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Jessica Martino's Fundraiser:

Camp Shriver at UMass Boston 2015

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Jessica Martino

THE STORY:

    "Ready to thrive?”- that was the question Billy, my 17-year-old buddy with Fragile X Syndrome, asked me before each run around Deer Island.  Fragile X Syndrome is a genetic condition that causes a range of developmental disabilities. Running a 5K had been one of Billy’s goals and we spent the summer committed to completing it. During times Billy was “running out of gas”, he would run a bit harder saying “self, you can do this. Think of the quesadilla at the end.” On days, it was hot, humid, and neither one of us felt like running, Billy would turn to me with a wide grin and would say, “no big deal – in with the good, out with the bad.”

         Billy helps me see the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow when I cannot see it myself.  Each day, he reminds me to look at the positive side of all the stresses life throws at me. I am running the Boston Marathon for children similar and different to Billy… For children similar and different to myself.  To give over 50 Billys and 50 Jessicas the opportunity to learn from each other through sports this summer at Camp Shriver. To give these children the opportunity to develop a “positive-slope attitude”, as Billy termed it, to get through the “hot and humid runs" together. To give them the opportunity to thrive. To thrive the way Billy and I did together for 3.1 miles. To give them opportunity to continue to thrive not just in sports, but in life because they have the support and “positive-slope attitude” to do so.

      On April 20, 2015, I will ask myself that vey same question “ready to thrive?” and I will use the positive self-talk I have learned from Billy to thrive for 26.2 miles allowing over 100 low income children with and without disabilities the opportunity to come together through sports this summer at Camp Shriver. Thank you in advance for supporting me on my journey to the Boston Marathon.  #readytothrive #NBD26.2 #CampShriver2015  

UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS FOUNDATION INC wrote -

Camp Shriver - where children can learn and play... as equals!

We are so lucky to live in a nation where children with disabilities are included in our schools, in our communities and in our lives. But Camp Shriver takes this one step further. Inclusion is good... equal is better!

That's why for the past eight years, Camp Shriver at the University of Massachusetts Boston has welcomed over 800 children, half with and half without intellectual and developmental disabilities, ages 8-12, from low income families in the Boston area to a free inclusive summer sports camp.

Camp Shriver serves an equal number of children with and without disabilities so that all children can play and learn—as equals.

 

All the funds raised by our fantastic Team Camp Shriver members will directly support sending over 100 children to camp this summer. With your support, and the support of these amazing indviduals running 26.2 miles for children with disabilities, we will makle sure that all children have an opportunity to play and learn together this summer!

 

Camp Shriver’s mission is to bring children with and without disabilities together to provide opportunities for social and motor development, while promoting positive peer relationships among campers.

$9,158

MONEY RAISED
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  • Quist & Zullo's

    $25

  • Doreen Gillis

    $15

  • Anonymous

     

  • Carmella Wessling

    $200

  • Jane & Billy

     

  • Aunt Mary and B6

     

  • Billy's Friend Bella D.

    $10

  • Bella's Family

    $50

  • Cousin Jane & Allie xo

    $50

  • Rita & Bernie

    $50

  • Elsa Hernandez Riley

     

  • Erika Schoaf

    $20

  • Susan Wessling

    $25

  • Peter & Kim

    $250

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $30

  • To Little Cuz From The Lammes

     

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • lisa miller

    $25

  • Aunty Janice

    $50

  • The Witkowski Family

    $100

  • Tammy Bryk

    $50

  • Seth and Danielle Ross

    $250

  • Molly Wade

    $50

  • Paula Karl

    $50

  • Paul Ruhlmann

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Beth McNamara

    $50

  • Mark and Tobey Fidler

    $35

  • Josh Bernard

     

  • Net's Delicatessen and Package Store

    $40

  • Fundraiser

    $800

  • Fundraiser

    $2,028

  • Elaine Phaneuf

    $35

  • Sally Walker and Jim Coviello

    $100

  • Libby Olchowski

     

  • Marie Hamilton

    $50

  • carol & Paul lunt

    $50

  • John Tomlinson

    $20

  • Wessling/ Schoaf family

    $40

  • Anonymous

     

  • Shelagh Merrill

    $20

  • Tom Boyles

    $100

  • Caroline Barclay

    $15

  • Gillis Family

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $1,000

  • Mary Skwar

    $25

  • Deb, Jim and Sam

    $50

  • Teak Media + Communication

    $100

  • Lelia Evans

    $100

  • Rose Viola

    $50

  • Samantha Gillis

    $30

  • Josh Grossman

    $25

  • The Kurth Family

    $100

  • Margaret Veazie

    $50

  • Scott and Sheryl Howard

    $100

  • Diane & Steven Nalen

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $40

  • Cormo Family

    $25

  • Skate for Shriver

    $500

  • Peter Lynch

    $1,000

  • Ari -

    $25

  • Uncle Billy your cool calm neighbor

    $50

  • debbie cohen, dan and lillian goldner

    $50

  • Danielle D

     

  • Marty Moran

    $100

  • uncle bob and aunti louise

    $80

  • Caitlin Leslie

    $25

  • The Kalogeris and Boivin Families

    $100

  • The Kempel Family

    $25

  • Audrey and Howie Yanoff

    $25

  • Janice and Dave Riley

    $100

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131% Raised of $7,000 Goal

The Team: $95,450 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

Jeff and Kevin

Amount Raised

$10,885

 

73% Raised of $15,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Julia Gibson

Amount Raised

$9,701

 

176% Raised of $5,500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Jessica Martino

Amount Raised

$9,158

 

131% Raised of $7,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Elliot Rizzo

Amount Raised

$8,370

 

112% Raised of $7,500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Jeffrey Carboni

Amount Raised

$7,407

 

148% Raised of $5,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Molly Wade

Amount Raised

$7,347

 

122% Raised of $6,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Stacey Rivoira

Amount Raised

$6,526

 

131% Raised of $5,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Emily Sobiecki

Amount Raised

$6,035

 

121% Raised of $5,000 Goal

Donor Comments

Janice and Dave Riley

Janice and Dave Riley

DONATION: $100

In Memory of Ella Wessling a wonderful person who will be missed. 2 years ago

Audrey and Howie Yanoff

Audrey and Howie Yanoff

DONATION: $25

In Memory of Ella Wessling 2 years ago

The Kempel Family

The Kempel Family

DONATION: $25

2 years ago

The Kalogeris and Boivin Families

The Kalogeris and Boivin Families

DONATION: $100

2 years ago

Caitlin Leslie

Caitlin Leslie

DONATION: $25

2 years ago

uncle bob and aunti louise

uncle bob and aunti louise

DONATION: $80

2 years ago

Marty Moran

Marty Moran

DONATION: $100

Good luck and nice work Jessica. 2 years ago

Danielle D

Danielle D

2 years ago

debbie cohen, dan and lillian goldner

debbie cohen, dan and lillian goldner

DONATION: $50

2 years ago

Uncle Billy your cool calm neighbor

Uncle Billy your cool calm neighbor

DONATION: $50

Have a great run and enjoy the moment.. Your ready for it 2 years ago