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The NY Police & Fire Widows & Children's Benefit Fund NYC 2017

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This One is for You, Dad.
June 10, 2017

My name is Katelynn Walsh. I am 28 years old, from Long Island New York. I am running my very first full marathon in honor of my hero: my dad.  See more
Katelynn Walsh

THE STORY:

This One is for You, Dad. My name is Katelynn Walsh. I am 28 years old, from Long Island New York. I am running my very first full marathon in honor of my hero: my dad. My father, Gerry Walsh, was a firefighter for the FDNY for 20 years. His job was his passion. He was so proud to call himself a firefighter, and he loved every aspect of what he did. On September 11th, 2001, our lives changed forever. After the horrible terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, my dad rushed to the scene. He spent months there, after the buildings fell, searching through the rubble. A few years after this tragic day, my dad became very sick. He was diagnosed with a rare form of blood cancer in which the doctors attributed to breathing in toxins at Ground Zero. Just as any brave man would, my dad battled his disease for 4 long years. He spent countless weeks in hospitals. He required weekly blood transfusions. He received a bone-marrow transplant, which ultimately did not work. In the end, my father lost his battle with cancer. He passed away on November 11th, 2014. This was the darkest day of my life. Anyone who knows me will tell you, my dad was my best friend. I was always the ultimate "daddy's girl." Before my dad got sick, he was an outstanding athlete. He used to play every sport and he ran half marathons. As you can image, my dad was extremely excited when I started taking up distance running after college. He loved to talk to me about training, and he would come to all my races for support. I used to love seeing him cheer for me as I crossed the finish line. It felt so good to make him so proud. After I lost my father, it was really important to me to keep running. I wanted to keep making him proud. After completing close to 10 half marathons over the past few years, I decided that it was time to take my running to the next level. It is time to run a full marathon. After I decided to commit to this task, I wanted to find a charity to run for that embodied who I was running for. This is why I chose Team Answer the Call. Giving back to families whose loved ones gave the ultimate sacrifice helping others, like my father, is really important to me. I am honored to be a part of this team. I am looking forward to running and representing all of the families of heroes. What is more, I am looking forward to running for my hero. I love you dad. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________ NY Police and Fire Widows & Children's Benefit Fund, Inc. wrote - The mission of the New York Police and Fire Widows’ and Children’s Benefit Fund is to support the families of New York City Police Officers, Firefighters, Port Authority Police, and EMS Personnel who have been killed in the line of duty. When these brave men and women make the ultimate sacrifice to protect our city, we believe it is our civic duty to support the families these heroes have left behind. Our mission is to reassure these families that will never forget them or the sacrifice made by their loved ones. We currently provide annual financial assistance, host special gatherings, and offer a network of support to approximately 600 families. Our goal is to raise enough funds to enable us to increase the annual support we provide to these families.

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To This Fundraiser

$6,295

MONEY RAISED
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  • P.J.

     

  • Maggie Brandt

    $100

  • DiBiase Family

    $126

  • Michele Martone

    $126

  • Lori Rosendale

    $150

  • Sara Schwartz

    $25

  • Nancy, Dean and Anthony

    $100

  • Nicole Scifo

     

  • Alyssa B

    $50

  • Maria and Richard Liguori

    $200

  • Heather and Matt morrisey

    $100

  • Reilly and Keira Morrisey

    $50

  • The Hansons

    $25

  • Beatriz Garcia

    $50

  • Paul Miller

    $100

  • Jessie Ford

    $100

  • Kate Murray

     

  • Bobby and Jane Wind

    $126

  • The Olson family

    $100

  • Jerry&Pat King

    $100

  • Kimberly & Kendra

    $50

  • Sollin Family

    $100

  • JACK & FRANNY KLEEHAAS

    $126

  • Bob and Diane Cook

    $100

  • The O'Donnell Family

    $100

  • Kevin Stahl

    $250

  • Bill Mirro

    $100

  • Christine Walsh

    $100

  • Janis Albrecht

    $25

  • The Conroys

    $100

  • Mike and Lorraine Maggio

    $500

  • Connie&Joe Connor

    $126

  • Molly and Matt

    $100

  • Mike, Ellen, Max & Gracie DiMola

    $25

  • Bob and Donna Ingebrethsen

     

  • Mike Frey

     

  • Antonia and Bryan

     

  • Paul Traficanti

    $100

  • Scott Parlatore L-126

    $126

  • George schwemmer

    $100

  • Barney and Penny

    $50

  • Matt, Steph, and Mason Alvarado

    $25

  • Emily Hiltzik

    $25

  • Ada Cea

    $25

  • Nick & Linda DiMola

    $25

  • Kenny and Kerrie McLeod

    $100

  • Paul Vega

    $50

  • Pete Mathison

    $250

  • Elaine Campbell

    $126

  • Sonny, Shannon, Butch & Sloan

    $100

  • Eric

     

  • Hope Walsh

    $100

  • Jerry Randall and Michele Randall

    $100

  • Flynn Family

    $100

  • John & Cathy Ford

    $100

  • Bobbi Gudelis

    $50

  • Vaughnette

    $25

  • Debbie Graham

    $25

  • Wendy Nystrom Mangone

    $25

  • John F Randall

    $262

  • Lauren Fornazor

    $50

  • Brianne Doherty

     

  • Brittany Walsh

    $126

  • Chelsea Russo

    $100

  • Heather Hudson

    $50

  • Scott Fink

    $100

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Fundraise for this Campaign

The Team: $28,426 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Fundraiser Title

Katelynn Walsh

Amount Raised

$6,295

Fundraiser Title

Ryan Holgan

Amount Raised

$5,150

Fundraiser Title

Tim Fox

Amount Raised

$3,410

 

68% Raised of $5,000 Goal

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Megan Breen

Amount Raised

$2,910

 

97% Raised of $3,000 Goal

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Kristie Deptula

Amount Raised

$2,015

 

67% Raised of $3,000 Goal

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Michael Porembski

Amount Raised

$1,905

 

53% Raised of $3,600 Goal

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Carrie Regan

Amount Raised

$1,395

 

47% Raised of $3,000 Goal

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Micaela Keane

Amount Raised

$1,250

 

42% Raised of $3,000 Goal

Donor Comments

Scott Fink

Scott Fink

DONATION: $100

Running a full marathon is an incredible experience; especially motivating and inspiring when running for a cause. Have a great race Katelynn, your dad would be proud! 6 days ago

Heather Hudson

Heather Hudson

DONATION: $50

6 days ago

Chelsea Russo

Chelsea Russo

DONATION: $100

So proud of you Kate, I know dad is too! 6 days ago

Brittany Walsh

Brittany Walsh

DONATION: $126

In memory of my godfather, the hero. I'm so proud of you Kate, and I know your dad is too! 6 days ago

Brianne Doherty

Brianne Doherty

6 days ago

Lauren Fornazor

Lauren Fornazor

DONATION: $50

Good luck! I'm sure your Dad will be with you every step of the way<3 6 days ago

John F Randall

John F Randall

DONATION: $262

.... Our Hero.... Forever In Our Hearts..... Go Katelynn!! 1 week ago

Wendy Nystrom Mangone

Wendy Nystrom Mangone

DONATION: $25

Thank you. 1 week ago

Debbie Graham

Debbie Graham

DONATION: $25

1 week ago

Vaughnette

Vaughnette

DONATION: $25

1 week ago