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Race for Julie

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BENEFITING: BRIGHT PINK

EVENT: Bank of America Chicago Marathon 2017 - Bright Pink

EVENT DATE: Oct 08, 2017

Chelsey Gannon

THE STORY:

Thank you for visiting my fundraising page! In October, I have the privilege of running my third marathon for an organization called Bright Pink. This organization helps teach women about breast and ovarian cancer prevention and early detection. Bright Pink is the only national nonprofit organization focused on prevention and early detection of breast and ovarian cancer in young women.    

Their aim is to reach the 52 million young women in the United States between the ages of 18 and 45 with innovative, life-saving breast and ovarian health programs, thereby empowering this and future generations of women to live healthier, happier, and longer lives.   

Simply put, cancer sucks. Everything about cancer is painful, unfair and hard to understand.   I am running in honor and in remembrance of someone near and dear to my heart! Julie Fillenwarth lost her battle with breast cancer on April 14, 2017.    

In late 2014, Julie felt a lump in her right breast. She visited her physician and after testing and consults with many doctors, they determined she had Stage 2 breast cancer. After fighting this cancer for about two years – Julie found out her cancer spread. This time the cancer was metastatic triple negative breast cancer, which does not respond to treatment very well. This is a very aggressive, treatable but non-curable disease. Julie’s husband, Greg, delivered her eulogy at her memorial service and reminded us all of Julie’s journey. He said, “…they traveled tens of thousands of miles together in search of the elusive treatment that would prolong her life. From traditional chemotherapy and radiation and radical surgery in Minneapolis to genomic testing and immunotherapy in Sioux Falls to ten trips in and out of Cleveland in a clinical trial, they searched, and she fought.” Julie was so strong and selfless in her fight. She knew that if her fight ultimately did not prolong her own life – that it would benefit others fighting this disease in the future. She fought through the pain with a purpose and focus that is hard to understand, but if you knew Julie – this type of mindset should not surprise you.  Julie’s life was centered around treating people fairly, always telling the truth, being a reliable public servant, working and playing hard with family and friends and laughing at something at least once a day.    

My marathon training program is an 18-week program. My training will begin on June 5th (two days from my birthday on June 7th) and will conclude on October 8th (five days after what would have been Julie’s 64th birthday)! During this 18-week program I will remember everything Julie went through – and I will constantly remind myself that training for a marathon is a privilege. I read this quote on Julie’s Caring Bridge website that said, “Cancer took Julie's body but not her indomitable spirit.” With Julie’s spirit guiding me – here goes nothing! All of the money raised will go to Bright Pink – and will be donated in honor of Julie’s courageous fight! Donating through this website is simple, fast and totally secure. It is also the most efficient way to support my fundraising efforts. Donations are also tax deductible.   

Please donate to honor Julie and all of the lives lost to cancer.   

DONATE

To This Fundraiser

$1,750

MONEY RAISED
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  • Cara McManus

    $25

  • Erica Cottingham

    $10

  • Leisa Storbeck

    $50

  • Elena Vukmir

    $50

  • Andy and Laura Cottingham

    $100

  • BCU

    $100

  • Andrea, Chad & Penelope

    $50

  • Lynn Fillenwarth

    $250

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Mom and John

    $250

  • Sandy

    $25

  • Lisa Kraus

    $50

  • Livie

    $50

  • Elena Vukmir

    $25

  • Amanda O'Brien

    $50

  • Gretchen Graff

    $50

  • Rachel Fandel

    $50

  • Teri sieving

    $25

  • Manita Murphy

    $100

  • The Kramars

     

  • Love&Miss Our Julie

     

  • Rommel & Lindsay

    $100

  • McManus Family

    $100

  • Kirby Rabalais

    $90

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100% Raised of $1,750 Goal

The Team: $1,750 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Donor Comments

Kirby Rabalais

Kirby Rabalais

DONATION: $90

For Julie! 2 weeks ago

McManus Family

McManus Family

DONATION: $100

Great cause, good luck with the race Chelsey 3 weeks ago

Rommel & Lindsay

Rommel & Lindsay

DONATION: $100

So proud of you Chels! We loved our Julie! 2 months ago

Love&Miss Our Julie

Love&Miss Our Julie

What a beautiful idea Chelsey 2 months ago

The Kramars

The Kramars

2 months ago

Manita Murphy

Manita Murphy

DONATION: $100

2 months ago

Teri sieving

Teri sieving

DONATION: $25

Julie Fillenwarth and Marge and Harland Prather 2 months ago

Rachel Fandel

Rachel Fandel

DONATION: $50

Best of luck Chelsey! Thank you for honoring Julie! 2 months ago

Gretchen Graff

Gretchen Graff

DONATION: $50

2 months ago

Amanda O'Brien

Amanda O'Brien

DONATION: $50

4 months ago