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Nicole Jensen's Fundraiser:

BWH Marathon Program - The Stepping Strong Marathon Team

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BENEFITING: Brigham and Women's Hospital

ORGANIZER: Brigham and Women's Hospital

EVENT: 2015 Boston Marathon

EVENT DATE: Apr 20, 2015

Nicole Jensen

THE STORY:

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I’ve never been a runner.  Though always participating in sports, I was that kid in school that huffed and puffed through the obligatory one mile run around the track in gym class.  What’s the point of running anyway?  Or so I thought.  That all changed seven years ago when I decided to run two miles on a treadmill in a gym across the street from my crappy Upper East Side apartment.  I remember being in shock and rushing home to tell my roommate about my huge accomplishment.   

After that two mile treadmill run I found myself entering a 5k, then a 10k, then countless half marathons until I finally completed my first (and only to date) full 26.2 at the Savannah Marathon the morning of my 30th birthday.  I’ve never been a runner.      

Needless to say, the Boston Marathon wasn’t on my radar as much of anything...until I suddenly found getting into it and then finishing it as the top item on my “Bucket List”, if you believe in such things. Don’t worry, experiencing the actual Oktoberfest in Munich is still on the podium as the #2 item.  If you run enough races and read enough running magazines you quickly realize that THE BOSTON MARATHON is it.  It’s the holy grail of running.  People win Olympic Medals and still don’t feel as though they’re an accomplished runner if they haven’t won in Boston.  Since it’s so coveted the only way to get a shot at running it is to qualify at super-human speeds or to apply to join a charity team that you really believe in and promise to do everything you can to raise money for their cause...and even then you’re not a shoe-in...get it?  

Two years ago, one of my best friends from college came out to Austin to visit me for the long weekend because, as a Bostonite, he had Patriot’s Day off which is marathon Monday in Boston.  We were eating lunch when he got a word that there had been a bombing at the Boston Marathon.  He was understandably panicked because his boyfriend and good friends had all planned to be at the finish line that day.  Thankfully none of his friends were hurt, but some were not so fortunate.  After watching the shocking news of the bombings and injuries that day I vowed to myself that I would find a way to run Boston and in doing so would support a cause that turned a horrible situation into a positive one.    

Gillian Reny, an 18 year old high school senior and aspiring dancer stood near the finish line with her parents as she cheered on her sister who was racing that day.  When the bombs went off she suffered life-threatening injuries and was rushed to BWH to be treated.  Through Gillian’s resilience and the help of the amazing team at BWH, both of her limbs were able to be saved. Her family went on to set up the “Gillian Reny Stepping Strong Fund” in her honor to fuel innovative research in trauma healing and limb reconstruction.   

I’m proud to say that this year I will be running as a team member on the Gillian Reny BWHSteppingStrong Marathon team and have pledged to raise $7,500 for this great cause.  Rest assured that 100% of funds raised will go towards helping future patients with traumatic, athletic, military, and disease-related limb injuries regain their strength and step strong once again.   

A lot of people don’t understand running or why people do it.  If I’ve learned anything in my 32 years, it’s that you don’t always have to understand something to support it.  You don’t always have to know people to make a difference in their lives.    

Thank you for taking the time to read this and thank you for your contribution.  Who knows, with your support, maybe someday I’ll be a runner.  

High Five,

Jensen

P.S.  Here are some extra incentives for you!

-Donate $25:  You're going to have a great day!  Seriously, you're an awesome person. 

-Donate $50:  The above also goes for you...along with the packet of lucky unicorn dust will be sent to your house...plus you also receive unlimited free hugs from me for the rest of 2015...or fist bumps..whatever you're into. 

-Donate $100:  Receive the above along with your name (or whoever you would like me to run in honor of) written on my race day outfit.  

-Donate $200:  Receive all of the above along with an awesome custom shirt designed by yours truly (ships in March). 

-Donate $500:  Receive all of the above along with your right to challenge me to do anything you would like (so long as it’s mostly legal and within reason), enough karma points to last you two years, a free car wash from yours truly and my undying love and devotion.  

-Donate $1,000:  Receive all of the above along with your choice of a Lord Title, Lady Title, Sir Title, Baron Title, Baroness Title, Earl Title, Count Title, Viscount Title, Viscountess Title, Marquis Title, Marchioness Title, Duke Title, Duchess Title, or in fact any Feudal Title / Noble Title you want....  This is your opportunity to join the elite and be the envy of your friends and colleagues!

$7,500

MONEY RAISED
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  • Emerson and Claire Smith

    $100

  • Nick Tackett

    $100

  • Ariel & Corey

    $100

  • Carl and Cynda Rosenbaum

    $200

  • Lyle and Pam Goward

    $150

  • Amy Kritzer

    $100

  • Shelly Teegardin

    $100

  • Jerry Morey

    $200

  • Missy Goward

    $40

  • dudley

    $50

  • Mark Tatelman

    $50

  • Jill Ozovek

     

  • Kristen Williamson

    $200

  • Donna Ozovek

    $100

  • Jay and Wendy Papasan

    $75

  • Bevil

    $100

  • Gillian Reny

    $50

  • Super Bowl Party Fundraiser

    $700

  • Connie and Wayne Schafer

    $100

  • Chrissie Garber

    $100

  • Doug Guller

    $100

  • Steve and Kathy Hier

    $100

  • Holly

     

  • Michael Pistone

    $200

  • Mercamper

    $50

  • Kerry Thompson

    $50

  • Samara & Adam Feinberg

    $50

  • Look Sharp Events

    $100

  • Halby Evans

     

  • Janet Meneskie

    $200

  • Ryan Smith

    $50

  • C Mercado

     

  • Laurie Kritzer

    $50

  • Dianne and Mike Morey

    $335

  • Andrew Kritzer

    $100

  • Jim and Kim

    $50

  • Sean and Amanda Moorhead

    $10

  • Sam Petersson

    $20

  • Stormi Boyd

    $50

  • Angel in beautiful Hungington Beach, CA

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $10

  • Luke Miller

    $25

  • Caitlyn and Mary Beth Moorhead

    $100

  • Brett

    $10

  • Dylan Sanders

    $10

  • Piper

    $10

  • Adriel Meditz

    $25

  • Monica/Guy Pawlak

    $50

  • Emerson & Claire Smith

    $50

  • Samantha

    $25

  • Crystal Picciano

    $10

  • Sabrina Jindra

    $10

  • Ali Isaac

    $25

  • Peter P Picciano

    $25

  • James McVey

    $10

  • Michele Danna

     

  • Tiffany and Crystal Picciano

    $200

  • Ray & Marci

    $100

  • Katie Goward

    $10

  • Debbie Hudecz

    $10

  • james w

    $25

  • Teresa, Amy & Mario Venmo/Paypal Lunch Money

    $40

  • Ed & Chris Casper

    $25

  • Corinna Miller

    $10

  • Curtis Kadohama

    $25

  • Matt Glazer

    $25

  • Thorne & Breck Matteson

    $100

  • Papa louie

    $500

  • Sunil Das

    $50

  • Yen and Laurie Lunch Money

    $30

  • Shannon Hartigan

    $25

  • Tammi

    $15

  • Rebecca Bradford

    $10

  • Kim & Jim

    $25

  • Jeff @ GRAINGER

    $25

  • Ron and Lynn Graham

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $75

  • Robby Bars

    $50

  • Huey Lewis and The News...and Pawlak

    $100

  • Brian M & Zach R

    $120

  • Brenda Packer

    $10

  • Mom

    $100

  • Amy Lateur

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $150

  • Jessica Lopez

    $50

  • Jessica Pawlak

    $25

  • Ava & Cooper McKinley

    $25

  • Shanleigh

    $100

  • Ami and Jonathan Mayfield

     

  • Mindy Grubb

    $50

  • Drag Bar Crawl + Teresa Extra Donation

    $375

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100% Raised of $7,500 Goal

The Team: $969,799 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

Audrey Steven Reny

Amount Raised

$251,580

Fundraiser Title

Sally McNagny

Amount Raised

$30,563

 

76% Raised of $40,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

-Stepping Strong Marathon Team

Amount Raised

$27,575

Fundraiser Title

WinPorter McKennaBuchanan

Amount Raised

$25,324

Fundraiser Title

Brigham and Women's Hospital

Amount Raised

$18,041

Fundraiser Title

Leeds Pierce

Amount Raised

$15,320

 

306% Raised of $5,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Elizabeth Carty

Amount Raised

$14,669

 

196% Raised of $7,500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Barlow Keener

Amount Raised

$13,464

 

180% Raised of $7,500 Goal

Donor Comments

Drag Bar Crawl + Teresa Extra Donation

Drag Bar Crawl + Teresa Extra Donation

DONATION: $375

2 years ago

Mindy Grubb

Mindy Grubb

DONATION: $50

2 years ago

Ami and Jonathan Mayfield

Ami and Jonathan Mayfield

2 years ago

Shanleigh

Shanleigh

DONATION: $100

2 years ago

Ava & Cooper McKinley

Ava & Cooper McKinley

DONATION: $25

2 years ago

Jessica Pawlak

Jessica Pawlak

DONATION: $25

2 years ago

Jessica Lopez

Jessica Lopez

DONATION: $50

2 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $150

2 years ago

Amy Lateur

Amy Lateur

DONATION: $50

last minute, but thinking about you!! 2 years ago

Mom

Mom

DONATION: $100

2 years ago