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Project Purple Boston 2015

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BENEFITING: PROJECT PURPLE

ORGANIZER: PROJECT PURPLE

EVENT: 2015 Boston Marathon

EVENT DATE: Apr 20, 2015

Tammy Marquis

THE STORY:

Jenny Joseph began her famous poem….”When I am an old woman I shall wear purple…”

This poem epitomizes my cousin Susan Jaciow.  She didn’t wait until she was old; she “practiced” her passions, and wore what she wore, and ate what she ate, and did what she did with no apologies.  I loved that about her.  I love the mismatched socks and bright scarves and purple sweaters that she wore so stylishly, and I envied her spirit and candor.

Thank God, because long before she was “old”, she was faced with a fight that even her brazen spirit could not conquer.  Spirited, Smart, Proud, Capable, Confident, Caring, Loving, Generous, and sometimes Capricious.  This was not enough to beat Pancreatic Cancer.

Our family and a core of close friends shared her fight, especially her siblings, husband, my sister, and the nieces and nephews she had helped “mother” so lovingly.  From diagnosis, April 2011, when she was only a year and a half older than I am now, we all tried our best to lend support in whatever way we could. I never felt like I knew how to, or could actually help enough.  My Godfather, Bob Boudreau, and a friend, Mary Forrest, had already lost their battles with Pancreatic Cancer; Susan remained optimistic.  Years had passed, treatments were advancing, she wanted to beat the odds.

As anyone familiar with Pancreatic Cancer knows, the battle is like a rollercoaster. It is a series of glorious ups, like this picture from her “Victory Lap” at Relay for Life in 2012, to crushing, painful slides.

Often I use running as a time for processing and “praying”.  During what turned out to be her final decline, there was a particular moment in a difficult race, where I thought “How can I even complain about these aches and pains when Susan suffers more than this most moments of the day?”   I pushed on, hoping somehow I could take her pain with me.

Susan lost her battle shortly after on August 9, 2013.

One year later, I decided to run a full marathon- my first – and maybe only.  It was part of what I learned from Susan, that there is no time like the present, and to use each moment to be your best. The Boston Marathon was an ultimate goal, and Project Purple makes it so much more meaningful.  Project Purple raises funds for Pancreatic Cancer research, raises awareness of the disease, and helps patients and families who have been affected by the disease. 

Running Boston, supporting the fight against Pancreatic Cancer, with the support of my family and friends is beyond amazing to me.  I will wear Purple BEFORE I am old.  I found a way to help, and I will do it in Susan’s memory.  No matter how large or small your contribution, know that you are helping too.  Thank you for joining me in our mission to run to beat Pancreatic Cancer.

$9,045

MONEY RAISED
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  • Eva Robbins-Davies

    $100

  • Darlene Bracci

    $50

  • Philip Steinberg and Courtney

    $50

  • Iris Ciecko

     

  • David M Hudyka

    $25

  • Edward Authier

    $100

  • Exit7Tech.com

    $100

  • Wendy Cook

    $25

  • Anna Randall Arciszewski Proud Sister

    $100

  • Layla & Harry

    $100

  • Taryn Marquis

    $75

  • Mary Duseau

    $300

  • Brian Randall - cousin

    $500

  • Mary, Bobby, Chrissy

    $100

  • Ann Carr

    $25

  • The Daleys

    $100

  • Connie O'Brien

    $100

  • Convergent Solutions, Inc.

    $100

  • Marybeth Randall

     

  • Bill Chau

    $25

  • Tara Herzig

    $25

  • Maureen and Jack

    $50

  • Jim & Jill Byrne

    $200

  • Darlene and norm barnes

     

  • Jane & "William!"

    $100

  • Deborah

    $100

  • Joe & Juanita

    $50

  • Pat Proulx, works at Randalls farm

    $20

  • The Tulik Family

    $50

  • Rich Laurendeau - Perkins/GFS

     

  • Alan Delisle

    $100

  • Marian Bergeron

     

  • Randall's Farm

    $2,500

  • Elsie Randall

    $600

  • Carol Jaciow

    $50

  • Tina Genza

    $50

  • Ida Jaciow

    $100

  • Ellen McGrath

    $25

  • Margaret Wallace

    $50

  • Pacific Packaging Products, Inc.

    $100

  • Cindy Goodreau

    $25

  • Erin O'Brien

    $25

  • Laurie and Mo Dusel

    $100

  • Matt Winegardner

    $50

  • Sue Martino

    $100

  • Corinne Gamache

    $15

  • Jim & Rose Dillon

     

  • Karen Malloy

    $100

  • Gloria Bourbeau

    $20

  • HPC FOODSERVICE

     

  • Jeff Cappello

    $25

  • Marjorie Koestner

    $100

  • Becky Alves

    $50

  • Jean Richard

    $50

  • Linda Wright

    $25

  • David Marquis

    $300

  • Donna Johnson/Bake'n Joy Foods

    $50

  • LHS Class of 1972, In Memory of Sue Jaciow

    $100

  • All Your Friends at Randall's

    $135

  • Beverly Dwight

    $100

  • Martine Iampietro

    $50

  • Laura and Bill Rooney

    $50

  • Tommy Hayes Fund

    $100

  • Barb & Norm Morris

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $30

  • Bob Ogan & Bake'n Joy Foods

    $250

  • Susan Garrow-Slian

    $50

  • Kim, Matt, & Emma

    $50

  • The Millers

    $50

  • Diane & Paul Yelinek

    $50

  • Maxine Mazur

    $200

  • Purchasing Team at Baystate

    $110

  • Mariana Herrera Galle

    $25

  • Carole DeMetre

    $25

  • Randall's Farm Alumni

    $100

  • Vinnie Melendez

    $50

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121% Raised of $7,500 Goal

The Team: $63,770 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

Jodi Scott

Amount Raised

$15,099

 

116% Raised of $13,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Peggy McGuinness

Amount Raised

$11,080

 

148% Raised of $7,500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

ralph ventresco

Amount Raised

$11,066

Fundraiser Title

Tammy Marquis

Amount Raised

$9,045

 

121% Raised of $7,500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Derrick Lenz

Amount Raised

$7,611

 

101% Raised of $7,500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Michael Amster

Amount Raised

$6,719

 

112% Raised of $6,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Bryan Lively

Amount Raised

$3,150

 

126% Raised of $2,500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

PROJECT PURPLE

Amount Raised

$0

Donor Comments

Vinnie Melendez

Vinnie Melendez

DONATION: $50

In memory of Mary Forest, great neighbor and friend. 2 years ago

Randall's Farm Alumni

Randall's Farm Alumni

DONATION: $100

Thank you, Tammy, for running and remembering your cousin in such a beautiful way. 2 years ago

Carole DeMetre

Carole DeMetre

DONATION: $25

2 years ago

Mariana  Herrera  Galle

Mariana Herrera Galle

DONATION: $25

Proud of you my friend. All for a great cause. So sorry on the loss of your cousin. She sounds like she was truly an amazing person. 2 years ago

Purchasing Team at Baystate

Purchasing Team at Baystate

DONATION: $110

2 years ago

Maxine Mazur

Maxine Mazur

DONATION: $200

2 years ago

Diane & Paul Yelinek

Diane & Paul Yelinek

DONATION: $50

2 years ago

The Millers

The Millers

DONATION: $50

Good Luck Tammy! 2 years ago

Kim, Matt, & Emma

Kim, Matt, & Emma

DONATION: $50

2 years ago

Susan Garrow-Slian

Susan Garrow-Slian

DONATION: $50

Of my sister Pamela Garrow and my dad Larry Garrow 2 years ago