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Valerie's Fundraiser:

SF Marathon, Half Marathon and Double Marathon Team A Breath Away

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THE STORY:

I've decided to "use my lungs" again in 2014 and raise money for the Bonnie J Addario A Breath Away From the Cure Foundation -- funding lung cancer research and programs for those currently suffering from the disease.  Thank you for clicking this link, and for reading these words.

If you've followed this link, you likely know very well my mom passed away after about a year's battle with lung cancer.  There aren't many words I can conjure up to describe the events of that year at this time, or words that would even pay proper homage to the memories created in that short period of time.  Suffice it to say not a day goes by that she is not on my mind and this is one way I'd like to honor her memory.  She was strong, independent, and painfully generous.  Watching her succumb to this awful disease was the hardest thing I've ever had to do.

This year, my sisters are also planning on joining the run and fundraise-- once they get over their fear of training for 13.1 miles!  With them on this journey with me, it should be a great day for us to all come together and celebrate our amazing mom.

Last year the experience was very rewarding -- I believe I raised around $1700!  Amazing.  I'll try not to injure myself this time (no guarantees).  Outside of that -- the LCF is such a great organization and founded by an amazing lung cancer survivor.  They have an amazing support group and online community for those currently suffering and their family members, they contribute loads of money to research with a goal towards a cure.  This is a legitimate and very well deserving foundation, your dollars will not be wasted.

Some things I've learned about lung cancer...

It is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the US.  (See CDC website)  It's the second leading cause of all deaths in the United States.  Yet the funding pales in comparison to other cancers.  In my opinion, this is due in large part to the stigma associated with lung cancer.  Keep in mind that almost 80% of diagnoses of lung cancer are of individuals who never or formerly smoked. Still, I think we all know and love smokers and would never feel their death due to lung cancer was somehow less worthy.

The 5 year survival rate for lung cancer is nearly 16%.  Not a good prognosis.

Whatever you can give, big or small, thank you.  If you cannot give, please share with those that can.  If you want more information, please feel free to contact me.

Thank you, thank you, thank you.  

The Bonnie J Addario A Breath Away From The Cure Foundation wrote -

Lend your lungpower and join last year's #1 Fundraising team: A Breath Away! When you join A Breath Away you'll help the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation (ALCF) raise funds for research and patient services, help us reach our immediate goal of increasing survival rates and providing hope to those suffering with lung cancer.

“Empowered patients live longer. Our message is simple… we want to live.”

– Bonnie J. Addario; ALCF Founder & lung cancer survivor

 

   

 

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To This Fundraiser

$1,935

MONEY RAISED
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  • Laura Perdue

    $10

  • Anthony Corso

     

  • Sergio Paz

    $25

  • Shannon Corey

    $100

  • Meg Hamlin

    $20

  • Demian & Alyson

    $50

  • Marissa Torres

    $50

  • Christine Pham

    $20

  • Maddy

    $30

  • Kyle Graham

    $100

  • Mike and Dorothy Perdue

    $100

  • Aurora & John Hortensen

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $10

  • A-Dizzle

    $15

  • Claudia Reinsch

    $25

  • Lexi Perdue

    $10

  • Rachel Hawkins

    $10

  • Matt Izzi

    $10

  • Zachary (cutest nephew in the world)

    $10

  • Lily

    $30

  • Valerie

    $50

  • Bob and Linda Perdue

    $100

  • Anonymous

     

  • Shannon

    $35

  • Joshua Knoles

    $55

  • Dana & Erin Sorum

    $25

  • Stephanie Barnes

    $20

  • Ashley Lohr

    $50

  • Joe & Roxanna Reinsch

    $25

  • Laura Perdue

    $25

  • Eli

    $20

  • Matt & Chloe

    $20

  • Rachael & Chris Binder

     

  • Jeffrey Rosello

    $100

  • Leslie

    $30

  • Anonymous

    $30

  • Rachel H Smith

    $20

  • Rachael and Al Guerrero

    $40

  • Monica Guzman

    $20

  • Matt C

    $100

  • Justin and jill bright

    $20

  • Katie & Joe

    $50

  • Veronica Douat

    $40

  • Jill Blake-Burke

    $20

  • Tony Tran

    $55

  • Madhuri Nemali

    $20

  • Nicole and Holly Bishop Perdue

    $100

  • Jenna

    $25

  • Daniel Kim

    $25

  • Daniel Logan

    $20

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111% Raised of $1,745 Goal

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The Team: $31,571 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Daniela Gasparini

Amount Raised

$8,025

 

115% Raised of $7,000 Goal

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Daniel Valles

Amount Raised

$3,107

 

207% Raised of $1,500 Goal

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Nicole Scott

Amount Raised

$2,680

 

268% Raised of $1,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Lisa Boohar

Amount Raised

$2,386

 

95% Raised of $2,500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Zoee Astrachan

Amount Raised

$2,040

 

204% Raised of $1,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Valerie

Amount Raised

$1,935

 

111% Raised of $1,745 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Robb Boyle

Amount Raised

$1,388

 

139% Raised of $1,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Kelly Donovan

Amount Raised

$1,325

Donor Comments

Daniel Logan

Daniel Logan

DONATION: $20

4 years ago

Daniel Kim

Daniel Kim

DONATION: $25

4 years ago

Jenna

Jenna

DONATION: $25

4 years ago

Nicole and Holly Bishop Perdue

Nicole and Holly Bishop Perdue

DONATION: $100

4 years ago

Madhuri Nemali

Madhuri Nemali

DONATION: $20

<3, you're amazing Valerie. 4 years ago

Tony Tran

Tony Tran

DONATION: $55

You rock Val, so glad I met you on TLS those many years back :) 4 years ago

Jill Blake-Burke

Jill Blake-Burke

DONATION: $20

4 years ago

Veronica Douat

Veronica Douat

DONATION: $40

4 years ago

Katie & Joe

Katie & Joe

DONATION: $50

4 years ago

Justin and jill bright

Justin and jill bright

DONATION: $20

4 years ago