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Team Special Olympics Massachusetts Boston Marathon 2013

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April 17, 2013

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BENEFITING: Special Olympics Massachusetts

ORGANIZER: Special Olympics Massachusetts

EVENT: 2013 Boston Marathon

EVENT DATE: Apr 15, 2013

Debra Johnson

THE STORY:

In loving memory of John Makrakis

I am a health care nurse, currently working with children and young adults with chronic illness and disabilities, many of whom are amazing Special Olympic athletes. Although much of my time and efforts are dedicated to my family and work, I have found another passion in running. I started running 13 years ago, and it has been and continues to be one of my favorite things to do, aside from watching my two boys play baseball. On April 15, 2013, I will be running my 10th Boston Marathon. Every year, usually as I begin my trek up Heartbreak Hill, I tell myself that this is the last time I will run this marathon. However, in this moment, every year, without fail, I come across the same amazing athlete. While I struggle through the exhaustion, he is pushing himself up Heartbreak Hill backwards in his wheelchair, while his coach cheers him on every inch of the way. It is an inspiring vision. Some years I have tackled this marathon, while in others, it has tackled me, like last year when temperatures hit 90 degrees along the course. So, as long as I am healthy and able, I will continue to battle this beast and run for a cause that is near and dear to me. This year I am honored to have been chosen to run for Special Olympics of Massachusetts (SOMA) team and my goal is to raise $6000 by April 15, 2013. Please help me in my efforts to raise this money, and provide necessary funding for a wonderful cause. So for all of my very special athlete friends and families who look forward to the track, bowling, golf, basketball, horseback riding, football and soccer season...this one is for you!! Thank you!

Special Olympics Massachusetts wrote -

6 incredible individuals (aka Champions for the Special Olympics Movement) will be running the 2013 Boston Marathon in the name of dignity, unity, and health for people with intellectual disabilities. These six individuals will be training through the grueling Massachusetts winter and running 26.2 miles on April 15, with a collective goal of raising $40,000 to support the year-round athletic training, competition, and health-improvement programs of Special Olympics Massachusetts. Please visit their personal pages to learn more about the group and consider helping the team "change the world" for people with disabilities by donating and/or spreading the word!

$6,331

MONEY RAISED
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  • Deb, Glen, Michael and Adam

    $200

  • Jen Rapaport

    $50

  • Joanne John Lou and Mike Concato

    $25

  • Nancy & Scott

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $30

  • Raileen and Rob Eaton

    $50

  • Hunter Family

    $100

  • the Michels

    $100

  • Liz & Bill

    $40

  • Glen Johnson

    $300

  • Bill and Marla

    $25

  • Suzanne

    $25

  • Bob Whirty

    $50

  • Gwen Irwin

    $50

  • Marty Kennedy

    $25

  • Frank o'Callaghan

    $100

  • Ned Rinalducci

    $26

  • Pam and Rich Prior

    $25

  • Cathy Sullivan

     

  • gary and tina

    $30

  • The Zolla Family

    $100

  • Rick Bartram

    $100

  • Beth Benson

    $25

  • The Winsor Family

    $50

  • Jen Popowicz

    $26

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Stacy Vining

    $25

  • Anonymous

     

  • Joe and Peg Freeman

    $25

  • Jim Diorio

    $100

  • Rich and Laura Laflamme

    $50

  • Mark and Kim

    $50

  • Buonopane Family

    $50

  • Michele Lois

    $100

  • Ellia+Madeline+Evie Johnson

    $50

  • Jim and Jacqui Moynihan

    $50

  • Samantha Burke

    $100

  • Dan Frank

    $26

  • The Hallice Family

    $50

  • Kathy Dwyer

     

  • Fenstermacher Family

    $10

  • Mike & Robin Bousa

    $50

  • Laurie & Ezequiel

    $25

  • Rich and Peggy Hanlon

    $25

  • The Arizona Johnsons

    $25

  • Louise Bussiere

    $25

  • William and Kim

    $100

  • John Elkaliouby

    $50

  • Kris Nemeroff

    $75

  • Becky and Mark Connolly

    $25

  • Jason Hoyt

    $50

  • Michael Breda

    $50

  • Mark and Cathleen

    $50

  • Jon and Danielle Pingree

    $50

  • Maria Sancartier

    $50

  • Auntie Retta

    $25

  • Sally Grimaldi

    $25

  • Johanna Makrakis

    $100

  • Bruce Johnson

    $50

  • Ann Rinalducci

    $12

  • Homer Johnson

    $50

  • Kristin Sparrow

    $25

  • Carmela

    $26

  • Carla Abate

    $100

  • Cindi Page

    $25

  • Ladd Carmen

    $50

  • Dad

    $600

  • Bob Higdon

    $100

  • Donna Donohoe

    $25

  • Mary Higdon

    $200

  • Richard Judy Gilbride

    $100

  • VHB (matching donations)

    $650

  • Richard Abate

    $50

  • Oliver and Eliza Klein

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $200

  • Oregano"s Pizzeria

    $243

  • The OBrien Family

    $25

  • Sarah Prescott

    $25

  • Noreen Dougherty

    $20

  • Esther Sayer

    $25

  • Lissa and Giles Ham

    $25

  • The Willette/Twiss Family

    $25

  • Terry and Ryan Browner

    $50

  • Russ & Ginny Moyer

    $25

  • Selzer Family

    $10

  • Ruh Family

    $25

  • Burke Family

    $25

  • Bill and Peg Hames

    $26

  • Mangano Family

    $25

  • Dana & Greg Read

    $30

  • Jess and Matt McManus

    $25

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127% Raised of $5,000 Goal

Boston Marathon News on Twitter John Hancock on Facebook Go to the 2013 Boston Marathon Event Page

The Team: $32,813 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

Brenna McCarthy

Amount Raised

$6,806

 

136% Raised of $5,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Debra Johnson

Amount Raised

$6,331

 

127% Raised of $5,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Brant McCartan

Amount Raised

$5,990

 

109% Raised of $5,500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Greg Kulicki

Amount Raised

$5,855

 

117% Raised of $5,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Shannon Winn

Amount Raised

$5,230

 

105% Raised of $5,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Matt Muskrat

Amount Raised

$2,126

Fundraiser Title

Patrick Clark

Amount Raised

$475

Fundraiser Title

Special Olympics Massachusetts

Amount Raised

$0

 

0% Raised of $40,000 Goal

Donor Comments

Jess and Matt McManus

Jess and Matt McManus

DONATION: $25

5 years ago

Dana & Greg Read

Dana & Greg Read

DONATION: $30

5 years ago

Mangano Family

Mangano Family

DONATION: $25

5 years ago

Bill and Peg Hames

Bill and Peg Hames

DONATION: $26

5 years ago

Burke Family

Burke Family

DONATION: $25

5 years ago

Ruh Family

Ruh Family

DONATION: $25

5 years ago

Selzer Family

Selzer Family

DONATION: $10

5 years ago

Russ & Ginny Moyer

Russ & Ginny Moyer

DONATION: $25

Keep up the great work Deb 5 years ago

Terry and Ryan Browner

Terry and Ryan Browner

DONATION: $50

Good Luck! Deb. 5 years ago

The Willette/Twiss Family

The Willette/Twiss Family

DONATION: $25

So proud you!! Best Wishes...We love you!! 5 years ago