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Team IMPACT 2017 Boston Marathon

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BENEFITING: Team IMPACT

ORGANIZER: Team IMPACT

EVENT: 2017 Boston Marathon

EVENT DATE: Apr 17, 2017

Amy Shields

THE STORY:

 On March 28, 2014 my son Sully, who was only 4 at the time, was diagnosed with Stage IV High Risk Neuroblastoma.  Over the past three years he has endured more things most people could imagine.  Chemo, multiple surgeries, three different types of radiation treatments, antibody therapy, a stem cell transplant, immunotherapy, and more chemo.  In April he will turn 8 and he is still battling cancer.  Through it all, he has kept an amazing, positive attitude, smiling through some of the toughest times. 

One of the reasons he is able to keep smiling is because he has a tremendous amount of support.  After Sully was diagnosed a friend told me about Team Impact.  Sully was matched with the Navy Sprint Football Team at the United States Naval Academy in our hometown of Annapolis, MD.  This amazing team welcomed Sully and his brothers, Jack and Mac, onto their team and have provided my boys with an amazing experience.  Sully truly loves his team.  He loves going to practice and games with them and loves when they come to his sports games.  They have provided a consistent source of joy in his life and, when times are tough, remind him of how much he is loved.  In November Sully lost his hair for the third time due to his radiation treatment.  The following day his team all shaved their heads.  Sully had been a little down about losing his hair but seeing his bald team made him hold his bald head higher.

Why Boston?  I have run 5 marathons.  All in the four years before Sully's diagnosis.  I have continued to run to keep my sanity but I have not attempted any sort of distance in the time since Sully was diagnosed.  There was not much time to do anything for myself, running distance felt frivilous.  Last year I saw that Team Impact had charity runners at the Boston Marathon and, while the timing was not right in his treatment last year, I quietly told myself another year - I will do it another year.  There is a part of me that will always call Boston home.  I met my husband working in a bar in Boston and the beginning of our life together was formed on those streets.  Our first apartment was actually on the street where the marathon finishes.  I also started running in Boston.  I fell in love with running on morning runs through the Common and along the banks of the Charles.  So pairing these two things, raising money for a charity that is close to my heart while running on the streets where my family and my running started just seemed natural.

Thank you for reading this and thank you for thinking about donating.  Meeting my fundraising goal would give three more kids like Sully the opportunity to be paired with a team of their own and experience some of the same wonderful things Sully has experienced with this awesome organization.  Thank you!

$8,150

MONEY RAISED
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  • Anonymous

    $1,000

  • Laura Filipek ,RN

    $100

  • Marisa

     

  • The Paucek Family

    $500

  • Auntie Barbara

    $25

  • Tara

     

  • Gavin and Mason Fallon

    $50

  • Scott Lawrenson

    $100

  • Deborah and John Ritter

    $50

  • Jennie Burke

    $250

  • Abby Glenn

    $100

  • Edward

    $100

  • Andrea, Ben, Trey, Andrew and Jackson Steves

    $25

  • Barilaro Family

    $100

  • Sully Shields

     

  • Julie Coleman

    $500

  • The Navy Sprint Football Family

     

  • Courtney Steves

    $100

  • Luke Coughlin

     

  • Megan Reiter

     

  • Schnabel family

    $250

  • Anonymous

    $355

  • Ben Witt-Navy Sprint football

    $100

  • Fiona

    $50

  • The Stabile Family

     

  • Veronica Leddy

    $25

  • Cara Rich

    $50

  • Gabrielle's Angel Foundation for Cancer Research

    $250

  • The Gibson family

    $100

  • Curt and Patty

    $25

  • The Winchesters

    $75

  • Kyra Peters

    $20

  • Bonnie Palsa

    $100

  • Leigh Ann

     

  • The LaRocque Family friends of the Bonnie Palsa

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Maddie & Holly

    $50

  • Tom and Debbie Nelson

    $250

  • Jill Sohan

    $50

  • Anonymous

     

  • The Roses

    $50

  • Susan Magri

    $50

  • The Steele Family

    $100

  • Team Fionny

    $250

  • Katelyn Spoerl

    $50

  • Al and Shell

    $250

  • Daryl Lillibridge

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $175

  • Susan Noble

    $25

  • The Dent Family

     

  • The Brown Family: Caroline, Anne & Scott

    $50

  • The Forbes family

    $100

  • Kathryn Augustson

     

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Kristen Keuleman

    $100

  • Autumn Brown

    $50

  • Jay & Julie Nogueira

    $250

  • The Mundy/Ford Family

    $250

  • Solomon family

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $50

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109% Raised of $7,500 Goal

The Team: $10,250 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

Amy Shields

Amount Raised

$8,150

 

109% Raised of $7,500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Lauren Weeks

Amount Raised

$2,100

 

42% Raised of $5,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Team IMPACT

Amount Raised

$0

 

0% Raised of $10,000 Goal

Donor Comments

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $50

5 months ago

Solomon family

Solomon family

DONATION: $100

5 months ago

The Mundy/Ford Family

The Mundy/Ford Family

DONATION: $250

A tribute to the whole Shields family.. they are truly amazing people 5 months ago

Jay & Julie Nogueira

Jay & Julie Nogueira

DONATION: $250

5 months ago

Autumn Brown

Autumn Brown

DONATION: $50

5 months ago

Kristen Keuleman

Kristen Keuleman

DONATION: $100

to honor all the moms who fight tirelessly for the lives of their children 5 months ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $100

5 months ago

Kathryn Augustson

Kathryn Augustson

In tribute to all the fighters....my dad, my sweet friend Allison, my brother's best friend Jon & this beautiful family and their tough as nails Sully 5 months ago

The Forbes family

The Forbes family

DONATION: $100

6 months ago

The Brown Family: Caroline, Anne & Scott

The Brown Family: Caroline, Anne & Scott

DONATION: $50

6 months ago