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Team Eye and Ear Boston Marathon 2012

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Will McNamara

THE STORY:

I am now training to run the Boston Marathon this April for my fouth year as a member of Team Eye and Ear, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary's marathon team.  Thanks to your generosity, since 2009, I have raised more than $40,000 for neuro-ophthalmology research at Mass. Eye and Ear, which gives me hope that I will one day be able to see again.  This year I hope to raise more than  $15,000.  Please consider supporting me once again in this endeavor.

I know that Mass. Eye and Ear is the place for me to raise funds for, as the research being done there that I hope will benefit me, and many others who have either lost their sight or will due to accidents like mine or degenerate diseases. With your help we will continue this research. 

I really enjoyed the camaraderie among the members of Team Eye and Ear and meeting the other team members to hear their stories and reason for running. 

Thank you for your support -- and don't forget to forward this to anyone who you think might want to donate too!  I Look forward to seeing you again along the way in April.

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WHY I'M RUNNING:
Will, 31, has once again joined Team Eye and Ear from Aspen, CO where he lives with his dog, Riva, a four-year-old Newfoundland.
 
Five years ago, Will had a mountain biking accident near Vail, Colorado.  As a result of the accident, he broke his back.  During surgery, Will had a stroke to the optic nerve in both eyes, leaving him legally blind and facing a new way of life.
 
Due to the special rehabilitation Will received while in Craig Hospital, a rehabilitation hospital in Colorado and support from friends and family, he walked out of the facility with only the aid of a cane.  He says, “I have two rods and many screws in my back, but my back has been fine, it’s been my eyes that hold me back.” 
 
“My family has been looking and we are all hoping for some kind of cure for my eyes.”  In 2009, Will found Mass. Eye and Ear and Dr. Dean Cestari’s marathon team of nine members who were raising funds for neuro-ophthalmology research and knew it was a perfect match.
 
Will ran the 2009 and 2010 Boston Marathons with Mass. Eye and Ear in memory of his father who he lost to cancer.  “As a family, we have raised lots of funds for cancer.  Now we think my dad would want us to do some fundraising for eye research and we feel we have found the right place . . . we are all looking for some type of cure for my eyes.”
 
Will is not new to giving back.  He uses his challenges to help others.  In addition to his fundraising activities, Will volunteers for Challenge Aspen, a non-profit organization that offers life changing experiences to individuals and groups with disabilities. 
 
Will attributes what he’s been able to overcome and accomplish due to the support from his friends and family including his mom, who lives in Scituate, MA and his younger sister, Becca, who lives in Aspen. 

On April 16, Will will join the 50 other members of Team Eye and Ear for the 116th running of the Boston Marathon to raise funds for neuro-ophthalmology research, which he hopes will one day benefit him.

 

At Mass. Eye and Ear, our focus is your quality of life.  We treat everything that has to do with the eyes, ears, nose, throat, head and neck - so that you and those you care about can get more out of the world around us.

Our physicians are more than just specialists; each is also a researcher and a teacher.  These doctors don't just apply the latest advances in medicine; they invent them.  Together with Mass. Eye and Ear scientists, they work tirelessly to understand the root causes of diseases that both take people's lives and rob too many others of their quality of life.

Every dollar raised makes it possible for Mass. Eye and Ear to excel in clinical care, research and medical education.  That, in turn, allows us to provide the finest specialty care to every person who comes through our door and to share our knowledge in order to help patients around the world.

Thank you for your support.

$12,993

MONEY RAISED
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  • Bob and Linda Kocher

    $500

  • Katrina & Garrick

    $50

  • Kitty & Jack Friel

    $50

  • Ed & Leah Mogan

    $50

  • Babel's Paint & Decorating Store, Inc.

    $100

  • Golden Recycling, LLC

    $100

  • Raymond Mannos

    $100

  • Peter & Helen Mulroy

    $150

  • Steve and Sue Buckley

    $100

  • Joanne Gleason

    $50

  • Gary and Wendy Greaves

    $100

  • Allison & Eric Bernstein

    $150

  • Priscilla Y. King

    $500

  • Deena Dray

    $50

  • Anne McEvoy

    $50

  • Carol R. Geary

    $100

  • Catherine O'Leary

    $50

  • Denise Trovato Palombo

    $50

  • The Galvin Family

    $100

  • Jeff & Jane Liber

    $100

  • Barbara E. Serverson

    $25

  • Paul McGonigle

    $100

  • TMI Executive Resources

    $200

  • Lovell Landscape Service, Inc.

    $100

  • Norbert J. & Marilyn Zwiener

    $62

  • Richard E. & Sara Ann Toran

    $100

  • Lois R. McNamara

    $300

  • Elise Kenney

    $100

  • Joe and Debbie Walsh

    $100

  • nicole and ryan angell

    $50

  • Susan Zuker

     

  • Jan and Al Interrante

    $50

  • The Gibson Family

    $100

  • Kristin and Ted!

    $50

  • Alexis Roche

    $75

  • Claire & Tom McCabe

    $150

  • Julie Hanrahan

    $100

  • Heather

    $50

  • Gary and Kathy Goltz

    $100

  • The Holbrook Family

    $200

  • Laura & Jeffy

    $150

  • Chris and Steve McManama

    $100

  • lisa mogan

    $50

  • David E. & Charlotte A. Gibbs

    $50

  • John J. & Rita H. David

    $100

  • John W. & Alice A. Coppinger

    $150

  • Maureen A. Daley

    $25

  • Catherine Lambert

    $75

  • Catherine and Charles Brennan

    $100

  • Keith & Dre

    $100

  • Philip & Gloria Kelly

    $100

  • Eileen Forsyth

    $100

  • Dr. & Mrs. Joseph Rizzo

    $250

  • Matt and Elaine Hall

     

  • KEVIN GALVIN

    $50

  • Joe and Kyle Altimar

    $100

  • Elaine Ficcardi

    $100

  • Julie, Greg and Zack Wallace

    $25

  • Ron & Nancy Standring

    $100

  • Ellie and Harun Mustin

    $50

  • Ed and Caroline Schollmeyer & Family

    $100

  • Tom and Sheila Rapone

    $100

  • Matching Gift: Rexnord Foundation Inc.

    $150

  • Dane and Diane Kimmerle

    $100

  • Jeannie & Charlie O'Connor

    $50

  • Rod & Chris Taft

    $50

  • The Wardwells

    $50

  • B.J. Caouette

    $50

  • Matt Brown

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Elaine Sweeney and Tom Kirker

    $50

  • The Kaplan Family

    $100

  • Stacy Walsh

    $20

  • Brian Goltz and Beth Callies

    $50

  • Jason Wardwell

    $50

  • Dennis and Jean Leahy

    $100

  • The Lawrence's

    $100

  • Jim & Mary Roof

    $100

  • The Cotter Family

    $300

  • Anne Pendleton

    $50

  • Linda and Michael

    $50

  • Mona and Mark Walsh

    $100

  • gail & Mark Lennon

    $50

  • Kelly Gately

    $100

  • Reachela & Louis Frascotti

    $50

  • Sheila A. & Stephen M. Bowler

    $25

  • Maureen Frisoli

    $75

  • Margaret R. Figlioli

    $100

  • Jane & Edward Goff, Jr.

    $50

  • Janice A. & Richard A. Lowe

    $50

  • Christine, Frank & Adelyn Shine

    $100

  • Rita L McNamara

    $100

  • Terry Buckley

    $100

  • Mary & Dennis Coady

    $60

  • Gerald F. Miller & Paula A. Pelaggi

    $100

  • Susan MacPherson & Dick Davies

    $100

  • Donna Lavita Tefft and Steven F. Tefft

    $50

  • Pat & Ron Hayes

    $50

  • The Stella Family

    $50

  • Betsy and John Moller

    $500

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87% Raised of $15,000 Goal

The Team: $394,915 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary

Amount Raised

$64,290

 

18% Raised of $350,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Brad Terry Zimmerman

Amount Raised

$21,145

Fundraiser Title

Joseph Rizzo

Amount Raised

$17,160

 

66% Raised of $26,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Yamil Kouri

Amount Raised

$15,487

Fundraiser Title

carolyn shea

Amount Raised

$14,080

 

282% Raised of $5,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Will McNamara

Amount Raised

$12,993

 

87% Raised of $15,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Russ & Lisa Fleming

Amount Raised

$11,625

 

116% Raised of $10,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Robert Knapp

Amount Raised

$11,100

Donor Comments

Betsy and John Moller

Betsy and John Moller

DONATION: $500

7 years ago

The Stella Family

The Stella Family

DONATION: $50

Congratulations Will! Thank you for always inspiring all of us to reach for our goals. 7 years ago

Pat & Ron Hayes

Pat & Ron Hayes

DONATION: $50

7 years ago

Donna Lavita Tefft and Steven F. Tefft

Donna Lavita Tefft and Steven F. Tefft

DONATION: $50

7 years ago

Susan MacPherson & Dick Davies

Susan MacPherson & Dick Davies

DONATION: $100

Congratulations Will! That heat must have been wicked. 7 years ago

Gerald F. Miller & Paula A. Pelaggi

Gerald F. Miller & Paula A. Pelaggi

DONATION: $100

7 years ago

Mary & Dennis Coady

Mary & Dennis Coady

DONATION: $60

7 years ago

Terry Buckley

Terry Buckley

DONATION: $100

7 years ago

Rita L McNamara

Rita L McNamara

DONATION: $100

Good Luck tomorrow, Will! 7 years ago

Christine, Frank & Adelyn Shine

Christine, Frank & Adelyn Shine

DONATION: $100

7 years ago