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Tom Burke's Fundraiser:

Joslin Diabetes Center 2014 Boston Marathon

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BENEFITING: Joslin Diabetes Center

ORGANIZER: Joslin Diabetes Center

EVENT: Boston Marathon 2014

EVENT DATE: Apr 21, 2014

Tom Burke

THE STORY:

My brother passed away from complications of Type 1 Diabetes on January 5th, 2013.  He was very sick for the 3-4 months leading up to his death and had lost his ability to walk, move his arms and had difficulty speaking.  The day after Thanksgiving last year, he had a brain biopsy that showed he had an incurable virus attacking his brain. 

When he awoke from surgery, he asked me if I could do him a favor.  He wanted me to run this year's Boston Marathon for Joslin Diabetes Center as a way of thanking his doctors for fighting so hard to save his life.  I thought last year's marathon was my last, but how could I ever say no to my brother at that moment, especially with him staring at me unable to walk or move?  I would never say no to him!  

Michael had diabetes for thirty years and because of this disease, he went through brain surgery, multiple heart surgeries, several eye surgeries, a kidney transplant and he watched our older sister die from diabetes in 1989.  Despite these challenges, he always believed the researchers at Joslin would find a cure.  Believing this, he fought his illnesses like I have never seen anyone fight!  He was and always will be an inspiration to me.  

He had amazing support from his doctors at Beth Israel and Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston.  He was so grateful for the care he received, especially from his favorite doctor, Melanie Hoenig.  Every time I think of Dr. Hoenig, and how she genuinely cared for my brother, I tear up because she is exactly the doctor you want taking care of a loved one.   

We all know the terrorist attacks did not allow many of us to finish the marathon last April 15th.  Since my parents taught me to finish what you start and 25.7 miles is not good enough for me!  So here I go again....

I know you get a lot of requests for charitable donations, if you can, please join me in honoring Michael’s request and his and my sister Linda’s memory.  Your support will help the amazing doctors at Joslin as they fight for Michael's dream of a cure for diabetes.  

There is a link above to contribute online.  If you prefer, you can make a check out to Joslin Diabetes High Hopes Fund and mail it to me at 1 Park Lane, #1019, Boston, MA 02210.

Thanks,

Tom

$2,150

MONEY RAISED
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  • Amanda George

    $25

  • Jenny Dardia

     

  • Jodi $ Kurt

     

  • Justin and Holly Walsh

    $50

  • Tom Burke

    $250

  • Cheryl Burns

     

  • Lynn Bamford

    $50

  • Tracey L. Ross

    $200

  • Melissa Kauffman

    $25

  • The Kuzborskis and Molloys

    $50

  • Jess Garrett

     

  • Nicholson Family

    $250

  • Lisa sullivan

    $100

  • Mattivello Family

     

  • PWR

    $50

  • Sam & Catherine Holmgren

    $75

  • KP

    $75

  • Kimmi Pluck

    $50

  • Kathy Tougas

    $100

  • Keating Family

    $100

  • Francine Hundley

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Lisa Atkinson

     

  • Dave Pearlstein

    $25

  • Karen Morrison

    $50

  • Katie Brennan

    $50

  • Michelle and Michael Kane

    $100

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43% Raised of$5,000 Goal

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The Team: $129,389 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Erin Reeves

Amount Raised

$25,110

 

251% Raised of$10,000 Goal

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James Carroll

Amount Raised

$21,912

 

219% Raised of$10,000 Goal

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Gregory McGauley

Amount Raised

$12,804

 

128% Raised of$10,000 Goal

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Christina (Tina) Sullivan

Amount Raised

$8,792

 

117% Raised of$7,500 Goal

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Alexandra Gatti

Amount Raised

$8,763

 

117% Raised of$7,500 Goal

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Balz and Simone Frei

Amount Raised

$8,005

 

107% Raised of$7,500 Goal

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Peter Rohr

Amount Raised

$8,000

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Niko Bowie

Amount Raised

$7,691

 

103% Raised of$7,500 Goal

Donor Comments

Michelle and Michael Kane

Michelle and Michael Kane

DONATION: $100

5 years ago

Katie Brennan

Katie Brennan

DONATION: $50

Well done Tommy B! Lots of love ktb & bobby g xoxo 5 years ago

Karen Morrison

Karen Morrison

DONATION: $50

Michael and Linda Burke 5 years ago

Dave Pearlstein

Dave Pearlstein

DONATION: $25

5 years ago

Lisa Atkinson

Lisa Atkinson

5 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $100

5 years ago

Francine Hundley

Francine Hundley

DONATION: $25

In memory of Linda and Michael 5 years ago

Keating Family

Keating Family

DONATION: $100

Thanks for thinking of the Keating's - Best of luck! 5 years ago

Kathy Tougas

Kathy Tougas

DONATION: $100

Steve Stevens, Roger Studley, Linda Sargent 5 years ago

Kimmi Pluck

Kimmi Pluck

DONATION: $50

Good Luck Tom!!! 5 years ago