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Team Charities Challenge

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September 20, 2012

Thank you for helping me spread the word about how essential exercise is for people with Alzheimer's and Down Syndrome! I will run hard!  See more

BENEFITING: Charities Challenge

ORGANIZER: Charities Challenge

EVENT: Charities Challenge 2012 Events

HOURS PLEDGED: 6

Mileage Tracker: 20

Chris Hesse-Withbroe

THE STORY:

Why am I raising money for Charities Challenge and WHY am I running 26.2 hard miles in Maui for Charities Challenge? Because Charities Challenge mission is to improve the quality of lives for individuals challenged by health concerns.   My family is affected by two health conditions:  Alzheimer's and Down Syndrome. 

You all know I am the mother of 4 living boys.  I originally began running to heal after one of my twin sons, David, died the day of birth from a cardiac anomaly.  Running was my time to quiet my mind, to feel David’s spirit, and to push my body to its limits as I raged against the fates that took my little man far too soon.  Soon running became my time to help me be a better mom to my youngest who was born with Down Syndrome and who was subsequently diagnosed with hearing loss and autism.  The stress in having Robert originates from dealing with the various systems (school, health care etc) with which he is involved – not him or his diagnosis – he is the light that shines through all the bureaucracy.  And, I run to honor him – it took him two years to learn to walk, yet he kept trying – and most of the time with a smile and determination.  When I am having a difficult run, I think about Robert and how hard he works to accomplish tasks that come easily to most people … and he immediately inspires me.  I also run to show my other 3 boys about the importance of setting goals, training, and achieving them as well as the importance of exercise to PREVENT disease! 

I also am running the Maui Oceanfront Marathon for Charities Challenge to support their work in both preventing and ameliorating the symptoms of Alzheimer's.  My Dad was recently diagnosed with a pre-Alzheimer's condition.  My Dad is literally a world reknown solar astrophysicist who has sent numerous experiments up on the Space Shuttle, was a key scientist for SkyLab in the 1970's and Chief of Space Physics at Nasa Headquarters.  At a recent dinner with my parents, I saw him struggle to remember one of my boy's names ...  the look of fear in his eyes, as well as recent inspiring posts from Charities' Challenge Founder Gary Westlund about the importance of exercise in slowing the progression of dementia convinced me that NOW is the time for me to become an RxExercise Ambassador:  to honor my Dad and Robert.  

So many people with Down Syndrome and Alzheimer's are isolated as they age .. growing more and more unfit and losing more of their cognition .. and hence, their dignity.  Charities Challenge seeks to ameliorate the ills associated with lack of exercise ... by prescribing exercise!  Help me spread the word about exercise ... the cheapest Rx you can find!  

 

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$685

MONEY RAISED
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  • Sam Thiessen Devine

    $40

  • George and Lynda Withbroe

    $100

  • Sarah D-Potter

    $20

  • Marty and Dennis Hesse

    $100

  • Kris Miner

    $50

  • The Monkey Hut

    $100

  • Chris, Mark, Bailey, Joe, Jack & Angel David Hesse-Withbroe

    $150

  • Tim & Linda

    $50

  • Tim & Laura Donovan

    $50

  • Maria & Jaime Harris and Family

    $25

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17% Raised of$4,000 Goal

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The Team: $3,700 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Sue Farmer

Amount Raised

$1,300

 

33% Raised of$4,000 Goal

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Don Soule

Amount Raised

$1,040

 

26% Raised of$4,000 Goal

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Chris Hesse-Withbroe

Amount Raised

$685

 

17% Raised of$4,000 Goal

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Charities Challenge

Amount Raised

$625

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Taylor Stiff

Amount Raised

$50

 

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brian palacios

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Simona Byron Boler

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George Liss

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Donor Comments

Maria & Jaime Harris and Family

Maria & Jaime Harris and Family

DONATION: $25

In Memory of our Carly Girl!! 7 years ago

Tim & Laura Donovan

Tim & Laura Donovan

DONATION: $50

In honor of your amazing parents, George & Lynda! 7 years ago

Tim & Linda

Tim & Linda

DONATION: $50

In memory of Bud & Sis Malotke and Lee & Rose Sharpe. 7 years ago

Chris, Mark, Bailey, Joe, Jack & Angel David Hesse-Withbroe

Chris, Mark, Bailey, Joe, Jack & Angel David Hesse-Withbroe

DONATION: $150

7 years ago

The Monkey Hut

The Monkey Hut

DONATION: $100

In memory of Curtis Simon and to honor Roxie Kian. 7 years ago

Kris Miner

Kris Miner

DONATION: $50

Go get 'em! What a fantastic cause, and I wish you the best of luck in your fundraising efforts! 7 years ago

Marty and Dennis Hesse

Marty and Dennis Hesse

DONATION: $100

7 years ago

Sarah D-Potter

Sarah D-Potter

DONATION: $20

For my fantastic cousin Andy and of course, Robert too! 7 years ago

George and Lynda Withbroe

George and Lynda Withbroe

DONATION: $100

Thanks for doing this for two great causes. 7 years ago

Sam Thiessen Devine

Sam Thiessen Devine

DONATION: $40

Go get 'em Chris. It does amaze me how much you do. Robert inspires you and you inspire others, I'd say that's pretty awesome. 7 years ago