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TEAM EDUCATION THROUGH MUSIC NYC MARATHON 2012

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THE STORY:

I have a beautiful story written below about how I got to this place but for a short and quick sypnosis of why you should give me money read only the first paragraph:

Yes, the Columbia Presbyterian commercial where the patient shared the story of his collapsed lung and the doctor at the hospital encouraging him to  run the marathon with him the next Fall is what did it.   I thought, "that guy finished the marathon with a collapsed lung 10 months before and the doc encouraged him?  And he got that medal?  Hell!   I CAN DO THIS!    So, in January i signed up for a Jack Rabbit running class and the rest is making history.  I have completed a 5K, a 10K, i plan to do a half marathon in the early Fall and then the big Kahuna - The Marathon!  i will be running for one of my favorite charities and my former place of employment, Education Through Music (ETM) - A wonderful organization that truly puts in well trained music teaching artists to teach in the toughest of schools.  ETM ensures that not only every child in the school learns music (I mean really learns how to read music )  but that the program is sequential and ongoing not succumbing to the usual not- for profit woes of pulling out a program simply because there is not money in place for ongoing support.  ETM prides themselves on making sure there is a real plan so that the music program stays in a school as part of the regular school curriculum.

 

I have watched the NYC Marathon every year since I was a child.  I remember watching the runners after the event in their shimmery aluminum as they made their way home with their families and with their medals!   In college,  I had a few friends who ran and I happily cheered (and secretly envied)  them on First Avenue.  I loved the way the city felt during the marathon.  There was a wonderful spirit, a feeling of hope and inspiration.     After college, I  looked forward to the annual event and cheered whether I knew some one running or not and always felt great emotion.   I always wanted to do the Marathon (i really wanted the medal! ) but I was not a runner, i was not really athletic, I had knee problems, I did not even know how to begin to train.  It was a dream that was not going to be acted upon.  When I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in May 1999,  it seemed for certain that excessive excercise of any type was going to be out of the question.  So I went  on to get married, have children and with each year I cheered the runners.  The funny thing was,  I met more and more people who were my age, were not so fit, had physical problems  or had children, who were running the marathon.  My MS also began to stabalize and I seemed to have a better handle on my triggers for flare ups.  Then my very close friend who was at a turning point in her life told me she was training to run the marathon.  I was enammered by her commitment.  Other friends on facebook announced that they too were doing the marathon and  i became more excited..."Maybe this dream could be a reality for me?"  And then the final straw,  a sappy commercial...

$1,643

MONEY RAISED
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  • Carole Leigh Podell

    $50

  • S p I n D 3 L

    $100

  • Michael Bartolone

    $50

  • Michelle Ciulla Lipkin

    $25

  • Laura, Nate, and Piper

     

  • Sam&Lori;

    $100

  • Rainah

    $25

  • Anonymous

     

  • Matt Kutin

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $36

  • Slotnik Famiily

     

  • Alan S

     

  • Kathy Canning

     

  • Brooke Gomez

    $100

  • Marjorie, Brian and Zoey Kaplan

    $18

  • Shari and Yariv Katz

     

  • William Henry Jones II

    $100

  • Joanne and Chris Pesce

    $100

  • Jane and Bob Edwards

    $50

  • Sandi & Isaac Simon

    $50

  • Mars-Kravath

    $36

  • Kathy Damkohler

     

  • Jennifer Cronin Gutierrez

     

  • renee and larry

     

  • Fishbein family

     

  • Marianne & Peter Koneval

    $50

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66% Raised of $2,500 Goal

Fundraise for this Campaign

The Team: $10,062 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

JOIN THE TEAM
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Jason Fixler

Amount Raised

$3,738

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Thomas Gonnella

Amount Raised

$2,626

 

131% Raised of $2,000 Goal

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Christopher Gonnella

Amount Raised

$2,055

 

103% Raised of $2,000 Goal

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Sara Lise Raff

Amount Raised

$1,643

 

66% Raised of $2,500 Goal

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Education Through Music

Amount Raised

$0

 

0% Raised of $12,500 Goal

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nancy bielawski

Amount Raised

$0

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John Ã?arti

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$0

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Joanne Brogan

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Donor Comments

Marianne & Peter Koneval

Marianne & Peter Koneval

DONATION: $50

5 years ago

Fishbein family

Fishbein family

5 years ago

renee and larry

renee and larry

YOU GO GIRL!!! so proud of you! 5 years ago

Jennifer Cronin Gutierrez

Jennifer Cronin Gutierrez

You should be very proud! Rock on. 5 years ago

Kathy Damkohler

Kathy Damkohler

5 years ago

Mars-Kravath

Mars-Kravath

DONATION: $36

5 years ago

Sandi & Isaac Simon

Sandi & Isaac Simon

DONATION: $50

5 years ago

Jane and Bob Edwards

Jane and Bob Edwards

DONATION: $50

5 years ago

Joanne and Chris Pesce

Joanne and Chris Pesce

DONATION: $100

5 years ago

William Henry Jones II

William Henry Jones II

DONATION: $100

Have a great run! I'm sure you will do great! 5 years ago