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Girls on the Run at Magee Womens Hospital Pittsburgh Marathon 2013

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Leah Yingling

THE STORY:

Welcome to my fundraising page! I will be running in my first marathon on May 5, 2013. Since walking onto campus at Carnegie Mellon freshmen year, I set running a marathon as a personal goal of mine before graduation in 2013. And...this is the year.

To me, being a SoleMate is about triumph. Not just triumph over a grueling long-distance run, but triumph over personal obstacles and triumph over your biggest enemy: yourself. I have been a runner for seven years now. It started in high school as a sport for me and as a reason for me to compete with my naturally talented and speedier sisters. It slowly lost its meaning, and as I finished my first year of college, running had officially transformed from a sport to a weight-loss mechanism. The summer following my freshman year of college, I was not particularly happy with myself, with who I had become or with my undetermined path. On one afternoon that summer, I took off down a familiar path along a river in my hometown, most likely to negate the meal I had just consumed. That run turned my life completely around. Around mile 2, I was a victim of sexual assault. I was helpless. I had my voice, and in that moment, suppressing my scream, he took that away.

In the months that followed, I realized that I had been defeated. I had let a stranger take something so precious away from me: my gift of running. Though it was hard, I knew my first run back had to happen, and when it did, for the first time in my life, it was right. I was no longer running for competition or to burn those extra 500 calories. I was finally running because I could, and I was running for one person: myself. 

My biggest inspiration is knowing that I can wake up every morning with the ability of walking, running, skipping, laughing and loving. No one can take that away. I became a SoleMate because I believe that young girls know better than anyone else the value of personal expression. I want girls of ages 0-110 to hold on tightly to their personal expression. I believe that no one does a better job advocating for this than Girls on the Run. I will forever believe that you can triumph all of life’s obstacles when you stay true to yourself.

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I hold Girls on the Run close to my heart, and even the smallest donation will help a girl or multiple girls participate in the 12-week program for 3rd-8th grade girls that combines training for a 5K event along with lessons on making healthy choices. I ran as a running buddy in 2011 with the Anne Arundel Girls on the Run group, and seeing the girls' smiles as they turned a corner to head to the finish line is forever in my mind. It is this happiness and confidence that inspires me to continue running and to make an impact where I can.

I ran in the 2012 Pittsburgh Half Marathon, and now I have the full marathon in sight. As I reach my training goals, help me reach my fundraising goal by spreading the word and by making a small contribution. You can make a difference :)

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$790

MONEY RAISED
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  • Anonymous

    $10

  • Kara Yingling

    $100

  • Alex

    $10

  • Zach

    $20

  • Aunt Carol

    $100

  • Rebecca Lowe

    $50

  • Johnny Orr

    $210

  • McNeeblepleebles

    $30

  • Lauren

    $20

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Dad & Mom

    $175

  • Anonymous

     

  • Spender :)

    $10

  • aunt cindy &uncle; kevin

    $20

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105% Raised of $750 Goal

The Team: $24,451 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

UPMC

Amount Raised

$12,241

 

41% Raised of $30,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Kelsey Magee

Amount Raised

$2,504

Fundraiser Title

Gabriela Ortiz

Amount Raised

$1,313

Fundraiser Title

Sherri Miller

Amount Raised

$1,141

 

114% Raised of $1,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Leah Yingling

Amount Raised

$790

 

105% Raised of $750 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Abby Cavalline

Amount Raised

$745

 

149% Raised of $500 Goal

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Marilyn Navish-Mccullough

Amount Raised

$583

 

58% Raised of $1,000 Goal

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Erin Prindle

Amount Raised

$571

 

163% Raised of $350 Goal

Donor Comments

aunt cindy &uncle; kevin

aunt cindy &uncle; kevin

DONATION: $20

5 years ago

Spender :)

Spender :)

DONATION: $10

5 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

5 years ago

Dad & Mom

Dad & Mom

DONATION: $175

Congratulations on running your first marathon and for the "Girls On The Run" organization . So proud of you! See you at the finish line! xoxo 5 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $25

5 years ago

Lauren

Lauren

DONATION: $20

5 years ago

McNeeblepleebles

McNeeblepleebles

DONATION: $30

So that the most inspiring girl i know can inspire other little girls to grow up and be just like her:) 5 years ago

Johnny Orr

Johnny Orr

DONATION: $210

Good luck on your first marathon! What a great cause! 6 years ago

Rebecca Lowe

Rebecca Lowe

DONATION: $50

6 years ago

Aunt Carol

Aunt Carol

DONATION: $100

6 years ago