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David Bekker via Crowdrise
March 08, 2015

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BENEFITING: BIDMC

ORGANIZER: BIDMC

EVENT: 2015 Boston Marathon

EVENT DATE: Apr 20, 2015

David Bekker

THE STORY:

Hi I'm Dave and against all odds I'm a marathon runner striving to run the Boston Marathon for the first time.  The most prestigious marathon in our country.

Here's my story:  In 1978, at the age of 17, I was diagnosed with bacterial endocarditis, which damaged the mitral valve in my heart.  Bacterial endocarditis is an inflammation to the lining of the heart and the heart valves caused by an infection.  In 1985, I underwent open-heart surgery and had my mitral valve replaced with a St. Jude’s valve.  Due to the artificial valve and several other factors, I need to take an anticoagulant and undergo frequent blood tests for the rest of my life.  Then in 1997, I experienced a series of transient ischemic attacks (mini-strokes) and my doctors discovered that my heart was in Atrial-Fibrillation (A-fib).  A-fib can cause a five times higher risk of stroke, but is controlled with medication and continual medical monitoring. 

I've always been an active person, swimming through college, and several years ago I took up running and absolutely fell in love with it.  During a recent appointment with my cardiologist, we discussed the idea of me running the Boston Marathon.  My Doctor gave me his full support and endorsement of the idea and said I can act as a role model and inspiration for people overcoming medical problems such as heart and stroke issues. 

Reflecting on the words of my cardiologist, I now realize my motives for wanting to participate in the Boston Marathon have evolved.  Initially, my goal was to thank the medical professionals, friends, and family members who have supported me through my incredible journey.  However, now one goal has evolved into three goals.  The first aim is to serve as an inspiration for people to lead an active life.  When I underwent open heart surgery, I vowed that I was not going to sit in a rocking chair for the rest of my life.  I have embraced life and will continue to lead a fulfilling one.   My hope is to inspire and encourage people to choose to lead a healthy life.  The second purpose is to increase the public’s awareness that people with health issues can lead active lives under the supervision of a doctor.  The last objective is to raise money for the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC).  Raising money for the BIDMC which is devoted to providing clinical care, education, and research is an incredible honor and privilege. 

2015 will be the 30th anniversary of my open heart surgery and what better way to celebrate than running the Boston Marathon. Donations that are made in my name will benefit Kidney Disease Research.  I hope that you will consider supporting my fundraising efforts and help me reach my fundraising goal of $7,500.  The research that is occurring at BIDMC is truly ground-breaking, and with your support, it can continue benefiting patients around the nation.

Thank you for your generosity!!

Kidney Disease Research

The Renal Division Research Team has identified a reason for the high rate of kidney disease in people of African descent. Kidney disease is five times more likely to affect African Americans than other groups of people, and the team is actively working to alleviate this epidemic. This is a major public health problem and this research, which may lead to major advances in treatment, is unique to BIDMC. Dialysis is not a cure. Fewer than 40 percent of dialysis patients live more than five years. Rates of kidney failure are increasing and the cost to treat those patients continues to rise each year. In 2009, $42.5 billion was spent to provide care to those with kidney failure. Over the next three to five years, the Renal Division Research Team aims to use their findings to better understand, prevent, and treat kidney disease in African Americans. They plan to develop a multifaceted approach to solving this problem that will be highly visible and have a large impact on the lives of individuals and their families.  

$8,099

MONEY RAISED
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  • Mary Bekker

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Zeeland Boys Swimming

    $705

  • Zeeland Boys Swimming

    $240

  • Gail, George and Darlene Ranvile

    $125

  • Anonymous

    $1,000

  • Karen Warner

    $50

  • Jan Miller

    $50

  • James Dumerauf

    $50

  • Larry Erlandson

    $300

  • Francine Robinson

    $50

  • Alan Martens

    $125

  • Doug & Linda Ruch

    $250

  • P. J. & Kristen Thompson

    $150

  • Carol and Al

    $100

  • John & Phyllis Patnott

    $100

  • Patti & Jim Redell

    $100

  • Cathy Fenton

    $100

  • Virginia Beard

    $50

  • Mike & Kathy Torrey

    $100

  • Bob and Tamara Potter

    $50

  • Vern & Janet Hostetler

    $100

  • Rachel Bishop

    $100

  • Andy, Sabina, and Christian Otteman

    $75

  • Bruce and Chris De Jonge

     

  • Tammy and Doug Wilson

     

  • Amy Alderink

    $50

  • Val and Dave Methric

    $25

  • Sue Hulst

    $100

  • Wehrmeyer Family

    $100

  • Nancy Best

    $100

  • Chris Wennersten

    $100

  • Heather B

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $130

  • Duistermars Family

    $50

  • Wilson's in Texas

    $250

  • Lin Light

     

  • Doug & Debby Wachter

     

  • Mark & Jackie Van Rhee

    $50

  • Marilyn Tremml

     

  • The Hillebrands Family

    $50

  • Crazy Horse Restaurant

    $250

  • Deb & Jaye

    $50

  • Todd & Deb Swanson

    $50

  • Friends at hsarbor Lights

    $200

  • Dave Oosterman

    $50

  • Rick & Lois Ganzi

    $500

  • Margaret Hudson

    $25

  • The Methric Family

     

  • Ron and Sandy Collins

    $100

  • Jodi and Bob Camp

    $250

  • Pedersen Family

    $50

  • Kurt Kossen

    $250

  • The Moeke Family

    $50

  • Irma Flores

     

  • Theresa Whitaker

     

  • Kathleen Lunsford (Gottlieb)

    $50

  • miki foster

     

  • Christina Fong and Michael Kornacki

    $100

  • Anonymous

     

  • Nancy, Wes, Carissa and Connor

    $50

  • Harbor Lights

    $284

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Mark and Jon Hofmeyer

    $75

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108% Raised of $7,500 Goal

The Team: $361,295 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

Rebecca Pressman

Amount Raised

$15,438

 

206% Raised of $7,500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Matthew Urban

Amount Raised

$15,430

 

103% Raised of $15,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Team Amazing Grace

Amount Raised

$14,700

 

147% Raised of $10,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Team Chamberlain

Amount Raised

$12,900

 

86% Raised of $15,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Marissa Monaco

Amount Raised

$12,518

 

125% Raised of $10,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Stephanie Hunt

Amount Raised

$10,772

 

144% Raised of $7,500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Christopher Sower

Amount Raised

$10,731

 

72% Raised of $15,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Matthew Manning

Amount Raised

$10,615

 

142% Raised of $7,500 Goal

Donor Comments

Mark and Jon Hofmeyer

Mark and Jon Hofmeyer

DONATION: $75

To a caring teacher and friend 2 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $50

2 years ago

Harbor Lights

Harbor Lights

DONATION: $284

2 years ago

Nancy, Wes, Carissa and Connor

Nancy, Wes, Carissa and Connor

DONATION: $50

Good thing you'll have Choo Choo and I there with you in Boston to keep you out of trouble! ;-) 2 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

2 years ago

Christina Fong and Michael Kornacki

Christina Fong and Michael Kornacki

DONATION: $100

In memory of my dad Art Fong who passed away from heart disease. 2 years ago

miki foster

miki foster

2 years ago

Kathleen Lunsford (Gottlieb)

Kathleen Lunsford (Gottlieb)

DONATION: $50

So excited for your big day! You've worked hard for this and I hope you enjoy every moment! 2 years ago

Theresa Whitaker

Theresa Whitaker

Mr. Bekker, you're an inspiration! 2 years ago

Irma Flores

Irma Flores

2 years ago