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The ALS Association of Massachusetts Boston 2015

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Kristen St. Pierre via Crowdrise
April 17, 2015

Thank you to the Dracut High School Track & Field Team for their $2,140 donation! Now on to Boston  See more
Kristen St. Pierre

THE STORY:

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive, fatal, neuromuscular disease that slowly robs the body of its ability to walk, speak, swallow and breathe. The life expectancy of a person with ALS averages 2-5 years from the time of diagnosis. Every 90 minutes, some is diagnosed with ALS and every 90 minutes someone will lose their battle with this disease.

My family was abruptly introduced to Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis in the early nineties when we learned that my grandfather, Raymond St. Pierre, had developed the disease.  He was the strong, proud and vibrant patriarch of our rather large family, so it was especially difficult and challenging.  

My younger sister, Brooke, and I were only 3 and 4 years old.  Our understanding of the disease and the complexities that my grandfather faced, at that time, were incomprehensible to us.  We knew him only during his period of sickness yet our memories of him do not reflect that of a man in grief.  Everyone he met was touched by his charm and endearing personality. He was a resilient, headstrong yet compassionate man who had a fervent faith and an even tougher will. ALS challenged him mentally and physically in every way imaginable.

Through recollections and stories told over the years I remember my grandfather as being quite “the character” and believe that most people who knew him would agree. However, he should also be remembered as a fighter; he worked so hard his entire life to make a better way for himself and his family. Then, when he was finally ready to retire and relax, he had to fight the toughest struggle of all, ALS. I know that for my father and family it was exceptionally trying to watch him combat this disease as it slowly took away one of the things that was so dear to him, his independence. He fought hard, but lost his battle on Christmas day of 1996.  

His resolve and courage is something I attempt to imitate in my own life.  Although he is no longer present in the flesh his vivid persona will remain with me through my own time on this earth. He fought courageously in the face of such a horrific disease. It’s with that same spirit and determination that drives me to pursue every opportunity that is granted.  While running a marathon is tough, it is not as tough as losing someone you love. I hope to run the Boston Marathon in his honor.

Team ALSMA is a dedicated group of Boston Marathon runners who are raising awareness and  funds to benefit the cutting-edge research, vital patient care programs and important advocacy work of the ALS Assn. MA Chapter. Please help me raise money for this more than deserving cause! I look forward to your continuing support and hope to not disappoint on Marathon Monday.

$10,070

MONEY RAISED
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  • Rob Staub

    $158

  • Molly Goldberger

    $20

  • Jack Traub

     

  • Joe DiPalma

    $10

  • Hans Martin Winebrenner

    $10

  • Anonymous

    $20

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Mary

    $10

  • Emily Swedensky

    $20

  • Paul Ginsburg

    $60

  • Grant Family

     

  • Amanda Ramirez

    $50

  • Vanessa Camiolo

    $50

  • Joshua Bedard

    $20

  • Casey Regan

    $25

  • Courtney Burgess

    $20

  • Latonya Elsberry

    $50

  • Joshua Colasante

    $30

  • Chris Staff

    $20

  • Kait Crowley & Tom Maybury

    $20

  • Woodcock

    $20

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Hannah Noel

    $20

  • Casey Gariepy

    $25

  • Jamie G

    $15

  • Zach Barry

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $10

  • Courtney Grealish

    $20

  • Laura Capadanno

    $150

  • Connor Martin

    $30

  • mercedes m.

     

  • Jackie & Dustin Campbell

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Kristen St. Pierre

    $20

  • Anonymous

     

  • Angie Kim

    $10

  • Sarah Saurman

    $25

  • Kelly & Michael Stewart

    $50

  • Sam Allen

    $50

  • Raquel McKenna

    $50

  • Kaela

    $10

  • Steve Reardon

    $100

  • Mike Pallotta

     

  • Grammy & Grampy

    $30

  • Emily (mom) Hemming

    $20

  • MARGIE AND CARL TORRICE

    $25

  • The Captain

    $250

  • Hillary Dutton

    $20

  • Zheng Zou

    $10

  • Sarah & Bruce Hartwell

    $45

  • christine schaffer

     

  • Kevin

    $50

  • Lenny Carlucci

    $15

  • Mady

    $15

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Jess Kraiza

    $100

  • Steve Pilis

    $15

  • Erika Kleeberg

    $50

  • K Zander

    $60

  • Leonel Madeira

    $10

  • The Wilsons

    $25

  • Katie Wilson

    $25

  • Aunt Mary Lou & Uncle Rick

    $25

  • lindsey couture

    $10

  • Michelle Desillier

    $50

  • Marie Sheehy

    $30

  • Cindy Keefe

    $25

  • Todd Keefe

    $25

  • Terry & Leon Descoteaux

    $75

  • Ashley Barss

    $20

  • Sammi

    $100

  • Meggan Sterk

    $25

  • Lindsay Heckmann

    $10

  • Anonymous

     

  • JOANNE LACHAPELLE

    $10

  • Emily M

    $25

  • Chris O'Shea

    $25

  • Justin Miranda

    $100

  • Josie Antilla

    $30

  • Matthew McKenna

    $10

  • Rebecca Wogec

    $20

  • Emile & Rachel Montminy

    $50

  • Brandie

    $20

  • Kenny and Michaela

    $65

  • Pepere and Teri

    $250

  • Katie

    $75

  • Jess Morales

    $15

  • Ali Hughes

     

  • Katie O'Koren

    $50

  • Marc & Teri Hall

    $100

  • Carolyn, Theresa, Audrey Cox

    $200

  • Ryan and Liz Descheneaux

     

  • Jeanne Corcoran

    $25

  • David DeLuca

    $20

  • Brian Tait

     

  • Dracut High School Track and Field Team

    $2,140

  • Mur & G- Dad

    $30

  • Anonymous

    $30

  • Lauren Riccardi and Jeff Pini

    $20

  • Franklin S.

    $20

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134% Raised of $7,500 Goal

The Team: $51,576 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

David McNeice

Amount Raised

$10,531

 

105% Raised of $10,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Alli Armstrong

Amount Raised

$10,325

 

115% Raised of $9,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Kristen St. Pierre

Amount Raised

$10,070

 

134% Raised of $7,500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Erin Mackenzie

Amount Raised

$7,925

 

106% Raised of $7,500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Eric Hudson

Amount Raised

$7,500

Fundraiser Title

Donna DiPalma

Amount Raised

$5,000

 

67% Raised of $7,500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

The ALS Association Massachusetts C...

Amount Raised

$225

 

0% Raised of $50,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Leonel Madeira

Amount Raised

$0

Donor Comments

Franklin S.

Franklin S.

DONATION: $20

Good Luck! 2 years ago

Lauren Riccardi and Jeff Pini

Lauren Riccardi and Jeff Pini

DONATION: $20

2 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $30

2 years ago

Mur & G- Dad

Mur & G- Dad

DONATION: $30

2 years ago

Dracut High School Track and Field Team

Dracut High School Track and Field Team

DONATION: $2,140

Contribution from Push-up-a-thon Fundraiser! Dracut High supports you Kristen, good luck enjoy the run. 2 years ago

Brian Tait

Brian Tait

2 years ago

David DeLuca

David DeLuca

DONATION: $20

Hi Kristen. I work with your mom and just read the article in the Lowell Newspaper. Best of luck on Monday! 2 years ago

Jeanne Corcoran

Jeanne Corcoran

DONATION: $25

Good luck, we will be cheering you on! 2 years ago

Ryan and Liz Descheneaux

Ryan and Liz Descheneaux

Good luck Kristen! We'll be thinking of you on Marathon Monday! 2 years ago

Carolyn, Theresa, Audrey Cox

Carolyn, Theresa, Audrey Cox

DONATION: $200

Good Luck Kristen! 2 years ago