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Gina Dodge's Fundraiser:

American Lung Association of the Northeast NYC 2017

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Gina Dodge

THE STORY:

In the winter of 2013, my brother Paul, 37 at the time, was diagnosed with Stage 4 Lung Cancer. He fought a long hard battle for 18 months, before passing during the summer of 2015 at 39 years old.


Paul's illness and passing were difficult. Watching my older + only brother suffer and not be able to do anything about it was terrible. He persevered and tried to face each day w/ a smile, when the Dr's ran out of options, he tried to find his own. He was a fighter right up until the very end. I remember the day before his death, one of his Dr's came to his room and Paul gleamed up at him w/ hopefull eyes and asked 'so there's really nothing left you can do for me?' It was heartbreaking. 


Once Paul passed, I started to form a relationship with the American Lung Association as a way to give back on Paul's behalf, with the hope that one day other families would not have to go through what mine has. Running in the NYC Marathon has always been a goal for me, but every year when Marathon season came around, I found myself coming up short on motivation to make the effort and run. Paul's passing gave me the motivation to not only run the marathon but to do it for a cause that has impacted the lives of so many. 


I don't often talk about or show many emotions around Paul's sickness + death, in fact I may overcompensate in the other direction out of pure discomfort with the subject, to the point that may leave some wondering if it actually has impacted me at all. It of course has, and througout his illness/passing, I often turned to running to deal w/ how I was feeling, finding myself in tears midway through many runs. 


One of Paul's fears was that noone would remember him when he was gone, or that people would too quickly forget. So running this marathon is my way of remembering Paul throughout another run and leaving a mark on the world in his honor.

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To This Fundraiser

$1,075

MONEY RAISED
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  • Nic Mess and Johnny

    $100

  • Angela Amendola

     

  • Douglas C. Cusano

     

  • Marie Brigati

    $50

  • The Casey Family

    $100

  • Jon, Sarah & Siena

    $100

  • The Velin Family

    $25

  • Rick Bashkoff

    $50

  • Melissa Lanthier

    $50

  • soozngeesh

     

  • Doug C

    $100

  • Nicole Garjian

     

  • The Coulter Fam

    $50

  • Katie and Trevor

     

  • Emily Sweterlitsch

     

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22% Raised of $5,000 Goal

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The Team: $21,508 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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wayne trumbull

Amount Raised

$7,650

 

153% Raised of $5,000 Goal

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Jackie Sanders

Amount Raised

$4,022

 

80% Raised of $5,000 Goal

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Megan O'Connor

Amount Raised

$3,300

 

66% Raised of $5,000 Goal

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Dinah Macy

Amount Raised

$3,125

 

63% Raised of $5,000 Goal

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Marisa Roman

Amount Raised

$2,335

 

47% Raised of $5,000 Goal

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Gina Dodge

Amount Raised

$1,075

 

22% Raised of $5,000 Goal

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Michael Jordan

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Donor Comments

Emily Sweterlitsch

Emily Sweterlitsch

13 hours ago

Katie and Trevor

Katie and Trevor

5 days ago

The Coulter Fam

The Coulter Fam

DONATION: $50

Love you, Gina! 5 days ago

Nicole Garjian

Nicole Garjian

Thinking of you my strong beautiful friend! Xoxo to the stars and back, Nic F 5 days ago

Doug C

Doug C

DONATION: $100

5 days ago

soozngeesh

soozngeesh

love you, g... good luck training!! 2 months ago

Melissa Lanthier

Melissa Lanthier

DONATION: $50

2 months ago

Rick Bashkoff

Rick Bashkoff

DONATION: $50

2 months ago

The Velin Family

The Velin Family

DONATION: $25

You're amazing, G! We're so proud of you! 2 months ago

Jon, Sarah & Siena

Jon, Sarah & Siena

DONATION: $100

You are amazing! Good Luck Gina! 2 months ago