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Team Mike's Fundraiser:

Project Purple Chicago 2016

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Have you seen it?!
June 29, 2016

Project Purple highlighted Mike's fight, and my donation page!  Click here to see the blog post - http://www.run4projectpurple.org/kathleen-balducci-runs-chicago-marathon.  See more
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THE STORY:

UPDATE:  Kelly and I ran 20 miles this past weekend.  It wasn't easy, but we did it.  Heather and Mary Helen came to support us on our run, and JJ cheered for us at several mile markers!  We had Mike with us, each step of the way. 

We are so grateful for all the love and support everyone has shown our family.  And while we miss Mike terribly, he's showing us signs that he's still with us.

The countdown is officially on until race day!

 

MY STORY: It’s easy to get wrapped up in life, and I was doing just that when one text came that changed everything: “I’m with Mike in the ER. Don’t know anything yet. Will call you later.”

That was from my sister Heather, as she waited for multiple tests results to come back, trying to figure out what was wrong with my brother-in-law Mike. Little did we expect it to be cancer, let alone pancreatic cancer.

Mike was diagnosed 2 weeks before Christmas, diagnosed with Stage IV pancreatic cancer that has metastasized to the liver. It was a devastating blow to me – I can’t even imagine how Mike and Heather felt. Yet watching them, I am awed and inspired by their strength, love and determination.

After Mike’s diagnosis, our family has tried to learn as much as we can about pancreatic cancer. There's a lot of information out there, but here’s one fact: Pancreatic cancer is the 4th largest killer of all cancer killers and the least funded of the top 10 cancers.

And that is why I have decided to run the Chicago Marathon with Project Purple. Project Purple is 501(c)(3) not for profit organization with a mission of raising awareness and funds towards a cure for pancreatic cancer.

My sister, Heather, immediately launched into finding out as much about this disease as possible.  Her research showed that pancreatic cancer has terrible statistics, and research funding is limited.  Every dollar we raise will go towards scholarships for children of pancreatic cancer patients, financial aid support to patients, and, most importantly, research for early detection and a cure.

This is a deeply personal commitment and challenge for me. Mike is a big brother I never had – always willing to talk college hoops, tell me like it is, and share a good joke. Mike and Heather are amazing parents to my beautiful niece, Mary Helen. They love and support each other in every way possible, and then some more.

With each step I take, each mile I log, nothing will even come close to comparing to Mike’s challenge. If I can summon one second of the courage and strength he has shown through his hours, days, weeks and months of treatment to get me to the finish line, I will cross it in record time.

 

PICTURES:

1. That's me and my sisters, running in a 5K for pancreatic research.

2. That's my BIL Mike, my sister Heather, and my lovely niece Mary Helen.

3. That's me and my sisters, crossing the finish line at our last 5K.

4. Here I am with my sisters again, this time with our little girls - all just 3 months apart.  My sisters are my best friends, my favorite moms, and my running buddies.  My sister Kelly (on the left) is running the marathon with me!

PROJECT PURPLE wrote -

Why Project Purple? Pancreatic cancer is the 4th leading cause of cancer related deaths and is projected to be the 2nd by 2020. In spite of these deadly statistics, however, it is the least funded of the top 10 cancer killers. We need to do more - we have lost one too many loved ones to this evil cancer! 

 

Pancreatic cancer doesn't rest, so neither will we! Run with Project Purple, and help us raise awareness and funds towards a cure, early detection methods, and patient financial aid.

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To This Fundraiser

$5,426

MONEY RAISED
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  • J. Bora

    $25

  • Meghan Parker

    $25

  • Lorenzo fam

    $100

  • Lisa Hebson

    $50

  • Dave and Erin Wills

    $50

  • Katie and Mathew Ingram and Family

    $50

  • Colleen Wills

    $50

  • Shelly Balducci

    $100

  • Jim, Heather, Mitchell, Fletcher and Paisley Miller

    $100

  • Patricia Rowe

    $100

  • Michael Coduto

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $10

  • Nancy Cox

    $100

  • Aunt Teri and uncle Jim

    $25

  • Aunt Peggy

    $100

  • The Wills Family (Kevin, Carrie, Liam & Owen)

    $25

  • The MacLeod family

    $50

  • Laura and Steve

     

  • Kalli Scheffen

    $50

  • Michael MacFarlane

     

  • Peggy Doherty

    $25

  • Jen Kec

     

  • John Moran

    $25

  • Anonymous

     

  • Carrie G

     

  • Amy and Joe Meisel

     

  • Mary Kay and Don Robertson

     

  • Anonymous

     

  • Jen and Rob

    $50

  • Natale Fuller

    $25

  • Mon & Dad

     

  • Peg

    $100

  • The Batals

     

  • Janis Baier

    $50

  • Katie Schroeder

     

  • Wally Grodecki

    $100

  • Erica & Dan McNamara

    $50

  • Jamie & Meghann

    $65

  • Kevin McKittrick

    $50

  • Bridget

     

  • Coffey Family

     

  • Grant U.

    $50

  • Marcie Weiss

     

  • Christy Wirig

    $50

  • Julie Bratley

     

  • diane wayne

    $50

  • The Keech Family

    $50

  • Marsha McClellan

    $100

  • Wally Grodecki

    $100

  • Gayle O'Carroll

     

  • Craig and Emily Stankiewicz

    $35

  • Christine

     

  • Timon

    $36

  • M Vesper

     

  • Robbie and Nicole

    $100

  • Bob and Pat Grapes

    $50

  • Amanda Thomas

    $50

  • Ann Ross

    $100

  • Aunt Peggy Dunne

    $250

  • Heather Campbell

    $100

  • Jamie Kelly & Julie Larson

    $50

  • Adele

    $50

  • Chrissy and Lou Vasta

    $50

  • Susan Doyle

    $100

  • Maureen Gannon

    $50

  • Heather Horner

    $250

  • Peggy Balducci

    $100

  • Karen Gannon

    $50

  • Gail Rosenblum

    $10

  • Jackson Campbell

    $50

  • Erika Labutka

     

  • Anonymous

     

  • Dana Rizzuti

    $50

  • Connie & Jim Casey

    $50

  • Annette Czech

    $25

  • The Roegner Family

    $150

  • The Szostak Family

    $50

  • The Ristau Family

    $100

  • Tony Amatuzio

    $25

  • Kelsey Irish

    $50

  • Quinn & Beau

    $100

  • Meredith Vogel

     

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452% Raised of $1,200 Goal

Fundraise for this Campaign

The Team: $136,504 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Fundraiser Title

Megan Kostolansky

Amount Raised

$19,350

Fundraiser Title

Miles for Mulchrone

Amount Raised

$16,250

 

108% Raised of $15,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Miles for Doc Cover

Amount Raised

$6,720

 

187% Raised of $3,600 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Team Mike

Amount Raised

$5,426

 

452% Raised of $1,200 Goal

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Annie Fairman

Amount Raised

$5,350

 

107% Raised of $5,000 Goal

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Katie Neustadter DeSalle

Amount Raised

$5,324

 

67% Raised of $8,000 Goal

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Amir and Ami Chima

Amount Raised

$5,168

 

103% Raised of $5,000 Goal

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Laurie Roth

Amount Raised

$4,517

 

226% Raised of $2,000 Goal

Donor Comments

Meredith Vogel

Meredith Vogel

Mike Horner 2 years ago

Quinn & Beau

Quinn & Beau

DONATION: $100

#teammike 2 years ago

Kelsey Irish

Kelsey Irish

DONATION: $50

2 years ago

Tony Amatuzio

Tony Amatuzio

DONATION: $25

Strength & Spirit All the Way!! 2 years ago

The Ristau Family

The Ristau Family

DONATION: $100

Always remembering Mike 2 years ago

The Szostak Family

The Szostak Family

DONATION: $50

2 years ago

The Roegner Family

The Roegner Family

DONATION: $150

Thinking and praying for all 3 of my cousins - Kathleen & Kelly, for the AWESOME job you're doing in getting ready for this marathon, and for good weather & good health on race day! And Heather, for your strength & joy in life, and the depth of love you've shown for Mike & Mary Helen. I'm a strong believer in medical research and truly appreciate your fundraising efforts towards finding a cure for pancreatic cancer! I've never known a group of 3 stronger women - you've got this girls! Get 'er done! :) 2 years ago

Annette Czech

Annette Czech

DONATION: $25

2 years ago

Connie  & Jim Casey

Connie & Jim Casey

DONATION: $50

In memory of Michael Horner 2 years ago

Dana Rizzuti

Dana Rizzuti

DONATION: $50

Good Luck! 2 years ago