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ALS Association Western Pennsylvania Chapter Pittsburgh Marathon 2017 - Running4Gramps

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December 09, 2016

I have already bypassed my goal. Thank you to my friends and family for your support. You know this means the world to me! Love you all!   See more
Heather Crago

THE STORY:

Hi Everyone!!

 

To many of you- thanks for being a part of this again, to anyone new- thanks for reading!

 

In 2014 I decided I would embark on a mission of completing my first half marathon for my Grandfather. As many of you remember he was diagnosed with ALS. Although running “one” half marathon was something I had on my bucket list I never actually had the determination to do so. It wasn’t until my Gramps said “just run, do it for me” that my mindset changed. And it was for him that I completed my first half marathon at the Pittsburgh Marathon in May of 2015.

 

If only “just like that” was as simple as it sounds. During my training my Gramps lost the horrible battle with ALS.  Instead of letting this setback bring me down I used it to push me through. I knew in the bottom of my heart that my Grandfather was right there with me, with the best seat in the house. Finishing the race had a different meaning to me than others, it wasn’t just running, it was running for a reason.

 

It was through that time that I had the privilege of raising awareness for the ALS association. Thanks to YOU I was the top fundraiser for the 2015 Pittsburgh Marathon, ALS Association. I raised $4, 150 in support of the ALS foundation and research. I will never be able to find enough words to thank those who donated.

 

To witness the battle my Grandfather faced on a daily basis is something I hope no one ever has to witness or be a victim of. I pray for those battling, their families, and their friends, all which are somehow suffering in some way from the disease. It is not easy and it does not get easier. But it’s for all of you that I want to do this again. I want to help in any way I can to raise money and awareness to somehow defeat ALS.

 

So I am “just going run”, I am going to run for those who cannot. Enduring training and running again is nothing in comparison to their fight. I can/will do this again. He would tell me to quit complaining and be grateful I could walk. Gramps, I hope this makes you proud- I miss you so much- I will run for you!

 

With that being said I am asking for your help! No donation is too small, every dollar matters. I would really appreciate your donations in helping me run for a reason at the 2017 Pittsburgh Marathon on May 7th. Please DO NOT feel obligated but if you would like to make any contributions to the foundation and support me running in memory of my Gramps please do so below.

 

Thank you for your support and consideration!

$1,275

MONEY RAISED
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  • The Libengood's

    $25

  • Albert V.

    $25

  • The Gray Family

    $250

  • Lisa Shaner

     

  • Sam and Kris Poloyac

    $50

  • Diane & Mike Mattock

    $100

  • Chelsea Shoff

     

  • Ryan, Christy, & Maggie Crago

    $50

  • Lisa Shaner

     

  • Heather Crago

    $50

  • Scott & Sandy Taylor

     

  • Jim and Pam Proudfit

    $50

  • Kate Livingston

    $25

  • Chelsey Price

     

  • Judith Wentzel

    $25

  • Christina H

     

  • Bobby, Erin, Tyler and Charlie

    $100

  • Amy Ranallo

    $20

  • Faith Krynicky

     

  • Rachel Coletta

     

  • Mom and Dad

    $100

  • Brian Corrigan

    $25

  • Don & Debbie Crago

    $50

  • Danielle Rohland

    $25

  • Dawn & Brian Helfferich

    $25

  • Grandma and Grandpa C

    $25

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170% Raised of $750 Goal

The Team: $53,286 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

Allison Farkas

Amount Raised

$5,481

 

548% Raised of $1,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

John Roth

Amount Raised

$3,200

Fundraiser Title

Christine Simonson

Amount Raised

$2,795

 

93% Raised of $3,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Amanda Wright

Amount Raised

$2,166

 

619% Raised of $350 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Pam Kodman

Amount Raised

$2,115

 

212% Raised of $1,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Douglas Sheldon

Amount Raised

$2,000

 

200% Raised of $1,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Thomas Waranavage

Amount Raised

$1,757

 

351% Raised of $500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Heather Crago

Amount Raised

$1,275

 

170% Raised of $750 Goal

Donor Comments

Grandma and Grandpa C

Grandma and Grandpa C

DONATION: $25

5 months ago

Dawn & Brian Helfferich

Dawn & Brian Helfferich

DONATION: $25

In memory of Darryl. 5 months ago

Danielle Rohland

Danielle Rohland

DONATION: $25

5 months ago

Don & Debbie Crago

Don & Debbie Crago

DONATION: $50

5 months ago

Brian Corrigan

Brian Corrigan

DONATION: $25

Gramps is so proud of you Heather! 5 months ago

Mom and Dad

Mom and Dad

DONATION: $100

2 years ago today (4/4/2015) the strongest man I've ever known lost his battle to this awful disease. This is for you dad. Hoping that someday soon, no one will have to endure what you did so courageously. 6 months ago

Rachel Coletta

Rachel Coletta

6 months ago

Faith Krynicky

Faith Krynicky

6 months ago

Amy Ranallo

Amy Ranallo

DONATION: $20

Let's have fun running for gramps! 6 months ago

Bobby, Erin, Tyler and Charlie

Bobby, Erin, Tyler and Charlie

DONATION: $100

Darryl Helfferich 6 months ago