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Toni Blanchard's Fundraiser:

Global Lyme Alliance - NYC Marathon

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Toni Blanchard

THE STORY:

Dear Friends,

On November 6th I will be running the New York City Marathon on behalf of Global Lyme Alliance, an organization very close to my heart. Global Lyme Alliance (GLA) is a leading nonprofit organization dedicated to funding ground-breaking research and education programs for Lyme disease to the public and medical community. As I embark on my first marathon in support of GLA, I feel truly blessed to have the support of my family, all of whom have been impacted by this disease.

From a young age I have always enjoyed running, especially with my twin sister by my side, and my mom, who sparked my passion for running early in life. Unfortunately, I have also been a Lyme sufferer since I was young, and running has been an important part of my healing. In 1998, my brother, sister, mom and I were all diagnosed with late-stage Lyme disease and several of the co-infections – a real family affair. Although my parents tried to keep our lives as normal as possible, our house soon turned into a pharmacy, as antibiotics, along with an overflowing basket of ever-changing supplements, were the only methods of treatment. My mom was left searching for answers on how to care for her family (despite also having to care for herself) and knew that if this could happen to our family there were many others that were also desperately seeking answers or misdiagnosed. She, along with Debbie Siciliano, and Fran Herzog, became trailblazers in the fight against Lyme disease, co-founding the Greenwich Lyme disease Task Force, which eventually evolved to Time for Lyme Inc, followed by Lyme Research Alliance, and finally merging with Tick Borne Disease Alliance to become Global Lyme Alliance.

After spending my entire childhood, adolescence, and much of my college years on various treatments, my health is much better today, and I am so grateful to my incredible support network of family, friends, and doctors who have helped restore my health and given me this opportunity to run. For those suffering from the ravages of Lyme disease and its often chronic long-term ramifications, it takes a team of supporters on the road to restored health. I truly hope you will consider supporting my marathon journey in solidarity with all Lyme sufferers and also educate yourself about this disease that lives in our grassy fields throughout the country and affects all demographics of people. I have watched this disease rob the aspiration and potential of so many young people, and GLA is working hard to educate and find the medical answers, so that another generation of youth is not forced to grow up with a disease that they acquired so innocently. 

The strides that GLA have made in education and research are unparalleled, and I could not be prouder and more honored to be running the NYC Marathon for the Lyme community and GLA. Every dollar raised will help GLA make a difference in education, finding an accurate diagnostic test, and ultimately affordable treatments for all. It is the hope that with this research we can create a Lyme Free World for our future generations. Thank you for reading my story. I appreciate your support more than you know!

With Sincere Gratitude,

Toni

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To This Fundraiser

$7,016

MONEY RAISED
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  • Dana Blanchard

    $100

  • Hannah Deoul

    $15

  • Karen and Nora

    $100

  • Cathy & Richard Mishkin

    $35

  • Jennifer Wilson

    $15

  • Diane Blanchard

     

  • Susan Delle Donne

    $50

  • Greg Blanchard

     

  • The Kobre Family

     

  • The Ross Family

     

  • Audrey Wagner

    $25

  • The Rizik Family

    $50

  • Joan and Merv Gesang

    $25

  • George Jamison

    $50

  • Karen Steinegger

    $50

  • Amy Kennedy

    $25

  • Mahala

     

  • Kristina Berisha

    $50

  • Bethany Dockins

    $25

  • Chris Freedman

     

  • Greg Sedlock

    $100

  • Sara Hinton

     

  • Rick Routhier

     

  • Janet Sansone

    $50

  • Suzanne Simpson-Bryant

     

  • Jim Citrin

    $100

  • Jackie Breckenridge

     

  • Michele Haertel

    $50

  • Sarah Larsen

    $100

  • Lindsay Meyers

     

  • June Sory

     

  • Marie & Linda Marrara

     

  • Bayard Templeton

     

  • Alton Landsman

     

  • Fran Herzog

     

  • Bryanna & Jonathan Kallman

     

  • Ally Hilfiger

    $100

  • Brian Fallon

     

  • Vicki Furey

     

  • Bob and Nancy Del Genio

     

  • Andrea Hickman

    $50

  • The Blackman Family

    $500

  • Carmela & Bob Beutel

    $25

  • Nancy Del Genio

    $100

  • Valerie Oben

     

  • Joanne Mortimer

    $100

  • Brandon Arent & The Wyndham Vacation Rentals HHI Team

    $150

  • The Siciliano Family!!!

     

  • Sara A. Palovick

    $100

  • Louise

     

  • Jenn Vigliotti

    $50

  • Sara Rizik

    $25

  • Meredith Menzel

    $25

  • Dominic & Denise Marrara

     

  • Barbara Bind

     

  • Michael Siciliano

    $50

  • Julia McDonnell

     

  • Rona Cherry

     

  • Clem russo

    $50

  • Cathie Gill Pribanic

     

  • Rebekah Martin

     

  • Blair Martin

    $100

  • Isabelle Catalano

    $25

  • Anita Lombri

     

  • Nadel Family

    $100

  • Linda Lombri

    $25

  • Paul M

    $100

  • Camille Lombari

    $25

  • Courtney Hardart

    $100

  • Karen

     

  • Susan and Allison Flood

    $150

  • Kate Pace

     

  • The D'Aquila Family

    $100

  • The Flood Family

     

  • Sarah Thompson

    $10

  • Christina Galanopoulos

     

  • Bailey Moran

    $30

  • Ba Edwards

    $500

  • Heather

    $25

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140% Raised of$5,000 Goal

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The Team: $15,466 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Fundraiser Title

Jesse Ruben

Amount Raised

$8,400

 

168% Raised of$5,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Toni Blanchard

Amount Raised

$7,016

 

140% Raised of$5,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Global Lyme Alliance

Amount Raised

$50

Donor Comments

Heather

Heather

DONATION: $25

2 years ago

Ba Edwards

Ba Edwards

DONATION: $500

Go Toni! So proud of you for all you do for GLA! 2 years ago

Bailey Moran

Bailey Moran

DONATION: $30

So proud of you Toni! 2 years ago

Christina Galanopoulos

Christina Galanopoulos

GOOD LUCK!!!!!!! 2 years ago

Sarah Thompson

Sarah Thompson

DONATION: $10

2 years ago

The Flood Family

The Flood Family

2 years ago

The D'Aquila Family

The D'Aquila Family

DONATION: $100

2 years ago

Kate Pace

Kate Pace

2 years ago

Susan and Allison Flood

Susan and Allison Flood

DONATION: $150

2 years ago

Karen

Karen

So proud to support you! 2 years ago