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Jack O'Donnell's Fundraiser:

Melanoma Foundation of New England Boston 2015

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Jack O'Donnell

THE STORY:

Team Running for Cover will participate in the 2015 Boston Marathon in order to raise funds to support the Melanoma Foundation of New England. The team has graciously offered me an opportunity to join and I have enthusiastically accepted the challenge.  This will be my first Boston Marathon.  I will be running in memory of Dr. Steven Eisen, a good friend and mentor, who died from a malignant melanoma less than two years ago and in memory of Bob Reitzel, my dear friend and college roommate, who passed on February 20th, 2015, from the same disease. I will also be running to generate donations for the MFNE in order to help all of those patients with malignant melanomas as well as their families.  It is the foundation’s hope that by improving awareness through education while simultaneously accruing funds, it will be better positioned to continue a proactive approach towards prevention, early detection, patient and family support and much-needed clinical and laboratory research.  For those of us who may not be familiar with malignant melanoma, I have listed a few startling facts below.  Some have already been mentioned by other runners on this web site but because of their importance, certainly deserve to be reinforced.

Malignant Melanoma is now the fastest growing cancer in the U.S.

Melanoma is the most common form of cancer in men and women between 20-29 years of age and is the 2nd most common cancer in teens and young adults between ages 15 and 29.

An estimated 80,000 people will be diagnosed with and 9000 people will die as a result of malignant melanoma each year in the US (Almost one person every hour).

About 85 percent of melanomas can be attributed to exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation either from the sun or from tanning beds.

While melanomas are most commonly found on the trunk in men, they are often found on the lower extremities in women.

Melanomas can also develop in areas not directly exposed to the sun such as the inside of the mouth, the retina of the eye and underneath fingernails and toenails.

Regular daily use of an SPF 15 or higher sunscreen reduces the risk of melanoma by 50 percent.

Skin self-examination done monthly after a shower can help to identify a newly-developed skin lesion leading to early diagnosis and treatment and affording the best prognosis.

 

I am asking that all of my family, friends, coworkers, students and anyone affected by this disease, help me to reach my goal of $20,000 by contributing to the Melanoma Foundation of New England.  You can visit their website for more information.  This foundation has already done so much for so many patients and with your support, it can continue to carry on its work.  I thank all of you and I’ll see you at the finish line.

Jack O'Donnell

 

$21,828

MONEY RAISED
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  • Bill and Kaye Wishard

    $100

  • Terry & Marie Hegglin

    $100

  • Lois Copeland

    $50

  • Don and Barbara Geistwhite

    $100

  • Debra Notaro

    $100

  • Patrick & Nancy Donahue

    $200

  • Nancy Sholly

    $30

  • Gwenn Cujdik

     

  • Geoff, Debi and Benett Keith

    $100

  • Claire Hodsdon

    $75

  • Central Dauphin HS Class of '62

    $100

  • Kortny Bushman

    $50

  • Patty Alfano

    $100

  • Nancy Stine

    $100

  • Bob and Gail Black

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Pam Gallella

    $50

  • The Flannery Family

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $500

  • Kathy Toner

    $100

  • Ariel Fredrick

    $100

  • Beverly "Smoked" Salmon

    $25

  • Judy Lacourse

    $100

  • Katarzyna Ciesielski

    $100

  • Megan Sears

    $50

  • Susan Schaefer

    $100

  • Joanne Pacheco

    $25

  • Sheila Desmond

    $100

  • Robin Holmes

    $100

  • Meghan Gagne

    $50

  • Jackie Finckenor

    $50

  • The Hon Charles J Pilliod, Jr and Nancy Pilliod

    $1,000

  • Lilian Chen

    $100

  • The Reitzels

    $500

  • Lindsley and Bill Harner

    $50

  • Emily & Andrew Eisen

    $500

  • The Cromptons

    $200

  • Heather Ford

    $200

  • Sandi Mackey

    $100

  • Peter & Betsy Dempsey

    $50

  • Janice and Lee Lewis

    $25

  • Eleanor Lawler

    $50

  • Samantha Ondzes

    $25

  • andrea

    $100

  • Gregg and Jennifer Looney

    $100

  • Maureen and Stephen Rourke

    $100

  • Marsha Ferracane

    $100

  • Todd and Noel Nyquist

     

  • Carol Lipovich

    $25

  • Fred and Kerri Lawrence

    $200

  • Emily Frommeyer

    $75

  • Tom and Dora Braun

    $100

  • Cindy

    $30

  • Carl Ingrao

    $300

  • Jess Mandeville & Jeremy Loyd

    $200

  • Marion Donovan

    $50

  • anonymous

    $50

  • American Power Source--Columbus, MS

    $100

  • Laurie Hanel

    $100

  • Joanne Hayes

    $50

  • Anne Sirois

    $50

  • JoAnne and Bill

    $50

  • A jealous former marathoner

    $100

  • Sheri DeFrain

    $45

  • Amanda Flanigan

    $50

  • Gerry and Diane Roy

    $250

  • Stephanie Frey

    $50

  • Tim and Tracy Galvin

    $300

  • Jason Bourne

    $50

  • Derek

    $25

  • Susan Patnaude

    $200

  • Deer Creek Fabrics

    $100

  • Alison Kent

     

  • Paula Aufiero

    $150

  • Cornelius and Audrey O'Connor, Jr.

    $500

  • Laurence A. Doyle

    $300

  • Ed Jewell

    $150

  • Karen Guigno

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $300

  • john and mary jo libertino

    $100

  • marie dahleh

    $100

  • Ed Ferreiro

    $300

  • Betty Garcia

    $300

  • ellen crompton

    $100

  • Janice Myers

    $50

  • Linda, Dean & Lauren Schaffer

    $360

  • Margi & Dick Bushey

    $300

  • The Teague Family

    $500

  • Lynn Breymer

    $100

  • Samantha MacLeod

    $100

  • The Deisley Family

    $100

  • Lorraine Gledhill

    $50

  • John & Elizabeth Kelley

    $100

  • The Chens

    $15

  • Jung S Huang

    $15

  • Jeffrey Kane and Debbie Dreier

     

  • Linda Goossens

    $50

  • Janice Bariski

    $30

  • Alicia and Gerhard Schulz

     

  • Anonymous

    $20

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109% Raised of $20,000 Goal

The Team: $390,360 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

Tyler Baldwin

Amount Raised

$43,041

Fundraiser Title

Robin Travers

Amount Raised

$23,720

 

91% Raised of $26,200 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Jack O'Donnell

Amount Raised

$21,828

 

109% Raised of $20,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Eric Harthun

Amount Raised

$20,245

 

135% Raised of $15,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

tracy Cockerham

Amount Raised

$18,570

 

74% Raised of $25,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Paul Gourley

Amount Raised

$17,307

 

104% Raised of $16,617 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Brigitte Spillane

Amount Raised

$16,171

 

124% Raised of $13,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Marc Badia

Amount Raised

$15,545

 

155% Raised of $10,000 Goal

Donor Comments

Anonymous

Anonymous

DONATION: $20

2 years ago

Alicia and Gerhard Schulz

Alicia and Gerhard Schulz

Go Jack!! Good luck in the fight to cure this dreadful cancer. 2 years ago

Janice Bariski

Janice Bariski

DONATION: $30

In memory of Robert Reitzel 2 years ago

Linda Goossens

Linda Goossens

DONATION: $50

2 years ago

Jeffrey Kane and Debbie Dreier

Jeffrey Kane and Debbie Dreier

2 years ago

Jung S Huang

Jung S Huang

DONATION: $15

2 years ago

The Chens

The Chens

DONATION: $15

2 years ago

John & Elizabeth Kelley

John & Elizabeth Kelley

DONATION: $100

I memory of Mr. and Mrs. John J. Kelley. 2 years ago

Lorraine Gledhill

Lorraine Gledhill

DONATION: $50

Good luck Dr. O'! We'll all be cheering for you and all the runners on Marathon Monday! 2 years ago

The Deisley Family

The Deisley Family

DONATION: $100

In Memory of Uncle Bob Reitzel 2 years ago