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Ronald McDonald House® at Boston Harbor

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owner profile imageCrossing The Finish Line
April 21, 2017

I DID IT!!!!!!! I'm not going to lie, it was one of the hardest things that I've ever done.  Twenty weeks of training in mostly sub freezing  See more

BENEFITING: RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE CHARITIES INC

ORGANIZER: HOME AWAY BOSTON INC

EVENT: 2017 Boston Marathon

EVENT DATE: Apr 17, 2017

Darren DiBenedetto

THE STORY:

1st Hand Knowledge of how Families Heal Together:

In 2015 my daughter Ava Jean was diagnosed with a benign brain tumor.  She endured a 14 hour surgey on June 4th and a 3 week hospital stay.  The good news was that the tumor was benign the bad news was that the surgery couldn't remove all of it.  My 7 year old girl would need radiation to kill off what remained of the tumor.  We are from New York and started to reserach options for radiation.  We decided that Proton Beam Therapy would be the best course of action.  This type of radiation is only offered in a hand full of locations throughout the United States and Massachusetts General Hospital was one of them.  The treatment would be 6 weeks and we as a family would need to put our lives on hold and relocate up to Boston. 

This organization was amazing and played an unbelievable part in how not only Ava Jean healed but how our family managed to come together.  There was so much anxiety at the begining of this journey and immediately upon arrival the Directors Kim and Cailin made us feel comfortable and at home.  We were provided with an apartment that comfortably fit our family of 4.  This apartment was beautiful, it was inviting, it was clean and above all felt very much like home.  Kim and Cailin called us before arrival, asked what foods we liked and then stocked the fridge for us.  They provided us with events and things to do within Boston.  They had family game nights and crafts for the kids to take part in.  If we needed anything they were a quick phone call or text away.

Without the RMH Boston Harbor (formerly Home Away Boston)we would have needed to find a rental or some other housing options that would have been costly and or uncomfortable.  The burden of a sick child, mounting medical bills from her surgery and hospital stay, the back and forth with medical insurance, and not to mention the loss of work for me as the sole breadwinner for my family was overwhelming.  This was one piece of the puzzle that I didn't have to worry about and for this reason I'm running.  I'm running becasue no child should fight alone, becasue the last thing a family needs during this time is additional stress.  I'm running becasue RMH Boston Harbor (formerly Home Away Boston) helped us heal.

I have never run a marathon before, in fact when we arrived in Boston, I couldn't even run for 2 consecutinve minutes before I needed to stop and take a break.  I started running while we were there as a way to clear my head and relieve some of my own personal stress.  RMH Boston Harbor (formerly Home Away Boston) is literally right on the Harborwalk .  I would go out at about 9pm and run/walk for 30 minutes on most nights.  By the time we left Boston I was able to run a mile with out stopping and my progress continued to grow from there.  Running has become a way of life for me now.  I run with the image of my daughter in my head and when the training gets tough I think of her and all the other kids that are fighting for life.  This has become a passion and I'm thrilled to be a part of this team and to help an amazing organization.    

$12,286

MONEY RAISED
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  • Jeannette piqueras

    $25

  • Sara and John Moore

    $25

  • Karen

    $50

  • Gillian Harper

    $100

  • Betty Duluc

    $50

  • nancy lewrick lewrick

    $100

  • Carl Henson

    $50

  • The Palmer's

    $100

  • Karen Driscoll Montague

    $100

  • GoGo

     

  • The Pitofsky Family

    $100

  • Kim Brewer

     

  • Lorraine

    $10

  • George & Linda Geisser

    $100

  • Elizabeth & Mike

    $100

  • Liz Doell

    $25

  • Peter J. Riolo, Inc.

    $500

  • Carol Manning Chicarello

    $100

  • Dale Beverly

    $100

  • MARCIA

    $25

  • Martine Crews

     

  • Amie

     

  • linda beale

    $100

  • Jim Kenney

    $100

  • Dawn Cowley

    $25

  • Vicky Deichler

     

  • Angela P

    $10

  • JAMES M SMITH

    $50

  • Gail

    $25

  • Chrissy Mensching

     

  • Michael Muller

     

  • Gail Cahaney

    $50

  • Michael Waters

    $250

  • Melissa Herhel

     

  • CJ Tomaskovic, Meghan Lynch & Grace

    $50

  • Camille Munn

    $100

  • Lorraine Lander

    $250

  • Booster

    $353.44

  • John C. Sullivan

    $25

  • Dan Mo

    $25

  • Kimberly and Michael Santerre

    $50

  • Pat Ciulla

    $50

  • MARCIA

    $100

  • Nancy Slevin

    $50

  • Randi & Craig Weitz

    $100

  • Nagat Farag

    $100

  • Matt McAllister

    $50

  • Thom Sharkey

    $100

  • James Crawford

    $25

  • Natalie Lawrence

    $100

  • Talya Sapienza

     

  • Louise Opfer

    $25

  • Vincent Van Voorhis

    $50

  • Amanda & Dan Serafini

    $25

  • Dena Nesheiwat

     

  • The Riccio Family

    $25

  • Connie Stegall

     

  • Russell cope

    $50

  • George Pagnotta

    $300

  • Brandon Flynt

    $25

  • Keith Sikes

    $50

  • Paula Cope

    $25

  • Chase and Paulette

    $50

  • Lindy Brown

    $50

  • David Krupski

    $50

  • Angela Demaris

     

  • Meg McElroy

    $25

  • Betsy Murray Lynn

    $25

  • Michael Droege and Family!

     

  • Deirdre & Harry Pino

    $25

  • Adam davis

    $50

  • Dean Cavero

    $50

  • Dina, Dylan & Kyle Fantini

    $50

  • Michelle Fazio

    $25

  • Clan Mulcahy

     

  • Sean Hillery

    $25

  • Stephen Bliss

    $50

  • SOMERS FAMILY

    $50

  • Sharlene Forman

     

  • Peter and Kathy Riolo

    $50

  • Alexandra Minner

    $25

  • Lismarys Arjona

     

  • John Cartwright

    $100

  • Richard and Maureen Patterson

    $250

  • Barbara and Guy Lester

    $50

  • The Bannans

    $100

  • Michele, Dave and Max Motta

    $100

  • Nancy & Anthony Gagliardi

    $100

  • Sayes

    $25

  • Diana & Bill Martone

    $50

  • Fogarty Family

    $50

  • Vincent and Maryanne Testa

    $50

  • Dale Beverly

    $50

  • Anonymous

     

  • Dawn, Bryan and Natalie Watson

    $50

  • The Colello Family

     

  • Priscilla Danese

    $25

  • Paula Angelos

     

  • Frank and Fedela Kessler

     

  • Barbara Iannuccilli

    $25

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123% Raised of $10,000 Goal

The Team: $64,541 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

Elizabeth Newton

Amount Raised

$16,550

 

110% Raised of $15,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Shannon Sullivan

Amount Raised

$13,005

 

87% Raised of $15,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Darren DiBenedetto

Amount Raised

$12,286

 

123% Raised of $10,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Deborah O'Shea

Amount Raised

$11,156

 

112% Raised of $10,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

HOME AWAY BOSTON INC

Amount Raised

$6,335

 

8% Raised of $75,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Lauren Woolley

Amount Raised

$5,208

Donor Comments

Barbara Iannuccilli

Barbara Iannuccilli

DONATION: $25

2 years ago

Frank and Fedela Kessler

Frank and Fedela Kessler

2 years ago

Paula Angelos

Paula Angelos

2 years ago

Priscilla Danese

Priscilla Danese

DONATION: $25

Awesome! 2 years ago

The Colello Family

The Colello Family

2 years ago

Dawn, Bryan and Natalie Watson

Dawn, Bryan and Natalie Watson

DONATION: $50

2 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

2 years ago

Dale Beverly

Dale Beverly

DONATION: $50

2 years ago

Vincent and Maryanne Testa

Vincent and Maryanne Testa

DONATION: $50

Good luck! 2 years ago

Fogarty Family

Fogarty Family

DONATION: $50

2 years ago