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November 11, 2012

We did it!!! Lara PR 1:42:03, 2:22:22 for Mike, he beat his goal time of 2:30!!! Now to enjoy the parks!!  See more

BENEFITING: Research Down Syndrome

EVENT DATE: Feb 24, 2013

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THE STORY:

Last year Mike and I raised over $13,000 for Down syndrome research thru generous donations from friends and family!  We are ready to race again!!  In just over 30 days, Mike and I will take to the magic streets of Florida to run the Princess Half Marathon!  Join Mike and I as we BOTH try to again have personal bests!  In November Lara had a PR of 1:42 and Mike had an impressive first race at 2:22:22!  This year we plan to run the Coast to Coast, so another half is in our furture end of August in California - God-willing!  

Most importantly, we will be running to raise money for Research Down Syndrome (RDS), a non-profit foundation that supports Down syndrome cognitive research, an area that in the last 5 years has experienced great advances towards developing biomedical therapies to treat the cognitive impairment of people of all ages with Down syndrome. The potential of these treatments to address Down syndrome cognitive dysfunction is tremendous - improving memory, learning and communication – and expanding and enhancing life opportunities for these individuals. Until recently, the medical and research community considered the cognitive impairment associated with Down syndrome to be too complex to understand, offering no hope for the development of treatments. Now scientists have identified unique biological mechanisms associated with cognitive dysfunction in Down syndrome, suggesting the promise of targeted biomedical therapies that could lead to improvement in the intellectual difficulties experienced by those with Down syndrome.

In recent decades, improved health care, expanded educational and community opportunities, and the support of families and advocacy groups has improved the quality of life for individuals with Down syndrome. As a result, the life expectancy of those with Down syndrome has more than doubled -- underscoring the importance of development of treatments that will assist this population to achieve and maintain independent living. We believe that individuals with Down syndrome should have access to effective drug therapies in a manner consistent with many medical conditions.

Did you know that Parker had open heart surgery at 14 months? Do you know that he takes a daily regimen of supplements and medicines to improve his cognitive function and keep his genetically complicated DNA in balance? Did you know that more than 50% of individuals living with Down syndrome will have early onset Alzheimer's before they reach 40 years of age, most have symptoms by their mid 20's? We aren't going to let this be Parker's future, we believe God has a bigger plan!

Despite these facts, Parker is thriving AND because of organizations like RDS that support evidenced based scientific research there is hope!  Down syndrome is the most underfunded medically researched condition and we need to change those numbers.  By your support you can help make a difference and give Parker the chance at a full life, a life of love, independence and the ability to achieve his dreams!  What more could a parent want?  

We know there are many worthy causes, we are humbled by any amount you can consider to help our cause. We know many of you have been faithful supporters in the last three years and know that every dollar is such a blessing!  

We are proud to be a part of the RDS Runners group, where we Race for the Extraordinary!!!

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To This Fundraiser

$10,620

MONEY RAISED
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  • Aubrey

    $15

  • The Howards

    $40

  • The Davis Family

    $50

  • The Perry Family

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $500

  • Christine DeSilva

    $250

  • The Farris Family

    $30

  • General Editorial

    $100

  • Debbie

    $100

  • The Martin Family

    $25

  • The Young Family

    $20

  • ETEL Electrical

    $1,000

  • The Techmanski Family

    $500

  • The Kinney's

    $500

  • Team Brittany!

    $25

  • Jeff & Dianna Roberts

    $50

  • Riederer Family

    $20

  • The Villarreal Family

    $50

  • Christy Sanchez

    $100

  • The Thurston Family

    $100

  • The Kaemmerlings

    $25

  • The Connell Family

    $250

  • Sue and Bob Schoen

    $100

  • paul watson

    $100

  • Wallis Family Foundation Inc

    $500

  • Lauren & Will Page

    $250

  • Richard & Mary Alice Dunlap

    $500

  • The Noe Family

    $100

  • Sydney Pequignot family

    $25

  • Ethan Saldana

     

  • The Moehlman Family

     

  • Sears Family

    $200

  • Anonymous

    $3,000

  • Roz Davis

    $25

  • Stephen Dowdall

    $10

  • Longhorn Health Solutions

    $50

  • Amanda Hopkins and Rick Jacobs

    $50

  • Kelly Litwinenko

    $50

  • Aubrey -- David Taylor Designs

    $25

  • Team Falanga

    $50

  • Christy Sanchez

    $100

  • The Roberts family

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $500

  • Cayman Minter

    $50

  • Eric & Kim Samuelson

    $100

  • The Bunner Family

    $50

  • Larry & Peggy Dunlap

    $25

  • The Meeks Family

    $25

  • Aunt Dorothy

    $100

  • Mary Alice & Richard Dunlap

    $500

  • Lori Lowery - Monkeys and Cupcakes

    $25

  • The Thurstons

    $100

  • Anita and Peter Thrasher

    $100

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354% Raised of $3,000 Goal

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The Team: $10,620 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Donor Comments

Anita and Peter Thrasher

Anita and Peter Thrasher

DONATION: $100

4 years ago

The Thurstons

The Thurstons

DONATION: $100

4 years ago

Lori Lowery - Monkeys and Cupcakes

Lori Lowery - Monkeys and Cupcakes

DONATION: $25

4 years ago

Mary Alice & Richard Dunlap

Mary Alice & Richard Dunlap

DONATION: $500

4 years ago

Aunt Dorothy

Aunt Dorothy

DONATION: $100

4 years ago

The Meeks Family

The Meeks Family

DONATION: $25

4 years ago

Larry & Peggy Dunlap

Larry & Peggy Dunlap

DONATION: $25

4 years ago

The Bunner Family

The Bunner Family

DONATION: $50

Have a great run and a great trip! Is Mike running in a Buzz Lightyear costume? 4 years ago

Eric & Kim Samuelson

Eric & Kim Samuelson

DONATION: $100

4 years ago

Cayman Minter

Cayman Minter

DONATION: $50

Hi Lara, We are donating in Cayman's name, to remind ourselves that money raised for research DOES make a difference in our kid's lives. Good luck with the run, and with your fundraising. We are praying for you! The Minters. 4 years ago