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Melanoma Foundation of New England Boston 2015

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tracy Cockerham

THE STORY:

Dear Family, friends and members of The Ginger Movement (aka Friends of Connor):

I don't even know where to start, the beginning of this story seems like so long ago - and just like yesterday at the same time.      So, please excuse if this is a ramble.

My beautiful Ginger kid was diagnosed with melanoma the first time in Feb, 2012.    4 months later, after 2 surgeries and 100s of stitches, he was declared "cancer free".   This was his senior year of high school.

Last year at this time, I was building this same fundraiser page, so excited to have been selected by MFNE to join the 2014 Boston Marathon team.    Less than 1 week after I started my fundraising, Connor, then age 20, was diagnosed again - this time his melanoma had spread to every organ in his body, except his lungs and brain.    It was even in his eyes and his bones.    We immediately started treatment and by mid December his tumors had begun to shrink and some even disappeared.    We were thrilled.

On December 28 Connor had a seizure.    We rushed to the hospital to find that while his meds were effective in his body, they were not effective in crossing the brain barrier and protecting his brain.     He had numerous "too many to count" tumors throughout his brain.    On December 30, we were told that the next step would be whole brain radiation and were preparing to start that on Jan 2, 2014.    

December 31st, New Years Eve, was a good day.   It was the last good day.    We had a room full of friends and Connor, while sometimes disoriented, laughed and joked and was himself.    It was the last good day.     You never know something is the last until it is.

On Jan 1, 2014, Connor woke up and I could tell that something was very very different.   He could not verbalize very well.   He could not articulate names of people though clearly he recognized them.    He said Mom.    We walked around his hospital floor.    We looked at the view of The Golden Gate Bridge.    He cried.    He said Mom.     Then he had a seizure and after 3 hours we were finally able to stablizie him with medications.

I was told at 2pm on Jan 1, 2014 that there was no hope.    There was no more treatment to be done.    His tumors had spread too far.    I had to make a decision that no person, no parent, should ever have to make.     We stopped treatment and began the saddest time of our lives.     He never oped his eyes again.

One person dies from this devastating disease every hour of every day.    My beautiful son, my only child, my Ginger kid, died in the hour between 2am and 3am on January 9, 2014.   

The fact is, melanoma is cancer.    Its CANCER.   And it is quite misunderstood.   I'm running Boston's 2015 marathon In Memory of Connor.   I'm running for this organization because of their dedication to reducing the incidence of melanoma through creating awareness, education and prevention programs.

Please consider supporting this cause.    In loving memory of Connor Mehaffey Cockerham:  July 8, 1993 - January 9, 2014.   

"If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I will answer you:  I am here to live out loud" ~ Emile Zola

With love and gratitude,

Tracy

 

 

 

 

Melanoma Foundation of New England wrote -

The Melanoma Foundation of New England's mission is to reduce the incidents of melanoma in the New England region through education, prevention and support. MFNE hosts a range of educational programs to spread awareness. These programs include Your Skin Is In, a program teaching high school and college students the dangers of tanning, and The Skinny on Skin, which teaches beauty professionals to recognize potential melanomas on the head, neck and scalp of their clients.

Team Running for Cover is running the 2015 Boston Marathon to raise funds to support MFNE's mission. All funds raised will be used to fund and expand these educational programs throughout the New England Area.

$18,570

MONEY RAISED
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  • A Friends of Connor Contribution

    $2,000

  • Lopes Family

    $100

  • Debbie Roy

    $100

  • Jerri and Terri

    $100

  • Chuck Phalen

    $25

  • Stacy

     

  • Anonymous

    $1,250

  • Carol & Earl

    $100

  • Terry Williams

    $500

  • Mike and Helen Norona

    $1,000

  • Anonymous

     

  • Darren and Terry Jackson

    $1,000

  • Saleha & Imran Khan

    $500

  • Steven Anderson

    $100

  • Deb Briese

    $100

  • Aida Fisher

    $500

  • Craig & Sandi

     

  • Jason Farley All In For A Cure Foundation

    $1,000

  • Ron L.

    $100

  • Susan E Woodman

    $25

  • Mark Fries & Curt Larson

    $200

  • Brook Calton MD

     

  • Dave & Andie Scamehorn

    $250

  • Diann Cockerham, Kali Bentley, Brooke Shanks

    $500

  • Terry and Janet Cockerham

    $100

  • Sherri and Larry Coffee

    $100

  • Kevin Piland

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $110

  • Terry & Christine Severns-Williams

    $1,000

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Megan Smith

    $1,000

  • The Ware Ruth's

    $100

  • Tom O'Connell

    $100

  • The Blackwells of Leucadia

    $100

  • Jackie Conway Santiago

    $25

  • Deanna Perry

    $25

  • Lou & Janet Casagrande

    $50

  • Megan Smith

     

  • Ellen and Tyler Baldwin

    $1,000

  • Patti and Tom Keegan

    $5,000

  • Diane Perella #29575

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $20

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74% Raised of $25,000 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

Diane Perella #29575

Diane Perella #29575

DONATION: $50

In memory of your son and my angel Bridget....Ran the last 8.2 miles with you and never would have finished without you.Your story is heartbreaking but your son brought us together to finish..... I believe in guardian angels !! I hope you enjoyed NYC! I will be in Napa April 30... 2 years ago

Patti and Tom Keegan

Patti and Tom Keegan

DONATION: $5,000

In memory of Connor and in recognition of our newest and bravest hero, Tracy. You are an unbelievable inspiration to all of us. 2 years ago

Ellen and Tyler Baldwin

Ellen and Tyler Baldwin

DONATION: $1,000

2 years ago

Megan Smith

Megan Smith

2 years ago

Lou & Janet Casagrande

Lou & Janet Casagrande

DONATION: $50

2 years ago

Deanna Perry

Deanna Perry

DONATION: $25

Tracy, we've only met a few times, but somehow I feel connected to you. Gotta love facebook. I wanted to be at the race Monday so bad, but Mexico will have to do. Will be with you in spirit for sure. I'm almost jealous I'm not running. Have a fabulous run. I know the weather will be great and you'll do amazing! Wish I could do more, but hope this helps. 2 years ago

Jackie Conway Santiago

Jackie Conway Santiago

DONATION: $25

In loving memory of Jason Farley and Connor Cockerham 2 years ago

The Blackwells of Leucadia

The Blackwells of Leucadia

DONATION: $100

2 years ago

Tom O'Connell

Tom O'Connell

DONATION: $100

3 years ago