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Amanda Bialack's Fundraiser:

Running for Heather

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Race day is almost here!!!!
May 11, 2017

I'd first like to thank everyone who has contributed to our fundraiser. We have a few days left and I am still hopeful to be able to reach our  See more
Amanda Bialack

THE STORY:

Heather Olsen was only 36 when she lost her long battle with synovial sarcoma (a rare an often fatal type of cancer).  

Though I never met her face to face, she changed my life forever.  

I followed her journey on Facebook through her husband and eventually directly though her.  

Heather was 36, a wife and a mother. She was healthy and lived a healthy and active life. A little under 2 years ago she was diagnosed with synovial sarcoma in her lungs.  (https://www.mdanderson.org/publications/cancerwise/2016/08/synovial-sarcoma.html) . 

What became so incredible is how she embraced life and inspired others to embrace their lives though her journey. She accepted that she was dying and in her acceptance she inspired everyone she touched. It is in large part because of her that I've been able to overcome so many of my fears in the last year. For it was Heather, reminding me to do things that I want to do but was too afraid to. She reminded everyone to not put things off while they are able and healthy. To create bucket lists. Embrace life. Tell those you love that you love them. I am so grateful for the impact she has had on me and my life and that I was able to tell her this in the week before she passed. In my last correspondence with her she told me how proud she was of me, and how the most important things in life we have no control over... time and health.  

While running at the beach & training for the Tinkerbell Disneyland 1/2 marathon I was already registered for, a thought came across my mind...... I was tired, and my legs were hurting and I thought "Heather would have given anything to feel this type of pain"... and I looked up and said "This one is for you"!!!  

At that moment I decided to turn this little half marathon into a fundraiser in Heather's Memory.  All the money I raise will go to MD Anderson Cancer Center Research. This is where Heather received her treatment, and it is the best in the country for her type of cancer. If anyone is going to find a cure, this is who it will be.  Thank you for your donations and reading about the impact Heather had on me.  

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To This Fundraiser

$1,957

MONEY RAISED
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  • Ari Stock

    $250

  • Ari Stock

    $74

  • The Woolf Family

    $100

  • Brittany Swanson

    $100

  • Jonah & Stefanie Garb

    $50

  • Mr & Mrs Blackwell

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Brando & Gabby

    $25

  • Dana Shafran

    $50

  • Brent Votroubek

    $100

  • Fara Rosenzweig

    $25

  • Rachel Aguilar

    $25

  • Jeffrey Goldbloom

    $25

  • Liz Cohen

    $25

  • She's A Competitor Inc.

     

  • Anonymous

     

  • Sandra Chavez

    $25

  • Tina Tessina and Richard Sharrard

    $50

  • Maggie and Eddie Bialack

    $100

  • DrTaras.com

    $54

  • in honor of cancer surviors

     

  • The Johnson gang

    $50

  • Darren Shack

    $50

  • N&N Shore

    $36

  • Brad Roth

    $25

  • Your favorite Dad

    $50

  • Brandon Moss and Family

    $100

  • Jeff Pritikin

    $25

  • Armen D

    $25

  • The Sammons girls

     

  • Travis Olsen

    $100

  • Jeanne

    $25

  • Melanie Albin

    $50

  • Mayim Bialik

     

  • Ashlyn

    $25

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78% Raised of $2,500 Goal

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The Team: $1,957 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Fundraiser Title

Amanda Bialack

Amount Raised

$1,282

 

51% Raised of $2,500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Tamara Tambe

Amount Raised

$675

 

27% Raised of $2,500 Goal

Donor Comments

Ashlyn

Ashlyn

DONATION: $25

4 months ago

Mayim Bialik

Mayim Bialik

4 months ago

Melanie Albin

Melanie Albin

DONATION: $50

xoxoxo 4 months ago

Jeanne

Jeanne

DONATION: $25

Proud of you! 4 months ago

Travis Olsen

Travis Olsen

DONATION: $100

In memory of my beautiful, courageous wife Heather Olsen. Thank you Amanda and Tamara! 4 months ago

The Sammons girls

The Sammons girls

4 months ago

Armen D

Armen D

DONATION: $25

4 months ago

Jeff Pritikin

Jeff Pritikin

DONATION: $25

4 months ago

Brandon Moss and Family

Brandon Moss and Family

DONATION: $100

4 months ago

Your favorite Dad

Your favorite Dad

DONATION: $50

4 months ago