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BENEFITING: VHL ALLIANCE

EVENT: Boston Marathon 2014

Lisa Baldassari

THE STORY:

Hello, my name is Lisa Baldassari, and I am writing to ask for your support as I prepare to run the 2014 Boston Marathon in memory of my mother Kathy Neimann.

My mother, as well as countless other members of my family, spent a lifetime battling Von Hippel-Lindau disease. My goal is to honor her memory by focusing my fundraising efforts towards raising money for the VHL Alliance.

The mission of the VHL Alliance is dedicated to research, education, and support to improve diagnosis, treatment and quality of life for those affected by Von Hippel-Lindau disease, which is a genetic form of cancer. VHL patients battle a series of tumors throughout their lives, and the VHL gene is involved in many other forms of cancer. Working towards a cure for VHL, means getting one step closer towards a cure towards cancer.

My mother's courageous battle with VHL began at the age of sixteen when she lost sight in one eye due to a tumor. While this was her first battle, it was certainly not her last. Despite the challenges this disease presented to her throughout her life, she was always determined not to let VHL win. She served as a woman of strength, and inspiration to all of her family members battling this disease.

She faced each and every trial with courage and an unfaltering will to LIVE. Even when it seemed she had so much to deal with, she still found a way to give love and support when countless family members faced their own battles with VHL. She taught us all so much about love, perseverance and hope. It was her greatest hope that one day in the near future, there would be a cure for VHL.

In January of 2012, my amazing, selfless mother lost her valiant fight with cancer at the age of 64. After her passing, running became therapeutic for me. It was a way for me to heal from a tremendous loss. In November of 2012, I ran my first ever 26.2 at the Philadelphia Marathon! I could feel my mother’s strength and love as I pressed my way toward the finish line. It was a great moment of healing, pride and accomplishment.

In 2013 I laced up my sneakers once again to run the 2013 Boston Marathon. As I ran that day, I saw what can only be described as beauty and inspiration! People of all walks of life pushed their bodies past the brink of exhaustion, persevering over illness, disabilities and loss. I became overwhelmed with emotion as I read the names and messages inscribed on runner’s arms, legs and shirts. They too were running for the people they loved and lost too soon. When the day turned into unthinkable tragedy, I witnessed more inspiration and beauty in the countless, selfless acts of others.

The tragic events at the 2013 Boston Marathon have made me more determined than ever to not only FINISH the race, but more importantly to give back to a cause that is very near and dear to my heart, the VHL Family Alliance.

No donation is too small! Please help me in my effort to help the VHL Alliance as they continue their valiant work to fight VHL.

Thank you in advance for your support!

$4,315

MONEY RAISED
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  • Donna, Rich, Ryan and Connor

    $100

  • Lisa & Suzie

    $50

  • Meg McCarthy-Egan

    $50

  • Paula

    $100

  • L.U.N.A.R.

    $25

  • Baldassari Family - Victor, Lisa, Olivia & Ava

    $100

  • Friends from Pembroke

    $100

  • Tanya & Chucky Fuller

    $50

  • Kerri Jackson

    $25

  • Toni Christopher

    $25

  • Tom & Elaine Neimann

    $100

  • Malcolm & Diane Grandy

    $50

  • Tom & Ann Barry

    $100

  • Eileen & Billy Costello

    $50

  • Deana & Joe Neimann

    $250

  • Julie, Regan, Kerri & Jillian

    $100

  • The Pierce Family

    $100

  • Valerie & Joe Harding

    $50

  • Eddie Kelly

    $50

  • Al Mallon

    $50

  • Paul Neimann

    $300

  • Chris & Marie Cook

    $100

  • Domenic Baldassari & Family

    $100

  • Franny Coughlin

    $50

  • Jeff Powers

    $50

  • Joe & Barbara Kelly

    $50

  • Bob Savoy

    $25

  • Brendan Murphy

    $40

  • Tom & Sue Leahy

    $100

  • Leighann McCarthy-Lee

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $150

  • Amy and Mark

    $100

  • Kevin Pender

    $50

  • The Newell Family

    $25

  • Kristen Goncalves

    $100

  • Michelle Foley

     

  • Jennifer Foster

    $50

  • Jared Blandino

    $50

  • Pat Dennehy

    $20

  • John and Doreen

    $75

  • Doyle Family

    $50

  • Pat Pickup

    $50

  • Maggie Cornish

    $50

  • Jane Cavaleri

    $50

  • The Jackson Family

    $50

  • Lescinskas Family

    $115

  • Regina Williams

    $50

  • Kate McKeever

    $25

  • Robin & Danny

     

  • Christine Cunningham

    $100

  • Kevin O'Neill

    $50

  • Friends from Boston Water & Sewer

    $100

  • Wynne Freed

    $25

  • The LaMonica Family

    $50

  • Ryan Gagne

    $50

  • The O'Brien Family

    $15

  • Michele Gillen

    $25

  • Emily Donadini

    $50

  • Laurel Newson

    $100

  • Anthony Gilardi

    $50

  • David and Paula Casano

    $100

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Donor Comments

David and Paula Casano

David and Paula Casano

DONATION: $100

3 years ago

Anthony Gilardi

Anthony Gilardi

DONATION: $50

3 years ago

Laurel Newson

Laurel Newson

DONATION: $100

in memory of our family members who have passed 3 years ago

Emily Donadini

Emily Donadini

DONATION: $50

3 years ago

Michele Gillen

Michele Gillen

DONATION: $25

Lisa, good luck. Enjoy every minute of this year's marathon! 3 years ago

The O'Brien Family

The O'Brien Family

DONATION: $15

3 years ago

Ryan Gagne

Ryan Gagne

DONATION: $50

3 years ago

The LaMonica Family

The LaMonica Family

DONATION: $50

3 years ago

Wynne Freed

Wynne Freed

DONATION: $25

3 years ago

Friends from Boston Water & Sewer

Friends from Boston Water & Sewer

DONATION: $100

3 years ago