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Chris Shanley's Fundraiser:

Joslin Diabetes Center Boston 2015

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Chris Shanley

THE STORY:

 

It’s not about me.

 

Yes, I grew up watching the Boston Marathon from the side of the road on Heartbreak Hill.  Yes, I have distinct memories of my father taking me there, and my endlessly optimistic and energetic sister Paula clapping and screaming, “You can do it!” to almost every one of the thousands of runners. 

Yes, I have taken off every Monday I’ve lived in Boston so I can cheer on the runners, and watch in awe as they leaders practically fly by, and watch the non-leaders run, walk, and seemingly will themselves by;  Some run by with a smile and a wave, but others with a grimace.  I still always picture Paula cheering them on wildly.

But … It’s not about me.  It’s also not about Paula.

It’s about Steve.

Steve is my brother closest in age to me. He was diagnosed at a young age (7) with what was then called Juvenile Diabetes.  I was 5.

What can any kid remember at 5?  (You’d be surprised.)

I remember Steve, my bedroom-mate, being in the hospital for several days.  I remember wondering where he is, and that I would be really scared if I had to spend the night in the hospital. (It still overwhelms me as I type this)

I remember the awesome Concorde Jet replica our next door neighbor Mr. Wolfskill gave him when he visited him in the hospital.

I remember visiting him in the hospital and being really small.

I remember visiting him in the hospital on a Sunday, and watching all the canoes paddle by on the Concord River from the 3rd floor window.

I have vivid memories of Steve receiving his twice daily shots of insulin.

I remember Steve and my mom practicing giving him his shots, by sticking needles into an orange.

I remember them allowing me to practice on the orange. 

I remember Steve’s bouts with the scary insulin highs and the especially scary insulin lows of insulin regulation.

I remember thinking Steve is vulnerable and that I need to protect him.

But again, this is not about me.

It’s about Steve and all of today’s 7 year olds that are being diagnosed with what is now called Type 1 Diabetes.

I’ve been a runner now around 20 years.  I’ve run a few marathons, and some ultra marathons.  I’ve always kept the Boston Marathon up on a pedestal - It is the ultimate in marathoning.  Ideally, I wanted to qualify for the Boston, but reality finally (and slowly) sunk in - There is a very slim chance I’ll ever be able to run a 8 minute mile pace for 26+ miles with all my other responsibilities (the best of which are Sasha and our four year old twins Ella and Eamon).  With this in mind, I decided to request an entry from one of the charity organizers.  If I was going to raise money, I wanted it to be for diabetes given it’s lifelong impact on me and my family.

I started writing to diabetes organizations in May, with monthly follow-ups.  Finally, a personal contact put me in touch with Martha Andrews at the Joslin Diabetes Center, which is THE global leader in Diabetes care.  After some back-and-forth, she agreed to accept me into the program with the understanding that I would raise $7,500 for Joslin.  That’s a big nut, and it will take a lot of work and commitment, but I will meet and hopefully exceed the goal.

But, it’s not about me.

It’s not even about Steve.

It’s about all the future 7 year olds that might contract Type 1 Diabetes.

It’s about preventing that from happening.

 

Please help and donate today.  Thank you!  

Sincerely,

Chris

Chris Shanley, Boston, MA

 

 

Joslin Diabetes Center wrote -

Joslin Diabetes Center, based in Boston, Massachusetts, undertakes diabetes research, clinical care, education and health and wellness programs on a global scale. Joslin is dedicated to ensuring that people with diabetes live long, healthy lives and offers real progress in preventing and curing diabetes. Joslin is an independent, nonprofit institution affiliated with Harvard Medical School, and is recognized worldwide for driving innovative solutions in diabetes prevention, research, education, and care.

Our mission is to prevent, treat and cure diabetes.  Our vision is a world free of diabetes and its complications.

$9,355

MONEY RAISED
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  • Chris Shanley

    $750

  • Maureen Molloy

    $25

  • Karen McQuade

    $50

  • Mike Denomy

    $250

  • The Bolling Family

    $25

  • Haley/Andrews family

    $100

  • The Valentis

    $50

  • Jill Puleo

    $25

  • NKP

    $250

  • John & Hayley Barrett

    $50

  • Teresa Hastings

    $25

  • Chris Swindell

    $100

  • Sandra Meurer

    $100

  • Charlie Pratt

    $20

  • CHyna Berben

    $50

  • Peter and Patty Lee

    $100

  • John Siano

    $50

  • The Day Family

    $100

  • Ross and Laurie Sigmund

    $50

  • jay saur

    $100

  • Mike who is afraid of spiders on the trail

    $100

  • Carrillo Family

    $100

  • Brent Davis & Julie Rigali

    $50

  • The Boynton Family

    $250

  • The DeSisto Family

    $125

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Rachel Scarbrough

    $100

  • Joe & Elisabeth Vivaldi

    $25

  • Flaherty Family

    $100

  • Mark Hernandez

    $50

  • Joe Pizzimenti

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Katherine Cline

    $50

  • Steve Shanley

    $250

  • David and Carol

     

  • Tripp McDavid

    $25

  • The Grandi's

    $150

  • Bob & Marcy Crowley

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $75

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Lorell Ambrose

    $100

  • Joe Houle

    $100

  • Tim & Ann O'Connell

    $100

  • Sunil Phutela

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • John and Judy Shanley

    $500

  • Charlie

    $20

  • Karen Gergelyi

    $100

  • Brett and Debbie Engmark

    $200

  • Scott Moynihan

    $100

  • Tina Hunt

    $50

  • The Martens Family

     

  • Jeff and Kris Shay

    $100

  • Carl Leonard

    $50

  • Jack May

    $50

  • Chopper Hills

    $10

  • Jeff Green

    $50

  • The Hawthorne Family

    $50

  • The Sage Family

    $150

  • Walker and Yates Harris

    $60

  • David and Bonnie Polakoff

    $50

  • Len& Martha Seale

    $200

  • Cub and Lydia Lauderdale

    $100

  • Tom & Adrienne Shanley

    $100

  • Bill and Susan Plummer

    $100

  • Kristie Litwin

    $25

  • Leslie

    $100

  • The Mentasti Family

    $100

  • Your Fam in CO!

    $50

  • marianne w

    $30

  • The Pzegeo Family

    $100

  • Beth Winn

    $25

  • Don D

    $50

  • The Abate Family

    $100

  • Bill Howard

    $50

  • Deeble Family

    $50

  • Anonymous

     

  • Kelly Greene

    $50

  • Team Danberly

    $50

  • Ellen and Greg Albanese

    $40

  • Mike and Mary

    $50

  • Micciche - Tufts Lax Running Buddy

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Greg Stebbins

    $50

  • christine hurley

    $50

  • Carmen Mentasti

     

  • vickie mentasti

    $100

  • Paula and Mike Harris

    $100

  • Andy

     

  • Ed and Colleen Brickley

    $50

  • Verizon

    $750

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94% Raised of $10,000 Goal

The Team: $173,107 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

Greg Weintraub

Amount Raised

$27,519

 

88% Raised of $31,440 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Carly Frieling

Amount Raised

$20,925

 

262% Raised of $8,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Lori Seuch

Amount Raised

$18,711

 

156% Raised of $12,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Team Haley O

Amount Raised

$14,676

 

147% Raised of $10,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Erin Reeves

Amount Raised

$13,025

 

130% Raised of $10,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Chris Shanley

Amount Raised

$9,355

 

94% Raised of $10,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Alex Root

Amount Raised

$8,172

 

82% Raised of $10,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Bridgett Olson-LeFave

Amount Raised

$8,110

 

101% Raised of $8,000 Goal

Donor Comments

Verizon

Verizon

DONATION: $750

2 years ago

Ed and Colleen Brickley

Ed and Colleen Brickley

DONATION: $50

Good luck!!! 2 years ago

Andy

Andy

You the man 2 years ago

Paula and Mike Harris

Paula and Mike Harris

DONATION: $100

Run like the wind! 2 years ago

vickie mentasti

vickie mentasti

DONATION: $100

2 years ago

Carmen Mentasti

Carmen Mentasti

2 years ago

christine hurley

christine hurley

DONATION: $50

2 years ago

Greg Stebbins

Greg Stebbins

DONATION: $50

2 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $50

Good luck Chris! 2 years ago

Micciche - Tufts Lax Running Buddy

Micciche - Tufts Lax Running Buddy

DONATION: $50

2 years ago