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Last Call Foundation's 2015 Boston Marathon Team

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THE STORY:

I met Mike Kennedy years ago when he and my best friend, Sarah, started dating.  I can recall many times when no matter what was going on, Mike was doing something to make people laugh.  (The times he picked his nose and pretended to wipe it on me were countless.)   He was always loud, always fun, and ALWAYS generous.  In 2011, Mike and his friends had raised money for their Chicago Marathon charity team at a local fundraiser.  We got to talking about running and I, thinking how cool I wanted to sound, dropped a brag bomb about the fact that I ran my first 8 consecutive miles earlier that week.  After a few more beers, and a little pressure from Mike and his friend, I was suddenly a marathoner training for the race that was only a mere 12 weeks away.  They had raised enough money for another person to get a bib and talked me into taking it. I am confident that if I had not gone that day to that event, I would not be typing this. 

Running was and is always hard, some runs are light and others the worst type punishment you can imagine.  Marathon Monday was always a day to celebrate others for what they could do.  Being a part of one, now my FIFTH (and first Boston) is incredibly humbling.  I run deliberately and think of those who are unable to do what I am doing.  Dedicating the hardwork that goes into training to the men and women that run into danger when others run out is an honor, and I cannot think of anyone more deserving to honor than Dork. 

 

LAST CALL FOUNDATION INC wrote -

The mission of the Last Call Foundation is to provide funding, education and research to advance the safety needs of the Boston firefighting community

The Last Call Foundation was founded by Kathy Crosby-Bell in honor of her son, fallen Firefighter Michael Ryan Kennedy, who along with Lieutenant Edward Walsh died battling the nine-alarm fire on March 26, 2014 in Boston’s Back Bay. This tragedy highlighted the unique challenges facing Boston’s firefighters. The Last Call Foundation is committed to identifying and addressing these challenges to enhance Boston firefighters’ ability to safely and effectively fight fires and protect each of us. With your help, we can avoid future tragedy and, hopefully, save lives.

Renovation and Updating of Firehouses
The Organization will support improvements, renovations and updates to firehouses throughout the city of Boston. Boston’s infrastructure is aged and firehouses are no exception. Boston’s historically significant firehouses are difficult and expensive to maintain and retrofit with modern equipment.

Educate the public to the needs of Boston’s Fire Department
Boston’s firefighters need state-of-the-art tools and technology on the fire ground to better protect themselves and the public. This is particularly important given the fire safety challenges of a historic and densely populated city like Boston. The Boston Fire Department responded to 74,191 calls in 2013, yet the public is largely unaware of the tremendous challenges they face.

The Last Call Foundation will work to raise awareness and educate the public about the working conditions and health issues faced by firefighters today. Given the responsibilities and inherent risks of their profession, these issues are vitally important to firefighters. The chronic exposure to heat, smoke and toxins that firefighters experience while in the line of duty raise health issues not seen in the general civilian population. Fatigue while in full gear can lead to injury – injuries that more modern engineering could mitigate or eliminate. Over-exertion, stress and medical issues accounted for the largest share of deaths in 2013 (NFPA). Sudden cardiac deaths account for 42% of the on duty deaths in the last five years (NFPA).

Funding Research
Research, education, and collaboration are critical to enhancing the safety and well-being of Boston firefighters and our community. The public is safer when the heroic firefighters responding to their alarms are safer.

The risk of death and destruction from fires is a major concern to the Last Call Foundation. Therefore, we are driven by a desire to partner with engineers and scientists who are at the forefront of innovation, to advance the field of fire safety. Simply put, the public is safer when the heroic firefighters responding to their alarms are safer. The Last Call Foundation is committed to provide seed and bridge funding for gifted scientists and their graduate fellows who are the emerging leaders in the field of Fire Protection Engineering. To sustain momentum and promote the next wave of big ideas, philanthropy must step up to take a front-and-center role in supporting their research efforts. With your help, the Last Call Foundation is prepared to take the lead in this critical endeavor.

Memorial
The Organization plans to establish a permanent memorial to Lieutenant Edward Walsh and Firefighter Michael Ryan Kennedy within the Engine 33 Ladder 15 district. Such a memorial would serve as a permanent remembrance of these courageous firefighters who lost their lives in the line of duty. It will ensure that these brave men are never forgotten. The memorial aims to provide a reminder to the public of the sacrifices made by these men and women, and remind the public
Every firefighter is a hero every day.

 

$6,178

MONEY RAISED
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  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Jack Foster

    $25

  • Tommy Fisher

    $25

  • The Bufanos

    $50

  • Jonathan Levitt

    $26

  • Meredith Kelly

    $50

  • James Danieli

    $100

  • Rick Heil

    $50

  • The Ossars

    $50

  • Amina

    $25

  • Ann and Hank

    $200

  • Bestie

    $26

  • Master Sergeant Brett Jewett USMC

    $100

  • Sarah Harradon

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Blankie

    $25

  • Megan Kent

    $30

  • Amy Huynh Chang

    $25

  • Matthew Elam

    $15

  • Sarah Wessmann

    $25

  • Caitlin Haugh

     

  • elizabeth gannon

    $30

  • Adam Clambert

    $15

  • Some Assholts

     

  • Kaitleen Gillis

    $50

  • Christine Sherman

    $30

  • Alycia Auchterlonie

    $25

  • Christine Villa

    $25

  • mom

    $250

  • Jason,Chase&Cora;

    $50

  • Jane Boczkowski

    $25

  • The Attleboro 6

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $10

  • Attack Hugs

    $25

  • Melissa Kelleher

    $50

  • Molly Blumberg

    $25

  • Samantha Gentile

    $30

  • Anonymous

    $20

  • Cathy Chaisson

    $50

  • Ed Smith

    $500

  • Ann Sullivan

    $50

  • Stassi Schroeder

    $25

  • Holly Richardson

    $26

  • Laura Ingalls

    $20

  • Nor a Salmon

    $30

  • Joyce

    $50

  • Yildiray M. Albayrak

    $100

  • Michael D. Foley and Carolyn F. Ingalls

    $100

  • Carol O'Sullivan

    $25

  • Matt Murphy

    $100

  • Sheila Fennell

    $100

  • Connie and Ron George

    $500

  • Tracy Abber

    $26

  • Jill McCaughey

    $33

  • Jack Foster

    $50

  • Ann Carbone

    $30

  • Heather Phalan

    $35

  • Laura Ingalls

    $20

  • Joanne Villa Keegan

    $25

  • Laura Batty

    $20

  • Carole Anderson

    $50

  • CorePower Yoga Fundraiser

    $220

  • Hilary

    $50

  • Liam Gillis

    $100

  • Lebbossiere Family

    $50

  • Nic's Kicks

    $25

  • Katy Driscoll

    $25

  • Sarah Collins

    $25

  • Deb Rockwell

    $25

  • Caitlin Daniels

    $20

  • Stephi's Brunch/HATT Club

    $20

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $75

  • Anonymous

    $10

  • Jocelyn Bergeron

    $25

  • Uta Poopig

    $25

  • Rosa Evora

    $25

  • Christine Power

     

  • Jenna P

    $25

  • Courtney Lizotte

    $20

  • Kellie and Josh Fairchild

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Heather and Charley

    $35

  • Lauren Gilmore

    $50

  • KAIT! & rob

    $50

  • Meagan Bufano

    $25

  • Liz (Cameron) Thompson

    $50

  • Marie McMahon

    $20

  • Jean and John Lucas

    $25

  • Maryellen Bertrand

    $50

  • Judith Nites

    $30

  • P. Itri and J. Itri

    $33

  • James Bicerton

    $100

  • Atlantis Funraisers

    $680

  • Christopher Brown

    $100

  • Gail Kennedy

    $50

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107% Raised of $5,800 Goal

The Team: $317,848 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Sarah Wessmann

Amount Raised

$28,113

 

107% Raised of $26,200 Goal

Fundraiser Title

James Caruso

Amount Raised

$20,680

 

230% Raised of $9,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Andrew Tuttle

Amount Raised

$12,973

 

86% Raised of $15,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Liz and Emily dorrance

Amount Raised

$10,804

 

108% Raised of $10,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Amy DeLibero

Amount Raised

$10,200

 

204% Raised of $5,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Margie Lamir-Heger

Amount Raised

$8,715

 

174% Raised of $5,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Dawn Damiano

Amount Raised

$8,178

 

102% Raised of $8,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Penn Clarke

Amount Raised

$7,472

 

107% Raised of $7,000 Goal

Donor Comments

Gail Kennedy

Gail Kennedy

DONATION: $50

4 years ago

Christopher Brown

Christopher Brown

DONATION: $100

4 years ago

Atlantis Funraisers

Atlantis Funraisers

DONATION: $680

4 years ago

James Bicerton

James Bicerton

DONATION: $100

4 years ago

P. Itri and J. Itri

P. Itri and J. Itri

DONATION: $33

4 years ago

Judith Nites

Judith Nites

DONATION: $30

4 years ago

Maryellen Bertrand

Maryellen Bertrand

DONATION: $50

4 years ago

Jean and John Lucas

Jean and John Lucas

DONATION: $25

4 years ago

Marie McMahon

Marie McMahon

DONATION: $20

4 years ago

Liz (Cameron) Thompson

Liz (Cameron) Thompson

DONATION: $50

4 years ago