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Jesse Gass' Fundraiser:

Samaritans 2015 Boston Marathon Team

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BENEFITING: Samaritans

ORGANIZER: Samaritans

EVENT: 2015 Boston Marathon

EVENT DATE: Apr 20, 2015

Jesse Gass

THE STORY:

Thank you for visiting my fundraising page! On April 20th, 2015, I will be running the Boston Marathon to raise money and awareness for Samaritans, a non-profit suicide prevention organization that is very close to my heart.

In 1988, my cousin, Danny, took his own life at the age of twenty-four. He was a beloved part of our family and the closest I have ever had to an older brother. In an effort to honor his memory and to prevent other families from suffering such a profound loss, I first got involved with Samaritans when I lived in New York City, serving as a volunteer on their suicide prevention helpline. There, I witnessed firsthand how the profound human connection that happens when we are heard, understood, and valued can change – and even save – people’s lives.

I am thrilled to be running my first marathon on behalf of Samaritans. I am running in memory of Danny and as a gesture of love and support to my family and others who have been affected by suicide. I also run in solidarity with those who have experienced mental illness, one of the biggest risk factors for suicide. It is my hope that shedding light on the subjects of suicide and mental illness, which are so often cast in darkness, can alleviate the stigma and suffering that comes with them.

Writing about her depression, author Kay Redfield Jamison has said that "the beast was best handled by turning it toward the sun." Samaritans operates in that spirit, seeking to reach people in their darkest moments, to turn despair into hope and loneliness into connection. I am so honored to be a part of that effort by running on the Samaritans team. I would be grateful for your support - every dollar will go towards the life-saving work of Samaritans.

For more information, please visit www.samaritanshope.org.

$5,000

MONEY RAISED
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  • Tara Neary

    $20

  • Sam

    $50

  • Geeg

     

  • Teddy Nagel

     

  • David

    $25

  • Melissa, Dan, Lena and Barb

     

  • Daniel

    $100

  • Sara Colb and BJ Ray (plus Rose and May)

    $100

  • Jesse Owens Linehan

    $100

  • Paul E Gass

    $25

  • Karen & David Parker

    $100

  • Douglas Chee

    $50

  • David and Carolyn

    $60

  • martha

     

  • Barry Shemin

     

  • Faith

     

  • Klaus and Linda Shigley

    $100

  • Albert and Patricia Potter

    $50

  • Ginny and Jon Gass

    $500

  • Vincent Lamenzo

     

  • Turner/Colb Family

    $100

  • John C. Gorey

    $50

  • Lauretta M. Gass

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Jon Gass and Mike Mayr

    $100

  • Elizabeth Kennedy Potskowski

    $50

  • Ruby

     

  • Ken and Joann Greenwood

    $25

  • Terrie Perella

    $25

  • Steve Mongeau and Janice Ruell

    $100

  • Kelly Holme

    $50

  • Carol Chaffee

    $50

  • Ali

    $30

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • The van Hamme Family

    $100

  • Ken Eng

    $50

  • Lori Feldman

     

  • Sara

    $50

  • Ryan Ferguson

    $50

  • Rachel Quaden

    $25

  • Ned P

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $20

  • Scott Reece

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $15

  • William Gass

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Dr. Pantel Vokonas

    $100

  • Keri Hannagan

    $25

  • Melissa Hanes

    $50

  • Bob & Maurene Simonelli

    $50

  • Tom & Patty Courteau

    $40

  • Paula Belford

    $100

  • Jacqueline Staelens

    $25

  • The Elwell Family

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $20

  • Lally family

    $50

  • Steve & Pam BOlter

    $25

  • Jane Piecuch

     

  • Deborah Link

    $50

  • Karen Bartos

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Joe and Mary Caira

     

  • Colleen Leger

    $30

  • Midway Cafe Raffle

    $519

  • Ora

    $100

  • Roberta Hurtig

    $20

  • Katherine Riley

    $26.20

  • Midway Cafe Fundraiser

    $300

  • Jon and Althea Cranton

    $50

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100% Raised of $5,000 Goal

The Team: $142,870 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

Colleen Hart

Amount Raised

$17,668

 

147% Raised of $12,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

James Morin

Amount Raised

$15,858

 

106% Raised of $15,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Carrie Asselin

Amount Raised

$15,087

 

113% Raised of $13,402 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Nickie Manzo

Amount Raised

$11,661

 

117% Raised of $10,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Mo Wheeler

Amount Raised

$11,188

 

112% Raised of $10,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Deanna Scinto

Amount Raised

$11,097

 

139% Raised of $8,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Kimberly Gagnon

Amount Raised

$10,137

 

101% Raised of $10,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Liz Loveless

Amount Raised

$9,000

 

100% Raised of $9,000 Goal

Donor Comments

Jon and Althea Cranton

Jon and Althea Cranton

DONATION: $50

2 years ago

Midway Cafe Fundraiser

Midway Cafe Fundraiser

DONATION: $300

2 years ago

Katherine Riley

Katherine Riley

DONATION: $26.20

Congrats Jesse! Such a great accomplishment! 2 years ago

Roberta Hurtig

Roberta Hurtig

DONATION: $20

2 years ago

Ora

Ora

DONATION: $100

2 years ago

Midway Cafe Raffle

Midway Cafe Raffle

DONATION: $519

2 years ago

Colleen Leger

Colleen Leger

DONATION: $30

2 years ago

Joe and Mary Caira

Joe and Mary Caira

2 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $50

2 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $100

I will cherish the memories of New Years Day parties at our house where Danny, Alan and all the cousins would play in the snow then in our basement while the "adults" played cards upstairs. I wiss them both deeply! 2 years ago