BENEFITING: JULIEN COLLOT FOUNDATION INC
EVENT: NYC Half 2011
EVENT DATE: Mar 20, 2011
Christine Connelly wrote -
As most of you know, I am an Occupational Therapist working for Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC). However, only a few may have heard the story of the amazing Julien Collot, so I would like to take this opportunity to introduce you all to him. I had the privilege of treating Julien during the last year of his battle against cancer and the devastating side effects of his treatment. When Julien was 3 years old he was diagnosed with AML, which is an adult type of leukemia that is rare in children. He underwent two bone marrow transplants and as a result of the second, developed graft-vs-host disease or GVHD (click on the video to learn more about GVHD from Julien's mom and Ju Ju himself). On March 20th I will be running in the NYC 1/2 Marathon to honor Julien's life and raise money for the Julien Collot Foundation, a non-profit, IRS credited charity (thejuliencollotfoundation.org). The money donated to the foundation will go to the bone marrow transplant research team at MSKCC to help children like Julien fight AML and other childhood cancers.
Julien found the strength to fight everyday with the support of his amazing mother and loving father, and it has been the memories of him during our therapy sessions that get me through some of these long, cold runs. My goal is to raise AT LEAST $803 by March 20th to celebrate the 8 years and 3 months of Julien's life, however the donating does not have to stop then:) And, if you are running the NYC half or any other organized race, PLEASE join the Jogging for Julien team to spread the word and make an even bigger difference in the lives of these children!!
(**NOTE: Since crowdwise.com needs to make a living, they deduct 5% from all donations and have a $1 transaction fee for donations under $25 and a $2.50 fee for donations more than $25 . . . kind of annoying. So to counter these deductions, I will be keeping tabs and donating to match the difference, so no worries, what you donate is what Julien's foundation will get:)