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Team Joslin Boston Marathon 2013

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February 03, 2013

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BENEFITING: Joslin Diabetes Center

ORGANIZER: Joslin Diabetes Center

EVENT: 2013 Boston Marathon

EVENT DATE: Apr 15, 2013

Mileage Tracker: 225

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.  After a brain biopsy showed that he had an incurable virus attacking his brain, 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 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.   

So here I go again....for what I pray is my marathon ever on April 15th!!  I know you get a lot of requests for charitable donations, if you can, please join me in honoring Michael’s request and his 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

Joslin Diabetes Center wrote -

Joslin Diabetes Center, a teaching and research affiliate of Harvard Medical School,  is a one-of-a-kind institution on the front lines of the world epidemic of diabetes — leading the battle to conquer diabetes in all of its forms through cutting-edge research and innovative approaches to clinical care and education. 

At Joslin every person is dedicated to realizing our vision of a world without diabetes and its complications through a relentless pursuit of our mission:

To improve the lives of people with diabetes and its complications through innovative care, education, and research that will lead to prevention and cure of the disease.

$10,472

MONEY RAISED
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  • Cindi Crawford

    $50

  • James & Noreen Flanagan

    $100

  • Susan Poiner

    $10

  • Rob & Martine Anderson

    $100

  • Suzanne Ritter

    $50

  • Craig Picard

    $100

  • Virginia Healy-Tangney

    $50

  • Dina Meuse

    $100

  • Rattigan Family

    $100

  • Bernard Burke

    $250

  • Anita Haffey

    $200

  • Erin Coyne

    $100

  • Giulia Genatossio

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $250

  • Francine Hundley

    $50

  • Nicholson Family

    $250

  • Justin and Holly Walsh

    $100

  • Patrice Donahoe

    $50

  • Jodi, Kurt, Kaley & Hunter

    $100

  • Betts McGill

    $25

  • TWang

    $50

  • Nicky Muzrim

    $50

  • Kristen O'Hearn

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Tom McDermott

     

  • Jeffrey & Barbara McGill

    $100

  • Josh Tobin

    $50

  • Pettitt Family

    $50

  • Ryan and Trish Richard

    $200

  • Anne Tougas

    $50

  • Mary Ann Mulholland

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Christine Boucher

     

  • The Gautier Family

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Michelle Brockney

    $50

  • The Pugh Family

    $100

  • Caren and Robert Bonner

    $50

  • Demosthenous Family

    $50

  • The Wallaces

    $30

  • Mark LaFave

    $150

  • Caroline & Mike Bonner

    $50

  • Alison O'Malley

    $50

  • The Urban Family

    $100

  • Lisa Zanes

    $200

  • Annia Faure

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Helen and Pete morrison

    $100

  • Joe & Sue McCarthy

    $100

  • Andie, Catie and Maggie Theran

    $75

  • Derrick Black

    $100

  • Jeff Giberti

    $100

  • Andrea Fleming-Gibbons & Family

    $50

  • John Joe & Barbara Fleming

    $100

  • Amy Armstrong (and Adam & Katie)

    $25

  • Annmarie from Novo

    $25

  • Jack & Mary DiCenzo

    $25

  • Michael and Michelle Kane

    $100

  • Johnny Mac and Family

    $100

  • Jenny and Greg Dardia

    $25

  • Jessica & Cory Boisvert

    $100

  • Jenna Ball

    $25

  • The Bamford Family

    $50

  • Brandon & Shannon Partenza

    $25

  • Melanie Hoenig

    $100

  • The Perry Family

    $100

  • Tracy Brann

    $25

  • Nicole and Peter Radulski

     

  • Danielle Remmy

    $26

  • Deborah & Sean Ryan

    $25

  • Levin Family

    $80

  • Nicole and Matt Twomey

    $50

  • The Reed Family

    $100

  • Tiger Stockbridge aka Stocky

    $25

  • Janelle (Devoe) Casella

    $25

  • Martha Pavlakis

    $100

  • teresa and peter burnett and family

    $50

  • Joanne Mattivello

    $100

  • Lisa sullivan

    $100

  • Kimmi Pluck

    $50

  • Jimmy & Mike Jordan

    $200

  • The Mattivello Family

     

  • Ashley and Ben Grenier

    $250

  • Tom Calter

    $100

  • LF Barclay

    $40

  • David and Lorrel Spiers

    $26

  • Carol McLellan

    $30

  • Kathy Tougas

    $100

  • Rita Tougas

    $25

  • The Mo'Bland Family

    $100

  • Alex Rogozenski

    $25

  • Jen Massa

    $50

  • Heather B. Foster

    $100

  • Rick Brown

    $50

  • Brendan Walsh

    $250

  • The Dearborns

    $50

  • Kevin & Elizabeth Williams

     

  • Jackie Jones and Dodi Wait

    $100

  • Lou and Gina Savant

    $100

  • Vince Litterini

    $25

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87% Raised of $12,000 Goal

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The Team: $136,840 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

Martin Abrahamson

Amount Raised

$26,868

 

269% Raised of $10,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Erin Reeves

Amount Raised

$24,976

 

250% Raised of $10,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Daniel Gay

Amount Raised

$17,960

 

359% Raised of $5,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Darren & Colin

Amount Raised

$17,475

Fundraiser Title

Tom Burke

Amount Raised

$10,472

 

87% Raised of $12,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Michael Frederick

Amount Raised

$10,115

Fundraiser Title

Seth Jacoby

Amount Raised

$6,150

 

62% Raised of $10,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Lesley Levitt

Amount Raised

$5,364

 

107% Raised of $5,000 Goal

Donor Comments

Vince Litterini

Vince Litterini

DONATION: $25

5 years ago

Lou and Gina Savant

Lou and Gina Savant

DONATION: $100

In memory of Michael Burke 5 years ago

Jackie Jones and Dodi Wait

Jackie Jones and Dodi Wait

DONATION: $100

In memory of Michael Burke. 5 years ago

Kevin & Elizabeth Williams

Kevin & Elizabeth Williams

5 years ago

The Dearborns

The Dearborns

DONATION: $50

5 years ago

Brendan Walsh

Brendan Walsh

DONATION: $250

5 years ago

Rick Brown

Rick Brown

DONATION: $50

Good luck Tommy! So proud of you, cuz. 5 years ago

Heather B. Foster

Heather B. Foster

DONATION: $100

5 years ago

Jen Massa

Jen Massa

DONATION: $50

Good Luck tomorrow...you are such an inspiration.... 5 years ago

Alex Rogozenski

Alex Rogozenski

DONATION: $25

5 years ago