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Craig Mermel's Fundraiser:

MGH Emergency Response Fund Team

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Craig Mermel

THE STORY:

The events that took place in Boston on last April 15th are too horrific for words.  It is not possible for me to try and do justice to the pain and suffering caused to so many innocent victims by two clearly unwell individuals.  For the victims and their families, the scars from that day will never go away -- nothing we collectively say or do can ever give back what was taken from them that day. 

However, in the wake of that afternoon's destruction, something profoundly hopeful happened.  You could see it in the way that dozens of responders ran TOWARDS the blast sites to aid the injured. Or the way that our local hospitals transformed in mere minutes into coordinated emergency response centers, with hundreds of workers -- from trauma surgeons and emergency room nurses to blood bank staff and pathology assistants -- working together on prolonged shifts to make certain that no one who made it to a hospital alive that day lost their lives.  Or the way that Bostonians -- famously proud of their independence -- got behind local law enforcement as they worked diligently and at great personal risk to bring the perpetrators to justice.

It is a sad truth that in these connected times, the power of the sick few to cause harm is nearly as great as the power of thousands to heal.  But the lesson of last April 15th is that the thousands will never be deterred -- our numbers, and our intrinsic capacity to hope and help and heal, will rise to meet any challenge thrown our way.

This year, I am honored to be representing the MGH Emergency Response Fund Team as we join the 36,000 runners who will race in the 118th Boston Marathon on April 21st.  These entries were given as recognition of the work that MGH did in the wake of last year's tragic events.  Having conducted the vast majority of my medical training at MGH, I am so proud of the work that my colleagues and mentors performed last April, and continue to do each and every day in the service of those who are sick, injured, or otherwise less fortunate than ourselves.  

The money we raise will support the MGH Emergency Response Fund, which "provides social services for victims and families of disasters, as well as emergency care, disaster relief and disaster preparedness training".  As the events of last year prove, this is an incredibly worthy and important cause, one that touches everyone regardless of age, race, gender, or religion.  

For this event, my fundraising minimum is $5,000.  This is a large amount to raise, but I will reach it the same way one finishes a marathon -- one step/dollar at a time.  A donation in any amount is greatly appreciated!

Thank you very much for your support and encouragement -- I know this will be an event that I/we will never forget!

All best wishes for a safe and happy new year!

Craig

$5,100

MONEY RAISED
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  • Jessica Alfoldi

    $20

  • Sue Ann Mandel

    $25

  • Dick Loescher

    $100

  • Dennis Yanta

    $50

  • Gary and Ginny Mermel

    $25

  • Bob Friedman

    $25

  • Jeni and Chad Lieberman

    $100

  • Mark and Teri Epstein

    $100

  • Elyse and Chuck Feldman

    $25

  • The Finkels

    $100

  • Julia Nagel

    $25

  • Judy and Michael Mason

    $126

  • Eve & Scott Mermel

    $25

  • Kaye and Merrill Paletz

    $18

  • Susan Cohn

    $100

  • Kathy Tako

    $50

  • Ed and Shirlee Nickow

    $18

  • Mayson & Kendall Welles

    $100

  • Ross Wolfson

    $25

  • Hao Zhang

    $20

  • Nancy Stark

    $100

  • Gerald Brin

    $75

  • Jeff & Marla Bronstein

    $20

  • Michelle Nyein

    $100

  • Auntie Rachie Mermel

    $108

  • Linda & Randy Poznansky

    $50

  • Adam Motenko

    $20

  • Donna Mermel

    $100

  • Amy & Brian Eisner

    $100

  • Karen & Philip Nagel

    $250

  • David & Betsy Griffin

    $50

  • Tom Cole

    $20

  • Joey and Amy Regen

    $54

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Josh, Samantha, and Coby

    $50

  • Alex and Aly

    $100

  • Susan Bronstein North

    $10

  • Irwin Shapiro

    $100

  • Jeff Engelman

    $100

  • Zach and Camie Morris

    $100

  • Tom Koenigsberger

    $100

  • Carole Silver and John O'Hare

    $100

  • Jeremy, Jen, Joey, and Evan Shapiro

    $50

  • Robbe and Ira Moltz

    $50

  • Mitch and Beth

    $25

  • Joel Gluskin

    $131

  • The List's

    $52

  • David and Jeaneen Mermel

    $25

  • Ronna Leibach

    $50

  • Adam R. Sorkin

    $50

  • Chuck & Nancy Jennings

    $63

  • Barb Schaeffer

    $18

  • Kathy Tako

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $18

  • Barbara and Bob Krentzman

    $18

  • Gary Rush

    $50

  • David Jacobson

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Carol and Jay Simon

    $50

  • Ben and JOsh

    $150

  • John and Roberta Siegel

    $25

  • David Louis and Pamela Oswald Louis

    $36

  • Adam Bass

    $75

  • Steve, Elyse, Kaela, and Orli

    $108

  • Tunnel Vision Technology

    $100

  • Emily, Nick & Clara Lehman

    $30

  • Anonymous

    $36

  • Vikram and Casey

    $25

  • The Ecanow Family

    $54

  • Rachel's Awesome Students

    $120

  • Anonymous

    $10

  • Shelli & Barry

    $25

  • Nancy Barton

    $25

  • Allison

    $10

  • Marlee Zweigbaum

    $50

  • Roel Verhaak

    $20

  • Felice and John Owings

    $50

  • Mark Sherbin & Sara Keller

    $25

  • Maria & Michael Fox and family

    $50

  • Ray & Gruna Welles

    $25

  • The Carlstroms

    $92

  • Jonah, Renee, Paula and Aaron

    $50

  • Aimee Chaisson

    $50

  • Jeff and Laura Garb

    $35

  • Sandra Pascente

    $25

  • Stephanie Berkowitz

     

  • Mike Young

    $22

  • Gaddy Getz

    $100

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102% Raised of $5,000 Goal

The Team: $319,511 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

Jeff Helm

Amount Raised

$22,700

 

227% Raised of $10,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Marc Yelle

Amount Raised

$15,532

Fundraiser Title

Kelly Sarno

Amount Raised

$15,052

 

301% Raised of $5,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Michelle and Jenny Pirro

Amount Raised

$13,768

 

138% Raised of $10,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Jessica Jackson

Amount Raised

$12,637

 

158% Raised of $8,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Kevin Sweeney

Amount Raised

$11,900

 

159% Raised of $7,500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

JOANNE POMODORO

Amount Raised

$11,541

Fundraiser Title

Dee Dee Chen

Amount Raised

$11,325

 

151% Raised of $7,500 Goal

Donor Comments

Gaddy Getz

Gaddy Getz

DONATION: $100

Very proud of you! In memory of your dad! 5 years ago

Mike Young

Mike Young

DONATION: $22

5 years ago

Stephanie Berkowitz

Stephanie Berkowitz

5 years ago

Sandra Pascente

Sandra Pascente

DONATION: $25

5 years ago

Jeff and Laura Garb

Jeff and Laura Garb

DONATION: $35

5 years ago

Aimee Chaisson

Aimee Chaisson

DONATION: $50

5 years ago

Jonah, Renee, Paula and Aaron

Jonah, Renee, Paula and Aaron

DONATION: $50

5 years ago

The Carlstroms

The Carlstroms

DONATION: $92

5 years ago

Ray & Gruna Welles

Ray & Gruna Welles

DONATION: $25

In. Memory of Paul Mermel 5 years ago

Maria & Michael Fox and family

Maria & Michael Fox and family

DONATION: $50

5 years ago