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ALS Pittsburgh 2016

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April 05, 2016

I finally ran the 20 mile run yesterday. It's unreal what the difference is in both mind and body between 16 and 20 miles. Everything changes.  See more
Andrew Tatusko

THE STORY:

My grandmother died of ALS, and I am running in her memory.

Her very last words to me are burned in my brain. "Whatever you do with your life, have fun."

So I am doing that this year. I am Running for Rita. She is going to be with me in memory and spirit. Please join us in the race and join others as the work to cure ALS continues.

Rita was pistol. When I was a kid, I remember her fire-red Firebird parked in her Paoli, PA garage. The color matched her rosy cheeks after a few nips of scotch. She was a neat freak, loved lime green and yellow, and cooked amazing food.

After my grandfather died, she spent much of her time with her best friend. They were active and had fun in both Italy and on the Mississippi river. Like a blue-haired Thelma & Louise. But then Rita started to lose control of her body even though her mind was running full throttle. In just two years she stopped driving, then lost her house, then her independence, then her life in 1999. We watched as that same full-of-life mind and spirit became imprisoned in her body that just stopped communicating with her brain. Awful.

I am running with the hope that some day no one will ever have to suffer through this way again.

Donate and run with us!

$520

MONEY RAISED
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  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Susan, Mark and the boys!

    $100

  • Greg and Mindy

    $25

  • Tammy & Sam!

    $25

  • Robert, Sara, and Parker

    $25

  • Shawna Cassick

     

  • Larry Boggess

    $100

  • Paula Bigatel

    $50

  • Schuetz Family

    $25

  • H. DAWSON

     

  • Lisa Tatusko

    $50

  • Kelly Moran

    $25

  • Melissa

    $20

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104% Raised of $500 Goal

Fundraise for this Campaign

The Team: $47,563 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Jody Goldie

Amount Raised

$3,710

 

742% Raised of $500 Goal

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Courtney Yacobucci

Amount Raised

$3,565

Fundraiser Title

The ALS Association Western Pennsyl...

Amount Raised

$3,184

 

16% Raised of $20,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Curtis Wargo

Amount Raised

$2,685

Fundraiser Title

John Roth

Amount Raised

$1,670

Fundraiser Title

Jason Cooper

Amount Raised

$1,515

 

152% Raised of $1,000 Goal

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Mallory Madden

Amount Raised

$1,450

 

290% Raised of $500 Goal

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Alyssa Mahramus

Amount Raised

$1,448

Donor Comments

Melissa

Melissa

DONATION: $20

Rock it, Drew! 1 year ago

Kelly Moran

Kelly Moran

DONATION: $25

1 year ago

Lisa Tatusko

Lisa Tatusko

DONATION: $50

In memory of Rita Tilley 1 year ago

H. DAWSON

H. DAWSON

In memory of Jamie Showkeir and Coach Curry 1 year ago

Schuetz Family

Schuetz Family

DONATION: $25

Very proud of your dedication, Andrew!!! 1 year ago

Paula Bigatel

Paula Bigatel

DONATION: $50

2 years ago

Larry Boggess

Larry Boggess

DONATION: $100

2 years ago

Shawna Cassick

Shawna Cassick

Hope your experience with the Pitt is better than mine!! :) 2 years ago

Robert, Sara, and Parker

Robert, Sara, and Parker

DONATION: $25

Run for Rita, Andrew 2 years ago

Tammy & Sam!

Tammy & Sam!

DONATION: $25

2 years ago