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American Foundation Suicide Prevention Boston Marathon 2015

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Chris Ciulla

THE STORY:

I am proud and honored to announce that I have been sponsored by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention to run the 2015 Boston Marathon.

My father, Leo Ciulla, the handsome, strapping, tanned man you see in the photo on my profile, committed suicide in February of 2013. Following a relatively encouraging recovery from a cancer diagnosis a few years earlier, depression and severe anxiety took away his ability to cope, and slowly eroded his cognitive skills.  None of us who surrounded him knew quite how drastically his condition had worsened, until it was too late.  

Throughout his entire life, he was a beacon of physical and mental stability.  He persevered through an incredibly physically demanding job to provide for his family.  He also did whatever he could to protect his friends in need, without fail.  A descendant from generations of Sicilian fishermen, he was THE “Port of Call”.  

There is no better event to demonstrate perseverance than a marathon.  There is no better way to not only honor my father's legacy, but also to educate those at risk.  And that’s where AFSP comes in.  AFSP is dedicated to understanding and preventing suicide through research, education and advocacy.  They also provide programs and resources for survivors of suicide loss. 

I'm a Boston College graduate.  And I remember when I would carry a keg of beer over my shoulder along Commonwealth Ave on that Marathon Monday in April.  I would look out at the field of runners, and I would say,"I'm going to do that someday."

Well, someday has become 20 years later.  And I promised myself I would run this race by the age of 40.  And I'm running out of opportunities, and time.  Now IS the time.

We are also going to have some fun with my personal goals for this race.  For those who know me, they know that I thoroughly enjoy competition.  So, in this instance, I will begin with a goal of finishing in 5 hours.  But with each $1,000 raised, I will finish one minute faster.  So for each $10,000 fundraising goal achieved, I will run 10 minutes faster. I think it would be nice to finish this race in under 4 hours. It would be even nicer to get the money to match that goal.  Let’s get to that first $10K goal ASAP!!!

I also plan on posting videos at least twice a week, accompanied by written blog entries.  I want you all to join me in this journey…the completion of the Boston Marathon by a 39.5 year-old man who has never attempted a run over 10 miles long.  Also, as a personal trainer with 20 years of experience, I want to describe in detail what my body is going through.  I will tell you what preparation I need, what diet I require, and how much recovery and/or treatment is appropriate.  Injuries will crop up, so how will I deal with them, and overcome them to stay on pace with my training.  And what types of supplemental training (Plyometrics, Weight Training, Functional Training, Pliates, Yoga, etc) work best with my anatomy and kinesiology.

Lastly, I’m a "grinder". Nothing has ever come easy to me. I've had to work for everything I've achieved.  And this will be no different. I will work through the pain, exhaustion, injury.  And I will persevere, like my father would have, and I will finish.  I will finish for my Dad, so others can learn from our experiences.  

Please donate to this worthy cause.  Many thanks for your consideration.

Feel free to contact me directly with any questions.   -Chris Ciulla  

 

 

$22,087

MONEY RAISED
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  • Leigh Family

    $1,000

  • Tiffany Song

    $30

  • Louis Dibiccari

    $200

  • Brian & Jennifer Tesseyman

    $100

  • Len Ciulla

    $50

  • Kristen Bshara

    $50

  • Justin and Sara

    $75

  • Mike McSharry

    $50

  • Frank and Cathy Ciulla

    $26

  • Nancy Schiavo

    $25

  • Audrey Skiera

    $50

  • Leo & Leah Ciulla

    $200

  • Matt Cioffi and Nicole Joyce

    $150

  • Mark Goldblatt and Carol Kauffman

    $50

  • Betty McGonigle Manders

    $25

  • Rachel Fulginiti

     

  • fateh badr

    $100

  • Noelle Acosta

    $20

  • Chris Connolly

    $50

  • Gregorio & Nicole Casalenuovo

    $25

  • Bobby Javinett

    $10

  • Peter Talieri

    $100

  • Lily and John Smith

     

  • Anonymous

    $40

  • Sarah Nist

    $100

  • JB Blanc

    $100

  • Joe Sanfelippo

    $100

  • Eugene Kim

    $25

  • Alison Spiriti

    $100

  • The Ayturs

    $25

  • Lawlor

    $200

  • Jim Lloyd

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Joan Kelleher

    $50

  • Kristen & Thomas Hairston

    $50

  • American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

    $26.20

  • The Morrison Family

    $50

  • Karen Ciulla

    $50

  • Kristen and Dan Fox

    $75

  • James McKernan

     

  • Chris Boscia

    $50

  • Michael Elms and Family

    $70

  • Brian Reed

    $50

  • Lynne Monk

    $50

  • Greg Murphy

    $50

  • Jill Tower Constantine

    $25

  • Greg Antonelli

    $50

  • Michael and Kristen Bodnaruk

    $100

  • Kimberly Moriello

    $20

  • Ari Roy

    $25

  • Jonathon Myers

    $20

  • Jay & Lisa Interrante

    $100

  • Erin Lawler

    $50

  • MaryEllen Kelleher

    $30

  • Joe&Paige; DeSisto

    $50

  • The Bono's

    $25

  • Andy Senasac

    $50

  • Thomas and Lilian Ciulla

    $25

  • Anonymous

     

  • Peter Diamond

    $50

  • Mark and Simone Ciulla

    $100

  • Harry McGrath

    $100

  • Steve & Kelly Guterl

    $50

  • Mike Ruggiero

    $100

  • Mike Byrne

    $100

  • Kristin Cuccio

    $50

  • Amanda

    $100

  • Tosney Family

    $50

  • Rich Bradley

    $25

  • Chad Mouton

    $20

  • Spiros and Athena Giannaros

    $150

  • chris keenan

    $25

  • Andy Anderson

    $50

  • Michael, Mia and Darrin DeVito

    $250

  • Joseph Cafasso

    $100

  • Joseph Simione III

    $100

  • Michael Ford

    $150

  • White Mountain Cupcakery

    $150

  • Pristine Limousine Service of Everett

    $100

  • Ellen Chapman

    $30

  • William and Josephine Warnock

    $25

  • Lillian Ciulla

    $25

  • Phyllis and Richard Marcella

    $10

  • Companion's fundraising event

    $2,445

  • Lenny and Bernie Bono

    $100

  • Joseph and Palma Ciulla

    $100

  • Andrew and Mary Philbin

    $100

  • Olympia and George Rizzo

    $30

  • Nicole Cascetta

    $30

  • Joseph Mazzochia

    $120

  • Paul Leone II

    $250

  • Vincent Gigante

    $150

  • Philbin Insurance Agency

    $100

  • Lonergan Insurance Agency

    $100

  • 21000...simply amazing!

    $1

  • Robin Valentine

    $100

  • Companion's fundraising event

    $747

  • Pauquette Family

    $100

  • Jenna Hebert

    $100

  • Peter and Rosalie Marino

    $40

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110% Raised of $20,000 Goal

The Team: $64,494 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

Scott Wakefield

Amount Raised

$26,577

 

66% Raised of $40,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Chris Ciulla

Amount Raised

$22,087

 

110% Raised of $20,000 Goal

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Liza Pauquette

Amount Raised

$15,117

 

151% Raised of $10,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

American Foundation for Suicide Pre...

Amount Raised

$712

 

1% Raised of $60,000 Goal

Donor Comments

Peter and Rosalie Marino

Peter and Rosalie Marino

DONATION: $40

2 years ago

Jenna Hebert

Jenna Hebert

DONATION: $100

2 years ago

Pauquette Family

Pauquette Family

DONATION: $100

Awesome job!!! So honored to be your teammate! 2 years ago

Companion's fundraising event

Companion's fundraising event

DONATION: $747

2 years ago

Robin Valentine

Robin Valentine

DONATION: $100

I have & always will cherish every memory through the years I spent with Leo. I know that you are with your famy every moment of every day watching over them. May u rest in peace. 2 years ago

21000...simply amazing!

21000...simply amazing!

DONATION: $1

2 years ago

Lonergan Insurance Agency

Lonergan Insurance Agency

DONATION: $100

2 years ago

Philbin Insurance Agency

Philbin Insurance Agency

DONATION: $100

2 years ago

Vincent Gigante

Vincent Gigante

DONATION: $150

2 years ago

Paul Leone II

Paul Leone II

DONATION: $250

2 years ago