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Leslie Christensen's Fundraiser:

Arthritis Foundation TCS New York City Marathon 2016

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October 11, 2016

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Leslie Christensen

THE STORY:

I am managing rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and running this year’s NYC marathon on November 6th.  My goal is to raise $3,000 for the Arthritis Foundation in order to help others live to their fullest potential.   

During the onset of my RA in 1995, I was in denial, embarrassed and scared.  Due to shoulder pain and swollen hands, I would wait for others to pull doors open in order to rush in behind them.  I was embarrassed to ask for help and my fear of the unknown was as chronic as my pain. Fortunately, my doctor allowed me to try an unproven therapy.  In my case, I was lucky to go into remission in 2003.  In 2009, watching an elderly man with limited mobility finish a 5K inspired me to train for a 5K. In 2012, I ran a marathon at age 50 and had a Boston qualifying time in 2015.  Shortly afterwards my RA resurfaced with the trademark jelling, swelling, and pain.

Unlike 1995, I accepted my condition with hope.  I continued to run but slower and less distance. When friends asked if I was injured because of my slower pace, I admitted my health changed.  I abandoned the idea of marathons; instead focusing on pacing new runners.  But by June my condition was manageable with immune suppressant therapy and the idea of running the NYC marathon to support the Arthritis Foundation emerged. 

The foundation’s work benefits 50 million Americans, including 300,000 juveniles, impacted by arthritis. I was helped when I was at my lowest and feel honored to support their mission of helping others live a full life. Please consider supporting my run by making a donation using the link below.  

If you wish to donate via check or send a matching gift form, please mail to: Arthritis Foundation, Leslie Christensen’s NYC Marathon Campaign. 122 East 42nd Street, 18th Floor, New York, NY 10168.

$3,300

MONEY RAISED
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  • You are an amazing runner and this a great cause

    $25

  • Ken and Heather

    $25

  • Keith and Suzy Christensen

     

  • Carin Rockind & Josh Klur

    $36

  • Maureen Kapusta

    $50

  • Erik Paulhardt

    $50

  • Your Brother Paul

    $100

  • Carol Wise

    $20

  • Vicki

     

  • Don Noble

    $50

  • Leslie Christensen

    $1,000

  • Helen McWilliams

    $25

  • Robb Clayton

    $50

  • Fran Yakubik

    $100

  • Mary and Mike Doane

    $50

  • Raj

     

  • Debbie Kandel

    $50

  • John Fergason

    $26.20

  • Rick Beagle

    $26.20

  • Melissa Quinlan

    $26.20

  • Marian

     

  • Roger Zahab

    $100

  • Jennifer de Vries

    $100

  • Dianne Digianantonio

     

  • GLenn & Kaci Beckett

    $100

  • David

    $25

  • Aimie

    $25

  • Rileys

    $26.20

  • Kranthi

    $26.20

  • Jeff Montague

    $35

  • Angel

    $50

  • Thomas and Denise Darnley

    $50

  • Mark Stangl

    $25

  • Barb

    $50

  • Timken Company Matching Gift

    $500

  • Heather Christensen

    $20

  • Karen Cunningham

    $25

  • Ruby Riley

    $25

  • Debbie Trubatch

    $25

  • Bob Balash

    $26.20

  • Martha Balash

    $26.20

  • Michael Evan

    $100

  • YOUR FAVORITE COUSIN

    $21

  • Jeanette Hariharan

    $25

  • Karen May

     

  • David F.

     

  • Keith Bandi

    $25

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110% Raised of$3,000 Goal

The Team: $60,485 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

Kailin and Kelsey Edgar

Amount Raised

$10,165

 

169% Raised of$6,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Tom and Mike's Race For Cure

Amount Raised

$6,476

 

65% Raised of$10,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Mark Turner

Amount Raised

$6,300

 

126% Raised of$5,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Katie Dixon

Amount Raised

$4,145

 

138% Raised of$3,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Jeff Lockhart

Amount Raised

$3,685

Fundraiser Title

Kate Bottari

Amount Raised

$3,667

 

122% Raised of$3,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Leslie Christensen

Amount Raised

$3,300

 

110% Raised of$3,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Millie Pacheco

Amount Raised

$3,285

 

110% Raised of$3,000 Goal

Donor Comments

Keith Bandi

Keith Bandi

DONATION: $25

2 years ago

David F.

David F.

2 years ago

Karen May

Karen May

2 years ago

Jeanette Hariharan

Jeanette Hariharan

DONATION: $25

2 years ago

YOUR FAVORITE COUSIN

YOUR FAVORITE COUSIN

DONATION: $21

2 years ago

Michael Evan

Michael Evan

DONATION: $100

2 years ago

Martha Balash

Martha Balash

DONATION: $26.20

2 years ago

Bob Balash

Bob Balash

DONATION: $26.20

2 years ago

Debbie Trubatch

Debbie Trubatch

DONATION: $25

2 years ago

Ruby Riley

Ruby Riley

DONATION: $25

In honor of Leslie 2 years ago