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Renee Runs NYC Marathon in Mom's Honor

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BENEFITING: NAMI

EVENT: 2012 ING New York City Marathon - $1 Mil a Mile

EVENT DATE: Nov 04, 2012

Renee Wolk

THE STORY:

It was last October when I stood at my mother's bedside as I knew she was leaving this world and said, "I'm gonna run the NYC Marathon in your honor!"  It had always been a dream, but actually completing a marathon was something I imagined only others could accomplish.  My mom, Gail Liker, as I had told her after completing my first half marathon, had taught me by example what it meant to face adversity- with grace, humility and a sense of humor!  It was my mom's fight against mulitiple medical illnesses and mostly her toughest battle against Bipolar Disorder (Manic/Depressive illness), that taught me to believe.  My mom might have rather put it in terms of a great R&B lyric, "Aint no mountain high enough, aint no valley low enough, aint no river wide enough, to keep me..." from doing what I gotta do!

Suffering with Bipolar Disorder much of her adult life, and living on dialysis the last 9 years of her life, made it hard for my mother to function in day to day ways most of us take for granted.  Yet,  my mother found and expressed immense gratitude for the simplest and most important things in life- an awesomely beautiful sunset, a great soulful song, and mostly the joy of connecting and laughing with all people, her family or those she had just met.

It was my mom's strength and courage to persevere that inspired me to train to run 26.2 miles in a few weeks and to raise funds for the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI).  NAMI is a national organization that supports families affected by mental illness and specifically focuses on removing the stigma that sadly still plagues those suffering with psychiatric disorders.

It is my hope that, unlike when I was growing up, we today can create a world where there will be no shame in openly talking about the challenges of suffering with an illness such as Bipolar Disorder.  It is critical that we educate ourselves, our children and those around us about the biological nature of these diseases.

I am amazingly grateful for all of you who have already supported me on this journey and tribute to my mom who taught me that the greatest gift in life is acceptance of oneself and of others. So, in my mother's honor, I ask that you support NAMI in any way that you can- perhaps with a donation, or by reading and sharing information from their website or passing along an inspiring story about someone dealing with a mental illness.

Many thanks for your support,

Renee

 

$2,471

MONEY RAISED
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  • IVOR, DANIELLE, SOPHIA & JACK WOLK

    $180

  • David Watson

    $50

  • Rachel and Gary Berger

    $50

  • Nina Steinberg

    $25

  • James SooHoo

    $25

  • Karen Murray

     

  • The Weisfeld Family

    $100

  • Dennis Sapire

    $50

  • Mariam Motamed

    $100

  • Adrienne, Brad, Gaby and Ryan Altman

    $72

  • Claar family

     

  • Susan Zuckerman

    $25

  • Adam & Debbie Mayblum

    $36

  • The Kapelus Family

    $36

  • Jill, Jason, Sophie & Gavin Weisberg

     

  • K Star

    $36

  • Robin Gibbs and Roger Harris

    $54

  • Rob and Ilana Saposh

    $36

  • The Rudman Law Firm, PLC

    $100

  • Janine and Dovi Diamond

    $50

  • Mr/mrs Alan Liker

    $100

  • Natalie & Charles Altmann

    $50

  • Diana and Craig Sklar

    $36

  • Enid and Fred Fishman

     

  • Debbie Zafrin

    $36

  • Debbie Benyowitz Sarig

    $25

  • renee wolk

    $54

  • Michelle & Eric Maidenberg & Family

    $50

  • Jody and Dan Burton

     

  • Heather and Errol Price

    $50

  • Kathy & Bob Cripps

     

  • The Lefkowitz Family

     

  • The Distel Lieber Family

     

  • Efrat & Yigal Brayer

    $36

  • nancy eppler-wolff and john wolff

    $36

  • Dorianne, Tony, Sarah & Adam

    $50

  • Ella and Sam Shteingart

     

  • LEN AND SHERYL SMITH

    $50

  • The Liker family

    $100

  • Slone-Goldstein Family

     

  • Julia Smith

    $50

  • The Goldstein Family

     

  • David Aftergood & Regina Schwarz

    $36

  • David Brown

    $10

  • Melissa McCool

    $75

  • Lourdes & Darnell Caballes

    $50

  • Yadira and Jeffrey Herbert

     

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137% Raised of $1,800 Goal

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Donor Comments

Yadira and Jeffrey Herbert

Yadira and Jeffrey Herbert

4 years ago

Lourdes & Darnell Caballes

Lourdes & Darnell Caballes

DONATION: $50

4 years ago

Melissa McCool

Melissa McCool

DONATION: $75

Your mom would be so proud of you, Renee. Love you and miss you! 4 years ago

David Brown

David Brown

DONATION: $10

4 years ago

David Aftergood & Regina Schwarz

David Aftergood & Regina Schwarz

DONATION: $36

4 years ago

The Goldstein Family

The Goldstein Family

4 years ago

Julia Smith

Julia Smith

DONATION: $50

Ren - so excited to share this amazing journey with you!!! 4 years ago

Slone-Goldstein Family

Slone-Goldstein Family

4 years ago

The Liker family

The Liker family

DONATION: $100

Renée, we are so proud of you. We will be thinking of you and mom. You are awesome! Xxoo luv u. 4 years ago

LEN AND SHERYL SMITH

LEN AND SHERYL SMITH

DONATION: $50

We salute your wonderful tribute to your Mom and admire your perseverance and commitment. Have a great run ! 4 years ago