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BENEFITING: Transverse Myelitis Association

EVENT: 2013 Michigan Walk-Run-N-Roll for TMA

EVENT DATE: Oct 05, 2013

Michelle Smay

THE STORY:

BENEFITING: The Transverse Myelitis Association

On October 5, 2013, beginning at 8:00 a.m., the TMA Walk-Run-N-Roll Awareness Campaign in Michigan will be held on the campus of Harderwyk Ministries near the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan in Holland, Michigan.

I'm  inviting all of you to donate & walk or run to raise awareness and support of Transverse Myelitis and related neurological disorders.  I had never heard of these disorders until I was diagnosed with acute idiopathic TM in July 2011.  Without warning, I was paralyzed from the neck down within seven hours.  While I am fortunate enough to have had significant recovery over the last two years, there are many stricken with these disorders that do not experience a high level of recovery...I am hopeful that continued research will help increase recovery for all.  I believe with awareness & fundraising we have the ability to shape the future with education & research on TM & other demyelinating disorders supported by the Transverse Myelitis Association.

 My team theme "Get a Grip" has a two-fold meaning....remembering how much my recovery has focused on getting my arm & grip strength back...being able to do things I love like gardening, writing, drawing, painting, and more importantly, the things I used to take for granted...picking something up, hugging my wonderful son, feeding myself, opening a door or the fridge, cleaning myself... The second part of the meaning is thanking all of my family, friends, therapists and colleagues and digging into my inner strength to get a grip on dealing with and moving on with life with transverse myelitis.  Not to sound cliche, but this life-altering journey has raised my love of life and truly made me stronger and happier than I already was before...I want to support and be there for those that it has been more devastating for.

Please consider donating & coming out on October 5!  Even if you can't be there with us in person, you can still donate & be a part of Team Get a Grip! No amount is too big or too small!  My goal is to raise a minimum of $2,500 in support of the Transverse Myelitis Association.

Registration opens at 8 am and the walk-run-roll will begin at 9:45 AM.  There are 1 mile and 3k routes.  There will be activities for the kids, music, a DJ, food and lots of hope and encouragement for the individuals and their familes whose daily opponent is Transverse Myelitis.

Thanks SO much for reading this and being williing to become more educated on Transverse Myelitis!  If you would like to read more about TM and related demyelinating disorders please go to http://myelitis.org

One last note...I am dedicating my participation in this important day to my sister Kathryn (Kathe), she was there when I needed her more than a friend or sister could ever ask, and I know she will always be there, as I am for her.

Love, health and happiness to all of you,
Chelle

Any questions at all, please do not hesitate to contact me, Michelle Smay (chellesmay@me.com).

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To This Fundraiser

$5,150

MONEY RAISED
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  • Chelle & Ryan

    $100

  • Nancy Rosenzweig

    $40

  • Christy Perros & Tom Dewhirst

    $50

  • Mary

    $40

  • Carmen, Michael & Caroline Fox

    $30

  • Carmen, Michael & Caroline Fox

    $30

  • Armando Vilches

    $75

  • Nancy Finegood

    $25

  • Janet Kreger

    $100

  • Amy Rigg

     

  • Patti Spence

     

  • Mike & Mona Bergeon

    $250

  • Scott & Becky Wood

     

  • Mike Kirk

    $100

  • Diane & Greg Kutcher

    $50

  • Cindy O'Connor

     

  • Sue Cleyman

    $50

  • Kathy Duquette

    $30

  • Marie & Scott Sargent

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $150

  • Pam & Terry O'Connor

    $25

  • Shine like Christ with every step!

    $100

  • Terri, Eric and Timothy Seltz

    $50

  • Gail Chapman

    $50

  • Denise Sachau

    $25

  • Kathryn & Kapone

    $100

  • Julie Truettner

     

  • Frank and Judie Spadafore

    $25

  • Katy Detrisac

     

  • Jenny & Ava Selby

    $25

  • Pez

    $50

  • Tim Carlson

     

  • Frank & Sharon Mihm

    $150

  • Jerry Schulte

     

  • Mike Contrera

     

  • Sandy & David Detrisac

     

  • Steve Hankes and Jereen Rice

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $55

  • Terry O'Connor

    $25

  • Bryan Lijewski

    $25

  • Kristi Gilbert

    $50

  • Neil & Judy Gilbert

    $50

  • Grandma and Grandpa Smay

    $100

  • Carleen Lunsford

    $50

  • Eric Huang

    $500

  • The Edwards

    $20

  • Courtney MacKeller

    $50

  • Beth Chimera & Bruno Hohn

    $10

  • The Gilmer Family

    $40

  • Illinois Tool Works Foundation

    $300

  • Sucila Fernandes

    $20

  • The Peterson family

     

  • Pam Date

    $10

  • David & Carlin Stockson

    $100

  • Chuck & Martha Marotta

     

  • Faye Bradbury

    $25

  • The Fox Family

    $200

  • Cusack's Masonry Restoration, Inc.

    $100

  • Jacquline Jeffery

    $100

  • Alice & Barry

     

  • Katherine & Grayson Eckland

    $20

  • Amy Eckland

    $20

  • Amy Eckland

    $20

  • Sharon Stachecki

     

  • Me

    $200

  • David Bliss

     

  • Kristi Gilbert

    $25

  • Sarah Lynch

    $100

  • Paul Darling

    $40

  • Kathy and Bill Hanchek

    $20

  • Aunt Mary

    $50

  • Tom DePas

    $20

  • Lisa DeRoossien

    $20

  • Amanda Nichols

    $50

  • Jeff Ceruti

    $50

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206% Raised of $2,500 Goal

Fundraise for this Campaign

The Team: $5,150 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

Michelle Smay

Amount Raised

$3,135

 

125% Raised of $2,500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Ryan Trombley

Amount Raised

$1,485

Fundraiser Title

Kristi Gilbert

Amount Raised

$290

 

58% Raised of $500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Amanda Nichols

Amount Raised

$100

Fundraiser Title

stefanie farquharson

Amount Raised

$90

Fundraiser Title

Terry O'Connor

Amount Raised

$50

Fundraiser Title

Kathryn Smay

Amount Raised

$0

Fundraiser Title

Sharon Mihm

Amount Raised

$0

Donor Comments

Jeff Ceruti

Jeff Ceruti

DONATION: $50

3 years ago

Amanda Nichols

Amanda Nichols

DONATION: $50

3 years ago

Tom DePas

Tom DePas

DONATION: $20

3 years ago

Lisa DeRoossien

Lisa DeRoossien

DONATION: $20

3 years ago

Aunt Mary

Aunt Mary

DONATION: $50

3 years ago

Kathy and Bill Hanchek

Kathy and Bill Hanchek

DONATION: $20

3 years ago

Paul Darling

Paul Darling

DONATION: $40

3 years ago

Sarah Lynch

Sarah Lynch

DONATION: $100

3 years ago

Kristi Gilbert

Kristi Gilbert

DONATION: $25

Terry, you are so awesme for walking! But, as I have learned over the years, this doesn't really surprise me. You have a huge heart and are very, very kind! See you out there! 3 years ago

David Bliss

David Bliss

3 years ago