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Arthritis Foundation NYC 2017

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THE STORY:

If you have never witnessed the New York City Marathon, you must consider putting it on your list of things to experience. The connection between the diverse group of spectators who cheer, high five, and hold funny signs along with the 50,000 runners on the streets of New York City is an extraordinary force to be part of. This November I will run my second NYC Marathon.

Two years ago I felt excited and full of appreciation for being able to run. Seeing friends and loved ones cheering me on along the course gave me what I needed to keep running through the pain, exhaustion, and negative thoughts that eventually crept up around mile 20. That day I pushed myself farther than I ever had, and crossing the finish line I was rewarded with a sense of pride and strength that I didn’t know was in me.

Over the last several months, friends and loved ones have reminded me of that strength, and have given me courage to continue through the recent loss my family endured. On December 15, 2016 my brothers and I lost our mom unexpectedly to complications she suffered after knee replacement surgery. The procedure was supposed to alleviate the chronic pain she had been experiencing for many years due to her Arthritis. I am running (and fundraising!) for the Arthritis Foundation in memory of my amazing mother.

My Mom taught me everything I know about taking care of people, especially the youngest most fragile beings among us. More than that, she was a source of strength and an extraordinary example of dedicating one’s life to the service of others. As a nurse for just under 50 years, my Mother was a gentle beam of light to the parents of the premature babies she cared for in the NICU at New York Presbyterian Hospital. At home she was a photographer, baseball fan, generator of silly mom jokes, avid traveler, lover of all things Arizona, new Grandmother, and the most important support to her four kiddos. These foggy days in San Francisco I miss her very much, and I know she will be with me through the long miles ahead. My mom would be proud of the way my brothers and I are taking care of each other, staying strong, and following our passions.

Please help me reach my goal of raising $3000 for the Arthritis Foundation. It is my hope that those who suffer from Arthritis can act sooner to alleviate their pain. Your donation to The Arthritis Foundation will fund scientific research to uncover its cause, create new treatments that yield higher success rates, and bring us closer to a cure for the millions of adults whose lives are affected by the disease. I am very much looking forward to seeing some of you along the course on November 5th and in the near future.

Sincere thanks,

Leah Yanachek

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$1,550

MONEY RAISED
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  • Juliana Figueiredo

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  • George Strong

    $50

  • Lily lau

    $100

  • Gina

     

  • Ben & Christine

    $250

  • Larry Sprovieri

    $50

  • Jessica Sutton

    $50

  • The Sessions Family

    $25

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  • christina gardner

    $50

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  • Sam Correa

    $50

  • Jan Savino

    $100

  • Diane & Zach

    $100

  • Devon K Walsh

    $50

  • Liz & Adam Lowy

    $50

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  • The Humphrey Family

    $50

  • Vanessa

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  • Danielle Holland

    $100

  • Cheryl

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  • Anonymous

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  • Rosales Family

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52% Raised of $3,000 Goal

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The Team: $42,739 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Meredith and Stephen

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$7,000

 

117% Raised of $6,000 Goal

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Christina and Louis Orazio

Amount Raised

$4,484

 

75% Raised of $6,000 Goal

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Peter Van Dyke

Amount Raised

$3,566

 

59% Raised of $6,000 Goal

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Casey Miles

Amount Raised

$3,300

 

66% Raised of $5,000 Goal

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Leanne Rosanio

Amount Raised

$3,075

 

103% Raised of $3,000 Goal

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ToniMarie O'Neill

Amount Raised

$3,000

 

100% Raised of $3,000 Goal

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Jen Burdick

Amount Raised

$2,916

 

58% Raised of $5,000 Goal

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Susan Burr

Amount Raised

$2,915

 

97% Raised of $3,000 Goal

Donor Comments

Rosales Family

Rosales Family

DONATION: $50

7 hours ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $50

9 hours ago

Cheryl

Cheryl

DONATION: $100

I will always remember your mother with love 🌹 1 week ago

Danielle Holland

Danielle Holland

DONATION: $100

So proud of you, Leah. Your mother was such a special, gentle and giving person. She is an inspiration to all of us. Love you. 3 months ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

3 months ago

Vanessa

Vanessa

DONATION: $25

Your story you shared was really powerful, its awesome what you are doing and really helps others to be reminded of what matters. Good luck with the run :) 4 months ago

The Humphrey Family

The Humphrey Family

DONATION: $50

What a wonderful way to honor your mom. Love to you, Leah. 4 months ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

4 months ago

Liz & Adam Lowy

Liz & Adam Lowy

DONATION: $50

4 months ago

Devon K Walsh

Devon K Walsh

DONATION: $50

GO LEAH! 4 months ago