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Kimberly Gagnon's Fundraiser:

Samaritans 2015 Boston Marathon Team

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BENEFITING: Samaritans

ORGANIZER: Samaritans

EVENT: 2015 Boston Marathon

EVENT DATE: Apr 20, 2015

Kimberly Gagnon

THE STORY:

If you’ve stumbled upon this fundraising page of mine, chances are pretty good that you know my family’s story.  I’m grateful to have the most supportive group of friends, family members and anonymous donors who so generously have supported me in my fundraising efforts year after year.  For those of you who haven’t heard my story, I am a survivor of suicide. My sister, Jodi Ann Sims took her own life on July 10, 2006.

For the 7th year in a row, I feel humbled to have been chosen to run the Boston Marathon on Team Samaritans.  I often ask myself, “Why do I feel so passionate about doing this every year?”  Running 26.2 miles is a LOT of work!  It started as something to help me cope with the sadness of my sister’s tragic death and a way for me to keep her memory alive.  Surely I still miss her smile and when I think about her, it’s always with a heavy heart.  But I do believe I’ve made peace with my sister’s death.  I’ve seen signs that she has reached a better place.  I understand her life here on earth was troubled. I’m grateful for all the lessons I’ve learned from her.  And it’s true, I do love to run.  But this year, she’s not the only reason I run.  The countless stories I’ve heard lately about loved ones battling mental illness, suffering from depression and considering suicide break my heart; stories of mothers, husbands, teenage daughters, nieces, sisters, professional athletes, Hollywood actors.  The list is endless.  I run in hope that one person would be inspired by our special team and that our efforts might change just one life.

I’ve committed to raising $10,000 for this charity that inspires me.  The Samaritans rely on the kindness of people who give of themselves and their resources to help others. Your donation will contribute to their efforts to reduce the risk of suicide and increase public awareness of prevention strategies.  It will also help many despairing individuals find emotional and often lifesaving support from their volunteer based 24 hour Befriending Services.

If you’d like to help with my fundraising efforts, please feel free to do so online or send a check made payable to “Samaritans, Inc.” to:

Kimberly Jo Gagnon

LMHS, P.C.

80 Washington Street

Norwell, MA 02061
 

Each year, as I lace up my sneakers and wait for the gun to go off at the start line, I think of my sister, feel grateful for the 32 years I had with her and I say a little prayer for all those still suffering from depression and struggling to find their reason to keep moving forward. I hope to run the Boston Marathon on Team Samaritans every Patriot’s Day until God tells me our work is done.  And even then, maybe I’ll lace up my sneakers one more time.  Just for fun, of course :)

Please support the work of the Samaritans if you can.

Kim Gagnon

Mother, Marathoner, Yogi, Beloved Sister

 

"One hundred years from now it won't matter what kind of car you drove, what kind of house you lived in, how much money you had in your bank account or what kind of clothes you wore. But the world may be a better place because you made a difference in the life of another

$10,137

MONEY RAISED
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  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • The Schuh Family

    $100

  • MIke Crowther

    $100

  • The Cutting Family

    $25

  • The Berryman Family

    $25

  • Erin and Andrew Berger

    $200

  • Lynda Fann

    $50

  • M.E. O'Brien & Sons, Inc.

    $200

  • Linda Boylan

    $50

  • Barletta Family

    $100

  • the Foley Family

    $100

  • Juline Holland

    $50

  • Sherman Family

    $50

  • Judy & Manny Luciano

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Bill S.

    $100

  • Justine Jacome

     

  • The Spedden Family

    $75

  • Shirley

    $40

  • The Mazukina Family

    $75

  • Karen Leaver

    $100

  • The Gaughran's

     

  • Elissa McCarthy

    $50

  • Paul Rogan Jr

    $50

  • The Novak Family

    $26

  • Molly and Paul Colasanti

     

  • Rob Galibois

    $100

  • Terrie Perella

    $25

  • Steve Mongeau and Janice Ruell

    $100

  • Catherine Cashman

    $50

  • Tom and Marie Mancini

    $50

  • Joyce Silver

    $50

  • Paula and Tony Autori

    $200

  • Marlena Venturini

    $20

  • Benjamin Family

    $100

  • Coach Lisa

    $100

  • Lynch Family

    $500

  • The Gubitose Family

    $150

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • The Laenen family

    $20

  • Aunt Joan and Uncle Kenny

    $50

  • Kaye Tunney

     

  • Stumpf Family

    $250

  • Mary Cullinane

    $50

  • Jacqueline and Robert Graci

    $50

  • Allen and Diti Lappas

    $100

  • Rhea F. McGonagle

    $25

  • Charles and Helen Fisher

    $25

  • Elizabeth and Gregory Allen

    $20

  • Kate and Adam Tenforde

    $50

  • Matt & Jane Sylvestre

    $150

  • Insultech

    $200

  • Insultech

    $200

  • The Dufour Family

    $50

  • H. A. Shaughnessy

    $200

  • Stephen Leon

    $100

  • Rande and Deborah Graci

    $75

  • Christine and Robert Fleming

    $50

  • Christine and Robert Fleming

    $50

  • H. A. Shaughnessy

    $200

  • Stephen Leon

    $100

  • Rande and Deborah Graci

    $75

  • Lisa Anne and Ronnie Holiman

    $10

  • Lisa Anne and Ronnie Holiman

    $10

  • Your LMHS, P.C. Family

    $1,000

  • Coleen, Ben, and Matt

    $50

  • Marguerite Hamel-Nardozzi & Chris Scarcella

    $50

  • Matt & Mandy

    $50

  • Thomas Quilty

    $50

  • Valerie J. Richard

    $50

  • EvaLou Roschlein

    $50

  • Cindy Gilman

    $100

  • Jes Dolan

    $35

  • Roberta Hurtig

    $20

  • Bruce Henriksen

    $100

  • Barbara Feeley

    $25

  • Beverly Carson

    $50

  • Jennifer Mancini

    $25

  • Bell Garment Co. Inc.

    $250

  • Chip and Carmel Sterling

    $200

  • Brigitte Kuzman Covill

    $50

  • Chip and Carmel Sterling

    $200

  • Bruce and Dorothy Henriksen

    $50

  • Paul and Sherynne Faramelli

    $100

  • Christine and Frank Ciampa

    $35

  • Beborah Diverdi-Carlson and John Carlson

    $50

  • Kimberly and Joseph Quinlivan

    $200

  • Gary Scott

    $50

  • J.E. Morrissey Sawan

    $50

  • Amanda Morrissey

    $100

  • Lauren and Todd Jacobson

    $50

  • Stephen and Mary Halko-Sheehan

    $50

  • Gary and Joan Osborne

    $50

  • Evelyn and Eric Roschlein

    $50

  • Angela Campbell

    $50

  • Karissa Leary

    $50

  • Traci Layman

    $50

  • Kim Gagnon

    $300

  • Anonymous

    $50

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101% Raised of $10,000 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

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $50

2 years ago

Kim Gagnon

Kim Gagnon

DONATION: $300

2 years ago

Traci Layman

Traci Layman

DONATION: $50

2 years ago

Karissa Leary

Karissa Leary

DONATION: $50

2 years ago

Angela Campbell

Angela Campbell

DONATION: $50

2 years ago

Evelyn and Eric Roschlein

Evelyn and Eric Roschlein

DONATION: $50

2 years ago

Gary and Joan Osborne

Gary and Joan Osborne

DONATION: $50

2 years ago

Stephen and Mary Halko-Sheehan

Stephen and Mary Halko-Sheehan

DONATION: $50

2 years ago

Lauren and Todd Jacobson

Lauren and Todd Jacobson

DONATION: $50

2 years ago

Amanda Morrissey

Amanda Morrissey

DONATION: $100

2 years ago