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Danielle Panetta's Fundraiser:

Joslin Diabetes Center Bank of America Chicago Marathon

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Danielle Panetta

THE STORY:

Keep running the race. I am always amused by people’s responses to marathon running. Often those responses include “I could never do that” or “why would you want to?” To be fair, there was a time in my life when I would have said the same things – then I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. Everything changes when you have an incurable disease. EVERYTHING. Somewhere between the doctor visits, fingersticks and injections, I knew I had to make myself healthier. I had eat better. I had to exercise. I didn’t want to, but I had to.

DO IT ANYWAY

Dictionary.com defines IMPOSSIBLE as unable to be done and INCURABLE as not susceptible to change. No one’s life can be lived with someone else’s definitions. You have to find your own. That takes strength. Strength doesn’t come from what you know you can do, it comes from overcoming the things you thought were impossible. Things that were impossible to you last year are completely doable now. You have to redefine your impossible every single day. For me, living my life includes trying to stay as healthy as I can. I have to do things that were once impossible for me. So I run. I run for my life – literally. As I’ve told some of you in the past, I am not very good at it. I am terrible, slow, ugly runner, but the run continues to reward me.

DO IT ANYWAY

Last year, I ran the NYC marathon with team Joslin and it forever altered my definition of impossible. Impossible is running a marathon and have it not change your life. I spend a lot of time thinking about how I can accomplish what I currently define as impossible. To begin you must decide that you are not going to stay where you are – set a goal. Next you have to do something about it - train. That’s how I make my impossible doable. Doable doesn’t mean easy. Doable hurts. Expect it to hurt. You don’t train so it doesn’t hurt. You train so you can tolerate it. After all, you are redefining impossible.

DO IT ANYWAY

At the end of the day it’s all head games. Your body can tolerate almost anything, it’s your mind you have to convince. When I am out there running for hours (I have already stated that I am slow) I have a lot of time to think. I think about how I am going to get through today’s impossibilities. I think about how we are NEVER as broken as we think we are. I think about how overcoming the impossible doesn’t get easier, you just get stronger. Dictionary.com still defines me as incurable. I define myself with other words that are much more important. Marathon runner, for example.

DO IT ANYWAY

Since I’m now sure that the marathon isn’t impossible for me, I’m also sure that Diabetes isn’t incurable for me. It was when I woke up this morning, but we need to redefine that. Joslin Diabetes Center spends all the time and energy they have trying to rewrite that definition. I am, yet again, lacing up my overpriced sneakers and going on a little 26.2 mile jaunt – this time through the streets of Chicago – to raise some money for Joslin Diabetes Center. It’s not easy, but it makes such an important difference to so many people. So I will DO IT ANYWAY. Donations of any amount are greatly appreciated and will help Joslin Diabetes Center redefine incurable. Please support my efforts by making a donation.

People will say it doesn’t matter - to you, to others, to anyone . . . People will say it isn’t enough. People will say it’s impossible. People will say it’s incurable.

DO IT ANYWAY

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.

The funds raised by Team Joslin contribute to Joslin’s capacity to prevent, treat and cure diabetes   through cutting-edge research, comprehensive patient care and pioneering education programs. 

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To This Fundraiser

$1,000

MONEY RAISED
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  • Sara Meaney

    $25

  • Genevie *Go Danielle* Gold

    $100

  • Eric Fox

    $50

  • Anonymous

     

  • Tony Downs

    $200

  • Kate MacLeman

     

  • Ann Lagasse

    $100

  • Emily Stires

    $25

  • MLS

    $75.13

  • Jack Falvey

    $100

  • The Messeders

    $50

  • Susan McKellar

     

  • Ashley LaBrier

    $50

  • Anonymous

     

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67% Raised of $1,500 Goal

Fundraise for this Campaign

The Team: $22,641 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

JOIN THE TEAM
Fundraiser Title

Rich Kerouac

Amount Raised

$3,645

 

91% Raised of $4,000 Goal

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Jim Kerouac

Amount Raised

$3,320

 

66% Raised of $5,000 Goal

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Mary Kate Kerins

Amount Raised

$2,765

 

92% Raised of $3,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Daniel Gay

Amount Raised

$2,600

 

104% Raised of $2,500 Goal

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Emily Zirbes

Amount Raised

$2,180

 

109% Raised of $2,000 Goal

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Ben Flagg

Amount Raised

$2,050

 

171% Raised of $1,200 Goal

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Lynn Benoit

Amount Raised

$2,010

 

40% Raised of $5,000 Goal

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Taylor Weeks

Amount Raised

$1,806

 

120% Raised of $1,500 Goal

Donor Comments

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

2 years ago

Ashley LaBrier

Ashley LaBrier

DONATION: $50

Good luck, Danielle! Thank you for representing all of us living with T1D :D 2 years ago

Susan McKellar

Susan McKellar

Go Dan! Go Dan! 2 years ago

The Messeders

The Messeders

DONATION: $50

2 years ago

Jack Falvey

Jack Falvey

DONATION: $100

Go Danielle! 2 years ago

MLS

MLS

DONATION: $75.13

In memory of Neil Smith 2 years ago

Emily Stires

Emily Stires

DONATION: $25

Get 'em! 2 years ago

Ann Lagasse

Ann Lagasse

DONATION: $100

You go Girl! 2 years ago

Kate MacLeman

Kate MacLeman

2 years ago

Tony Downs

Tony Downs

DONATION: $200

Running for my Dad, and for Danielle .... 2 years ago