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Lacin Up for Lolly's Locks

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BENEFITING: LOLLYS LOCKS

EVENT: Bank of America Chicago Marathon 2013

EVENT DATE: Oct 13, 2013

Jason Kramer

THE STORY:

I have always been deeply inspired by a marathoner’s ability to fully immerse themselves in a capstone of their own, while simultaneously devoting themselves to a greater cause. The trials and tribulations of reaching my personal goal in running a marathon seemed miniscule when Lolly’s fight and legacy were held in close proximity. I had the pleasure of meeting Lolly early in my University of Michigan experience, as she was one of my closest friend’s step mom. The first night the Toll family visited Ann Arbor they took us out to Palio, a popular restaurant located on Main Street… I had the privilege of sitting next to Lolly and Papa (Steve) Toll. After talking to this wonderful family for one night, I knew this was a friendship that would last a lifetime. They were always so supportive of my goals to attend medical school and helped me through some rough patches along the way to getting there. I will never forget the day after I was accepted to medical school, I received an email from Papa Toll that said, “I am really happy for you and Lolly would be so excited for you as well. She probably would already have sent you something…” This put a smile on my face because I knew that Lolly would always be a special person in my life.

Lolly was a beautiful soul, someone who seldom saw a negative side in anything. She lived her life with optimistic perseverance during a time that most people fear. This was evident when she came to our graduation ceremony. Lolly had a big smile on her face the entire time, reveling with all for their accomplishments and future endeavors. A caring and generous person, she was someone who I came to profoundly admire. Unfortunately, less than a year after that graduation ceremony, in March 2012, cancer took her body away, yet her life and soul will always live forever. I am lacing up in Lolly’s memory.

Specifically, I am running for Lolly’s Locks, nonprofit organization, that Lolly’s family founded to provide cancer patients in need with high-quality wigs. The idea for Lolly’s Locks was born out of Lolly’s own experience as a cancer patient: when she went to purchase a wig in anticipation of losing her hair as a consequence of chemotherapy, Lolly was shocked and outraged to learn that quality wigs that are undetectable and comfortable, can cost thousands of dollars, and are often barely or not at all covered by insurance. This means that such a wig, which Lolly saw as not a luxury, but as a key to her quality of life as a cancer patient, is out of reach for many cancer patients who face hair loss as a side-effect of treatment.

Many women going through this horrible disease experience self-consciousness due to the loss of hair as a result of chemotherapy treatment. Many women feel that their hair is integrally connected to their sense of beauty of femininity, and, like Lolly, believe that looking good is connected to feeling well. Furthermore, many women report that walking around with a bald head or a telltale scarf exposes them as a cancer patient during a time when they most relish their privacy.

A high-quality wig gave Lolly a sense of dignity and normalcy when normal was nowhere to be found during a time of the unknown future. Despite the cancer infesting their bodies and the chemotherapy taking their hair, these wigs make women feel human again, unyielding to the adversities their situations have given them. A wig for a woman who has lost their hair during a battle for life is priceless, and the last thing these women should have to worry about during the hardships they endure, is the cost of something that can keep a smile on their face and a steadfast will to survive. I’m lacing up for Lolly and every woman who is battling cancer. Let them experience normalcy. Cancer will not win.

$7,750

MONEY RAISED
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  • Mort

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $20

  • Anonymous

    $10

  • Courtney

    $200

  • Maria

    $25

  • Chad

    $25

  • BLAKE

    $200

  • Jaclyn

    $50

  • randy goldberg

    $50

  • vicki

    $25

  • Scott Mary & Sam

    $50

  • Toni

    $20

  • Lori Citron

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $10

  • Anonymous

     

  • Brian & Donna

    $100

  • Bonnie Rich

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Sotelo Family

    $50

  • Janet Blinder

    $100

  • Karen and Jim Peyman

    $50

  • Mom and Dad

    $500

  • Beth Zysberg

    $25

  • Nancy Brandwein

    $200

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Candice and Allen Baron

    $50

  • Carly and Evan

    $30

  • Peaker Pone

    $10

  • Ricki and Irv Rollingher

    $50

  • Debbie Z & James P

    $50

  • John and Bonnie

    $100

  • Kristi & Gordon

    $50

  • Jenifer Frazier

    $25

  • Roz and Allie

    $25

  • Ann & Jim Johns

    $25

  • Kirshner Family

    $100

  • Jon & Debbi Miller

    $50

  • Delores Tomasek

    $25

  • Matt and Jody Hale

    $100

  • Jen

    $30

  • sandy and charlie

    $100

  • Ann Marie and John Ashton

    $100

  • Stacey and Eric Ward

    $50

  • Marcy and Rick Bern

    $100

  • Claudia Marum

    $25

  • John & Marion Lynch & Girls

    $150

  • John & Marion Lynch & Girls

    $50

  • Saman Sizdahkhani

    $100

  • Robin Brody

    $26

  • Irene & Pete Baron

    $50

  • The O'Hara Family

    $50

  • karen and donald scheck

    $50

  • Sandi and Jerry Perlstein

    $100

  • Cheryse Miller

    $50

  • Mae Brunken

    $100

  • Betsy, David,Becca,Hallie ,Jacob and E

    $100

  • Jaime and Matt Wright

    $100

  • Ellen & Peter Fradin

    $50

  • Len and Denise

    $25

  • Steve Toll

    $1,000

  • Mervyn and Janine Levin

     

  • STEVEN & CYNDY BURNS

    $50

  • Leon and Marsha

    $25

  • Justin & Tracy

    $50

  • Mike, Joy, Shane, Danielle & Vic. XOXO

    $150

  • janie greenberg

    $50

  • The Torks

    $20

  • jillybean

    $50

  • Reese and Julie Lambert

    $50

  • Pat & Tammy Frazier & Family

    $200

  • Rick and Colleen Katz

    $100

  • Jacqueline and marc kay

    $50

  • Robert Burghart

    $100

  • Roswell Family

    $50

  • Jill and Stuart Kozinn

    $50

  • Taif "Master" Mukhdomi

     

  • Judy DeAngelis

    $100

  • Bubbs

     

  • The Sokol Family

    $50

  • Sue Braga

    $25

  • Clark Evans

    $50

  • Lisa, David, Allie, And Chad Goldstein

    $100

  • Veronica Cote & Jim Elson

    $50

  • Donna Toll

     

  • Cindy and Alan Greenberg

    $50

  • Jason,Megan & Preslee

    $25

  • Kurt & Sue Brueckner

    $100

  • Lori Weinstein

    $100

  • Jon and Sara Kulbersh

    $50

  • Barry

     

  • Mike B.

    $20

  • Philip Halls

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Liz Buss

    $25

  • Lauren and nessim mezrahi

     

  • Ryan Frazier

    $50

  • Jack Gray

    $25

  • Mom and Dad

    $145

  • Scheck Family

    $200

  • Michael Sulaka

    $50

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119% Raised of $6,500 Goal

The Team: $7,750 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

Jason Kramer

Amount Raised

$7,650

 

118% Raised of $6,500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Justin Finkelman

Amount Raised

$50

Donor Comments

Michael Sulaka

Michael Sulaka

DONATION: $50

In memory of a beautiful soul, Lolly, and in support of a strong young man, Jason. 4 years ago

Scheck Family

Scheck Family

DONATION: $200

4 years ago

Mom  and Dad

Mom and Dad

DONATION: $145

In honor of our beautiful and amazing son !!! So proud of you !!! Finishing strong!!!!! LOVE YOU !!!!!!! 4 years ago

Jack Gray

Jack Gray

DONATION: $25

4 years ago

Ryan Frazier

Ryan Frazier

DONATION: $50

4 years ago

Lauren and nessim mezrahi

Lauren and nessim mezrahi

Lolly Toll 4 years ago

Liz Buss

Liz Buss

DONATION: $25

4 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $50

In memory of of a very special man, Jerry Perlstein. 4 years ago

Philip Halls

Philip Halls

DONATION: $50

4 years ago

Mike B.

Mike B.

DONATION: $20

4 years ago