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Arthritis Foundation NYC 2017

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I hit my goal!
September 19, 2017

Thank you so much for donating & helping me reach my goal! I cannot wait to run the iconic New York City Marathon & do so for a charity  See more
Leanne Rosanio

THE STORY:

I was never someone who thought about limitations; it is not until you are faced with them that you begin to discover what you are capable of. Seven years ago I was faced with a challenge that would become the most driving force of positive change in my life.

In 2010 while at work, I bent down to pick up a paper and heard my knee “pop”. Throughout the course of the week my knee began hurting and I was unable to bend it due to the swelling. I went to see the doctor who confirmed I had torn my meniscus. After routine arthroscopic surgery, the doctor gave me surprising news. He detected arthritis in my knee. He felt it would not be problematic and I began physical therapy. During my rehabilitation, the therapist became alarmed at my knee’s regression. After merely a week, my other knee, ankles, wrists, and fingers started to swell. Eventually my hips and jaw began locking up. Simple tasks like getting out of bed, getting dressed, and even eating I found excruciating. The amount of pain I was in was tremendous, and I remember thinking “Why is my body turning on me at 23 years old?” I went to an emergency Rheumatologist appointment after which I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis. 

Rheumatoid Arthritis is an auto-immune disease in which trauma, like a surgery, can trigger the immune system to begin attacking the joints causing them to swell. My first course of intervention was an aggressive regiment similar to chemotherapy. After one year of treatment, two medications, and a multitude of terrible side effects I started to feel some relief. 

Four years later life was seemingly back to normal. I began dating a running enthusiast named Matt. Matt would often share his race stories, but the world of running was foreign to me. At one point, Matt suggested running a 5K together. For those who live with Rheumatoid Arthritis, exercise is recommended to keep joint inflammation down. Completing that first 5K was like crossing into a new beginning. Legs I felt betrayed by years earlier were now taking me on a journey. In one year’s time that 5K turned into a Half Marathon, and within two years I crossed the finish line of a Full Marathon. Each sore muscle was a celebration of the strength I continue to build.

Today my Rheumatoid Arthritis is in remission. Through running, I found both physical and mental perseverance that pushed me through doubt and discomfort and took me to a place of resilience. I am living proof there is life after Rheumatoid Arthritis. 

I was recently accepted to run on the 2017 Arthritis Foundation’s New York City Marathon Team; I have committed to raising $3,000 to help others conquer arthritis, but I need your help. For those who donate, I will be printing your name on the back of my race-day shirt in appreciation of you having my back! 

Thank you for your generosity. I will see you November 5th as I race through the streets of New York City!

$3,175

MONEY RAISED
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  • The Fisher family

     

  • Sandy Rosanio

    $100

  • phyllis/carmine alfano

    $50

  • William & Sandy Rosanio

    $100

  • Laura Labriola

    $50

  • Stephanie Rosanio

    $500

  • Gabby Fox

    $50

  • Sal Dattolo

    $500

  • The Delaware Rosanio's

     

  • Tim & Corinne Howlett

    $50

  • Lea Nielsen

    $25

  • Jesse Kakstys

    $100

  • Danielle Dickinson

    $50

  • Quintiles

    $500

  • Lynn, Sean & Brandon Kelly

     

  • COLEEN BRANDEL

    $50

  • Jill, Jeremy, Laura & Grace

    $50

  • The Fitz's

     

  • Grasshopper off the Green

     

  • Farrell Family

     

  • Kevin and Ashley

    $25

  • Brian Zachary

     

  • Harris family

    $50

  • Caren & Jory

    $100

  • Dominic Howlett

    $50

  • Drew Tomlinson

     

  • Denise and Patrik Dyberg

     

  • Clede & Anna O'Neal

    $50

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106% 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

Fundraiser Title

Christina and Louis Orazio

Amount Raised

$6,200

 

103% Raised of $6,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Casey Miles

Amount Raised

$4,450

 

89% Raised of $5,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Betsy Burdick

Amount Raised

$4,400

 

147% Raised of $3,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Peter Van Dyke

Amount Raised

$4,386

 

73% Raised of $6,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

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

Clede & Anna O'Neal

Clede & Anna O'Neal

DONATION: $50

7 months ago

Denise and Patrik Dyberg

Denise and Patrik Dyberg

8 months ago

Drew Tomlinson

Drew Tomlinson

8 months ago

Dominic Howlett

Dominic Howlett

DONATION: $50

Good luck Leanne! 8 months ago

Caren & Jory

Caren & Jory

DONATION: $100

8 months ago

Harris family

Harris family

DONATION: $50

8 months ago

Brian Zachary

Brian Zachary

8 months ago

Kevin and Ashley

Kevin and Ashley

DONATION: $25

8 months ago

Farrell Family

Farrell Family

8 months ago

Grasshopper off the Green

Grasshopper off the Green

8 months ago