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BENEFITING: MERCY HOSPITAL & MEDICAL CENTER

EVENT DATE: Aug 28, 2016

Bart Richards

THE STORY:

In July, 2014 I was diagnosed with colon cancer.  Later that year after surgery to remove about a foot of my colon, I started on chemotherapy.  I had stage 3 colon cancer that required chemo infusions, specifically FOLFOX regime.

Chemotherapy was one of the hardest processes I've ever been through.  It takes every bit of energy and mental toughness to show up for your chemo session.  It is hard to compare it to anything in sports but here's a shot.  Receiving a chemo infusion is similar to how you feel in the last 100 meters of the 400 meter dash.  Or it is similar to how you feel in the last 800 meters of a 2,000 meter rowing ergometer race.  It is similar to how you feel in the last 25 meters of the fastest 100 meter freestyle swimming race you have ever done.  Or when a ballet dancer is performing a releve at the end of their dance for an extended period of time.  After a treatment, you feel like you've been hit by a truck knowing full well that you have to do it all over again when your next chemo session is scheduled.  Oh and by the way, there is a good chance that you will not have an appetite, be nauseous, develop a mouth sore, lose your hair, be sensitive to the cold and a whole host of other side effects.

After 6 months and 12 rounds of chemo treatments, I began a long road to recovery.  I started to exercise again.  I participated in my first competitive event, a short indoor triathlon in the fall.  Since then I’ve slowly been exercising for the triathlon.

When I’m not training for the triathlon, spending time with my family and doing my professional job as a management consultant at Claro, I volunteer at Mercy Hospital and Medical Center.  I am a member of the finance committee.  Founded in 1852, Mercy is Chicago’s first hospital.  It serves a community on Chicago’s Southeast side.  Mercy continues the Sisters of Mercy tradition of ministry to the poor, sick and uneducated as lived by their founder Catherine McAuley. Mercy fosters an environment of healing, providing access and needed care with compassion and excellence to the diverse communities it serves.

Please join me in helping Mercy provide its cancer patients high quality care.  Your donation will go to helping Mercy’s cancer infusion center.  Thank you so much for your help.

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To This Fundraiser

$9,325

MONEY RAISED
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  • The Bridgham Family

    $50

  • Bart Richards

    $100

  • Bart Richards

    $2,500

  • Tom Sessi

    $250

  • Blair and Dan Ciecko

    $200

  • Anonymous

     

  • Larry

     

  • Scott and Nicole Kouri

    $250

  • David Calzolano

    $250

  • Joel and Lynne

    $100

  • The Schultz Family

    $100

  • The Malec Family

    $250

  • Pat & Bob Berman

    $100

  • Charles Richards

    $100

  • The Bridgham Family

    $250

  • Larry & Betty Druckten

    $250

  • Jill & Jim Jilek

     

  • Cassell Family

    $100

  • Dean Pedon and Irene Ayoub

    $100

  • Ricco Family

     

  • Sam, Brian, Max & Abby Zilvitis

    $100

  • Tyler and Robin McClay

    $100

  • Imran & Erica Abbasi

    $100

  • Tom & Heidi

     

  • MATTHEW MITOLA

    $150

  • Richard Ptachcinski

    $100

  • Margie and Joe

    $250

  • Audrey and Craig Benes

    $100

  • The Scotts

     

  • Hilary and Larry Rubeck

     

  • The Paulik Family

     

  • Robertson Family

     

  • The Ostrowski Family

    $100

  • Matthew Noll

    $25

  • Craig DeSimone

    $50

  • Ken & Sue Wojtanek

    $50

  • The Sheahin Family

    $250

  • Shawn Hoyt

     

  • Marshalls

    $250

  • Chris and Sondra Paskach

    $100

  • Mark Hargis

     

  • Debbie & Doug Deems

    $100

  • Jeff Andrien

    $100

  • John Cadarette

    $200

  • Karl and Marlene Killian

     

  • John & Kristina Wills

    $100

  • Adler Family

     

  • Anonymous

    $250

  • Nimi Gonsalves and Steven Herwick

    $100

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93% Raised of $10,000 Goal

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The Team: $9,325 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Fundraiser Title

Bart Richards

Amount Raised

$9,225

 

92% Raised of $10,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Audrey Benes

Amount Raised

$100

Donor Comments

Nimi Gonsalves and Steven Herwick

Nimi Gonsalves and Steven Herwick

DONATION: $100

Good luck on Sunday, Bart!! 2 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $250

2 years ago

Adler Family

Adler Family

2 years ago

John & Kristina Wills

John & Kristina Wills

DONATION: $100

2 years ago

Karl and Marlene Killian

Karl and Marlene Killian

Happy to support you Bart, and I'll posit a potential sports analogy that you might relate to as well.. Powering through the wakes on short line behind 350 horses.... We are very proud of you. All the best! 2 years ago

John Cadarette

John Cadarette

DONATION: $200

In support of Barr! 2 years ago

Jeff Andrien

Jeff Andrien

DONATION: $100

2 years ago

Debbie & Doug Deems

Debbie & Doug Deems

DONATION: $100

Bart -- happy to help out ... you're an inspiration. 2 years ago

Mark Hargis

Mark Hargis

2 years ago

Chris and Sondra Paskach

Chris and Sondra Paskach

DONATION: $100

Best of luck to you in the triathlon, Bart! 2 years ago