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Mary Anne Pell's Fundraiser:

Team Reeve Boston Marathon 2014

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Mary Anne Pell

THE STORY:

"Gratitude, like love, needs to be active," Christopher Reeve.

I will be running the 118th Boston Marathon on April 21, 2014, in remembrance of the victims of 2013 and also out of gratitude for all of those who helped that day.

As most of you know, I was stopped at mile 25.9 last year due to the bombings so did not finish the race. There was, and continues to be, so much good.  Ordinary people turned into heroes through determination and strength, be it saving a life or simply offering a marathoner a hug or a cup of water on that extraordinary day and the days that followed.

As I sat shaken and stunned in Logan Airport after my flight was canceled the next day, two women appeared. Bernadette and Maryellen told me they would take care of me. Bernadette listened to my story, and then told me hers of not finishing the New York City Marathon when her handcycle broke down in the Bronx. Bernadette's story touched me. It was more than just her chair breaking down and that she didn't finish the NYC marathon that day, but her dedication in training even harder and coming back and finishing the race. She found the strength to persevere and overcome the obstacles, to finish the race. Bernadette works for Team Reeve and lives with a spinal cord injury.

Their kindness when I thought I would never run again has inspired me to become a part of Team Reeve and raise funds for spinal cord research. 

"Living in fear is not living at all," Christopher Reeve

I've chosen to run, not in fear, but in gratitude, for Team Reeve for all of those who may no longer able to run, but who persevere in the face of overwhelming obstacles. They do not live in fear, but live as heroes. You can be a hero for someone living with spinal cord injury and paralysis, too.

"A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles" Christopher Reeve

My goal is $2650. The first $2620 represents 26.2 miles of the race The last $30 is for the .3 that I did not complete last year. I will write each donor's name or the name of someone special to you on my shirt and carry you with me through the race and we will cross that finish line together!

Please consider being a part of this year's Boston Marathon by donating to The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation. Funds that I raise will go directly toward spinal cord research and to provide wheelchairs and medical care to those with spinal cord injuries. Money raised does not go toward my travel to the race or even a training group, but instead goes back to The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation. No monetary amount is too small. If you cannot afford to donate, please say a simple prayer or send good karma for those living with spinal cord injury and paralysis, as well as their caregivers and those unsung heroes of the 117th Boston Marathon.

 

 

 

$1,458

MONEY RAISED
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  • Julie Borschke

    $40

  • Todd Brown & Amanda Tichacek

    $40

  • Gayle Mares

    $40

  • Lori Engel

    $100

  • Tim & Dawn Knutson

    $107

  • David Busta

    $25

  • Dave and Carol Busta

    $50

  • The Lundy Family

    $50

  • Ellen Snook

    $50

  • Jaimie Baker

    $50

  • miniSx2

    $10

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • TeamSub3

    $50

  • Donna & Josh Zirin

    $40

  • Kathleen and Thinh

    $50

  • Maeve Reilly

    $40

  • Judy Lynch

    $50

  • mary kuhn

    $25

  • The Luka Family

    $20

  • Sue Llende

     

  • The Frankenthal Family

     

  • Mary Bechthold Casper

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $10

  • Suzanne Carter Jenkins

    $75

  • Zimmerman Family

    $25

  • Rose-Ann Wilson

    $20

  • Karen Noha

    $100

  • Renee Fender

    $10

  • Michelle Morrisey

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Karyn Speckels

     

  • Christi Murphy

    $25

  • Chris and Kym Vasey

    $25

  • Slacker

    $50

  • Paul Niemann

     

  • Kim Zgonena

     

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55% Raised of$2,650 Goal

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The Team: $90,101 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

Kevin Morgan

Amount Raised

$86,066

 

172% Raised of$50,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Peter Wilderotter

Amount Raised

$2,577

Fundraiser Title

Mary Anne Pell

Amount Raised

$1,458

 

55% Raised of$2,650 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Christopher Reeve Foundation A New ...

Amount Raised

$0

 

0% Raised of$127,500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Ryan Wilkie

Amount Raised

$0

Fundraiser Title

Chris Vasey

Amount Raised

$0

Donor Comments

Kim Zgonena

Kim Zgonena

Thank you Mary Anne! 5 years ago

Paul Niemann

Paul Niemann

5 years ago

Slacker

Slacker

DONATION: $50

5 years ago

Chris and Kym Vasey

Chris and Kym Vasey

DONATION: $25

5 years ago

Christi Murphy

Christi Murphy

DONATION: $25

5 years ago

Karyn Speckels

Karyn Speckels

5 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $25

Way to go Mary Anne! You're an inspiration! 5 years ago

Michelle Morrisey

Michelle Morrisey

DONATION: $25

What a nice tribute to the person who was there for you last year! Kudos to you for paying if forward too. See you in Boston! 5 years ago

Renee Fender

Renee Fender

DONATION: $10

I know how much your newly acquired friends helped you last year at this time and I think it is a wonderful thing for you to "return the favor"! Wishing you a happy race on Monday, Mary Anne! 5 years ago

Karen Noha

Karen Noha

DONATION: $100

Good Luck! I will be cheering for you. 5 years ago