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Team Eye and Ear 2016

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BENEFITING: Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary

ORGANIZER: Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary

EVENT: 2016 Boston Marathon

EVENT DATE: Apr 18, 2016

Mileage Tracker: 70

Colby Davenport

THE STORY:

“You are going to run 26.2 miles?! Why on earth would you want to do that?”

I am honored to run with a team that changes lives of children all over the world. Training to run 26.2 miles is easy compared to the struggles some children are born with. Team Eye and Ear’s “Operation Airway”has a mission to independently perform “surgical procedures to restore and rebuild children’s airways so that they can be free of tracheostomy tubes and can breathe, speak, and swallow on their own”. They also aim to educate doctors and other healthcare professionals to treat children.

I live by the motto “Mind over Matter”. We can do just about anything we want if we put our mind to it. However, there are circumstances that require the support of others. I was paired with a 15 month old boy, Ryan, who got the opportunity to live a healthy and normal life thanks to the support of the Airway Team. Ryan’s mother carried twin boys, had a normal pregnancy and they arrived full term. Eager to enter the world, Ryan’s mother underwent an emergency C-section. During this time Ryan’s nose was flattened, which ended up masking the severity of his airway issue. Ryan’s mother felt his breathing didn’t sound right but was told “newborns are forced nose breathers”.One month later, Ryan’s breathing dramatically took a turn for the worse, and his parents began to hear him have inspiratory stridor.( Please go to this link to hear what inspiratory stridor sounds like (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EMKxnyPs7K8) In order to seek a second opinion, Ryan and his parents were introduced to Dr. Hartnick and his team. They did an in office scope and discovered that he had severe laryngomalacia, meaning his larnyx was very floppy making it difficult for him to pass air.

Due to the severity of Ryan’s situation his parents needed to make a difficult but quick decision to allow the Airway Team to perform surgery. Ryan was to go under a procedure called a supraglottoplasty, a procedure to trim back epiglottis but when they went to perform this procedure it was found that his condition was more severe than originally thought. His epiglottis was fused over his larnyx and he was not intubateable. His airway was so tiny that even a cold would have been enough to cause him to stop breathing. On further exploration they found that he also had trachealmalacia meaning the rings in his trachea were underdeveloped and floppy causing his airway to collapse. Ryan’s best option was to receive a tracheostomy until such time that his airway grew and hardened. For several months Ryan breathed from his tracheostomy tube. At the age of 9 months his airway grew to a point where he could be safely intubated from above. Two hundred twenty two days after his first surgery Ryan underwent a Laryngotracheal Reconstruction (LTR) — Single-Staged Repair, using part of his thyroid cartilage to stent open his trachea. Ryan was able to grow and thrive both with his trach and after it was removed because of the remarkable efforts of Mass Eye and Ear’s Airway Team.

I am running and raising money for this amazing cause to make a difference in the lives of children like Ryan.

 

 

Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary wrote -

Massachusetts Eye and Ear clinicians and scientists are driven by a mission to find cures for blindness, deafness and diseases of the head and neck.

Each year almost 300,000 people - adults and children - from more than 80 countries seek care at Mass. Eye and Ear and more than 20,000 of them undergo life-changing surgery.

Mass. Eye and Ear is home to the world's largest vision and hearing research centers, offering hope and healing to patients everywhere through discovery and innovation. As a Harvard Medical School teaching hospital, Mass. Eye and Ear trains future medical leaders in ophthalmology and otolaryngology through our highly competitive residency and fellowship programs.

Mass. Eye and Ear is ranked #1 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

$11,920

MONEY RAISED
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  • Lucinda Fidalgo

    $25

  • Christina Cipriani

    $25

  • Stephen F Batres

    $500

  • Sarah, Barry and Jack

    $50

  • Kelly Smith

     

  • Erin Pararas

    $500

  • Michelle Paone

    $40

  • Michelle Golden

     

  • Dawn Hunt

    $25

  • Diane Gaeta

    $50

  • Paul T.

    $50

  • Alexis Medeiros

     

  • sami, james, and jack

    $75

  • Dan Leger

    $100

  • Mike Piraino

    $20

  • Anonymous

     

  • Cindy N

     

  • Anonymous

     

  • Anonymous

    $30

  • Christine Anthony

    $20

  • Ashley

     

  • Ashley

    $35

  • Donna C

    $50

  • Erica Wilkey

    $25

  • Debbie Beaubier

    $100

  • Marisa , John, and Zen

     

  • Thompson Family

    $50

  • Lisa & Darin

    $50

  • Elena Ciulla

    $100

  • Matthew Winship

    $50

  • Amanda

    $50

  • Jillian & Aj

    $100

  • Joan & Bob Smith

    $100

  • Kim Pappas

    $25

  • Fundraising Party

    $3,700

  • Caitlin Bye

    $25

  • Terenzi family

    $40

  • Casiello family

    $25

  • Anthony leyme

    $25

  • Uncle Eric & Aunt Jen

    $50

  • Anonymous

     

  • Paul & Danika Herrick

    $50

  • The VERY appreciative parents of Ryan Britton :-)

    $500

  • Raja Family

    $25

  • Aunt Ellen and Uncle Pudge

    $25

  • Joyce & Arol Charbonneau

    $100

  • Gail H. Gordon

    $100

  • Lene Hausgaard

    $100

  • Daddyo

    $100

  • Terry Hanson

    $50

  • Kelly O'Regan

     

  • JoAnn and Farhan Sheikh

    $100

  • Janna Preman

    $50

  • Jason Sears

     

  • RAGNAR LOTHBROK

    $100

  • Sarah & Brian Rodgers

    $50

  • Samborn crew

     

  • Rob Tamilio

    $80

  • Kevin Labonte

     

  • Mary Ann & Jimmy

    $50

  • Adrienne Norris

    $25

  • Emily and Lilly Allcock

    $100

  • Clark Clements

    $50

  • Jay and Debbie Martin

    $25

  • Kevin and Debbie Gordon

    $50

  • Kristina Sym

    $50

  • Janey, Bill, Emily, Ben, Craig and Viola

    $250

  • Amy Hachey

    $25

  • Jenna Pearl

    $25

  • Katy C

    $50

  • Linda and Paul Maregni

    $50

  • Gran

    $25

  • Pam Olsen

    $25

  • Maureen Carey

    $25

  • Scott faessler

    $25

  • Lis More Cloutman

    $25

  • Parris Pelletier

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Cindie Rais-Asaro

    $25

  • Pat Shea Fryzel

    $100

  • Rochelle

    $25

  • William D.

    $20

  • Betsy & Robby Daitch

    $100

  • Kristin Whitty and Billy Boccuzzi

    $50

  • David Leary

    $50

  • Jessica Brudnick and Mark Bergeron

    $50

  • Clarissa Lewis

    $25

  • Jess

     

  • Helene

     

  • Dawn

     

  • Sue Holland

    $50

  • Dave Babcock

    $25

  • Linda Montemurro

    $50

  • Doreen Browne

    $25

  • Rachel Wood

    $50

  • Ray & Cheryll Gagnon

     

  • Nancy

    $25

  • Joshua 1:9 "Be Strong & Courageous "

    $25

  • Bettyann Britton

    $50

  • Patrick and Kathryn

    $50

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99% Raised of $12,000 Goal

The Team: $611,719 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

Sally Reiley

Amount Raised

$42,258

 

161% Raised of $26,200 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Robert Knapp

Amount Raised

$25,450

Fundraiser Title

Paul and Michael Cannistraro

Amount Raised

$24,150

 

97% Raised of $25,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Paul Herrick

Amount Raised

$23,221

 

100% Raised of $23,200 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Kelsey and Michelle Nickerson

Amount Raised

$21,715

 

109% Raised of $20,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Marc and Lushe

Amount Raised

$20,024

 

80% Raised of $25,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Norman Levy

Amount Raised

$19,625

 

196% Raised of $10,000 Goal

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Christopher Hartnick

Amount Raised

$17,846

 

105% Raised of $17,000 Goal

Donor Comments

Patrick and Kathryn

Patrick and Kathryn

DONATION: $50

1 year ago

Bettyann Britton

Bettyann Britton

DONATION: $50

Go Ryan ! 1 year ago

Joshua 1:9

Joshua 1:9 "Be Strong & Courageous "

DONATION: $25

1 year ago

Nancy

Nancy

DONATION: $25

1 year ago

Ray & Cheryll Gagnon

Ray & Cheryll Gagnon

1 year ago

Rachel Wood

Rachel Wood

DONATION: $50

1 year ago

Doreen Browne

Doreen Browne

DONATION: $25

1 year ago

Linda Montemurro

Linda Montemurro

DONATION: $50

1 year ago

Dave Babcock

Dave Babcock

DONATION: $25

1 year ago

Sue Holland

Sue Holland

DONATION: $50

1 year ago