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Rock ‘n’ Roll Denver™ Marathon & 1/2 Marathon

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BENEFITING: PROJECT PURPLE

ORGANIZER: PROJECT PURPLE

EVENT DATE: Oct 18, 2015

Vanessa Shawver

THE STORY:

We all have that one crazy friend who talks you into crazy feats that you might never attempt otherwise. Everyone, please meet my fantastic running friend, Tonia Smith. Tonia was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in November 2013. I met her about a year ago as she was undergoing chemotherapy and continuing to run and I desperately needed a running partner to keep me motivated and inspired. I found Tonia at just the right time as while she was not only managing her treatments, family and training, she also managed to talk me into training for my first ultra race, the Bear Chase 50K. (Mind you, after chemotherapy was over, she fiercely began to train for the longer 50 Mile distance). I have since suggested that she is a giant cheater for being able to run farther and longer than I can because she deliberately had her pancreas removed so she could be faster. I just don't have that kind of dedication, so I'll leave all the superhuman feats to Tonia.

All jokes aside, Tonia is an inspiration to me not only for her running prowess or ability to motivate others, but mostly because she is simply an incredible human being, a good listener, a kind soul and someone who definitely makes a positive contribution to this world every single day. I admire her genuine personality, her determination, her kindness and her respect for others.

She has inspired me to run the Denver marathon and not only to complete the race, but also in hopes of qualifying for the Boston marathon, as she did recently as well. To be entirely honest, the thought of speaking that goal out loud scares the living crap out of me, but knowing Tonia, it's hard to live in fear of NOT achieving a goal. All there is to do is simply GO FOR IT. I hope you will join me in this endeavor and support a cause that has become so close to my heart due to my friendship with Tonia Smith.

If you aren't aware, pancreatic cancer has the highest mortality rate of any cancer, yet the funding from the federal government for pancreatic cancer research is among the lowest for any cancer that exists. It is projected that pancreatic cancer will be the second leading cause of cancer deaths by 2020, surpassed only by lung cancer. The five-year mortality rate continues to be about 6% for all four stages.

I might not be able to cure this disease now, but if I can make even a little bit of difference, I will be satisfied. Please join me in supporting Project Purple in the Denver Marathon on October 18th, 2015!

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To This Fundraiser

$700

MONEY RAISED
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  • Phil Goulding

    $50

  • Lee Stuart

    $100

  • Ken & Cheryl Trousdale

    $100

  • Melodie Thorpe Homer

    $100

  • Monty Steele

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Deanne & Fred Fischlein

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Woody and Ash

     

  • Melissa Krudwig

    $100

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117% Raised of $600 Goal

Fundraise for this Campaign

The Team: $25,360 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Carolyn Praught

Amount Raised

$3,525

 

353% Raised of $1,000 Goal

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Julie Thielen

Amount Raised

$2,305

 

46% Raised of $5,000 Goal

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Kelley Harlan

Amount Raised

$2,000

 

100% Raised of $2,000 Goal

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Shawn Veronese

Amount Raised

$1,614

 

108% Raised of $1,500 Goal

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Lynn Ellis

Amount Raised

$1,440

 

144% Raised of $1,000 Goal

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Marisa Adamo Valentinetti

Amount Raised

$1,436

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Lisa Boohar

Amount Raised

$1,051

 

105% Raised of $1,000 Goal

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Colleen Davis

Amount Raised

$1,028

 

182% Raised of $565 Goal

Donor Comments

Melissa Krudwig

Melissa Krudwig

DONATION: $100

Good luck and this is wonderful for you to do, Missy. 2 years ago

Woody and Ash

Woody and Ash

In Memory of Jennie Lynn Olin 2 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $25

Good luck, Vanessa, to you and Tonia. 2 years ago

Deanne & Fred Fischlein

Deanne & Fred Fischlein

DONATION: $100

Happy Birthday, Vanessa! You are an inspiration to us all! 2 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $25

2 years ago

Monty Steele

Monty Steele

DONATION: $50

2 years ago

Melodie Thorpe Homer

Melodie Thorpe Homer

DONATION: $100

2 years ago

Ken & Cheryl Trousdale

Ken & Cheryl Trousdale

DONATION: $100

2 years ago

Lee Stuart

Lee Stuart

DONATION: $100

2 years ago

Phil Goulding

Phil Goulding

DONATION: $50

To Tonia 2 years ago