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Brain Tumor Foundation 2012 ING NYC Marathon Project

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Little over 1 week to go and we want to thank everyone for all their support and generousity. Hope to see as many as possible Nov 4th!  See more
Michael & Cara Connolly

THE STORY:

In March of 1992 at the of 23, a year before she was married, she was diagnosed with a low grade primary cancerous brain tumor. She had a craniotomy at NYU Medical Center followed up with a 6 week course of radiation at Memorial Sloan-Kettering. After her treatment she returned to work as a pediatric nurse at Schneider’s Childrens Hospital. In March of 1993 she and Artie were married. The had to wait 7 years before starting their family to make sure she was okay and was off all anti-seizure medicine. For 17 years her life went on as all of ours do. She has 3 beautiful daughters Casey, Emma and Kate and lives in Long Island. But in 2009 she started experiencing symptoms that something again could be wrong. She was having difficulty with her speech and had periods of blackouts. Her tumor is in the part of the brain that provide the structural backbone of the brain and support the function of thought, sensation, muscle control, and coordination. On the early morning of March 29, 2010, she was rushed by ambulance to her local ER after having a long lasting seizure. She started back on the anti-seizure medicine but even worse, the MRI showed that there was a new tumor in the same area that she had 17 years prior. On July 7, 2010, she had her second craniotomy at NYU to remove the tumor which was a more aggressive grade III Anaplastic Oligodendroglioma with a poorer prognosis. Three weeks later the left side of her face, her left arm and hand became paralyzed. The MRI showed a massive hematoma and infection. She had an emergency craniotomy on August 1, 2010 and was sent home with a PICC line (central catheter) for a 6 week course of IV antibiotics which delayed the treatment of her cancer. In October 2010 after her PICC line was removed, she began a 1 year cycle of temodar which is oral chemotherapy and scans every 2 months. And again, life went on. Until May of this year when one of her regularly scheduled MRIs showed another tumor. Today, Marybeth is back on the drug temodar (oral chemotherapy) and is waiting to see her next steps and course of treatment based on upcoming MRIs.      

 

Marybeth lives her life to the fullest. You would never know she has been fighting cancer for 20 years. She is the most fun-loving, supportive, energetic and caring wife, mother, sister, daughter, cousin, niece, aunt and friend. She has never asked for help and is always more concerned about how her cancer affects her family and friends than how it affects her. We are in awe of her grace and beauty and strength. She is truly amazing and an inspiration. As she continues her fight against her recurring brain tumors, we will be running 26.2 miles on Nov 4th to honor her.      

 

Anything you can donate to help us honor her would be greatly appreciated

 

 

 

$20,000

MONEY RAISED
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  • Patrick & Kristine Dorney

     

  • Camille and Steve Schramm and Family

    $50

  • Ginny & John Young

     

  • Sean and Kathryn

     

  • The Caraher Family

     

  • Maura King

     

  • Peggy, Tommy, Ryan, Matthew & Chloe Angello

     

  • Nicole Weber

    $100

  • Cindy & Rick Drankoski

     

  • The Lang Family

     

  • Barbara and Alex Miller

     

  • The McGreal Family

    $50

  • The Satriale Family

     

  • Terry Clark

    $75

  • Jon Lynch

    $250

  • Eddie Poirier

    $251

  • Sarah Bloch

     

  • The Beers Family

    $200

  • Christian Antonellis

     

  • Christine Carney

     

  • Mr and Mrs A.

    $100

  • Sal, Tara & Christian Torino

    $100

  • Sarah McGuire

     

  • Logan Family

     

  • Steve and Deb

    $50

  • Tony & Phyllis Cappellino

     

  • Pete, Erin, Ryan, & Kate Connolly

    $100

  • Beth Greaney

    $200

  • The Olsen Family

    $50

  • Delia Kelly

     

  • The Maresca Family

    $100

  • Dennis Downing

     

  • May Burke

    $50

  • The Spencer Family

    $200

  • Annie Glennon

    $50

  • Jeryl and Michael Hofmann and Family

    $200

  • Melissa Nagin

    $50

  • Andrew & Kassie Elekes

     

  • The Sullivan Family

    $150

  • The Tyack Family

    $200

  • Harry & Deirdre Schultz

    $100

  • The Weis Family

     

  • Maureen, Bill, Emme, Jill & Logan Ziegler

     

  • Mary Jane and Ernie Feleppa

    $100

  • The Skowron Family

    $50

  • Leigh Anne and Wesley Smith

    $100

  • Carrie Gulbin Cochrane

     

  • Helgesen's

     

  • Erin Westman-Mendez

     

  • Jim and Maryann Moran

    $100

  • Christa and Kevin Lauri

     

  • Corinne/Bob Mastruzzi

    $100

  • Maura O'Grady

    $50

  • Hardardt Family

     

  • Erin and Chris Parker

     

  • Jason & Carla Martin

    $250

  • Gina & Charlie Campbell

     

  • Anonymous

    $111

  • Cookie, Iza, Eddie Bell, Steve

    $200

  • Good luck!! Love the Carbones

     

  • Michael Cassidy & Family

    $100

  • Brian & Lori Bourke

     

  • AUNT LIZ & UNCLE TIM CONNOLLY

    $250

  • Scott and Cindy Auker

     

  • Joanne & Jim Wendling

    $50

  • Brendan & Jeannie Yorke

     

  • Stephen, Debbie, Gianna & Angelo Russo

     

  • Costa Family

     

  • The Fourth Graders at Mandracchia Sawmill Intermediate School Commack, NY

    $50

  • The O'Boyles

     

  • Canty Family

     

  • Jill Popovich & Cathy McCabe

    $250

  • The Buquicchio Family

    $20

  • John & Colleen Edwards & Family

     

  • Gerry Connors

    $50

  • County Cork BP & P Association

    $100

  • Bobby, Gina Lee and family

    $50

  • Ann Murray

    $1,000

  • The Cocchiarelli Family

     

  • Dan & Peggy Murphy

    $100

  • Dan & Peggy Murphy

    $100

  • Francis and Patricia Fanning

    $200

  • Timothy and Diane Connolly

    $100

  • Knights of Columbus Champlain Association

    $1,000

  • Gerard and Rosemary Connolly

    $100

  • Francis and Patricia Fanning

    $20

  • JACK & MARY MAHON

    $50

  • DAVID ROSE

    $500

  • Rick - Bermuda

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • The Salomon Family

     

  • Jeannie Connolly & Meg

    $100

  • Mickey & Rosaria McEntee

    $100

  • The O'Connell Family

     

  • Darren Botha

    $100

  • Abelson Family

     

  • Paul Crone

    $500

  • The Ries Family

    $100

  • Tom Murray

    $50

  • Anonymous

     

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The Team: $110,714 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

Michael & Cara Connolly

Amount Raised

$20,000

Fundraiser Title

Kevin Cmunt

Amount Raised

$18,410

Fundraiser Title

shawn mattson

Amount Raised

$14,200

Fundraiser Title

Seth Ross

Amount Raised

$8,551

 

107% Raised of $8,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Vanessa and Tim Green

Amount Raised

$7,930

Fundraiser Title

Tricia and Mike Bonagura

Amount Raised

$7,275

Fundraiser Title

shawn epstein

Amount Raised

$6,736

 

225% Raised of $3,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Kristen & Jackie

Amount Raised

$6,030

 

101% Raised of $6,000 Goal

Donor Comments

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

In honor of Marybeth! You are an inspiration to us all! 5 years ago

Tom Murray

Tom Murray

DONATION: $50

5 years ago

The Ries Family

The Ries Family

DONATION: $100

5 years ago

Paul Crone

Paul Crone

DONATION: $500

Good Luck 5 years ago

Abelson Family

Abelson Family

From one brain tumor survivor to another! You go girl! 5 years ago

Darren Botha

Darren Botha

DONATION: $100

Good luck guys! my money on Cara ! 5 years ago

The O'Connell Family

The O'Connell Family

5 years ago

Mickey & Rosaria McEntee

Mickey & Rosaria McEntee

DONATION: $100

5 years ago

Jeannie Connolly & Meg

Jeannie Connolly & Meg

DONATION: $100

We love you. xo 5 years ago

The Salomon Family

The Salomon Family

5 years ago