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St. Jude Heroes - Boston 2017

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BENEFITING: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

ORGANIZER: St. Jude

EVENT: 2017 Boston Marathon

EVENT DATE: Apr 17, 2017

Alanna Orbach

THE STORY:

Hey Friends!

I have the privilege to have been selected to run the 2017 Boston Marathon as part of the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Charity Team for the second year in a row! The mission of St. Jude is “is to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. Consistent with the vision of our founder Danny Thomas, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion or a family's ability to pay.”

  • St. Jude leads the way the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases.
  • They share their breakthroughs with hospitals world-wide so that doctors, scientists, and researchers benefit from St. Jude’s discoveries.
  • Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20% to more than 80% since it opened more than 50 years ago.  Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food — “because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.”

More than just the opportunity to support an amazing charity & run The Boston Marathon, it is my passion to help further this mission as I run & raise funds to honor the memory of Ricky McAvaddy, a very special little Hero who lost his battle to Relapse Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.in 2010. Please forgive the length of this, but it is difficult to explain what doing this means to me in few words.

Ricky is the son of Rick & Jamie McAvaddy and big brother of Kate and Emily. I first met Ricky & his family through my sister-in-law, who is one of Jamie’s best friends. Ricky was a beautiful little boy, with bright blue eyes & a smile that would light up a room. He was smart, silly, and loving- everything a little boy should be. He adored his mommy & the incredibly close bond between them was obvious to anyone who met them, myself included. I remember one day at the park and Ricky was running around, but he would stop every once in a while, to yell “Mommy, I love you!” Looking back on that, as I often do, it has become a very bittersweet memory. Ricky’s dream was to be a weatherman and he loved to draw rainbows. In 2006, the Ricky was diagnosed with leukemia. He fought so hard and he was so brave and for a brief time, it looks as though he had it beat. Unfortunately, it came back and on October 22, 2010, Ricky passed away peacefully in his parent’s arms. It was one month before his 8th birthday. I cannot imagine what Rick & Jamie went through & still go through every day that they live without their little man. Throughout Ricky’s illness, they remained positive & optimistic- they never stopped believing a cure could be found. It was because of this that Ricky’s passing came as almost a shock to me- Jamie especially never shared anything but positive news about Ricky. Even at the end, she never stopped looking for more trials & treatments that might save her son.  However, when the time came, she & Rick were brave enough & selfless enough let him go where he would no longer be in pain or suffer- a sacrifice I cannot fathom having to make. And while I realize that running a marathon will not bring Ricky back, I can run to honor not only their son, but their sacrifice, bravery, and courage and to help further their fight & hope that a cure will be found. 

I need all the support I can get- no donation amount is too small & your prayers and postive thoughts are needed as well! Thank you so much!!!


 

$10,000

MONEY RAISED
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  • Kathryn Goldenberg

    $25

  • The Meyers

    $25

  • Lauren Scribi

    $26.20

  • Brooke Bass

     

  • Mindy Pomatto

    $25

  • Kelly Willman

    $100

  • Sumaya Matuson

    $30

  • Nikitas Tsoukales

    $50

  • Bethany LePera

     

  • Lynn Pricskett

    $100

  • BFF Ugly Sweater Run Participants

    $1,065

  • Pop and Nan

     

  • Stephanie VandenBerg

    $50

  • Anonymous

     

  • Erin Petz

    $25

  • Friends of The Dubliner Pub

    $50

  • Sherri Bhagat

    $110

  • St. Jude supporters

    $54

  • PattiCon

     

  • Amber Reed

    $25

  • Anne neustadter and Katie desalle

     

  • Laura Harrell

    $30

  • Chuck Schopf

    $50

  • Aberman Family

     

  • Alena Manzini

    $25

  • Kusnirik Family

    $25

  • The Reeds

    $100

  • Lynn Latham

    $25

  • Mecccii

    $50

  • Heidi Derbyshire

    $25

  • Dawn Bird

    $50

  • Frank and Barbara McAleer

    $25

  • Cathy Link

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Suzanne Griffin

    $50

  • Grace Duffy

    $25

  • Lori, Brian & Harbour

    $50

  • Cathy Pio

    $25

  • tracey

    $25

  • Gail Duffy

    $75

  • Anita and Don Bradley

    $25

  • The Chase Family

    $25

  • Jeanmarie M Kearney

    $100

  • Running for Ricky Fundraiser

     

  • Emma Baer

    $25

  • Jerica and the kiddos!

    $50

  • Tara Curtis

    $50

  • RoseMarie DeJesus

    $50

  • Lisa Johnson

    $35

  • O.C. Sports LLC T/A ‘The Sneaker Shop’

    $100

  • B&B Fundraiser

    $550

  • Judy and Bob from the Anchorage (sharon)

    $100

  • Nancy Swank

    $50

  • The Dubliner

    $159

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Meg Kawan

    $26.20

  • PBA Local #61

    $150

  • FUndraiser

    $4,545

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67% Raised of $15,000 Goal

The Team: $159,466 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

Chris Perret

Amount Raised

$31,307

 

104% Raised of $30,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Nikitas N Theo 4 the Kids

Amount Raised

$20,026

 

100% Raised of $20,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Jerry Jacobs

Amount Raised

$16,054

 

107% Raised of $15,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Heather MacLeod

Amount Raised

$13,876

 

139% Raised of $10,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Rob Daniel

Amount Raised

$11,425

Fundraiser Title

Michael Coughlin

Amount Raised

$11,307

 

57% Raised of $20,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Lauren Scribi

Amount Raised

$11,263

 

113% Raised of $10,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Stephen D Allison II

Amount Raised

$10,906

Donor Comments

FUndraiser

FUndraiser

DONATION: $4,545

2 years ago

PBA Local #61

PBA Local #61

DONATION: $150

2 years ago

Meg Kawan

Meg Kawan

DONATION: $26.20

Great job Alanna!!! 2 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $100

2 years ago

Nancy Swank

Nancy Swank

DONATION: $50

2 years ago

The Dubliner

The Dubliner

DONATION: $159

2 years ago

Judy and Bob from the Anchorage (sharon)

Judy and Bob from the Anchorage (sharon)

DONATION: $100

2 years ago

B&B Fundraiser

B&B Fundraiser

DONATION: $550

2 years ago

Tara Curtis

Tara Curtis

DONATION: $50

2 years ago

RoseMarie DeJesus

RoseMarie DeJesus

DONATION: $50

2 years ago