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Run Kortney Run - We are going to ROCK this thing!

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BENEFITING: ABOVE & BEYOND CANCER

ORGANIZER: Kortney

EVENT: Million Dollar Marathon

Sarah Brannaman

THE STORY:

On June 21st, a team of 160 cancer survivors and supporters will embark on a 4,000-mile run across America. One marathon at a time, the team will cross 15 states and more than 500 communities as they work to pass their baton from the Pacific to the Atlantic. I am one of those runners on team Cancer Suxx.

I was approached in October by Steve Cannon to take part in this event. After much thinking, I decided this was just what I needed to do no matter how insane it initially sounded! In November 2008, I took part in a Susan G. Komen 3-Day event in San Diego.  I never in a million years dreamed I would be able to walk 60 miles in three days!  But on those three mornings, I got up and knew I would be able to accomplish that marathon that day. Because it meant I could overcome all odds. Just put mind over matter and keep taking those steps.

I remembered growing up as a little girl watching my mother's life deteriorate as she battled breast and ovarian cancer. She passed away at the age of 50. I grew up with my father and three older brothers and life was great. Then BOOM! When I was 29, I was diagnosed with Stage III Breast Cancer. I was only 29!  I was scared, thinking back to what my mother endured. Would I be affected the same way? You're supposed to have your whole life in front of you at that age.

After several rounds of chemo and a single mastectomy, I resumed my normal life. However, five years later I was faced with a reoccurence. It was a slap in the face. I had no other choice but to remove my other breast and undergo more chemo. My oncologist recommended BRCA testing, which I ended up doing after I finished chemo. I tested BRCA1 positive. Because of my mother's illness and my own, this put me at very high risk of another occurrence. It was recommended that I undergo a full hysterectomy as part of my prevention, which I did.

So why am I running, you ask? I am running for myself, my nieces, and the children of my friends. But most of all, I'm running for those that can no longer run because their lives were cut way too short. Not only did I lose a mother to cancer, but I've lost many friends since the time I was first diagnosed. I lost a dear friend, Kim, who will forever be in my heart. We were childhood girlfriends and we were both battling breast cancer, but she lost that fight before she reached the age of 40.

I am taking this journey in hopes that one day no one will have to hear the words "you have cancer."  That no one will have to feel the pain of losing a loved one to cancer. That no one will have to sit in a chair to tolerate chemo and its terrible side effects that it leaves on a person. I dream of a world without cancer.

I hope you will make a donation for cancer research and help to make that dream come true for all of us.

More information can be found on the run's website: http://coasttocoastforcancer.org

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To This Fundraiser

$10,530

MONEY RAISED
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  • Pat and Sheryl Murphy

    $30

  • Dan Christensen

    $100

  • Baxa's Sutliff Store & Tavern

    $100

  • Ron and Monica Rahlf

    $20

  • Robert and Marianne Zahorik

    $20

  • Brian and Sonja Krob

    $75

  • Joe & Missy Nelson

    $100

  • Karl and Janice Schmidt

     

  • ACT Friends

     

  • Awesome Tshirt Fans

     

  • Brandon Hudson

     

  • Randy and Luanne Ferdig

    $25

  • Bake sale

    $90

  • Gabriel Hansen

    $50

  • Tammy & Brandon Pitlik

    $30

  • Jamie & Chris Coleman

    $50

  • Kevin & Kelly Riley

    $25

  • John Feldman

    $100

  • Jan and Tom Krall

    $35

  • Virginia Alston

    $30

  • Earl and Jessica Vikel

    $30

  • Pat and Sheryl Murphy

    $30

  • Mark and Peg Weih

    $45

  • Barb Ciha

    $15

  • Darrel Brotherson

    $60

  • Tiffanie Mollenhauer

    $35

  • Greg and Gina Butteris

    $100

  • Solon State Bank

    $50

  • Maher girls

    $10

  • Reilly Rose

    $8

  • Jeremy Weih - tshirts

    $30

  • Peg Weih - more shirts!

    $60

  • Dan Spellerberg

    $250

  • Stinocher Post Auxiliary

    $50

  • Jim and Judy Shulista

    $50

  • Lee's Ag Clinic

    $50

  • Sam's Main St Market

    $100

  • Jeff & Wendi Smith

    $20

  • Rob and Pat Merritt

    $100

  • Brenda Neymeyer, Scentsy Consultant

    $260

  • Ruzicka's Meat Processing

    $50

  • Earl and Jessica Vikel and the kids

    $100

  • Dan and Diana Driscoll

    $75

  • Tammy Maneely - shirts

    $30

  • Solon Truck and Tractor Repair, Mike Aicher

    $100

  • Neal's Water Conditioning

    $50

  • Your favorite friend, Tori Vikel - bands

    $5

  • Peg Weih - more shirts

    $30

  • Sandi - Tshirt

    $15

  • Pauline Greazel

    $20

  • Dr Easker's office

    $10

  • Marsha and Vance Light

    $100

  • Marsha Light - tshirts

    $90

  • Susan Michaelson

    $20

  • Koreen Langley - tshirt

    $15

  • David and Pam Smith - shirts

    $30

  • Jeff Mertka - shirts

    $30

  • Brenda Greazel

    $20

  • Emily Logan - tshirt

    $15

  • Al and Connie Meier - tshirts

    $30

  • Maher girls - tshirts

    $45

  • Dan and Eryka Driscoll

    $100

  • Norma Kubichek

    $20

  • Lizzie Kroul

    $20

  • Arctic Plunge

    $943

  • Mary & Leon Larson

    $25

  • Kathy Erenberger - tshirt

    $15

  • Looking for a good time in Morse

    $200

  • Darin and Kate Williams

    $100

  • Rhonda Jensen

    $15

  • Madison, Brynnley, and Kennedy Baxa

    $40

  • Foxie Roxie - tshirt

    $15

  • Jim Washburn - tshirts

    $40

  • Morse Community Club

    $200

  • E&J Geothermal, Inc.

    $50

  • Mike and Dawn Morgan

    $50

  • Garage sale for cancer

    $505

  • Silent Auction website donation

    $65

  • Janelle Rettig

    $50

  • Scott and Jennifer Jensen

    $30

  • Don and Karen Hunter

    $25

  • Kim Walton

    $15

  • Freddie and Tammy Maneely

    $500

  • Sutliff Bridge Authority

    $100

  • Sheryl Murphy

    $54

  • Verizon - matching gifts

    $500

  • Garage Sale donation

    $32

  • Cindy Torvik

    $50

  • The fabulous Eryka!

    $100

  • A secret friend from Sutliff

    $100

  • Mike Kiely

    $25

  • Susan Scott

    $20

  • Paul Kumsher

    $65

  • Cory Wolf

    $30

  • Melissa Canning

    $15

  • Linda Shermeda

    $15

  • Heather Armstrong

    $25

  • Randy & Diane Weyer

    $50

  • Old high school friends are best!

    $1,000

  • Lisa Godwin

    $30

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140% Raised of $7,500 Goal

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The Team: $18,411 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Sarah Brannaman

Amount Raised

$10,530

 

140% Raised of $7,500 Goal

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Kortney Moel

Amount Raised

$7,881

 

105% Raised of $7,500 Goal

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Elaine Watson

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Holly Bezy

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Reece Roggentien

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Donor Comments

Lisa Godwin

Lisa Godwin

DONATION: $30

4 years ago

Old high school friends are best!

Old high school friends are best!

DONATION: $1,000

4 years ago

Randy & Diane Weyer

Randy & Diane Weyer

DONATION: $50

4 years ago

Heather Armstrong

Heather Armstrong

DONATION: $25

4 years ago

Linda Shermeda

Linda Shermeda

DONATION: $15

4 years ago

Melissa Canning

Melissa Canning

DONATION: $15

4 years ago

Cory Wolf

Cory Wolf

DONATION: $30

4 years ago

Paul Kumsher

Paul Kumsher

DONATION: $65

4 years ago

Susan Scott

Susan Scott

DONATION: $20

4 years ago

Mike Kiely

Mike Kiely

DONATION: $25

4 years ago