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A Pretty Ace's Fundraiser:

Our Clubhouse Pittsburgh Marathon 2018

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BENEFITING: Our Clubhouse

ORGANIZER: Our Clubhouse

EVENT: 2018 Pittsburgh Marathon

EVENT DATE: May 06, 2018

A Pretty Ace

THE STORY:

I will be running in honor of those who have been touched my cancer.  This campaign is about my family's personal experience with cancer but it is also for all of those friends, coworkers, strangers, bloggers, and so many others who have been affected by cancer.

I INVITE YOU TO WRITE A COMMENT WITH YOUR DONATION INCLUDING A LOVED ONE'S NAME THAT YOU WOULD LIKE ME TO RUN IN HONOR OF OR MEMORY OF; SHE/HE'S NAME WILL BE INCLUDING ON THE BACK OF MY T-SHIRT DURING THE HALF-MARATHON. 

Hospitals and even cancer centers DO NOT provide the full-range of care that cancer survivors and their family and friends need.  Cancer is a disease that demands attention beyond just the medical arena; those touched by it require a support system to interact with other survivors and caregivers; they need a place to cry and not have others feel sorry for you; they need more help than what the current system offers.  That's why I've chosen to donate to Our Clubhouse.  They believe that NOBODYshould face cancer alone, that's why they provide FREE support to anybody touched by cancer, from diagnosis, through treatment, in the transition from life beyond cancer.  And they realize that after a loved-one dies it doesn't end there, so they continue support with bereavement and grief groups.


My (very condensed) story:  


My story starts roughly 3 years ago when I made my Dad eat a concoction of turmeric and yogurt, a cure that I'd Googled to stop his stomachache and inability to eat; he had lost 20 lbs in the last 4-5 months.  I knew my Dad was really sick because it was the first time I'd ever seen him eat turmeric or yogurt, let alone together!  It didn't help and anyways I could tell from the sunlight that my Dad face was tinted a light green.  My Dad had gone to his PCP a few months ago and she had told him that "he should raise the head of his bed" since it appeared he had severe gastric reflex. 


Days later my Dad went to the ER with my mom, he just couldn't take the nausea anymore; I stayed home with our 2 English setters.  I got a call early in the morning, which didn't, in-fact, wake me, I had been up all night.  My Dad had undergone a CT scan, they had found something on his pancreas.  The tumor was blocking the bile duct and causing him to be jaundice and severely ill.  He needed immediate  an immediate endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography, his first of many procedures . 

PANCREAS...WHAT THE HELL DID THAT ORGAN DO AGAIN? 


My Dad was a pancreatic cancer survivor for 2 long years.  Years where he went through the emotional and physical ups and downs that every cancer survivor goes through.  After one year of being denied surgery because of the placement of the tumor, my Dad was finally eligible for surgery at Johns Hopkins.  We were beyond estactic. Getting to a point where they are willing to do surgery was a win, it meant maybe another 2 years or more of life.  


After his 9-hour surgery and a week recovery in Baltimore, my Dad left the hospital with nearly no pancreas, part of his intestine, and part of his stomach removed.  He would beat this.  We had watched the videos on YouTube from all the top national hospitals of the pancreatic cancer survivors and after surgery, you could beat pancreatic cancer.  My Dad said he just wanted to live two more years after surgery; that was his goal.  He was happy with just two more years. 


My Dad passed away in our home May 1st, one year after his surgery.  
I will continue to fight for pancreatic cancer survivors and others diagnosed with cancer because it's what I promised my Dad and so they can continue to live; even if it means they will just live for one more year. 

LOVE YOU DAD.

-Karen


Our Clubhouse wrote -

ABOUT OUR CLUBHOUSE

At Our Clubhouse, we believe that NOBODYshould face cancer alone, that's why we provide FREE support to anybody touched by cancer, from diagnosis, through treatment and in the transition from life beyond cancer. Learn more about Our Clubhouse: www.ourclubhouse.org


"Words can hardly express my gratitude for all that you have done for us, and continue to do for my family through this journey. You have given us invaluable friendship, caring, support and love and I don’t know how we would have managed without all of your help." - Marci, Member 

RUN WITH US

We invite you to run with us and celebrate our 10th anniversary as an official charity for the Pittsburgh Marathon. We provide weekly newsletters, a community of charity runners, and fundraising events to help us all reach our goals! Will you join us to ensure no one has to face cancer alone? 


2018 Pittsburgh Marathon Miniumums

- $500 Marathon

- $350 Half Marathon

- $200 Marathon Relay ($200 per each of 5 team members)

- $200 5K

- $100 Kids Marathon

- $50 Pet Walk


Have questions about fundraising or Our Clubhouse? Contact Caily at cgrube@ourclubhouse.org or Dani at dwilson@ourclubhouse.org. 

$415

MONEY RAISED

5

Hours of Support Sessions Provided
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  • Derek Ensinger

    $25

  • Beth Ann & Tom

     

  • Rob DeRosa

     

  • Greg and Kelly Coticchia

    $50

  • Aniket

    $40

  • Anonymous

     

  • Christine Nunn

    $25

  • Jim

    $50

  • Loretta Woolstrum

    $40

  • Todd Woolstrum

    $25

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83% Raised of $500 Goal

Fundraise for this Campaign

The Team: $9,054 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

IKM Architecture

Amount Raised

$1,104

 

110% Raised of $1,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Chelsea Prior

Amount Raised

$1,100

 

37% Raised of $3,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

IKM Architecture 2

Amount Raised

$1,030

 

103% Raised of $1,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Paul Gilbert

Amount Raised

$585

 

167% Raised of $350 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Amanda Ries

Amount Raised

$500

 

100% Raised of $500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Mara Mrvos

Amount Raised

$415

 

208% Raised of $200 Goal

Fundraiser Title

A Pretty Ace

Amount Raised

$415

 

83% Raised of $500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Caily Grube

Amount Raised

$390

 

111% Raised of $350 Goal

Donor Comments

Todd Woolstrum

Todd Woolstrum

DONATION: $25

5 months ago

Loretta Woolstrum

Loretta Woolstrum

DONATION: $40

In Memory of Duane Woolstrum 5 months ago

Jim

Jim

DONATION: $50

5 months ago

Christine Nunn

Christine Nunn

DONATION: $25

In honor of our Daddy, the most courageous, humble, loving, selfless, faithful Daddy a girl could ever dream of!!! 5 months ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

5 months ago

Aniket

Aniket

DONATION: $40

6 months ago

Greg and Kelly Coticchia

Greg and Kelly Coticchia

DONATION: $50

6 months ago

Rob DeRosa

Rob DeRosa

May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face..... 6 months ago

Beth Ann & Tom

Beth Ann & Tom

In memory of all those we miss in heaven and in honor of all survivors ! 6 months ago

Derek Ensinger

Derek Ensinger

DONATION: $25

Go get em, Karen! :) 6 months ago