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Andrea Alterman Lachs' Fundraiser:

Jack H. Marston II Melanoma Fund Chicago Marathon Team

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T - 2 and Counting.....
October 07, 2016

Well, the day is almost here.  I can't thank everyone enough that has supported me along this journey - the donors to Jack's Fund, the sideline  See more
Andrea Alterman Lachs

THE STORY:

I am inspired by the selfless things people do for others.

I was on the track team in high school.

I hung up my running shoes in 1985 and saw no reason to put them on again. My running was done. But, not so many years ago, I was inspired. Inspired by Jack’s Team, the people who ran for those they had lost, and inspired by its captain, Steve Lutz, to do something I never thought I could do. I wanted to run again. A conversation on a fence at a Glenbard West Football game with Steve is one I will never forget. He told me “You Got This” and I, almost, believed him.

A couple more months went by and, finally, I was ready. Two weeks before my 50th Birthday, in November of 2013, I tied on my running shoes and, never being one to do things halfway, signed up to run a Half Marathon in July of 2014. My longest run from high school, up to that moment, had been to chase one of my kids and here I was thinking I could run 13.1 miles. Well, I could, and I did and, in February of 2015, I ran another one improving my time by nearly 20 minutes. And, in March, it all came to a grinding halt.

In March of 2015, I began an odyssey that began while I was on vacation in Washington D.C. – emergency surgery for a ruptured intestine and debilitating post-surgical pain that put my running shoes, and me, on the shelf for months.

I am inspired by the selfless things people do for others.

Steve’s words echoed in my brain as I, literally, mourned the loss of the progress I had made, the goals I had set for myself, and the dream I had held since that day on the fence – to run the Chicago Marathon surrounded by family and friends.

I am inspired by the selfless things people do for others.

And here I am. For years I have contributed as others ran for those who couldn’t. I have participated in This Run’s for Jack. I have read others stories and I have cried reading about the loved ones that have battled and the work they have put in to run in their honor or, sadly, in their memory. I have been inspired by their stories.

So, this year, I will fulfill a dream. I will thank those who have inspired me and I will give back to so many of those who have come before me and inspired me as members of Jack’s Team. I will run for them; I will run for the loved ones they have lost. I will run as, I too, have a family member that has had several bouts of skin cancer but, thank God, never melanoma. I will run to make a difference in this fight.

I am hoping, by doing this, I will inspire others.

DONATE

To This Fundraiser

$3,676

MONEY RAISED
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  • Anonymous

    $20

  • Debbie Burns

    $50

  • Melissa Schrauth

    $50

  • Paula and Doug Ford

    $100

  • Mike and Maria

    $50

  • Andrea Murphy

    $50

  • Bob and Jill Ludlam

    $50

  • Tami Allen

    $20

  • Randy Roach

    $50

  • The Reifel Family

    $50

  • Dave and Martha Young

    $100

  • Fred Teekens

    $50

  • Nick Diorio

    $50

  • Erica and Barry Nelson

    $100

  • Jennifer Leventhal

    $25

  • Bob & Sheri, Will, Sam and Catherine

    $100

  • Joyce & Harvey Goldberg

    $50

  • Joe and Ellen Reifel

    $50

  • Kristen Healy

    $25

  • The Vogg Family

    $50

  • The Naegelen Family

    $50

  • Greg Beutler

    $200

  • David Margolies

    $25

  • Kellsey Le

    $250

  • Steve Zolman

    $650

  • K Bradfield

    $50

  • Foley Family

    $50

  • Kevin Stilwell

    $25

  • The Bradens

    $50

  • Sue Zolman

    $50

  • Mark Wolfe

    $50

  • Osterloh Family

    $100

  • The Yeungs

    $50

  • Marc and Beth Alterman

    $50

  • Andrea Alterman Lachs

    $25

  • Lina Shurslep

    $25

  • The Herseys

    $36

  • Sheri Kleinman

    $25

  • Paul & Sheila Alterman

    $50

  • Maria Limouris

    $50

  • John Jordan

    $125

  • Kristen and Steve Novak

    $50

  • Bob and Judy Collins and family

    $100

  • Missy and Andy Riedmatter

    $25

  • Haya Miller

    $50

  • Jeff and Megan Davis

    $200

  • Margot and Darryl Grayson

    $25

  • Bob Geib / Lydia Barrett

    $50

  • Cherie & Matthew

    $100

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147% Raised of $2,500 Goal

The Team: $3,676 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Donor Comments

Cherie & Matthew

Cherie & Matthew

DONATION: $100

2 years ago

Bob Geib / Lydia Barrett

Bob Geib / Lydia Barrett

DONATION: $50

Very proud of you and Rob for making this happen. 2 years ago

Margot and Darryl Grayson

Margot and Darryl Grayson

DONATION: $25

Best of Luck Andrea! 2 years ago

Jeff and Megan Davis

Jeff and Megan Davis

DONATION: $200

In memory of Mark Davis 2 years ago

Haya Miller

Haya Miller

DONATION: $50

In memory of Dave Johansen 2 years ago

Missy and Andy Riedmatter

Missy and Andy Riedmatter

DONATION: $25

2 years ago

Bob and Judy Collins and family

Bob and Judy Collins and family

DONATION: $100

Go Andrea Go! 2 years ago

Kristen and Steve Novak

Kristen and Steve Novak

DONATION: $50

You've got this, Andrea!! 2 years ago

John Jordan

John Jordan

DONATION: $125

2 years ago

Maria Limouris

Maria Limouris

DONATION: $50

2 years ago