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Gilda's 2017 Marathon Team

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THE STORY:

On November 5th I will be running the NYC Marathon fundraising for Gilda's Club, a cancer support group and resource. I am running in honor of my dad who passed away from stomach cancer in November of 2012. Cancer took away my dad's hair and his ability to do some normal tasks, but he didn't "lose" to cancer. My dad never lost his love for life and his desire to help anyone who needed him. My dad also didn't see cancer as a "battle." My dad saw cancer as a part of life that is sometimes just brutally unfair, and he lived everyday as it wasn't real. I carry that picture with me everywhere, and race day will be no different. I know this race won't be easy and there will be times when everything hurts and I'll want to give up, but carrying this picture will remind me why I run. When things get hard, when my body starts screaming this picture reminds me that the pain is nothing in comparison to 1. What my dad went through 2. What it felt like to lose him to cancer. So many people ask me 'why the hell are you running a marathon?' And it's simple - because I can. Almost 5 years ago I saw cancer attack my dads body and cripple him in an unimaginable way. A man who had the most incredible zest for life and loved everyone and everything outdoors couldn't even get out of bed. So I'm running because I can. Each of my 26.2 miles will be for someone who can't and for the families who were told they were out of options. Remembering his strength and his fight will help me to train and get to the finish line, but until there's a cure there isn't a finish line for me. I am also running in honor of my best friends dad who suffered from cancer, and other friends who have also unfortunately had a love one pass one to cancer a little too soon. In loving memory: Luis Marques, Alfred Schwab William Scumaci, Tom O’keefe,and Maria Velazquez Walters

DONATE

To This Fundraiser

$4,010

MONEY RAISED
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  • JMW

    $20

  • Dellie HW

    $25

  • Donna Marie Jansson

    $50

  • Julie Ojeda

    $25

  • Elena Mulvey

    $25

  • margaret capric

    $25

  • Alexis Katsafanas

    $10

  • C.P.

     

  • Marissa Ruocco

    $50

  • Victoria Shell

    $50

  • Michelle Alvarado

    $50

  • Jess Musco

    $20

  • John Normoyle

    $150

  • Christine Schwab

    $50

  • Kelly W ChaseLife

    $50

  • Charles

     

  • Andreas Pallikaras

    $216

  • Peggy and Mike Annecchino

    $258

  • Lynn Robinson

    $100

  • Pat Rudnick

    $100

  • Lauren Hernandez & Family

    $25

  • Margaret Assante

    $75

  • Nicole Schwab

    $100

  • Anissa Stasi

    $50

  • Mianna Specht

    $50

  • Raven T.

     

  • Sharin Green

     

  • Samantha Lia

    $10

  • Marie and Joe Palladino

     

  • Robert Yaremko

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Azelia McCambridge

    $50

  • Rebecca Chan

     

  • Janelle Song

     

  • Rosanna beneventano

     

  • Bobby Beneventano

     

  • Frank Giardina

    $100

  • Shay Jacob

    $25

  • Steph Thornton

    $25

  • Kristen Zeffiro

     

  • Danielle Basso

    $25

  • Jenny Bennett

    $50

  • Ariana Smith

    $50

  • Ron and Peggy Leonard

    $250

  • Sheilah K McGlone

    $50

  • Jorge Yannuzzi

     

  • Anne Meara

    $50

  • Nora and Jim Boyle

    $20

  • Heather Morreale

    $20

  • Stephen Marques

    $100

  • Mike and Marylou Assante

     

  • Kathryn

     

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Sarah & Viq

     

  • Mike P.

    $25

  • Kristen Schneider

     

  • Thomas Assante

     

  • Meg Lomedico

    $50

  • Kristen Keeney

    $20

  • Joanne Hartland

    $25

  • Patricia Girard

    $40

  • Rosaria & Dennis

    $25

  • Charles Wetzel

     

  • Sheilah McGlone

    $25

  • Christine and Terry Ellis

    $50

  • Jasmin Walters

    $50

  • Katie O’Keefe

    $25

  • Kathy O'Keefe Walsh

    $25

  • Ellisa K

    $25

  • Maureen O’Keefe

    $25

  • Tony, Annette, Alyssa & Alex Santinho

     

  • Margaret A.Assante

    $50

  • Allison and Pete

    $50

  • Margaret & Jeff Nicklas

     

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160% Raised of $2,500 Goal

The Team: $46,221 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

Paul Takats

Amount Raised

$25,837

 

1033% Raised of $2,500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

melissa marques

Amount Raised

$4,010

 

160% Raised of $2,500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Gloria J Browne-Marshall

Amount Raised

$3,307

Fundraiser Title

Meg Donchak

Amount Raised

$3,020

 

121% Raised of $2,500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

ann burzynski

Amount Raised

$2,900

 

116% Raised of $2,500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Camille Clech

Amount Raised

$2,740

 

110% Raised of $2,500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Mario Rodriguez

Amount Raised

$2,565

 

103% Raised of $2,500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Tracey Doolin

Amount Raised

$800

 

53% Raised of $1,500 Goal

Donor Comments

Margaret & Jeff Nicklas

Margaret & Jeff Nicklas

Way to go Melissa!!! 3 months ago

Allison and Pete

Allison and Pete

DONATION: $50

3 months ago

Margaret A.Assante

Margaret A.Assante

DONATION: $50

This is for my very special Granddaughter Melissa who running in memory of her dad. Louis Marquis. He was a very special Son-inlaw. I wish I could be there to see as you accomplish so much, love you Grandma 4 months ago

Tony, Annette, Alyssa & Alex Santinho

Tony, Annette, Alyssa & Alex Santinho

In Loving Memory, Uncle Louie..loved & missed more than words can say 4 months ago

Maureen O’Keefe

Maureen O’Keefe

DONATION: $25

Tommy O’Keefe 4 months ago

Ellisa K

Ellisa K

DONATION: $25

4 months ago

Kathy O'Keefe Walsh

Kathy O'Keefe Walsh

DONATION: $25

Good Luck! 4 months ago

Katie O’Keefe

Katie O’Keefe

DONATION: $25

You’re making him so proud! Good luck- I’ll be watching! 4 months ago

Jasmin Walters

Jasmin Walters

DONATION: $50

Maria V. Walters 4 months ago

Christine and Terry Ellis

Christine and Terry Ellis

DONATION: $50

Luis Marques 4 months ago