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Ceara Kirchner's Fundraiser:

2017 TCS New York City Marathon

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THE STORY:

Earlier this year I found a list I created 10 years ago with some goals I had for my 20s. On this list was “run a marathon”. My first thought was “well, that didn’t happen in your 20s”. My second thought was “what phase was I in when I wrote this list?” Like so many others, much of my life has been broken into phases because of Colon Cancer.  

The phase before my Grandma, Faye Kirchner, was diagnosed with it (during high school), the phase during which she courageously battled it, and the phase after she lost that battle at age 70 (during college.) The phase before my Dad, Jody Kirchner, was diagnosed with stage 4 Colon Cancer at age 48 (during college graduation.) The 2.5 years of laughs, chemo rooms, cries, hospitals, hugs, I love yous, doctor offices, adventures, waiting for results, and creating memories in which he battled with strength, wisdom, humor, love, and regret. You see, one of the many challenges of watching someone battle colon cancer and I’m sure being the one battling colon cancer, is knowing that it is preventable, treatable, and beatable disease when caught early. There are screenings, symptoms, and family history indicators to help catch it early and if you do, the survival rates are much higher. The phase after my Dad passed away at age 50 has been full of grief, navigating life without a loved one, getting my first colonoscopy, lots of “what-ifs”, and new adventures and beginnings.  

This year has been the start of a new phase. It’s been 5 years since we lost my Dad, it’s been my first year in a new decade (30!), it will be 10 years since we lost Grandma Faye, it will be the year I venture into married life, and now the year of my first full marathon! I’ve decided it’s time to mark off that bucket list item (albeit, a year late) and I can’t imagine doing it for a better cause.  

In full disclosure, my Dad hated running and I’m pretty sure the only time I saw him run was when he saw a snake but I know he would think this was pretty cool (and crazy!) I’m so proud of his fight and the person he was and I’m so happy to run this race in his and my grandma’s memory. I’m just hoping 2 of my favorite guardian angels are able to watch with a proud smile and maybe give me an extra push when needed on race day :) 

Thank you for taking your time to read my story, regardless of if you are able to donate or not, please encourage a love one to get screened and watch for symptoms and give them an extra hug, because you never know what the future will bring.  

Love, Ceara  

$5,235

MONEY RAISED
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  • Anonymous

    $250

  • Alison Charipar

     

  • Elizabeth, John and Joe

    $50

  • Scott & Heather Groh

    $250

  • Kelsey

    $100

  • Megan & Walker

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Barbara and John

    $500

  • Dan & Liz Koenigsfeld

    $500

  • Drew, Mandy, & Callen Kettwick

    $100

  • Grama Gwen,and Marty

    $100

  • Marty & Melissa

    $50

  • Kay Petersen

    $25

  • Kara

    $100

  • Bob and Diane Burgess

    $25

  • Barb Schau

     

  • Chris Galle

    $25

  • Marvin and Kerri

    $100

  • Bernie and Sabrina

    $250

  • Jesse Dodds

    $100

  • Scott Oberbroeckling

    $25

  • Don and Julie

    $100

  • Hannah Bauer & Colin Atkinson

    $50

  • mimi

    $300

  • Jake & Tosha Peterson

     

  • Blair & Rachel Peterson

    $50

  • Brady, Jess and Clara

    $100

  • Jerry & Kelly

    $25

  • Dale and Pam Kramer

    $25

  • Christina and Stephen

     

  • Anika and Mihika

    $25

  • Alycia and David

     

  • Stacey Robinson

    $50

  • Amanda (Azinger) Tryba

    $25

  • Cindy mays

    $25

  • Harris Family

     

  • Loc

    $100

  • Julie Westfall

    $50

  • Scott and Victoria Matlock

     

  • Amy

    $25

  • Anonymous

     

  • Allison Kirchner

    $250

  • Adam Schwartz

     

  • Uncle Jim & Aunt Julie

    $300

  • Grandpa

    $300

  • Bob and Mary Dodds

     

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105% Raised of$5,000 Goal

The Team: $127,888 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

Stephanie Lyons Bonomo

Amount Raised

$16,563

 

138% Raised of$12,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

John Ingram and Robby Schroeder

Amount Raised

$11,750

 

168% Raised of$7,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Matthew Noce

Amount Raised

$7,550

 

503% Raised of$1,500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Anthony Gollan

Amount Raised

$7,500

Fundraiser Title

Michael Hicks

Amount Raised

$7,500

Fundraiser Title

Anthony Sandeen

Amount Raised

$7,500

Fundraiser Title

Brian and Deb Gearon

Amount Raised

$6,030

Fundraiser Title

Dan DeSantis

Amount Raised

$5,800

 

193% Raised of$3,000 Goal

Donor Comments

Bob and Mary Dodds

Bob and Mary Dodds

2 years ago

Grandpa

Grandpa

DONATION: $300

What you are doing to honor the Kirchner family goes above and beyond, that is why I am so happy to have you as my Granddaughter. 2 years ago

Uncle Jim & Aunt Julie

Uncle Jim & Aunt Julie

DONATION: $300

Best of luck to you Ceara as we know you will run until you reach the very end as nothing can stop such a spirited lady as you are. When you cross that finish line you hold that head up high and pat yourself on the back as your Dad (My Brother) and your Grandma (My Mom) will consider you #1 as they have since the day you were born. Love You! 2 years ago

Adam Schwartz

Adam Schwartz

Go get 'em, Ceara! 2 years ago

Allison Kirchner

Allison Kirchner

DONATION: $250

So very proud of you! May this next phase be filled with happiness and blessings. Your angels will be with you as they always are...... You got this!! 2 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

Good luck & have fun! 2 years ago

Amy

Amy

DONATION: $25

In memory of Jody Kirchner 2 years ago

Scott and Victoria Matlock

Scott and Victoria Matlock

2 years ago

Julie Westfall

Julie Westfall

DONATION: $50

In memory of your loved ones!! 2 years ago

Loc

Loc

DONATION: $100

2 years ago