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Project Purple NYC 2013

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BENEFITING: PROJECT PURPLE

ORGANIZER: PROJECT PURPLE

EVENT: 2013 ING New York City Marathon

EVENT DATE: Nov 03, 2013

Gerard Fehling

THE STORY:

My father, John Fehling, passed away on December 16th. This past Sunday was our 1st Father’s Day without him, exactly 6 months after he died, and it would have been his 70th birthday.

Maria and I married on September 8th. I clearly remember Dad looking rather pale that day. He seemed awfully cranky for the day of his youngest child’s wedding and was having a hard time getting around. Fast forward 3 weeks. Maria and I landed in JFK after our honeymoon in Italy and immediately received THE call from my sister. My family waited until we got home to tell me, but Dad saw a doctor while we were away and he was diagnosed with Stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer. He must have known something was wrong, but he waited to confirm it until after the wedding so as not to put a damper on the greatest day of my life.

That was the type of guy my dad was – selfless. The man worked 2 jobs for most of his adult life to provide for his family. He coached us in every imaginable sport, was always involved with Cub Scouts or whatever other activities we participated in, helped with school projects, and got us through college (even though I did my part to put that in jeopardy a few times with some of my crazy stunts). He was always there to have a catch, go for a bike ride, play a round of golf, or drive down to Baltimore to teach me statistics one busy college weekend when I just wasn’t getting it. He did everything for me, and I can’t help but feel I didn’t give enough to him. I still regret not taking him up on his offer a couple of years ago to go to the Carolinas the following week to play golf. He was semi-retired at that point, and I was working like a lunatic then, so taking a week off with less than a week’s notice wasn’t really feasible, but now I wish I had. I don’t think we golfed together again.

My father was a big, tall, and strong man who was weakened beyond belief by this disease. What it did to him between my wedding and when he passed only 3 months later was terrible to witness. I can’t imagine how he must have felt. Pancreatic Cancer is a monster, and nobody should ever get it again.

As an adult I learned that I love to run. I’ve done 2 NYC marathons and can’t wait for my 3rd this Fall. Dad was there for my 2 previous attempts to cheer me on near his old high school in Brooklyn. I know if he was still here he’d be there this year to cheer me on again. Team Project Purple has allowed me to join them in their fight against Pancreatic Cancer, and I am honored to run this one for Dad. I failed in my other attempts to break 4 hours by a few minutes each time, but I am committed to doing so this year. Since I already qualified for the Marathon this year, I don’t need to raise money to get in the race. But I want to raise money to help find a cure for this disease. Please join me by contributing anything you feel comfortable with to help the fight against Pancreatic Cancer, and thanks for letting me tell you a little about my Dad.

$3,560

MONEY RAISED
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  • Gerard Fehling

    $100

  • Christine Stampfel

    $25

  • The Verga Family

    $200

  • Kristine "Strype" Muccigrosso

     

  • Conrad Fehling

     

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Linda Ward

    $50

  • Helene and Michael Kispert

    $50

  • John Fehling Jr

    $100

  • The Barra Family

     

  • Brian Kenah

    $50

  • Anonymous

     

  • The Holmes'

    $50

  • Steve Ward

    $25

  • Natalia Levy

     

  • Katie Fitzpatrick

    $100

  • Anonymous

     

  • Greg & Katie Jensen

    $50

  • Everest PQA

    $50

  • Bring IT (Kathy Fawcett)

    $250

  • Elaine Nussbaum

    $50

  • Barb's Football pool winnings

    $100

  • Jenn Coghlan

    $100

  • Matt

    $100

  • Gerry Powers Harris

    $100

  • Ann Gallagher

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Catherine Tutrone

    $25

  • Chris & Linda Cavallaro

    $275

  • The Cavallaro Family

    $100

  • VNov

    $100

  • Kathleen Gaines

    $25

  • Mike and Katie Makris

    $50

  • Frank & Victoria Fehling

    $20

  • Dara crecco

     

  • Sharon Rodriguez (Karda)

    $35

  • James millen

    $25

  • Janessa Pulliam

    $25

  • Laina Jacobs

    $50

  • Didora Family

    $100

  • Jean Fehling

    $100

  • Beth Keating

    $50

  • Vanessa DeMarmels

    $25

  • Eric Lundgren

    $50

  • The Henrikson Family

    $20

  • Ed Diaz

    $200

  • The Stavac Family

    $100

  • Robert Broderick

    $25

  • Frank & Veronica Fehling

    $50

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142% Raised of $2,500 Goal

Fundraise for this Campaign

The Team: $110,553 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

JOIN THE TEAM
Fundraiser Title

Jim McDonald

Amount Raised

$9,636

 

321% Raised of $3,000 Goal

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Mike Howard

Amount Raised

$8,015

 

160% Raised of $5,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Samantha Nilo

Amount Raised

$7,561

 

126% Raised of $6,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Mandie Renner and Crystal Walker

Amount Raised

$6,225

 

104% Raised of $6,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

wendy kozak

Amount Raised

$6,060

 

202% Raised of $3,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Pip and Mick Palmer

Amount Raised

$6,000

 

100% Raised of $6,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Madeleine Timin

Amount Raised

$5,445

 

156% Raised of $3,500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Maureen Kollman

Amount Raised

$5,291

 

176% Raised of $3,000 Goal

Donor Comments

Frank & Veronica Fehling

Frank & Veronica Fehling

DONATION: $50

4 years ago

Robert Broderick

Robert Broderick

DONATION: $25

4 years ago

The Stavac Family

The Stavac Family

DONATION: $100

4 years ago

Ed Diaz

Ed Diaz

DONATION: $200

4 years ago

The Henrikson Family

The Henrikson Family

DONATION: $20

4 years ago

Eric Lundgren

Eric Lundgren

DONATION: $50

4 years ago

Vanessa DeMarmels

Vanessa DeMarmels

DONATION: $25

4 years ago

Beth Keating

Beth Keating

DONATION: $50

Go Gerard! Go! Good luck Sunday! 4 years ago

Jean Fehling

Jean Fehling

DONATION: $100

In memory of daddy 4 years ago

Didora Family

Didora Family

DONATION: $100

4 years ago