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Leah Yanachek's Fundraiser:

Arthritis Foundation NYC 2017

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Leah Yanachek

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 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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To This Fundraiser

$3,125

MONEY RAISED
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  • Juliana Figueiredo

    $100

  • George Strong

    $50

  • Lily lau

    $100

  • Gina

     

  • Ben & Christine

    $250

  • Larry Sprovieri

    $50

  • Jessica Sutton

    $50

  • The Sessions Family

    $25

  • Anonymous

     

  • christina gardner

    $50

  • The O'Sheas

     

  • Sam Correa

    $50

  • Jan Savino

    $100

  • Diane & Zach

    $100

  • Devon K Walsh

    $50

  • Liz & Adam Lowy

    $50

  • Anonymous

     

  • The Humphrey Family

    $50

  • Vanessa

    $25

  • Anonymous

     

  • Danielle Holland

    $100

  • Cheryl

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Rosales Family

    $50

  • Jon Savino

    $500

  • Aaron & Kristen Pierce

    $100

  • Jake!

    $50

  • Catherine Guisao

    $100

  • Tatiana Figueiredo

    $50

  • The Valcic Family

     

  • Anonymous

     

  • Reess Kennedy

    $50

  • Elisa, Jonathan, and Hailey Rose

    $250

  • S.R.E.K.

    $50

  • Andrew

    $50

  • Patricia Medina

    $50

  • Adaya and Kaile Thomas

    $50

  • Lisa Aguilar

    $25

  • Phyllis Hogan

    $25

  • The Duggan Family

    $100

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104% Raised of $3,000 Goal

The Team: $68,298 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Meredith and Stephen

Amount Raised

$7,000

 

117% Raised of $6,000 Goal

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Christina and Louis Orazio

Amount Raised

$6,200

 

103% Raised of $6,000 Goal

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Casey Miles

Amount Raised

$4,450

 

89% Raised of $5,000 Goal

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Betsy Burdick

Amount Raised

$4,400

 

147% Raised of $3,000 Goal

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Peter Van Dyke

Amount Raised

$4,386

 

73% Raised of $6,000 Goal

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Mark Turner

Amount Raised

$3,750

 

75% Raised of $5,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Susan Burr

Amount Raised

$3,665

 

122% Raised of $3,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Ellie Linsell

Amount Raised

$3,512

 

117% Raised of $3,000 Goal

Donor Comments

The Duggan Family

The Duggan Family

DONATION: $100

4 months ago

Phyllis Hogan

Phyllis Hogan

DONATION: $25

Thanks for sharing your story and the opportunity to share in this cause. 4 months ago

Lisa Aguilar

Lisa Aguilar

DONATION: $25

My best to you and your family. .. 4 months ago

Adaya and Kaile Thomas

Adaya and Kaile Thomas

DONATION: $50

Go Leah! 4 months ago

Patricia Medina

Patricia Medina

DONATION: $50

4 months ago

Andrew

Andrew

DONATION: $50

4 months ago

S.R.E.K.

S.R.E.K.

DONATION: $50

4 months ago

Elisa, Jonathan, and Hailey Rose

Elisa, Jonathan, and Hailey Rose

DONATION: $250

We LOVE you and you will always be forever family! 4 months ago

Reess Kennedy

Reess Kennedy

DONATION: $50

4 months ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

4 months ago