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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, and Maria Velazquez Walters

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To This Fundraiser

$3,350

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

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134% Raised of $2,500 Goal

Fundraise for this Campaign

The Team: $9,793 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

JOIN THE TEAM
Fundraiser Title

melissa marques

Amount Raised

$3,350

 

134% Raised of $2,500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Camille Clech

Amount Raised

$1,455

 

58% Raised of $2,500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Meg Donchak

Amount Raised

$1,246

 

50% Raised of $2,500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Mario Rodriguez

Amount Raised

$1,225

 

49% Raised of $2,500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

ann burzynski

Amount Raised

$825

 

33% Raised of $2,500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Tracey Doolin

Amount Raised

$700

 

47% Raised of $1,500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

GILDAS CLUB NEW YORK CITY

Amount Raised

$525

 

2% Raised of $25,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Cait Bower

Amount Raised

$466

 

19% Raised of $2,500 Goal

Donor Comments

Meg Lomedico

Meg Lomedico

DONATION: $50

3 days ago

Thomas Assante

Thomas Assante

1 week ago

Kristen Schneider

Kristen Schneider

1 week ago

Mike P.

Mike P.

DONATION: $25

4 weeks ago

Sarah & Viq

Sarah & Viq

We will be thinking of you for all 26.2 miles Melissa! Proud of you! 4 weeks ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $100

Go get it. 1 month ago

Kathryn

Kathryn

1 month ago

Mike and Marylou Assante

Mike and Marylou Assante

Louie 2 months ago

Stephen Marques

Stephen Marques

DONATION: $100

Dad 2 months ago

Heather Morreale

Heather Morreale

DONATION: $20

2 months ago