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Team UCP Runs the TSC New York City Marathon

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BENEFITING: ADAPT Community Network

ORGANIZER: ADAPT Community Network

EVENT: 2014 TCS New York City Marathon

EVENT DATE: Nov 02, 2014

Defne Gunay

THE STORY:

Sometime in February 1989, my grandmother came to me with the biggest news of my then three-year old life: “Defne, we brought you a live doll to play with.” Being a tutu-wearing, Barbie-adoring little girl, I was amazed by these news.  Of course, later on in life I realized that this was simply a ploy to cajole me, the first-born daughter, into thinking I was still ruling the household.  And so like many other big sisters I met my sister, Mine, under the impression that this little, strange bundle of joy sucking up all the attention in the room was in fact a miraculous, custom-made toy just for me.

In many ways Mine and I were not any different than all of the other sisters around.  We looked like each other (except she ALWAYS had better hair), we were dressed in similar clothes, we slept in the same bed, we played, we traveled with our family, loved our dogs, went to the mall to shop and go to the movies, vied for the attention of our parents and got annoyed with each other.  But there was one thing that made us unlike many other sisters around us, Mine was special.

Mine was born with cerebral palsy.  My memory of our first few years together is hazy.  I remember several trips to the U.S. for tests and consultations, a super-friendly physiotherapist who sang Ace of Base songs to us, and a book about a cricket that made noises, which was technically Mine’s but I treated as my own.  It was not until a few years later when I started school and met my friends’ sisters that I realized Mine did not walk or talk like them. Looking back, I can only imagine the pain, anxiety and suffering that my parents must have gone through after first learning about Mine's diagnosis.  But to me Mine was simply Mine.

Over the years as our family changed in size and shape and Mine and I were blessed with the world’s best step-parents and siblings, Mine undoubtedly became the focal point of our family.  Not because she had special needs, but because she beamed with happiness and had unconditional love for each and every one of us.  Despite her inability to walk or talk, Mine made friends everywhere she went, learned English and traveled to more places than I did.  She loved eating baby back ribs and drinking Coke.  She listened to a lot of Turkish pop music, and thanks to my step-father, to opera and classical music.  She hated it when we jokingly called her “Chewy” because sometimes her speech reminded us of Chewbacca from Star Wars.  She laughed throughout “Iron Lady,” and especially during the harrowing scenes, because Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher reminded her of our grandmother.  She was my biggest supporter at each step of my life, always front and center, and always overjoyed at every performance or graduation.

Mine’s disability never stopped her from enjoying life to the fullest and battling all the challenges that she faced. She was, and still is, an inspiration and a constant reminder to me that the human condition is such that we can overcome anything and everything with just the right attitude.

When she left us last June, Mine was training for a marathon with Danny, whom we got to know during a summer sailing camp that Mine attended.  She was beyond excited by the challenge, reminded my mom of her training days by pointing at the calendar and could not be convinced that it was ever too hot for them to miss a training session.

On November 2, 2014, I will be running the New York Marathon so that I can complete the one task that Mine put her mind to and could not see through.  Just like the many other things we did together as sisters, we will also be crossing the finish line together.

In order to commemorate Mine and help make lives of children and adults with cerebral palsy as fulfilling as Mine's, I will be raising money for United Cerebral Palsy of New York City ("UCP"). UCP is a leading non-profit organization in New York, providing direct services, technology and advocacy to children and adults with cerebral palsy and other developmental disabilities.  Its programs enable many disabled individuals, who do not have the means or the support network to live their lives to the fullest, just like Mine did. Please visit UCP’s website for more information: http://www.ucpnyc.org/

Please feel free to share my page with anyone you think would want to support this cause.

Thank you all in advance for your support.

 

 

$26,090

MONEY RAISED
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  • Lokmanoglu Ailesi

    $250

  • Ayse Sabuncu

    $150

  • Zeynep/Faruk Sabuncu

    $200

  • Anonymous

    $300

  • Altay & Melih FERELI

    $100

  • Massimo and Verena

    $50

  • The Castle Family

    $200

  • Ferit Ferhangil

    $200

  • Mel and Jose

    $100

  • Anonymous

     

  • sanjeeva goli and swapna narra

    $100

  • Diego and Maria

    $100

  • Anonymous

     

  • Rana & Ali Pirinccioglu

    $250

  • Selin Akatli

     

  • Lale Maro

     

  • Ali Akatli

     

  • gökçen&selami;

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Devrim Tas

    $100

  • Spyros

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $75

  • FUSUN MINKARI

    $1,000

  • Carlos A Suarez

     

  • Sara and Michael

    $50

  • THE NOTORIOUS P.U.G.

     

  • Anonymous

    $500

  • Courtney & Ed Parkinson

    $75

  • Cassie Hamar

    $75

  • Addie and Henry

    $500

  • Permele Doyle

    $50

  • Melisa Denizeri

     

  • Humistons

     

  • Anonymous

     

  • Linda Kalayjian

    $50

  • Anonymous

     

  • Anonymous

     

  • Zinnur Guvenc

    $50

  • Sevgi Narissa

    $50

  • Anne Clerc

    $250

  • Anna Beall

    $50

  • Aysegul Duru

    $50

  • Aslı Germen

    $150

  • Zeynep Yenel

    $100

  • elif sallorenzo & family

    $100

  • Coco and Jeremiah

    $150

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Catherine

    $30

  • Pinar Ozbozdoganli

    $100

  • Nancy

    $40

  • Irene

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Nancy & Peter Harris

    $100

  • Kathryne Peterson

    $50

  • Frank

    $50

  • Harry S. Davis and Shelley Boland

    $500

  • Robert Abrahams

    $1,000

  • Taleah Jennings

    $500

  • Howie Godnick

    $500

  • Anonymous

    $1,000

  • Pete White

    $50

  • Alan Glickman

    $500

  • Robert Ward

    $500

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Bill Gussman

    $50

  • Joanna Banks

    $100

  • Marty Perschetz

    $500

  • Anonymous

    $75

  • Lillian A. Ser

    $100

  • Svjetlana Davidovic

    $50

  • Dan Villa

    $50

  • Bora TABUK

    $30

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Damla and Volkan

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $592

  • Mehmet Karahan

     

  • Christie Houlihan

    $100

  • Birgul Ozden

    $100

  • Dora Kardesler

     

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Ozan Baris Yucel

     

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Marcy Harris

    $250

  • Mark

    $150

  • Anonymous

    $520

  • Anonymous

    $500

  • Sebnem & Omer

     

  • Ayse Kora

    $100

  • KAAN CAKMAKCI

    $100

  • Karabekir

    $50

  • Eda Ozden

    $150

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $200

  • Eda berkmen

    $100

  • Tal Garih

     

  • Eva Violante

    $50

  • Zeynep Ersin

     

  • Alex Weinberg

    $40

  • NKIRCALI

    $50

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174% Raised of $15,000 Goal

The Team: $37,240 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

Defne Gunay

Amount Raised

$26,090

 

174% Raised of $15,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Michael Hicks

Amount Raised

$3,500

 

140% Raised of $2,500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Sara Forney

Amount Raised

$2,550

 

102% Raised of $2,500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Nick Ladd

Amount Raised

$2,500

 

100% Raised of $2,500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Loren Leigh

Amount Raised

$2,500

Fundraiser Title

zeynep aksel

Amount Raised

$0

Fundraiser Title

Devrim Tas

Amount Raised

$0

Donor Comments

NKIRCALI

NKIRCALI

DONATION: $50

4 years ago

Alex Weinberg

Alex Weinberg

DONATION: $40

4 years ago

Zeynep Ersin

Zeynep Ersin

In memory of dear sweet Mine, congratulations Defne, so proud of you. 4 years ago

Eva Violante

Eva Violante

DONATION: $50

4 years ago

Tal Garih

Tal Garih

Running for a purpose :) 4 years ago

Eda berkmen

Eda berkmen

DONATION: $100

4 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $200

4 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $50

so proud of you! will be thinking of you all day tomorrow. 4 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $100

kuzen gecikme için kusura bakma!:) 4 years ago

Eda Ozden

Eda Ozden

DONATION: $150

4 years ago