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Milers for Memory Part 2

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THE STORY:

It’s that time of year again…time to run the Brooklyn Half!!! As many of you know, we ran the Brooklyn Half Marathon for the 1st time last year in honor of our mother, Janet M. O'Shea. With your generosity, love and encouragement, we were able to complete the race and raise over $7,200 for the Alzheimer’s Association (a gift that was matched making our total donation over $14,000). We plan to do it all again this year…only faster! 


This year is particularly special as the race falls one day before our parents’ 50th Wedding Anniversary. Yes, 50 years...this is a truly remarkable event and should be full of pure love and joy but, as with most events in a family affected by Alzheimer’s Disease, their celebration is certain to be filled with mixed emotions. We will have a small celebration with family and friends but it will not be the party our mother would have thrown.  She would have arranged spectacular flowers herself, assured the food was delicious, worn the most elegant gown, given a thoughtful speech, beamed at the site of her children and grandchildren and danced the night away. That night, however, she will likely not know where she is, what we are celebrating, or who her grandchildren are. It will be a challenge to get her to bathe and dress for the occasion. This is life with Alzheimer’s and something our father, as her tireless caregiver, has learned to cope with over the last 12 years as he has watched Janet battle this devastating disease. To watch him deal with the daily struggle of this disease inspires us but also breaks our hearts. To be next to the person you love but not be able to share a conversation with that person or do the things you love to do together is simply painful. 


So, it is for all of the caregivers, families and patients out there that we plan to run our 2nd Brooklyn Half Marathon on May 20th. We know that many of you have friends or family members who have been affected by this heartbreaking disease and we were overwhelmed by your love and support last year.  We have set our goal a little bit higher this year both in money and time (we hope to run it faster than last year with 2h or less as our goal- Jenny is sure to do it). We know you can get us there! It was truly inspiring to see all the people we love step up last year to make our fundraising so successful! Without you we would not have made it- through every mile we were pushed forward by your support!  With your help, again, we hope that we can reach our goal again this year!  


With love and gratitude - Liz and Jenny   


PS Your donation is tax deductible!

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To This Fundraiser

$10,545

MONEY RAISED
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  • Sim, Dom and Leo x

    $50

  • Kathy E.

    $50

  • Laura & Craig Westmoreland

    $200

  • Kevin O'Shea Jr

    $25

  • Amanda Healy

    $100

  • Amy Schoenbaum

     

  • ALMA PETROVIC

    $25

  • Erika Dilday

    $100

  • Natalie, Max & Cary

    $250

  • Conways

     

  • Laura Ward

    $100

  • Kim and Chris Trainor

    $50

  • Jacqueline Bush

    $100

  • Kim and Chris Trainor

    $50

  • Theresa Peterson

    $100

  • Carol Moriarty

    $50

  • With Love from the Connor Family

    $50

  • Janet and Arthur O'Shea

    $500

  • Greg Felch and Karen Lawson

    $100

  • Brian and Missy

    $50

  • DRS. GARY & SANTO FIASCONARO

    $250

  • Chris Speed

    $500

  • Josine Veca

    $100

  • Alexis Clement

    $50

  • Miss Martha

    $50

  • Mindy Stewart Sheehy

    $50

  • Denise Brennan

    $25

  • Art Scully

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Brosnan Family

     

  • Manda Jordan

    $100

  • Diane Parsons

    $25

  • Henry & Veronica

    $100

  • Donna Pynn

    $100

  • Kathleen Rein

    $100

  • Gillian Grossman & James Cahill

     

  • Crystal Muise-Keating

    $25

  • Peggy & Dick Terhune

    $100

  • Neil and Jenny

    $25

  • The Touchette Family

    $100

  • Roseanne Seminara

    $100

  • Dan & Janet Dubner

     

  • Elizabeth Hart

    $250

  • The Bell/Agarwals

    $100

  • Cynthia and Eric Kaplan

    $100

  • Kate & Itz

    $100

  • Monica Sanders

    $100

  • Karen Toubi

    $25

  • Mary & Jeffrey Gealow

     

  • Wickham Family

    $50

  • Rick and Vin

    $100

  • The Turner Family

    $100

  • Monique Wyatt & Andrew Stanley

    $250

  • Scargo Cafe

    $200

  • Tatiana and Constantine Gorelick

    $250

  • Laura Wood

     

  • Brooklyn, Hudson, Whitney, and Sandy

    $100

  • Jenna and Walker Stapleton

    $500

  • Anton Kouzmin

    $50

  • Heidi Baer

    $100

  • Amy Grady

    $100

  • Glenn Focht

    $100

  • The Schultz Family

     

  • Beverly Sullivan

     

  • Pete Peterson

    $250

  • Courtney Timberlake and Deb Duncan

     

  • Eileen Moore

    $100

  • The Ventullo Family

    $100

  • Kelly, Dave and Isla

    $30

  • Best wishes mike

     

  • Best wishes. Mike

     

  • Susan Scully

    $100

  • Cassandra Chappina

    $50

  • The Devlins

    $50

  • Dana & AJ

     

  • GEORGIA AGGANIS

     

  • Sally Jaskowiak

    $250

  • Jess Goldman

    $50

  • Dan, Noelle, Annie, Katharine, Clare & Charlie

    $100

  • Dan O'Shea

    $100

  • Karakash/Samchenko

    $100

  • Scarlett and Ivan

    $50

  • Phoebe Knowles

    $50

  • Christy & Walter

    $250

  • Jennifer Shroff

     

  • Tanya McDermott

    $25

  • Thomas Paone

    $100

  • Catherine Hegarty

    $100

  • Hartaj Powell

    $100

  • Paul Larrousse

    $100

  • Judy Stephenson and Scott Harshbarger

    $100

  • Manisha Gandhi

    $100

  • Elena Davidova

    $50

  • Kelly D'Ambrosio

    $100

  • Ellen Landsberger

    $50

  • Jennifer Gifford Metz

    $100

  • The Paulo Family

    $25

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105% Raised of $10,000 Goal

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The Team: $10,545 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Fundraiser Title

Elizabeth Speed

Amount Raised

$6,490

 

65% Raised of $10,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Jennifer O'Shea

Amount Raised

$4,055

Donor Comments

The Paulo Family

The Paulo Family

DONATION: $25

4 months ago

Jennifer Gifford Metz

Jennifer Gifford Metz

DONATION: $100

5 months ago

Ellen Landsberger

Ellen Landsberger

DONATION: $50

5 months ago

Kelly D'Ambrosio

Kelly D'Ambrosio

DONATION: $100

In memory of my father, Thomas McEnaney 5 months ago

Elena Davidova

Elena Davidova

DONATION: $50

5 months ago

Manisha Gandhi

Manisha Gandhi

DONATION: $100

5 months ago

Judy Stephenson and Scott Harshbarger

Judy Stephenson and Scott Harshbarger

DONATION: $100

In honor of Janet O'Shea and in memory of Pamela White 5 months ago

Paul Larrousse

Paul Larrousse

DONATION: $100

5 months ago

Hartaj Powell

Hartaj Powell

DONATION: $100

5 months ago

Catherine Hegarty

Catherine Hegarty

DONATION: $100

5 months ago