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Animal Rescue League of Boston 2017

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April 20, 2017

BENEFITING: ANIMAL RESCUE LEAGUE OF BOSTON

ORGANIZER: ANIMAL RESCUE LEAGUE OF BOSTON

EVENT: 2017 Boston Marathon

EVENT DATE: Apr 17, 2017

Venkat Vedam

THE STORY:

My Marathon Story: https://medium.com/@venkatvedam/theres-always-a-first-time-then-there-s-always-a-next-time-44d967aa1b10


I'm excited to be representing John Hancock at the 2017 Boston Marathon, and be a part of the Animal Rescue League 2017 team.

I am humbled running this marathon that celebrates the greatness of this city I came to love over the last 5 years of living and working here. My mother visiting from India, meant I couldn't be at the finish line on the day of fateful Marathon bombing nearly 4 years ago. The events of the day are still fresh in my mind, and the horrors committed due to the hate and darkness that day, and so many more such horrors committed every single day across the world, hurting human lives every where, makes my commitment to love and compassion stronger.

To be running my very first marathon to celebrate this city that I love; to honor the saddenning memory of a horrifying attack on the spirit of Boston and the marathon that symbolizes the resilience of the city;  for a cause I am so incredibly passtionate about, is honestly a dream come true and truly overwhelming .

If you know me, you know about my love for animals. I spend more time than I would like to admint, watching funny animal videos, reading heartbreaking animal rescue stories, and amplifying messages of love and compassion for animals and nature. It may be silly, but my choice of friends depends on how animal-friendly they are, or how they respond to pictures of my pets and cute animals. ;)

I have grown up with animals my whole life - dogs at home, visiting cats and kittens, even a family of snakes who used to call a piece of our backyard and the crowns of our coconut trees their home! We had more than 10 dogs overall, including 5 puppies from a litter (spay/neuter wasn't so common back in India when I grew up). And as I was growing up, my harsh welcome to reality was seeing the loving, innocent, beautiful creatures depart and not being able to do anything to keep them with me. All of them are now gone from this world, but their memories and love are still alive with me.

My wifey, Shri, shares the same love and family history with animals. The main guest to our wedding 10 years ago, was her best friend Genie. Genie was a cute little troublemaker, but the life of the house. Genie departed a couple of years ago, and we were unable to spend any time with him his waning years because we were across the pond in the US, unable to travel due to work, jobs and visas. We would only see him once a week on video chat - but our love for him, I hope was conveyed. Because, in contradiction with my scientifically-minded self, I believe love is unbound, universal, and forever. 

We now share our condo with her majesty, Midnight. And YES, she does have an Instagram page of her own ;)

Running a Marathon requires commitment, discipline, stamina to some extent, practice, but most importantly motivation. My motivation is the animals that will be helped as a result of your donation, and the city that inspires so many of us to be the best we can be, and some more!

I know there is a long road ahead of me but I am so exicted to embark on this adventure. I am so beyond humbled and grateful to be supporting the animals of the incredible city of Boston!!  

Every dollar donated helps, and from the very bottom of my heart I thank you all for helping me reach my goal. I would love to see you at the finish line, with the love for my city, for compassion, for animals everywhere, and to this nature, and above all your support and the spirit of this wonderful city, carrying me over to the finish line.

Weak maybe my knees after hours of running, but strong will be my heart with the overflowing emotion and joy of the occasion. This I know for sure!

And again, Thank You John Hancock for this incredible opportunity and Thanks each and everyone of you for visiting this page and (hopefully) contributing to my campaign by donating, or sharing with your network.

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$4,335

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  • Anonymous

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  • Mark

    $100

  • Rich Hall

    $25

  • Guohua Cao

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Sopheark Ngo

     

  • Venkat (Cash)

    $50

  • Anonymous

     

  • Ben, Matthew, Jonthan, Kae, and Abe Ahumada

    $50

  • Harikrishnan Balachandran

    $15

  • Robi

    $100

  • Arun

    $50

  • Gail

     

  • Alex Sullivan

     

  • Hari Sirivella

    $50

  • AnimalBros

    $50

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    $50

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    $25

  • David Wolf

    $50

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  • Ratan

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Pradeep G

    $100

  • Mark, Emma, Izzy & Ollie

    $100

  • Venkat Vedam

    $60

  • Mark Jewell

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $50

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    $50

  • Martha Frost

     

  • Rebecca Mores

    $25

  • Fanny Wells

    $25

  • Aaaanimals

    $1,000

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  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Ann Birle

    $100

  • Jocelyn

    $35

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    $250

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  • Kelley and Nate Zepf

    $50

  • Alena B.

    $25

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    $50

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  • Gouri Ghosh

    $20

  • Jeff Duckworth

    $100

  • Lisa Vogel

     

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  • Ryan Driscoll

     

  • Heather Ayvazian

     

  • Josh Lue Yen

    $50

  • Venkat

    $350

  • John Hancock matching gift

    $50

  • Cindy Forbes

     

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87% Raised of $5,000 Goal

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The Team: $36,036 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Erin Doyle

Amount Raised

$8,273

 

110% Raised of $7,500 Goal

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Jonathan Harlow

Amount Raised

$6,500

 

81% Raised of $8,000 Goal

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Brianna Roche

Amount Raised

$5,321

 

106% Raised of $5,000 Goal

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Venkat Vedam

Amount Raised

$4,335

 

87% Raised of $5,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

ANIMAL RESCUE LEAGUE OF BOSTON

Amount Raised

$1,330

 

4% Raised of $35,000 Goal

Donor Comments

Cindy Forbes

Cindy Forbes

3 weeks ago

John Hancock matching gift

John Hancock matching gift

DONATION: $50

4 weeks ago

Venkat

Venkat

DONATION: $350

From all the wonderful colleagues and friends who donated at the fundraiser earlier on May 4th 1 month ago

Josh Lue Yen

Josh Lue Yen

DONATION: $50

Congrats on the run and good luck on the dance floor ;) 2 months ago

Heather Ayvazian

Heather Ayvazian

2 months ago

Ryan Driscoll

Ryan Driscoll

Go Venkat! 2 months ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

2 months ago

Lisa Vogel

Lisa Vogel

2 months ago

Jeff Duckworth

Jeff Duckworth

DONATION: $100

2 months ago

Gouri Ghosh

Gouri Ghosh

DONATION: $20

Congrats Venkat ! 2 months ago