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Lovin Spoonfuls 2016 Boston Marathon Team

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April 20, 2016

To everyone who has supported me over the past few months, thank you! Not only did I hit my fundraising goal, but after 4+ years, I also finally  See more

BENEFITING: Lovin Spoonfuls Inc.

ORGANIZER: Lovin Spoonfuls Inc.

EVENT: 2016 Boston Marathon

EVENT DATE: Apr 18, 2016

Lauren Palumbo

THE STORY:

I am really excited to share that I will be running the 2016 Boston Marathon in support of Lovin' Spoonfuls, the organization where I work as Chief Operating Officer. I know that in the coming months, you might get a couple messages like this - but there are many reasons why I'm running and I hope you'll give me a couple minutes to learn why, and what you can do to help!

Why Lovin' Spoonfuls?

Lovin’ Spoonfuls is a food rescue organization. We are dedicated to facilitating the rescue and distribution of healthy, fresh food that would otherwise be discarded. We work efficiently to deliver this food directly to the agencies and programs where it can have the greatest impact. We are bridging the gap between abundance and need. Through our food rescue operations and other initiatives, we are committed to addressing the health, environmental, and economic impacts that food waste have on our community.Learn more here. 

Why Now?

You may know that in 2012, my sister and husband somehow convinced me to run the Boston Marathon. You may also know that it was incredibly hot that day, and that I had a miserable experience getting to the finish line.

Our Boston experience propelled Jonathan and I into working towards our goal marathon time by running 3 more marathons in the 18 months that followed. As I was training for our 4th marathon, Chicago in October 2013, I started having difficulty finishing training runs. At the race itself, I didn't feel well by the halfway point and struggled to finish. 

In the months that followed, running got harder and harder, and by June 2014, I couldn't run at all. That, along with a host of other new challenges, led me to my doctor's office. In July 2014, following a brief hospitalization, I was diagnosed with Primary Adrenal Insufficiency, or Addison's Disease.

Addison's is a rare autoimmune disorder which affects your adrenal glands. The adrenals produce cortisol, the body's stress hormone. By the time I was diagnosed, I wasn't producing any cortisol at all. Left undiagnosed, Addison's is fatal. I was, and am, fortunate to live in a city with some of the best medical care and that diagnosis came fairly quickly. Being a rare disease, others have not always been as fortunate.

Now on treatment, I've worked my way back. I started from scratch and ran my 5th BAA half marathon a year ago, my first race after the diagnosis, and ran my best time on that course. I ran the same race again this past October and bested my previous time again. 

And now, I'm ready for the next challenge. I'm so excited for the opportunity to run the Boston Marathon again, to prove that I get to control this disease, and not the other way around, and to do it all for an organization which I have spent the past few years working to grow. And fortunately, I'm doing it with Jonathan by my side again. 

How Can You Help?

As a small non-profit, your donation will go so much further than at many larger organizations - each $1 donated allows us to rescue more than 3 pounds of food, which is enough food to feed someone for 1 day. 

Your donation of...

  • $50: feeds a person for 50 days, or a family of 4 for approx. two weeks
  • $100: feeds a person for 100 days, or a family of 4 for approx one month
  • $250: feeds a person for 250 days, or a family of 4 for more than two months

Please make a donation today! But keep in mind, with 4 months to go, there are many ways to help beyond giving funds. Here are just a few! 

  • Give monthly! There's plenty of time before the race, so consider making monthly donations to stretch your impact.
  • Hosting an event? Consider suggesting a donation in support of our marathon run!
  • Take advantage of your company match, if you have one!
  • Would your company be interested in hosting me for a brief presentation on food rescue?
  • Forward this page to anyone you think might be interested!

We appreciate your support! We will be relying on the positive energy from the team behind us to get through training runs, and to get through this race, come April. 

Thank you!

Lauren 

 

$11,113

MONEY RAISED
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  • Anonymous

    $250

  • Katrina Noren

    $100

  • Eddie and Debbie Palumbo

    $100

  • Mom & Dad

    $300

  • Creative Designs

    $500

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Edward Mackin

    $50

  • The Abbott Family

     

  • Jack Nolan

    $100

  • Sue Wolk

     

  • Mike Tuck

    $25

  • Bryna

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $100

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  • Anonymous

    $125

  • John Mancini

    $50

  • Beth & Laura

    $50

  • Lori Busch

     

  • Susan Nelson

    $100

  • Lily & Chris

     

  • Anonymous

    $20

  • Angela

    $25

  • Alexandra Merle

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $115

  • Benjamin Lacy

    $50

  • Karen Nevins

    $50

  • Andrea Cabral

    $50

  • NADA GLOBAL

    $100

  • Gary

    $40

  • Linda Brown

    $20

  • Athletic Pursuits

    $100

  • John Fischer

     

  • Jared Bacheller

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Christine Beling

     

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  • Mariann and Andy Youniss

     

  • Anonymous

    $26.20

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Ed LoTurco

    $50

  • Kate Shamon

     

  • Jackie & Scott Thornton

    $25

  • Topher Brennan

    $100

  • Mom & Dad

    $50

  • Ashley Shaffer

     

  • Rob Guillemin

    $25

  • Mike Ferguson

    $100

  • Danielle Schubert & Cody Forrest

    $100

  • Emily Broad Leib

     

  • Richard doucette

     

  • Eddie and Debbie Palumbo

    $50

  • Kate Latak

    $50

  • Jeannie Hannigan

    $50

  • Dan Werzanski

    $100

  • Anonymous

     

  • Julie Char

    $150

  • Adrienne Levine

    $500

  • Rob and Rebecca Lucente

     

  • CustomInk

    $20

  • Anand Vaishnav

    $50

  • Sandy Cades

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $15

  • Bob Burton

    $100

  • Stone Soup Fundraiser

    $867

  • Lauren Spoonfuls

    $25

  • Emily & Daniel Bojorquez

    $50

  • Jen Yang

    $25

  • Heidi Eagles

    $25

  • Yuli Burstein and family

    $25

  • Anonymous

     

  • Ann Caputo Kirby

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Rene and Jeff Feuerman

    $250

  • RVM Promotions

    $100

  • Gayle LaVangie

    $25

  • The Melcher family

     

  • Elaine Biancardi

    $50

  • Andy Heck, Alpin Haus

    $100

  • The Epstein Family

    $25

  • Kathleen Porter

    $100

  • Jennifer Yukimura

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Stephanie Rossi

    $100

  • Eric Luciano

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • RV Education 101

    $25

  • The DiMatteo Family

    $25

  • Jim Donnelly

    $25

  • Gesmer Updegrove

     

  • Meghan O'Boyle & Shane Brunette

    $50

  • aimee + jesse

    $25

  • Louis Risoli

    $50

  • Lynne Begier

    $25

  • Nancy Berry

    $25

  • Georgia & Bruce Johnson

    $100

  • B.J. & Jason

    $50

  • Kelly Early

    $100

  • Brian Sullivan

    $100

  • John and Maribeth DiPietro

    $30

  • karen melanson

    $50

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111% Raised of $10,000 Goal

The Team: $18,694 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

Lauren Palumbo

Amount Raised

$11,113

 

111% Raised of $10,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Jonathan Palumbo

Amount Raised

$7,280

 

73% Raised of $10,000 Goal

Donor Comments

karen melanson

karen melanson

DONATION: $50

1 year ago

John and Maribeth DiPietro

John and Maribeth DiPietro

DONATION: $30

1 year ago

Brian Sullivan

Brian Sullivan

DONATION: $100

1 year ago

Kelly Early

Kelly Early

DONATION: $100

Good luck!!! Cheering you on from the west coast! 1 year ago

B.J. & Jason

B.J. & Jason

DONATION: $50

1 year ago

Georgia & Bruce Johnson

Georgia & Bruce Johnson

DONATION: $100

1 year ago

Nancy Berry

Nancy Berry

DONATION: $25

Ashley Stanley 1 year ago

Lynne Begier

Lynne Begier

DONATION: $25

1 year ago

Louis Risoli

Louis Risoli

DONATION: $50

1 year ago

aimee + jesse

aimee + jesse

DONATION: $25

1 year ago