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2013 Team Ritter NYC Marathon

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August 17, 2013

Micaela has designed a t-shirt "Strong Hearts" to help me in my fundraising efforts at: http://www.etsy.com/shop/minervarunning  See more
Pam Emerson

THE STORY:

February 5, 2013 will forever be embedded into my memory. That day I lost my best friend, my soul mate, my husband that I had so many dreams to share with and had hoped to grow old with. What started out as a normal day, ended up in tragedy.  Bruce was self-employed and one part of his business was snow removal and lawn care services. There had been a light snow fall and Bruce had left around 6 a.m. that day to tend to the driveways of his customers. A little over 2 hours later, his truck pulled into the driveway and I thought to myself, "oh good I get to see Bruce before I leave for work" ... instead it was our son, Scott telling me to get to the hospital as the ambulance had taken Dad and he wasn't sure what happened. The next several hours were spent racing from our small town hospital in western Wisconsin to another hospital an hour away in Minnesota. I was in a fog and did not know for sure what was happening. He wasn't breathing on his own, his blood pressure was dropping, they were having trouble inserting an IV and thoughts were racing through my head of what was happening. At that moment all I wanted was for God to answer one prayer for me ...  and that was not to take Bruce from us. My prayers went unanswered. For the next few weeks we all thought Bruce had passed away from a heart attack. It was not until I opened the autopsy report that I read the words aortic dissection. And it wasn't until I was talking to my co-worker that she reminded me that this was what her father had suffered a few years earlier and had survived! Our family started researching the causes for aortic dissection.

Our daughter, Micaela sent me a link to the John Ritter Foundation website and that is when I sat up half the night reading all the information and literature on the site. A few weeks later she sent another link with a note "I saw this on Facebook and thought you might be interested! The John Ritter Foundation was selected to be a charity partner of the 2013 NYC Marathon. .... I would be there to support you!" After much thought and prayer I completed the process and was thrilled to be selected as a runner on Team Ritter! It all made perfect sense. For the last several years Micaela and I have been long distance running partners. We would support each other through training and meet for runs at various locations. As a former runner himself, Bruce would provide much needed support and was our #1 cheerleader! I am humbled to have been chosen to participate in such an amazing event on Team Ritter.

I will be running 26.2 miles in memory of my husband of 27 years and my BFF, Bruce. The funds I raise will go to the John Ritter Foundation for research of aortic health and to help raise awareness. I truly believe that knowledge is power and if I can help spread the word about aortic health and get people talking, help raise funds for research and education then perhaps other families will be spared from losing a loved one in the same way we lost Bruce. I hope you will consider helping me in this effort and sponsor me in support of the John Ritter Foundation. And, on November 3, please keep me and the other Team Ritter runners in your thoughts and prayers as we run for a collective reason!

Thank you for your support!

 
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$5,754

MONEY RAISED
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  • Bobbi Donovan

    $100

  • Diane Ciardelli

    $50

  • Maryan and Bill McDonald

    $200

  • Michael and Achea Redd

    $150

  • Sandra Neumyer

    $20

  • Lisa Neumyer

    $20

  • Ann and Reid

    $100

  • Lindsay Lentini

    $20

  • B. Simon

     

  • Harper Green & Family

     

  • Merlin & Gloria Green

    $100

  • Wisemiller Family

     

  • Rick & Kathy

    $200

  • Jim and Leslie Jerde

     

  • Leanne Ekstadt

     

  • Joel and Debbie LaVenture

     

  • Sparks family

    $40

  • Tom & Jody Green

     

  • Craig and Vikki

    $100

  • Jim, Carol, Tim & Bill De Young & Families

     

  • Betty & Dan Casey

     

  • Mike & Linda Sager

     

  • Minerva - Strong Hearts Shirts (August)

    $370

  • Miles

     

  • Dick and Jill Clark

     

  • Karen & Gary Morien

     

  • Jim & Doris Mitchell

     

  • Mike and Susana Sandmann

     

  • Minerva - Strong Hearts Shirts (Sept)

    $170

  • Diane and Jac Cothran

    $50

  • John & Karin Weiss

     

  • Linda Geraghty

    $50

  • Steve and Nancy Ulrich

     

  • Howard and Diane Lauridsen

     

  • Stan & Donna Barr

    $50

  • Tracey & Michelle :)

     

  • Edna and Dennis Early

    $50

  • Joe & Diane Jamieson

     

  • Alice Emerson

     

  • John F. Ball

     

  • Eleanor Johnson

     

  • Johnny and Bev Ball

     

  • Nancy and Dean Hammel

     

  • Rachel (friend of Micaela)

    $30

  • Sherry Sleeper

    $25

  • Stacey Johnston

     

  • Eddie & Kelly Parcher

    $50

  • Ron & Becki Tetu

    $100

  • Sherri Schummer

     

  • Ann & Bruce McPheeters

    $200

  • Tracy Kirby

     

  • Laura Mollet

    $50

  • Debbie Eckhoff

    $50

  • Rick and Nancy Jordan

     

  • Paul and Darlene Engwall

     

  • Nancy Whitehead

    $100

  • Stacy Curtis

    $36

  • Tim & Rena Sager Family

    $50

  • Pearl Emerson

     

  • Warren & Beth Wood

    $25

  • Erin Lauridsen

     

  • Geri Rutz

    $20

  • Laurie Hammel

     

  • Caroline Sweeney

    $25

  • Cheryl Marzolf

    $50

  • Mary Berg

     

  • Peggy Amoroso

    $50

  • LuAnn McHale

     

  • Shari and Ryan Aberle

     

  • Katie Zukerman

     

  • Deb and Grant Isaacson

    $50

  • Minerva - Strong Hearts Shirts & Shoe Tags (Oct)

    $274

  • Shannon McClure

    $100

  • Carolyn Short

    $200

  • Minerva - Strong Hearts (Nov)

    $34

  • Anonymous

     

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115% Raised of$5,000 Goal

Fundraise for this Campaign

The Team: $121,217 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

JOIN THE TEAM
Fundraiser Title

Greg Weaver

Amount Raised

$42,401

 

102% Raised of$41,500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

The Hook Girls Beth and Alicia Hook...

Amount Raised

$12,446

 

96% Raised of$13,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Stacy Curtis

Amount Raised

$9,283

 

93% Raised of$10,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Sarah and Jennifer Jurica

Amount Raised

$6,580

 

219% Raised of$3,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Pam Emerson

Amount Raised

$5,754

 

115% Raised of$5,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Caroline Gredler

Amount Raised

$5,675

 

189% Raised of$3,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Kristin Morrison

Amount Raised

$4,624

 

154% Raised of$3,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Jock and Cathy Pool

Amount Raised

$4,580

 

115% Raised of$4,000 Goal

Donor Comments

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

5 years ago

Minerva - Strong Hearts (Nov)

Minerva - Strong Hearts (Nov)

DONATION: $34

5 years ago

Carolyn Short

Carolyn Short

DONATION: $200

In Memory of Bruce Emerson and in tribute to Pam. Carolyn short 5 years ago

Shannon McClure

Shannon McClure

DONATION: $100

5 years ago

Minerva - Strong Hearts Shirts & Shoe Tags (Oct)

Minerva - Strong Hearts Shirts & Shoe Tags (Oct)

DONATION: $274

5 years ago

Deb and Grant Isaacson

Deb and Grant Isaacson

DONATION: $50

5 years ago

Katie Zukerman

Katie Zukerman

5 years ago

Shari and Ryan Aberle

Shari and Ryan Aberle

5 years ago

LuAnn McHale

LuAnn McHale

5 years ago

Peggy Amoroso

Peggy Amoroso

DONATION: $50

5 years ago