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TEAM ALS: Running 4 A Cure in the 2013 ING NYC Marathon!

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Ryan Connelly

THE STORY:

     I began my journey with ALS on February 8th, 1997 when I was 8 years old. When my dad got home from work we were supposed to go outside and throw around the baseball, as we did every day, but that day was different. My father, Michael Connelly, at the age of 40, was diagnosed with ALS and was slapped with the harsh reality that he would not be around to see his three sons grow up. As the oldest of three boys, this hit me hard. My mom, brothers and I, with the help of many friends and family, transitioned through the steady decline of my father's abilities and dignity until the disease took his life on March 17th, 2000. One of my greatest memories of my father during his illness was the fact that he always maintained a positive attitude no matter what stage of the disease. I'll always remember his smile during the darkest of times.

     Six months before my father passed away, his childhood friend, Mark Velguth, was diagnosed with ALS. Mark came to visit us in Tampa and the reunion of these two friends now battling ALS was heart wrenching and will remain with me forever. Mark eventually passed away in 2003.

     I was once again faced with ALS as a teenager when my high school friend's father, Steve Carpenter, was diagnosed and passed away from the disease.

     The FDA classifies ALS as a rare disease, one that affects 2 in every 100,000 people per year. In my experience, it affects one out of every two parents. In my mother's experience, it affects one out of every spouse. In my grandparent's experience, it affects one out of every four children.

     My hope is for a cure, so no other son or daughter has to grow up without their father or mother. I choose to be hopeful, to advocate, to know I have done all I can to see a world without ALS someday and the privilege to run in the NYC Marathon not only for these three individuals, but for all others affected by this terrible disease past, present and future, is my first step toward achieving that goal.

 

 

$11,777

MONEY RAISED
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  • Anonymous

    $50

  • The Spain Family

    $100

  • Courtney Schoenbohm

    $25

  • David Klein

     

  • David Johnson

    $50

  • Monica Lopez

    $25

  • Taylor Ellison

    $50

  • Alexander Levy

    $50

  • Moona Arabkhazaeli

    $25

  • Leigh Ann Coffey

    $50

  • JJ Bennett

    $50

  • Morgy

    $200

  • J-Degs

    $20

  • Tom & Mary Truax

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $35

  • Dan Conway

    $250

  • Fawn Rogers

    $100

  • Brian & Julie Well

    $100

  • Theresa Gagg

    $25

  • Brian and Maureen Ziegler

    $500

  • Sherry and Peter Cooper

    $500

  • Kurt Cournoyer

    $50

  • Debbie Casper

    $50

  • Father Brendan Lawlor

    $100

  • Rene Cournoyer

    $250

  • John and Nicole Borrell

    $200

  • Rich and Pat

    $50

  • Mary S.

    $50

  • Tiffani

    $15

  • Nan Cournoyer

    $50

  • Terrie Griffin

    $100

  • Karen & Brendon Hunt

    $500

  • Mike, Jessica, Patrick, Mickey and Maggie

    $100

  • Marty Thiel

    $200

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Jim and Dona Schlesing

    $1,500

  • Caitlin & Nathan Campbell

    $50

  • Andrew and Celeste Campbell

    $50

  • Jim and Jane Campbell

    $250

  • Laura Miosi

    $25

  • Patricia connelly

    $250

  • Debbie and Scott Grieve

    $200

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Cory Donahue

    $15

  • Patti Swift

    $50

  • Mike Doland

    $100

  • Steve & Susan Benishek

    $100

  • Julie & Mike Schoenbohm

     

  • Michael and Karla Hintz

     

  • Macaire Thiel

    $25

  • Mark and Sharon Morien

    $50

  • Mike Schultz

    $25

  • Roberta Efraimson

    $10

  • John & Mary Suess

    $20

  • Jane Burnett

    $20

  • Julie Merrill Bassett

    $100

  • Julie Bailey with Excursions, LLC

    $20

  • Beth Chapman

    $25

  • Megan

     

  • Chuck & Joanne Connelly

    $100

  • Bill and Jill Borrell

    $125

  • Pete, Debbie and Jack Hilger

    $600

  • Patty O'Grady LeVee

    $100

  • Susan Reed

    $75

  • Jenny Harris

    $20

  • Connie Reid

    $40

  • charlie and jeanine wirth

    $225

  • Michael Werner

     

  • Natalie Arrieta

    $20

  • Clara Cott

     

  • Barry and Ronnie Preusch

    $100

  • Renee McLeaney

    $25

  • Anonymous

     

  • Jim and DeDe Forester

    $200

  • Pakalski Family

    $100

  • David and Elizabeth Savage

    $50

  • Nial Spransy

    $20

  • Karen & Rob Westfall

    $500

  • Molli Grossman

    $25

  • Mark and Dawn Ziegler

    $100

  • Schmidt Family

    $100

  • Fawn Rogers

    $100

  • Courtney Showers

    $50

  • Alyson Borrell

    $50

  • Lauricella Family

    $100

  • Bob & Dora

    $100

  • Luanne (Mueller) & Clyde Tinnen

    $100

  • Devonald Family

    $100

  • Leslie Olson

    $25

  • David and Deb Nienhuis

    $100

  • BigHead

    $308

  • Rachel

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $113

  • The Repins Family

    $100

  • Ed & Sue

    $50

  • Christine Dillemuth Samonsky

    $46

  • Mike & Ann Lutz

    $200

  • Jean and James Charboneau

    $25

  • L.G. Pooler

    $25

  • Mary Lynn Eichers

    $25

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118% Raised of $10,000 Goal

Fundraise for this Campaign

The Team: $75,375 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

JOIN THE TEAM
Fundraiser Title

Ryan Connelly

Amount Raised

$11,777

 

118% Raised of $10,000 Goal

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Sarah Holden

Amount Raised

$6,384

 

64% Raised of $10,000 Goal

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Tara Donohue

Amount Raised

$5,923

 

148% Raised of $4,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Colleen Ruggiero

Amount Raised

$5,802

 

145% Raised of $4,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Nicole Cammaert

Amount Raised

$5,795

 

386% Raised of $1,500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Marissa Ruggiero

Amount Raised

$5,389

 

135% Raised of $4,000 Goal

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james dooley

Amount Raised

$5,031

 

168% Raised of $3,000 Goal

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Kim Ostrom

Amount Raised

$4,170

 

83% Raised of $5,000 Goal

Donor Comments

Mary Lynn Eichers

Mary Lynn Eichers

DONATION: $25

4 years ago

L.G. Pooler

L.G. Pooler

DONATION: $25

4 years ago

Jean and James Charboneau

Jean and James Charboneau

DONATION: $25

4 years ago

Mike & Ann Lutz

Mike & Ann Lutz

DONATION: $200

4 years ago

Christine Dillemuth Samonsky

Christine Dillemuth Samonsky

DONATION: $46

In loving memory of my dear friend, Michael Connelly, and in tribute to his three wonderful sons. All of you will forever hold a special place in my heart! 4 years ago

Ed & Sue

Ed & Sue

DONATION: $50

Run Ryan Run We are proud of your determination and hard work 4 years ago

The Repins Family

The Repins Family

DONATION: $100

4 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $113

Awesome, Ryan, you rock! This is a beautiful way to help the others, to honor your father, and to heal the pain. Keep the faith. Best wishes for everything. XO 4 years ago

Rachel

Rachel

DONATION: $100

4 years ago

BigHead

BigHead

DONATION: $308

4 years ago