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BENEFITING: American Cancer Society

EVENT: 2014 TCS New York City Marathon

EVENT DATE: Nov 02, 2014

Shari Castelli

THE STORY:

As my mother likes to say, "attitude is everything." That's her all-time favorite quote -- she even had it inscribed on her iPod nano once, back when that was a thing. 

In running, just like in life, attitude truly is everything

You can muscle through the shorter distances on GU and gatorade, but the marathon takes more. You have to see the finish so clearly in your mind before you even cross the starting line if you ever want to make it there. And you have to know why you're there.

With long distance, you're bound to have a bad mile or two. But knowing your "why" will get you through the worst of it all -- and in New York, there's plenty to choose from: the steep incline of the Queensborough Bridge, the unexpected incline along Fifth Avenue, the rolling hills of Central Park.

During the tough spots in my races and my life, I always think of my mom, Mindy. She's one of the most positive, tiniest and most inspiring people I know. She's also a survivor, in every sense of the word. 

Facing a stage 4 breast cancer diagnosis in 2008, my mom endured chemo, radiation and multiple surgeries in the same way that she's always lived her life: with strength, humility and grace. Never complaining. Always smiling. Now cancer-free, she pays it forward by raising money for the ACS every year, currently totaling nearly $25,000 to compliment her many, many hours of volunteer work.

It's with this spirit that I try to approach my own life, and my run next Sunday, November 2nd will be no different. I decided to make it official this year by raising money for the charity closest to her heart -- the American Cancer Society -- in her honor. 

Knowing what she's overcome in her life (with a smile on her face) reminds me that running a race -- even a really, really long one! -- is only as tough as you make it. And I see the opportunity to take part in the most magical race of the year in the greatest city on Earth as a blessing. For me, the marathon is a celebration, and the fact that my mom is still here to cheer me on literally lifts me up.

So in the spirit of Mindy and of the marathon, I ask you to please donate whatever you can to the cause. We both thank you so, so much in advance for your support -- both here and on the course! 

$2,100

MONEY RAISED
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  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Dad

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Michaela Menard

     

  • auntie Trish & Louie

    $25

  • mariesa lane

    $25

  • Grandma/pa Castelli

    $40

  • Anonymous

     

  • Alisa & Gabby

    $50

  • Justin Robert Castelli

     

  • Marisa & Frank

    $40

  • Deborah Augenstein

    $25

  • Jim & Jackie

     

  • Jenny Kim

    $25

  • Doreen

    $20

  • Jonathan Salzberger

    $50

  • Ryan Prest

    $50

  • Selsbergs

    $50

  • Joanne Heckman

    $10

  • Joanne Heckman

    $320

  • Amara and Oliver

    $100

  • Julie & Bill Demers

    $50

  • Marie Catalano

    $40

  • Auntie Bobbi and Borrah

    $50

  • joyce felici

    $50

  • Uncle Richard & Susan

    $100

  • Semak

    $50

  • Elizabeth Hathaway

    $15

  • Nanny Melba

    $100

  • Kim Kaplan

    $25

  • Geneva Simms

     

  • The Poyants

    $25

  • Buttons

    $50

  • Jess Fox

     

  • Anonymous

     

  • Brandon Lane

    $50

  • Stepdaddy Dearest

    $145

  • Eric and Dana Falk

    $50

  • Felicia and Anthony

    $50

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105% Raised of $2,000 Goal

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The Team: $2,100 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Fundraiser Title

Shari Castelli

Amount Raised

$2,050

 

103% Raised of $2,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Jonathan Salzberger

Amount Raised

$50

Donor Comments

Felicia and Anthony

Felicia and Anthony

DONATION: $50

You did a great job, congratulations! 3 years ago

Eric and Dana Falk

Eric and Dana Falk

DONATION: $50

Your reasons for running and your joy in it are very inspiring. Have an amazing day! 3 years ago

Stepdaddy Dearest

Stepdaddy Dearest

DONATION: $145

3 years ago

Brandon Lane

Brandon Lane

DONATION: $50

3 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

3 years ago

Jess Fox

Jess Fox

YOU ARE SIMPLY AMAZING! KILL IT TOMORROW! 3 years ago

Buttons

Buttons

DONATION: $50

Praying others have access to any and all medical treatments. 3 years ago

The Poyants

The Poyants

DONATION: $25

So proud of you Shari!!! 3 years ago

Geneva Simms

Geneva Simms

You are such a bright light in this world, Shari! Have a great run tomorrow; enjoy every minute out there on the course! I'll be out there rooting for you. Save some energy in the bank for the second half of the race and run with a brave heart! You go, girl! Love, Geneva 3 years ago

Kim Kaplan

Kim Kaplan

DONATION: $25

3 years ago