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CAMP SUNSHINE AT SEBAGO LAKE's Fundraiser:

MIKE BROOKS 70TH CELEBRATION

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BENEFITING: CAMP SUNSHINE AT SEBAGO LAKE

EVENT DATE: Apr 17, 2016

THE STORY:

 

ABOUT MIKE BROOKS 70TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION

The first $7,000 contributed to this campaign will be matched dollar for dollar by Camp Sunshine's friends, and Mike Brooks supporters at the FINISH LINE YOUTH FOUNDATION!

Ledgendary Maine runner and Camp Sunshine supporter Mike Brooks prepares to celebrate his 70th birthday by completing 7 marathons, in 7 states, in 7 days! Funds raised by this amazing feat will support children with life-threatening illnesses and their families attend Camp Sunshine.

Mike will take on the challenge April 17 – 23, 2016 inching him ever closer to completing his 500th marathon. The "Riverboat Challenge" this spring will begin with a marathon in Louisiana, followed by one in Arkansas, Mississippi, Tennessee, Kentucky, Missouri and will finish up in Illinois.

 

Mike Brooks History at Camp Sunshine

First impressions were easy … this guy is certifiably nuts!

Running on the Sun as we referred to the Badwater Ultramarathon was really one of the first opportunities that Mike had to share his story with the world, and people took notice.  An Auburn, Maine firefighter for 33 years, Mikes transition from an overweight, two pack a day smoker, to a marathon man was an alluring story.   Add to it that he was about to run 135 miles through Death Valley in the middle of July and he was the poster child for amazing!

Not only did he complete the ultramarathon but continued another 22 miles to the nearby summit of Mt. Whitney taking him from the lowest to the highest point in the contiguous United States.

Driven was the man who ran in a sauna to ensure success.  

One year after completing Badwater, Mike Brooks was back at it, finishing a 24-hour race in Minneapolis, MN, and raising additional funds for Camp Sunshine.

Next, Mike would challenge himself by competing in the grueling Sri Chinmoy Self-Transcendence Six Day Race. 

After raising over $20,000 in 2004, and another $5,000 in 2005, this should be a “walk in the park” Mike said, Corona Park in New York City, to be exact.  On the morning of April 30th, 2006 Mike would begin the first of what he hoped would be 300 miles over six days.  Quick math – that was six 50-mile days or two marathons a day for 6 straight days.

He discussed strategy briefly in a meeting prior to the run – it was simple.  Mike said, “I will run until I can’t run anymore, then I will sleep, wake-up, and run until I can’t run anymore.  If I can do that for six days we should be in good shape!” 

Six days, 320 miles completed ...  Mike returned in 2009 to complete and finish the Sri Chinmoy 10 Day Race at age 64 where he raised more than $10,000 for Camp Sunshine while completing 491 miles!

 

A Decade in Perspective        

Here we are, so many years later, it’s almost crazy to think how many times we’ve given a tour of our campus, stopped in front of Mike’s framed Badwater jacket and belt buckle and said, “This gentleman here … this is Camp Sunshine’s own Forrest Gump”.  If we’ve said it once, we must have said it a thousand times, and it couldn’t be more true.  

Every time we think Mike is done, like a bearded Tom Hanks reaching a new coastline, he just turns around and starts running again.  

Mike has been a blessing to Camp Sunshine, an inspiration to children, and a beacon of hope to families.  Thanks for all the memories, and for being in it for the long run!

 

 

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To This Fundraiser

$17,731

MONEY RAISED
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  • Bettie Wailes

    $50

  • Bob Wehr

    $100

  • The Raybuck Family

    $50

  • Bob Dunfey

    $25

  • Amy Piper

     

  • Rebecca and Paul Tracy

    $50

  • Dick Brown

    $25

  • Jim & Laura Tyrrell

    $70

  • Walt and Kendel

    $50

  • Ron and Della

    $50

  • Lee Dickey

    $500

  • FINISH LINE YOUTH FOUNDATION 2nd $1000 MATCH

    $1,000

  • The Sedgwick Family

    $75

  • Livermore Fire Department

    $50

  • Larry Sargent

    $25

  • Bethel Fire Department

    $100

  • Tim H at Connectivity Point

    $50

  • Mainly Marathons

    $100

  • Colleen Mulholland

    $20

  • Wesley and Glenys Ryder

    $20

  • Larry Macon

    $250

  • FINISH LINE YOUTH FOUNDATION 3rd $1,000 MATCH

    $1,000

  • Anonymous

     

  • Jim and Sandy Toulouse

    $100

  • The Dufresne's

    $200

  • Anonymous

    $200

  • Lisa Despres

    $50

  • Philip & Rae Pierce

    $50

  • Winthrop Fire Department, Payson Tucker Hose Co. No. 1

    $100

  • Durham Volunteer Fire Department

    $250

  • Finish Line Youth Foundation 4th $1,000 Match

    $1,000

  • Monmouth Fire Department

    $100

  • Freedom Volunteer Fire Department

    $70

  • Heidi Brooks

    $70

  • Ron Peck

    $50

  • Janice Drinan

    $35

  • The Chapman's

    $25

  • Maggie & Jojo Donovan

    $100

  • Barbara Brooks

    $50

  • Mark Jose

    $50

  • Eileen and Jim

    $25

  • Ruth Hefflefinger

    $25

  • Michael Levey

    $25

  • Mel Fineberg

    $50

  • Michael Zielinski

    $50

  • The Chase Family

    $20

  • Paul Caiani

    $100

  • The Wert's Family

    $100

  • FINISH LINE YOUTH FOUNDATION 5TH $1,000 MATCH

    $1,000

  • The Palmer Family

    $25

  • Tredegar Corporation

    $100

  • Randy Paquette

    $100

  • Cathy and Chuck Burnie

    $25

  • Your Spring Road Buddies! W & T We love you Mike...you're an inspira

    $100

  • MidCoast Triathlon Club - Race The Runways - Run Mikey Run!

    $25

  • Wanda Sprague

    $25

  • The McFarland Family

    $50

  • The Tortorice Family

    $20

  • Mechanic Falls Veterinary Hospital

    $100

  • Anon

    $25

  • The DeWitt Family

    $50

  • The Allen Family

    $25

  • Bob and Marge Aube

    $50

  • Robert Sevigny

    $25

  • Anony the Mouse

    $36

  • Gary Pappalardo

    $100

  • antoinette casselbery

    $30

  • Lois Berkowitz

    $25

  • Eugene DeFronzo

    $100

  • Patience Buckley

    $10

  • The Moroney Family

    $100

  • Frank Bartocci

    $20

  • Cincotta-Eichenfield Family

    $100

  • Layne

    $262

  • Mid Winter Classic 10 Miler

    $200

  • Chandra Leister

     

  • Anonymous

     

  • Mark & Sue Parrottee

    $100

  • Presque Isle Volunteer Fire Department

    $100

  • Daniel & Sharon Skolfield

    $40

  • Finish Line Youth Foundation 6th Match

    $1,000

  • The Doherty Family

    $25

  • Gorham Savings Bank Maine Marathon

    $1,000

  • Finish line Youth Foundation Final Match

    $1,000

  • Series Participant & Friends Contributions / Garter Belt

    $615

  • Joe Camp, Sr.

    $50

  • Roland & Janice Bilodeau

    $50

  • Hammond Tractor Company

    $100

  • Walter Brooks

    $25

  • The Troisi Family

    $70

  • Eugene Bruckert

    $100

  • Procter & Gamble

    $500

  • Marie and Ralph

    $50

  • Payroll Management

    $310

  • Kerri Provencher

     

  • Matthew Hamidullah

    $50

  • T & M Commercial Funding

    $300

  • Maggie & Jojo Donovan

    $213

  • Cliff and Cynthia Lange

    $200

  • Lenore Larsen-Dwyer, Justina Starobin

    $30

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101% Raised of $17,500 Goal

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The Team: $17,731 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Donor Comments

Lenore Larsen-Dwyer, Justina Starobin

Lenore Larsen-Dwyer, Justina Starobin

DONATION: $30

Thanks for the memories Mainly Marathons 2016 4 months ago

Cliff and Cynthia Lange

Cliff and Cynthia Lange

DONATION: $200

11 months ago

Maggie & Jojo Donovan

Maggie & Jojo Donovan

DONATION: $213

11 months ago

T & M Commercial Funding

T & M Commercial Funding

DONATION: $300

11 months ago

Matthew Hamidullah

Matthew Hamidullah

DONATION: $50

11 months ago

Kerri Provencher

Kerri Provencher

You are an inspiration 12 months ago

Payroll Management

Payroll Management

DONATION: $310

12 months ago

Marie and Ralph

Marie and Ralph

DONATION: $50

12 months ago

Procter & Gamble

Procter & Gamble

DONATION: $500

12 months ago

Eugene Bruckert

Eugene Bruckert

DONATION: $100

12 months ago