, knowing that we have a long road ahead of us. To that, I responded, “but I don’t want to run a marathon!”

The next day I was actually on a run when I had a great epiphany: I CAN run a marathon and I WILL! From that moment, I accepted the road we are on and decided to use my strength to embrace what I have: an able body and two disabled children. Now I can’t wait to run this marathon to represent our family’s perseverance. Like I imagine I’ll be in NYC, slow and steady, we’ll win this race!

Achilles Kids is a cause that I understand. Like Annabelle and Blair, these children push their physical abilities every single day. Not only in private therapy, but while getting dressed or going down the playground slide. So on November 1st, I can and I will give it everything I have in honor of Annabelle and Blair and every other determined soul who doesn’t let their disabled body stop them from their own marathon.

Please help me raise money for this incredible charity. Here’s a glimpse of what your money will help do:

  • $1,000 sponsors a year of running, walking, and rolling for children with disabilities in Achilles Kids School Program
  • $100 purchases five pairs of running shoes for low-income children with disabilities in Achilles Kids program

Thank you for your support. One step and one dollar at a time, we will get there!

$15,451

MONEY RAISED
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  • Rev Doc Lorna

    $25

  • David and Adrienne Elder

    $100

  • Stephen Picchietti

    $100

  • George and Elizabeth Ettenger

    $50

  • John and Beth Thomas

    $100

  • corien heyn

    $25

  • Ruth Ann and Craig Regens

    $100

  • Susan Hinz

    $50

  • Thomas & Ali Williams

    $100

  • Teddy, Mary & Jean Heyn

    $500

  • The Hodge Family

    $35

  • Krystin & Chris Johnson

     

  • Michelle and Evan Monckton

     

  • Julie and Tom Habelmann

     

  • Monique and Jolly Jose

     

  • Dr. Esaias I. Baca

    $300

  • Simon Whitney

    $100

  • Molly Barrett

    $100

  • bob and cindy shealor

    $35

  • George & Maribel Farish

    $50

  • Carol Gutzeit

    $25

  • James Elder

    $1,000

  • Mags

    $30

  • Susan and Andy Billipp

    $500

  • Liz Prince

    $100

  • Billy, Charlotte, and Tommy Heyn

    $100

  • The Blues

    $100

  • Diana Whitney

     

  • Ashley and Jeff Elder

    $100

  • Sarah, Patrick and Ellie Barrett

    $100

  • Deborah McCord

    $100

  • Craig Fox

    $250

  • Joanne O'Driscoll

    $100

  • Brad, Tiffany, Bennitt and Ford

    $250

  • Mark Witte and Karin Broker

    $200

  • Annie and Brady Hewitt

    $100

  • Dana Kantalis

    $50

  • Matt and Liz Johnson

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Emily and Brooke Townsend

    $50

  • Lauren Blatt Marchal

    $100

  • Samuel Elder

    $100

  • Ellen and Taylor Johnson

     

  • Liz Ann Delambre & Nicole Hurst

    $100

  • Carolyn Spaht Gonzalez

    $100

  • Linda and Les Allison

    $100

  • Liz Lancaster

     

  • Erin, Lu, & Blake

     

  • Michelle Hileman

    $25

  • Claire Rice

    $25

  • Simon Whitney

    $100

  • Tom and Jenny

    $50

  • The Lorenzen family

    $200

  • Anne & Chris Richardson

    $100

  • Lindy and Kris Jackson

    $50

  • Alana Ladd

    $50

  • Tom DiBello

    $150

  • Alison and Joaquin Altenberg & Family

    $50

  • Julie Davidson

    $25

  • Seema Dawson

    $25

  • Mina

    $25

  • Leslie and Britt Denby

     

  • Francis and Wynne Sharpe

    $100

  • AHP

    $100

  • Taffy and Les Hewitt

    $100

  • Destination Satori LLC

    $100

  • rogers family

    $25

  • Jeff and Anne Graves

    $50

  • Traci and Tyrone Schwieger

    $50

  • JD and Linda Woodward

    $100

  • The Meaders Family

    $150

  • Shanna & Nick Wozny

    $200

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Betty and Fran Lathrop

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Brooke & Jonathan Reichek

     

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Jodie and Bill Heyn

    $150

  • for eliza

    $100

  • Erin Meadows

    $50

  • John & Mandie Borreson

    $100

  • Lee Ann and Pete Horneck

    $100

  • Jaclyn Wedemeyer

    $100

  • Annie Hewitt Photography

    $350

  • Betty and Dan

    $100

  • Anonymous

     

  • Chris and Kristine Springer

     

  • Carolyn Kiefer

    $25

  • Sara Blask

     

  • Margaret Blair

     

  • JBD Foundation

    $3,000

  • I CAN/I WILL T-Shirts

    $1,356

  • Catherine Fox

     

  • The Pagano Family

    $100

  • Walter McIntosh

    $25

  • Megan williams

     

  • Aniko (aka Sunny) Lengyel

    $50

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515% Raised of$3,000 Goal

The Team: $97,541 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

Elizabeth Elder

Amount Raised

$15,451

 

515% Raised of$3,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Achilles International Inc.

Amount Raised

$9,451

 

9% Raised of$100,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Jen Davis

Amount Raised

$5,785

 

193% Raised of$3,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Dan Kelly

Amount Raised

$5,450

 

109% Raised of$5,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Simon Zilko

Amount Raised

$4,459

 

89% Raised of$5,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

FRED GAUTIER

Amount Raised

$4,272

 

85% Raised of$5,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

jaclyn leitner

Amount Raised

$3,920

 

98% Raised of$4,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Torsten Gross

Amount Raised

$3,713

 

93% Raised of$4,000 Goal

Donor Comments

Aniko (aka Sunny) Lengyel

Aniko (aka Sunny) Lengyel

DONATION: $50

Congratulations Elizabeth! You are an amazing, loving woman. 4 years ago

Megan williams

Megan williams

You did it!! 4 years ago

Walter McIntosh

Walter McIntosh

DONATION: $25

4 years ago

The Pagano Family

The Pagano Family

DONATION: $100

So proud of my friend Elizabeth, and inspired by her, as she runs the New York Marathon this weekend for this mazing cause xx 4 years ago

Catherine Fox

Catherine Fox

4 years ago

I CAN/I WILL T-Shirts

I CAN/I WILL T-Shirts

DONATION: $1,356

4 years ago

JBD Foundation

JBD Foundation

DONATION: $3,000

4 years ago

Margaret Blair

Margaret Blair

In honor of James Elder, Elizabeth Elder, Annabelle Elder and Blair Elder 4 years ago

Sara Blask

Sara Blask

4 years ago

Carolyn Kiefer

Carolyn Kiefer

DONATION: $25

Your beautiful children 4 years ago