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Jennifer Paris via Crowdrise
August 28, 2012

the running is getting better...November 4th is quickly approaching- Thank you for the support!  See more
Jennifer Paris

THE STORY:

Everyone has days they will never forget: first days of school, wedding days, birth of a child… For me, I will never forget the day my dad shared the news that changed the course of our family’s life.  On July 11, 2010, Spain won the World Cup trophy and I received a call from dad inviting me over for pizza and wine.  Nothing unusual about the invitation- we always have family dinners- add the fact that two of my sisters were in town, and I was more than happy to accept.  After dinner and many laughs, my dad begins to tell us he had some bad news.  What we didn’t know was that earlier that week, Thursday to be exact, he had an appointment with a neurologist.  For a little over a year prior, he struggled with little tremors in his hands and arms. And for a little over a year, doctors conducted different tests, always the same conclusion: stress.  On this particular Thursday, however, the doctor did not have the same reply.  He told my dad, "Get a second opinion, get a third opinion, but I have diagnosed over 200 patients and you have ALS."  Dad went to this appointment alone not thinking he would have been blindsided by that kind of news.  After the appointment, he had to go home and tell his wife of only 3 years the news that he was diagnosed with ALS.  Fast forward to Sunday evening sitting around the dinner table, I can say for certain, that was the worst day of my life.  I didn't know much about the disease; anyone you talk to who is not directly affected by this horrible illness knows little more than Lou Gehrig suffered from it and that it is fatal.  The inevitable Google search doesn’t provide much optimism: death in 2-5 years, slow loss of movement in limbs, loss of speech, loss of ability to eat and breathe... the list goes of losses goes on. But what is gained?

To answer that question, let me tell you a little about my family.

When people say they love their family and how awesome they are… no one means it as much as we do.  It’s a proven fact! Ask around the areas we reside- from California to Florida, Alabama to Massachusetts-   you will not find a family more energetic, more fun, more loving and more AWESOME than ours. The support system just within our family walls is immeasurable.  Take that and add our friends and loved ones and I am pretty sure we can move mountains. 

My dad is not alone in this fight and everyone near and far has helped in one way or another.  I have chosen to help by fundraising and running. In the two years since my dad’s diagnosis, Team Hammy has raised over $30,000 with our voice and words alone. I am not a doctor, I cannot find the cure, but I can help raise money to drive the research and education.  Two years ago, I was not much of a runner, now I run because my dad cannot; running my first marathon for the P4L team is my little way of giving him some of the strength he has lost.

Thank you for taking the time to read my story.  I truly believe that ALS is a disease that is underfunded and does not have enough attention. It needs a voice.  Research is vital and will be the only way to discovering not only the cause but a cure and treatment.  Your donation will not only help me reach my goal and give me incentive to continue on this grueling training, but help Prize4Life move in the right direction towards a cure.  

$3,070

MONEY RAISED
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  • Jennifer Paris

    $25

  • Victoria + Grace Puente

    $111

  • Missy + Cookie

    $111

  • Erin Stephens

     

  • hammy n ivonne

    $128

  • MIMI & RAFA

    $100

  • Alfredo DeLara

    $25

  • Lourdes & Guillermo Gilbert

    $25

  • Roomie!

    $20

  • Kat Delgado

    $20

  • Kathy Leonard Senechek

    $150

  • Anonymous

     

  • Jennifer Paris

    $100

  • JC Odele

    $200

  • Brooke Edmiston

    $100

  • Estephany and Javi

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Adam Silverman

     

  • Tom Bosco & Susan Pfingstler

    $250

  • Marty Alverson

     

  • Mark Weingarten

    $100

  • Ben Barrocas

     

  • John & Kathy Harden

    $150

  • Guadalupe Martinez

    $60

  • Anonymous

     

  • Brooke Edmiston

    $60

  • Alexandria Fernandez

    $25

  • April L. Gasparri

    $50

  • Robert Smith

    $50

  • Hector & Mari-Tere de Lara

    $50

  • Jennifer Gurley & Mark Sherman

    $30

  • Gustavo Somoano aka Uncle Poodle

    $250

  • Betty, Alfredo, Sofia, Pablo & Carlos

    $50

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102% Raised of $3,000 Goal

The Team: $17,467 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

Takashi Takekawa

Amount Raised

$10,220

 

102% Raised of $10,000 Goal

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Brian Osias

Amount Raised

$3,550

Fundraiser Title

Jennifer Paris

Amount Raised

$3,070

 

102% Raised of $3,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Michael Pham

Amount Raised

$627

 

21% Raised of $3,000 Goal

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Prize4Life, Inc.

Amount Raised

$0

 

0% Raised of $15,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Alfredo DeLara

Amount Raised

$0

Fundraiser Title

Angela Williamson

Amount Raised

$0

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Nicholas Ritz

Amount Raised

$0

Donor Comments

Betty, Alfredo, Sofia, Pablo & Carlos

Betty, Alfredo, Sofia, Pablo & Carlos

DONATION: $50

So proud of you Jenny! Your dedication and discipline are admirable. Wish we could be there with you - but we'll be cheering you on in spirit along the sidelines. Go Jenny, Go!! Enjoy this experience, have fun and take it all in, it's going to be amazing!! Looking forward to hearing all about it. Love you tons.... 5 years ago

Gustavo Somoano aka Uncle Poodle

Gustavo Somoano aka Uncle Poodle

DONATION: $250

You go girl! 5 years ago

Jennifer Gurley & Mark Sherman

Jennifer Gurley & Mark Sherman

DONATION: $30

5 years ago

Hector & Mari-Tere de Lara

Hector & Mari-Tere de Lara

DONATION: $50

GO JEN..!! YOU AND "BAMA" ARE # 1 5 years ago

Robert Smith

Robert Smith

DONATION: $50

I migliori auguri!..... All the best! Carpe diem team HAMMI! 5 years ago

April L. Gasparri

April L. Gasparri

DONATION: $50

Way to Go, Team Hammy!! 5 years ago

Alexandria Fernandez

Alexandria Fernandez

DONATION: $25

Team Hammy All the Way! 5 years ago

Brooke Edmiston

Brooke Edmiston

DONATION: $60

5 years ago

Anonymous

Anonymous

5 years ago

Guadalupe Martinez

Guadalupe Martinez

DONATION: $60

I found my wallet! Can't wait to see a photo of you with your finisher's medal! 5 years ago