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Team Eye and Ear Boston 2017

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WE DID IT!!
April 25, 2017

To my generous donors, We were able to raise over $50,000 for the researchers at Mass. Eye & Ear - AMAZING!! This total helped Team Eye &  See more
Jessica Schmitz

THE STORY:

A new year, a new challenge....

Two people very close to me are fighting for their sight.

Recently, I was given the opportunity to help them by running the 2017 Boston Marathon for Team Mass Eye & Ear with the goal of raising $50,000.

Who are they?

The first person I met the moment I saw the world for the first time, my father.  He has both supported me in many eye-opening experiences throughout my life and given me opportunities to see the world in many different ways.  For the past fifteen years, my father's vision has deteriorated due to an inherited disease and several other retinal and macular problems.  Despite undergoing all available surgeries and treatments, he was not able to prevent severe vision loss in one eye and double-vision, both of which will only worsen as he gets older.  I run in his honor, to acknowledge his unwavering fight to maintain his active life despite a constant struggle to see clearly.  The money I raise will go directly to the doctors at Mass Eye & Ear who are researching and developing treatments for keratoconus and the other problems that have afflicted his eyesight.

The second person I met as a toddler, my dear friend Ginger Comstock.  We have been friends for over forty years and throughout this time, she has shown me what it means to never lose sight of the light at the end of the tunnel; how to truly fight through adversity, to persevere, and do it all with humor and kindness.  Ginger was diagnosed at a very young age with juvenile arthritis that she has battled throughout her life.  One of the terrible side effects of inflammatory diseases such as arthritis is damage to the optic nerve, the lifeline to our vision.  Over the last year, Ginger has been treated at MEEI for critical surgery to both of her eyes to lower her optic nerve pressure and to prevent further damage to her sight.  While one eye has stabilized, the second eye suffered trauma from the pressure and her peripheral vision has been significantly impaired.  A loss of vision for Ginger is even worse than for most as her arthritis has fused vertebrae in her neck prohibiting her from turning side to side... without her peripheral vision, her field of vision has shrunk drastically, with considerable impact on her day-to-day life.  Ginger continues to remain optimistic for recovery, though, and I run in her honor to raise money for optic nerve research in the hope that her doctors at MEEI can provide further treatment to help restore her sight.

I hope you will join me in supporting the work of their doctors and researchers and help me cross the finish line in April! 

Thank you!
Jessica

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.

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  • Megan and Roman

    $250

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    $100

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    $100

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    $500

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    $300

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    $2,500

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  • Ginger Comstock

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104% Raised of $50,000 Goal

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The Team: $652,453 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Jessica Schmitz

Amount Raised

$52,209

 

104% Raised of $50,000 Goal

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Sally Reiley

Amount Raised

$31,743

 

159% Raised of $20,000 Goal

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Matthew Weinstein

Amount Raised

$31,738

 

159% Raised of $20,000 Goal

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Robert Knapp

Amount Raised

$25,800

 

103% Raised of $25,000 Goal

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Paul Herrick

Amount Raised

$18,736

 

101% Raised of $18,500 Goal

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Paul and Michael Cannistraro

Amount Raised

$18,109

 

91% Raised of $20,000 Goal

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Amount Raised

$17,038

 

114% Raised of $15,000 Goal

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Grace MacDonald Shannon Smith

Amount Raised

$16,280

 

102% Raised of $16,000 Goal

Donor Comments

Sarah DiMare Atwood

Sarah DiMare Atwood

DONATION: $25

Go Jess! Please say hi to Ginger for me! We were at Colby together and went to Ecuador on a trip on winter. Ginger kept me company on a hike in the Andes when I suffered from terrible altitude sickness and had to stop hiking. Ask her if she remembers the herd of wild horses up there... Hope you had a great run Jess! 4 months ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $100

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Lynda Nijensohn

Lynda Nijensohn

DONATION: $50

4 months ago

Susan Boney

Susan Boney

4 months ago

Greg & Katie McCullough

Greg & Katie McCullough

4 months ago

The Reeds

The Reeds

DONATION: $200

Amazing Jess! We will be cheering from CO :) 4 months ago

Stan Reiss

Stan Reiss

DONATION: $100

4 months ago

Paul John, Melissa, Catherine, Caroline & Alexandra

Paul John, Melissa, Catherine, Caroline & Alexandra

4 months ago

Janet Wu

Janet Wu

4 months ago

Pam&Andy

Pam&Andy

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