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Lupus Foundation of New England, Inc.'s Fundraiser:

Lupus Foundation New England 2014 Boston Marathon

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BENEFITING: Lupus Foundation of New England, Inc.

EVENT: Boston Marathon 2014

EVENT DATE: Apr 21, 2014

THE STORY:

Jennifer's Story....

Nearly 1 year ago a significant event happened to me that changed my life for the better, although at first glance it may have appeared a horrific tragedy. I was one of the injured at the finish line of the Boston marathon bombing. Today, I consider myself a triumphant survivor. In honor of the upcoming 1 year anniversary, survivors will be given the opportunity to run in the 2014 Boston marathon. I never imagined myself participating in a marathon, but I honestly can't think of a better way to mark overcoming obstacles, experiencing breakthroughs, and rising above tremendous challenges. The bombing was an event that literally brought my life to a screeching halt. I was within feet of the exact location that the first bomb exploded at the finish line. When I look back at the pictures, I realize I am truly lucky to be alive. I sustained, ear, neck, back, and internal injuries affecting my major organs. Equally as traumatic were the emotional injuries. I was laced with tremendous fear and severe anxiety and it has literally taken me months to feel safe in the world again.

Surprisingly, life can deliver blessings in the midst of tragedy. I have received great gifts of healing from people I know, and those I've just met. I've also had the opportunity to recently attend amazing events that have been hosted in honor of the Boston marathon survivors. At one such event, I met an amazing man who many people, including myself, would consider a hero. Jimmy Plourde is a Boston firefighter and was one of the first responders who helped save many people's lives. Jimmy doesn't consider himself a hero though, there is someone in his life that he considers far more heroic. Jimmy's sister is living with lupus an autoimmune disease that affects primarily women between the ages of 15-45, it can be debilitating and has no cure. Interestingly a dear friend of mine is undergoing testing as she too may have this horrible disease. What does this all have to do with the bombing you might ask? Let me explain.

As I mentioned above, I plan to complete the marathon. However, I cannot complete this journey alone. I will need help physically and emotionally to undertake this 26.2 mile journey. The Boston Marathon is a world-renowned event and participants typically must qualify to earn a number. When I met Jimmy, I learned that the Lupus foundation had 2 charity numbers available. I do not believe for a second that this is a coincidence. With these extra numbers, 2 wonderful friends (one of whom is one of my amazing Doctor's and now wonderful friend) have agreed to support me in my quest to mark my triumph over tragedy by completing the marathon with me. At the same time, I get to raise money for a cause that has become near and dear to my heart, both because of my friend and to honor Jimmy for his courage and selflessness on the day that dramatically changed my life. I hope you will consider donating to this cause which is so personal to me. I am inspired more than ever to make a difference. You would be helping to fund research towards a cure for this cruel disease, you would be celebrating me and my life, and you would be honoring all of the victims that suffered such a senseless crime that day. Please help me make a difference! You can donate by clicking on the link below. Also, please pass this along to whomever you think would be willing to help make a difference too. Thank you!

$13,548

MONEY RAISED
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  • Steve Olden

    $20

  • Kevin Wadle

    $50

  • Home instead- Jennifer Moran

     

  • Ann White, LLL

    $25

  • Deb Midman

    $50

  • The Bates Family

    $50

  • Jessica Besnoff

    $25

  • Don and Alison Edmands

    $100

  • Dana, Renee, And Nat

    $100

  • The Hollis Family

     

  • stacey santo

    $50

  • Lafayette Social Club

    $500

  • Kerri McNamara

    $25

  • Lucinda Murphy

    $50

  • Erin Milliken

    $25

  • Rick and Ed Roche

    $250

  • Ellen Gillis

    $50

  • Martin & Associates

    $100

  • Kary McCafferty

    $26

  • Troy Carl Scott

    $100

  • Evelyn Keene

    $26

  • Sarah Gorman

    $25

  • Michelle Galvin LaFlamme

    $25

  • Lori and Rob

    $30

  • nou her

    $100

  • Debbie Shadd

    $26

  • Claire and Paul

    $30

  • The Aries Family

    $50

  • Mike Beers & Maria Kent

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Tara Boye

     

  • Cathie & Michael McGowan

    $50

  • Amy Hughes

    $50

  • Cindy Davis

    $26

  • Keri Bellew

    $30

  • Jen O'Brien

    $25

  • Big Mikey and Alicia

    $50

  • Kelly & Brian Bandini

    $50

  • Joel

    $50

  • David Summergrad

    $50

  • John Toland

    $20

  • Ann Dwyer

    $50

  • Sue Dooley-Curran

    $25

  • Carl Manoogian

    $50

  • Lynn & Ken Coady

    $50

  • The Pica Family

    $20

  • Meghan Snee

    $50

  • Jocelyn Santos Cochrane

    $100

  • Jason Katsohis

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Todd and Stacey Sullivan

    $50

  • Meaghan Foote

    $25

  • The Rosas Family

    $30

  • Gabe Klein

    $30

  • Kendra

    $100

  • Cheryl Fraser-Bacon

    $80

  • Zach Lemelin

    $30

  • Loo

    $50

  • Colleen Simpson

    $52

  • Dustin

    $20

  • Kristine and Joe

     

  • The Dunphy's

    $50

  • Maura

    $100

  • Sarah Tambascio

    $10

  • The Kaplans

    $25

  • Rick & Stacey Reed

    $50

  • Kristina Lang

    $50

  • P and C

    $50

  • P and C

    $50

  • Anonymous

     

  • Rick & Denise Brooks

    $100

  • Pam and Randy

    $50

  • Susan Corso

    $50

  • Jeannette Kearns

    $50

  • Joshua Clark

    $300

  • Kelly Valeri

    $50

  • Jackie Jordan

    $30

  • Christine Merrill

    $25

  • Michelle Flatt

    $25

  • Melissa & Scott

    $50

  • Esme

     

  • Ben Hampton

    $100

  • Lilly

    $40

  • Melissa Wiles

    $25

  • Karen Milligan

    $100

  • Elysia Yet

    $50

  • Jon Brickman

    $25

  • David R

    $50

  • David R

    $50

  • The Riley's

    $50

  • Lauren and Caroline Devane

    $100

  • Stone Family

    $50

  • Anonymous

     

  • Ted and Mandi

    $50

  • Tammie Stone & Rick Nash

     

  • Derek and Laureen Picariello

    $50

  • jerry & nonie

     

  • The Collari Family

    $25

  • John Joseph

    $105

  • Tanya and Leo

    $50

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The Team: $13,548 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Fundraiser Title

Eric Gagnon

Amount Raised

$4,855

 

97% Raised of $5,000 Goal

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Kerri Cantino

Amount Raised

$2,851

 

57% Raised of $5,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Jennifer Kauffman

Amount Raised

$2,730

 

14% Raised of $20,000 Goal

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Christina Scott

Amount Raised

$2,132

Fundraiser Title

Charise Cassetta

Amount Raised

$980

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Diana Carselle

Amount Raised

$0

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Valdine Camire

Amount Raised

$0

Donor Comments

Tanya and Leo

Tanya and Leo

DONATION: $50

3 years ago

John Joseph

John Joseph

DONATION: $105

Raffle 3 years ago

The Collari Family

The Collari Family

DONATION: $25

Great Job!!! 3 years ago

jerry & nonie

jerry & nonie

3 years ago

Derek and Laureen Picariello

Derek and Laureen Picariello

DONATION: $50

3 years ago

Tammie Stone & Rick Nash

Tammie Stone & Rick Nash

3 years ago

Ted and Mandi

Ted and Mandi

DONATION: $50

3 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

For NicB 3 years ago

Stone Family

Stone Family

DONATION: $50

3 years ago

Lauren and Caroline Devane

Lauren and Caroline Devane

DONATION: $100

3 years ago