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Deirdre Gallagher's Fundraiser:

Melanoma Foundation of New England 2014 Boston Marathon

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BENEFITING: IMPACT Melanoma

ORGANIZER: IMPACT Melanoma

EVENT: Boston Marathon 2014

EVENT DATE: Apr 21, 2014

Deirdre Gallagher

THE STORY:

Thank you for visiting my fundraiser page.  I am honored to run the 2014 Boston Marathon with Team Running for Cover.  I first ran Boston in 1989 with my college roommate, Ronie-Richele Garcia-Johnson. We were sophomores in college, former track runners with little marathon training experience.  All we knew was that we had to be part of this legendary race.  We cheered with thousands of runners at the start in Hopkinton, relished the tunnel of sound in Wellesley, and encouraged each other up the hills in Newton before finally reaching that finish line.  The memory of that day brings me both joy and sadness.  Dear Ronie passed away from melanoma in April 2003 at age 34.  She left behind a loving family, including two young daughters, and countless friends and colleagues who treasured her.  

And so, twenty-five years later, I am returning to Boston to run in memory of Ronie and to fight the disease that took her in the prime of her life.  I run to raise awareness that according to current estimates, 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetimes.  I run to spread the word about melanoma, the most common form of cancer for young adults.  I run to share the news that the five-year survival rate when melanoma is detected and treated early is 99%.  I run to encourage others to protect themselves from the sun and undergo regular skin checks to reduce the incidence of melanoma.  

After the tragedy of Marathon Monday last year, I know there is no place that I would rather be on April 21st than running the Boston Marathon.  If Ronie were here, she would be by my side, honoring the race, the runners, the volunteers, and the spectators who make this race such a magical experience.  But Ronie is not here because of melanoma.  And so I will run for her, savoring each step of Boston 2014 and savoring the memories of Boston '89, when I ran with Ronie by my side.  

$3,689

MONEY RAISED
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  • The Oeth Family

    $250

  • The Serenyi Family

    $50

  • Nancy McCarthy

    $20

  • Laura Fayer

    $30

  • Kathi C

    $30

  • The Daves Family

    $50

  • The Spence Family

    $50

  • Ella Bell

    $100

  • Linda Wack

    $25

  • Joanne Pokaski

    $91

  • The Golds

    $100

  • Kalish Family

    $20

  • Beth Kennington

    $20

  • Tammy Horn and Jay Ingram

    $50

  • The KIrchners

    $30

  • Finian, Fiona, Declan

    $1,000

  • Joseph C. McCarthy

    $25

  • Ed & Kathy Flood

    $50

  • Byer Family

    $150

  • Clan Campbell

    $50

  • The Quinn Family

    $50

  • Susie Kinnecome

    $50

  • Evan and the folks

    $150

  • Brian & Paula Gaspardo

     

  • Anne Glass

    $30

  • Mike & Kristin Roberto

    $150

  • the friedman fam ily

    $18

  • Lauri and Chuck Wright

    $50

  • Chip Dixon

    $200

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Dave & Marcia Johnson

    $100

  • Garcia-Johnson Family

    $100

  • The McConvilles

    $100

  • The Garcia Family

    $200

  • Elizabeth McMurray

    $100

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369% Raised of $1,000 Goal

The Team: $444,923 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

tracy Cockerham

Amount Raised

$30,930

 

309% Raised of $10,000 Goal

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Greg Karpinski

Amount Raised

$29,516

 

148% Raised of $20,000 Goal

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Michelle Roy

Amount Raised

$27,406

 

137% Raised of $20,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Patricia Garibaldi

Amount Raised

$21,154

 

163% Raised of $13,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

terry rosen

Amount Raised

$20,787

 

83% Raised of $25,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Julie O'Shaughnessy

Amount Raised

$20,517

 

171% Raised of $12,000 Goal

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Greg Fater

Amount Raised

$18,886

 

189% Raised of $10,000 Goal

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Amy Walls

Amount Raised

$18,004

 

72% Raised of $25,000 Goal

Donor Comments

Elizabeth McMurray

Elizabeth McMurray

DONATION: $100

4 years ago

The Garcia Family

The Garcia Family

DONATION: $200

In memory of our beautiful daughter and loved one. 4 years ago

The McConvilles

The McConvilles

DONATION: $100

You rock, Deirdre! 4 years ago

Garcia-Johnson Family

Garcia-Johnson Family

DONATION: $100

For Ronie 4 years ago

Dave & Marcia Johnson

Dave & Marcia Johnson

DONATION: $100

In memory of our loving daughter-in-law 4 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $100

in memory of Ronie-Rochele Garcia-Johnson 4 years ago

Chip Dixon

Chip Dixon

DONATION: $200

Thanks for doing this Deirdre, Ronnie would truly be honored. 4 years ago

Lauri and Chuck Wright

Lauri and Chuck Wright

DONATION: $50

4 years ago

the friedman fam ily

the friedman fam ily

DONATION: $18

4 years ago

Mike & Kristin Roberto

Mike & Kristin Roberto

DONATION: $150

Good luck, Deirdre! Have a great marathon run! 4 years ago