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Team RDS Runners Air Force Marathon 2012

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BENEFITING: Research Down Syndrome

ORGANIZER: Research Down Syndrome

EVENT: Air Force Marathon Sept 15, 2012

EVENT DATE: Sep 15, 2012

Theresa Maciejewski

THE STORY:

Welcome to my fundraising page for Research Down Syndrome, Empower the Extraordinary!

I want to tell you a little bit about what inspires me to continue to run and support many amazing charities. Over the last 2 years my life has really come into focus and what I have discovered is that family comes first. I cherish my family and every second we have together. Last year I broke my foot and lost the love of running due to a long time off due to rehab etc. My father has also been very ill over the last two years and that has become more of a priority than running. In mid May, we almost lost my dad and I saw him fight back and run from the gates of heaven. He continues to get better every day and I am grateful that he was so determined to stay with us and my family values every day we have together even more.

I decided to run the Air Force Marathon in Dayton Ohio September 15, 2012. Running with and for the military is an honor in itself! When I thought about what charity I could run thismarathon for (this will be my 6thmarathon I think!) and who else inspires me, I thought about the special education students I teach every day. My students with Down Syndrome are inspirational to me and the teachers I work with. The obstacles that these students conquer on a daily basis are unbelievable, and they do it with a smile on their face!  Let me introduce you to one of my inspirations Jake. He has achieved more in the first 7 years of his life than many adults have in a life time.

His parents wrote this to share just some of Jake’s many accomplishments.

“When we think of our son, Jake... we think of endless energy, contagious belly laughing and a smile that would bring light to the darkest of days.  He is a boy, through and through, who loves to shoot hoops, hit baseballs, swim and wrestle with Dad.  Yet he has a softer and caring side.  He loves to snuggle up to watch a movie or the Cubs, read books, sing & dance and help his little brother.  He has taught us patience, acceptance and the importance of looking at things differently.  He reminds us to never be too serious, to take time for the little things, because those are usually the most fun and are often missed.  Jake has just finished first grade, where he was included with his general education peers – he is reading, writing stories and working on math skills.  He has made many friends at school and loves to play with them at our neighborhood park.  Jake has also started his Special Olympics career participating in basketball, soccer and track – where he has already earned two silver and one bronze medal.  He also participated with his Dad in his first Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics.  We have been extremely proud of Jake from the day he was born.  He has a strong will and has shown us that strength day in and day out.   We feel very fortunate to have Jake in our lives as he has brought our whole family happiness beyond anything we ever anticipated.”

As you can see Jake continues to work towards his goals and inspire many people every day. Please help me raise money for Research Down Syndrome http://www.researchds.org/ to give Jake and many others the opportunity to achieve any goal they wish!

Our RDS Runners are racing across the country to suppport Down syndrome cognitive research. The research RDS supports will lead to safe and effective therapies to improve learning and memory in persons with Down syndrome.

GO RDS RUNNERS in the USAF MARATHON!!!

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$663

MONEY RAISED
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  • The Skonieczny Family

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Howie and Reggie Schwartz

    $100

  • Dawn & Ted Ruler

    $10

  • Anastasios Michalopulos

    $50

  • Karen Raia

    $25

  • Paganessi Family

    $10

  • Linda

    $50

  • Debbie Marin

    $50

  • Eric Christianson

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $20

  • Anonymous

    $20

  • Lori Palella

    $50

  • Jean Maciejewski

    $15

  • Juan

    $20

  • B LO Green

    $50

  • Gale Wiedman

    $25

  • Donda

    $18

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133% Raised of $500 Goal

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The Team: $14,131 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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$765

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Kimberly Jones

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$725

 

145% Raised of $500 Goal

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Theresa Maciejewski

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$663

 

133% Raised of $500 Goal

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Bill Schafer

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$624

Donor Comments

Donda

Donda

DONATION: $18

5 years ago

Gale Wiedman

Gale Wiedman

DONATION: $25

In honor of my Downs Syndrom brother, Mark. 5 years ago

B LO Green

B LO Green

DONATION: $50

5 years ago

Juan

Juan

DONATION: $20

5 years ago

Jean Maciejewski

Jean Maciejewski

DONATION: $15

5 years ago

Lori Palella

Lori Palella

DONATION: $50

5 years ago

Anonymous

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DONATION: $20

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Anonymous

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DONATION: $20

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Eric Christianson

Eric Christianson

DONATION: $25

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Debbie Marin

Debbie Marin

DONATION: $50

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