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The Herren Project TCS New York City Marathon 2016

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October 27, 2016

Goal achieved just in time for the NYC marathon next Sunday!!!! With your help, I raised $4000 which goes directly to The Herren Project . I'm  See more

BENEFITING: HERREN PROJECT

ORGANIZER: HERREN PROJECT

EVENT: 2016 TCS NEW YORK CITY MARATHON

EVENT DATE: Nov 06, 2016

Meg Mullins

THE STORY:

Family and Friends,

Although nothing will ever come close my victorious finish of the 2015 New York City Marathon, finding my (now) fiance, T.J. on his knee asking for my hand in marriage, I have decided yet again to tackle the world’s most popular marathon, a 26.2 mile trek through the five boroughs on November 6th, 2017. This will be my 4th full marathon and I am so very humbled to have been selected to join The Herren Project running team, fulfilling my passion of thriving physical and mental health, while raising funds and awareness regarding addiction. Like many of us, I have experience first hand, as a loved one continues to fight the ugly battle with addiction one day at a time, I have been inspired by The Herren Project’s mission and founder Chris Herren’s story.  Herren, a former Boston Celtics basketball player battled his demons of addiction, hindering his abilities and eventually costing him his career.  Now he is a speaker, using his experiences to educate young people on the perils of drug and alcohol abuse in hopes of reaching and making a difference in their lives. With your help, I have set my goal of $4,000, with every dollar raised supporting The Herren Project’s focus areas including effective treatment navigation, educational initiatives and mentoring programs for youth and at-risk populations in hopes of saving a live and making a difference in the lives of those touched by addiction.

Language is power.  There are certain words related to addiction and recovery that have become so ingrained into the mainstream vernacular that continue to function without critical reflection.  Junkie. Abuser. Addict. User. These are powerful, identity-shaping words that cannot in any way fully encompass a person's true identity.  They decrease humanity and allow a stigma to prevail in the eyes of society, demonizing an individual's self-worth.  If fighting addiction is in any way a battle against hopelessness, then more of us must become activists on behalf of those who are struggling with a substance abuse disorder.  There is an unchallenged assumption that addicts have complete free will in choosing to participate in their addictions, thus addiction is a moral failing rather that a disease. When in reality, it is not a matter of willpower or lack of moral compass but rather an uncontrollable, compulsive behavior.

If we learn to avoid negative and reductionistic statements, become more comfortable with the evolution of our world and its language and terminology, and innovate by utilizing more appropriate terms surrounding the various issues of addiction and recovery, we might be able to set the tone for a completely new kind of world.  We must educate people about the realities surrounding the issues of addiction so we can help get past society's unhelpful and prevailing stigmas in order to work towards raising our collective consciousness concerning issues that matter.

With this letter, I ask for your support.  Your donation is tax-refundable and no donation is too small.  I want to thank you in advance for your outpour of love with hope that you too will help break the stigma around mental health.  Most importantly, take care of your own mental health and encourage others to do the same.

 

Sincerely,

Meg Martin

 

$4,150

MONEY RAISED
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  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Cheryl Martin

    $50

  • COOLEY

    $50

  • Ashley Connors

    $25

  • Maria B. Hickey

    $25

  • Kiersten Martin

    $50

  • Kim Bartholomew

    $25

  • Maxine Valencia

     

  • Michelle Emard

    $25

  • Yvo

    $25

  • jere and elaine tierney

     

  • Marianne DeRise

    $10

  • The Fanelli Family

    $50

  • Allison Weber

    $10

  • Irene Friday

    $100

  • Joann guerreri

    $50

  • Joann guerreri

    $50

  • The Carlin Family

    $25

  • TG

    $50

  • Roz Levin

    $100

  • Rachel Birsner

    $25

  • Joyce Martin & Bobbi Rosenbaum

    $50

  • Melissa Gilroy

    $25

  • schenker family

    $50

  • Jennifer Burke

    $20

  • Henry Calnen, Jr.

    $100

  • Marguerite & Gary Vanwowk

    $25

  • Elizabeth A Ten Dyke

    $25

  • Lyn Bauer

    $200

  • Bill & Jane Austin

    $25

  • Bob and Judy Creedon

    $25

  • Stephanie Green

    $25

  • Kristen Frank

    $25

  • Kelsey Dolfi

    $25

  • Margery Groten

    $25

  • James & Joann Kessler

    $100

  • Leo & Cheryl Saposnick

    $40

  • Orange Theory Fitness Poughkeepsie

    $80

  • Maria & David Cohen

    $50

  • Lorna Thompson

    $50

  • Brianne Nicoletti

    $25

  • Denise and Jerry Martin

    $200

  • Bottini Fuel

    $50

  • Steph & Amanda Macagnone

    $25

  • Olga Mirbilio

    $10

  • Nathan Lawrence

    $25

  • Stephanie Laffin

    $100

  • Lucia Verdi Rhodes

     

  • Bruce Wayne

    $100

  • Joe North

    $25

  • Steph wagner

    $50

  • Dave Laffin &a Friends

    $200

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • B-Fore Capital

    $300

  • Anonymous

    $200

  • anne burger

    $25

  • Brian Laffin & the shamrock Club 50/50

    $120

  • Franky Perez

    $25

  • Yvonne

    $40

  • Elaine tierney

    $15

  • Kara Seifts

    $25

  • Kristina Vucetic

    $25

  • Melissa Gilroy

    $20

  • Lyn Bauer

    $100

  • Pirates Canoe Club Fundraiser

    $100

  • Ronald Jackson

    $25

  • Joelle von Bischoffshausen

    $25

  • The Suppa Family

    $25

  • The Fanelli Family

    $40

  • Evelyn Brennie

    $25

  • The Perry Family

    $25

  • James T Kessler

     

  • Peg Piro

    $50

  • Michael Kessler

    $25

  • Jamie Devlin

    $50

  • Poughkeepsie HS ELA & ENL Depts

    $75

  • Andrea Kutchma-French

    $25

  • Joei

    $25

  • Kim Kenyon

     

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104% Raised of$4,000 Goal

The Team: $59,470 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

Dave Gesmondi

Amount Raised

$11,975

 

48% Raised of$25,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Chris Herren

Amount Raised

$9,300

 

93% Raised of$10,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Tyler Sargent

Amount Raised

$8,414

 

210% Raised of$4,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Lisa John McNamara

Amount Raised

$6,325

 

115% Raised of$5,500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Michael Olenik

Amount Raised

$5,383

 

135% Raised of$4,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Rachel Malaka

Amount Raised

$4,383

 

110% Raised of$4,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Meg Mullins

Amount Raised

$4,150

 

104% Raised of$4,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Mitch Rogers

Amount Raised

$4,140

 

83% Raised of$5,000 Goal

Donor Comments

Kim Kenyon

Kim Kenyon

3 years ago

Joei

Joei

DONATION: $25

3 years ago

Andrea Kutchma-French

Andrea Kutchma-French

DONATION: $25

3 years ago

Poughkeepsie HS ELA & ENL Depts

Poughkeepsie HS ELA & ENL Depts

DONATION: $75

3 years ago

Jamie Devlin

Jamie Devlin

DONATION: $50

The worst thing is watching someone drown and not being able to convince them that they can save themselves by just standing up! Thank you Meghan for bringing awareness to such an important cause! You are running for so many! â 3 years ago

Michael Kessler

Michael Kessler

DONATION: $25

3 years ago

Peg Piro

Peg Piro

DONATION: $50

In memory of Maggie 3 years ago

James T Kessler

James T Kessler

3 years ago

The Perry Family

The Perry Family

DONATION: $25

3 years ago

Evelyn Brennie

Evelyn Brennie

DONATION: $25

3 years ago