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THE HEATHER ABBOTT FOUNDATION'S TEAM LIMB-IT-LESS

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The training and complaining are over – it’s time to race!
April 14, 2016

It’s been five months since I began training for the Boston Marathon and fundraising for the Heather Abbott Foundation, and with just three  See more
Mark Zurlo

THE STORY:

Want to leave your mark? Help me hit $10k by race day and I'll pick a random donor to decide what I get tattoed on my arm after the race. Anyone donating between 3/28-4/18 is eligible. 
*Terms and conditions of tattoo contest are at the bottom of the page*

In April, I'll make my 4th attempt at crossing the Boston Marathon finish line. In the months leading up to the race, I'll log hundreds, maybe even thousands of miles, complete runs in single digit temperatures, (probably) jog through multiple feet of snow, and ask friends, family, co-workers, and even complete strangers to support me at least a million times. 

It won't be easy, but I know it will be a piece of cake compared to what amputees like Heather Abbott face on a day to day basis. I've chosen to run the Boston Marathon again this year because I can, and many others can't.

Along the way, I will be supporting those who have faced the loss of a limb by raising money for the Heather Abbott Foundation, a new organization that supports amputees by providing them with the prosethic devices that are essential to living a normal, productive life. While the devices that HAF helps to provide  are often not covered by insurance, they help amputtees like Heather get back to doing the things they love, like walking, swimming, hiking, wearing high heels at a formal event, or even just spending time with family and friends. 

If you would like to learn more about the Heather Abbott Foundation and the great work your donation will make possible, read their story below or visit the HAF website. Thank you for your continued support! 

 

The Heather Abbott Story

The Heather Abbott Foundation was formed as a result of Heather's amputation following the Boston Marathon bombing of 2013. As a new leg amputee, Heather got a fast lesson in the tremendous cost of prosthetic devices, which are often times not covered by health insurance. In order to live her life as close to the way she had prior to the bombing, she needed four different prosthetic devices which range in cost between $20,000 and $70,000. Aside from the walking leg that health insurance typically covers, Heather wanted legs for running, wearing high heels and swimming and taking a shower. Thanks to donations from individuals all over the world, the help of charitable organizations and good health insurance coverage, Heather obtain all four legs and credits them to her quick recovery and ability to return to her independent lifestyle. Heather learned early on that having her custom prostheses allowed her to return to doing the things that meant the most to her. Whether it was being able to paddle board again or wear high heels, these devices were key to Heather’s emotional and physical healing. But she recognized that the unusual circumstances and attention around the manner in which she became an amputee, in large part, are what got her those legs. Most people's amputations are not as highly publicized and people aren't aware that they may need help. The Heather Abbott Foundation was created to help other amputees like Heather thrive in their recovery and return to the life they love. Join us as Heather helps to “pay it forward.”

 

*Tattoo terms and conditions*

If i reach $10,000 on this page by race day (4/18), I will pick one donor at random to decide what tattoo I get on my arm after the race. The tattoo will be above the sleeve line. It must not be offensive and must be approved by a committee (members not yet determined). I have corporate match donations coming, but these will not be added until after the race and do not count towards the $10k. 

Entries:
A donation of $10-$49 entries will get you one entry in the raffle. 
A donation of $50-$99 will get you two entries
A donation of $100-$149 will get you three entries
And so on
Only those who donate between 3/28/16 and 4/18/16 are eligible - past donations do not get you an entry. 

$10,358

MONEY RAISED
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  • George O'Toole

    $50

  • Gio

    $50

  • Tyler Altrup

    $50

  • George

    $24

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Brick Road Mortgage: Meagan Arone

    $25

  • Jon Marcus

     

  • Stephanie Ewing-Ottmers

    $26.20

  • Carmen Bordonaro

    $20

  • Merrimack Warriors

    $25

  • Quarter Finals

     

  • Anonymous

    $20

  • Ruby Perlmutter

     

  • Barry Foland

    $40

  • David Roche

    $26.20

  • Jim and Dolores Sanso

    $50

  • Lauren Delaney

    $20

  • Kim Chandler

    $20

  • Tim W.

    $50

  • Bill Donovan

    $25

  • Samantha Hughes

    $25

  • Rachel

    $25

  • Anonymous

     

  • Katie Horan

     

  • Anonymous

    $20

  • Erin Shanley

    $26

  • Bill McQuaide

    $100

  • Irish and Julie Hurley

     

  • Patrick McMahon

    $86

  • The Once and Future King!

    $100

  • Krystin

    $25

  • Katie

    $25

  • Gianmarco Calvo

    $50

  • Em Grover

    $13

  • Adam H

    $50

  • Emma Hauser

    $25

  • Alison Philbrook

    $25

  • Steven

    $25

  • Athena Moore

    $25

  • Stacy Scopano

    $25

  • The Ready Group

    $250

  • Dana O

    $10

  • John Harding

    $26.20

  • Micho Pilotte

    $50

  • Jesse Kelly

    $26.20

  • Spare Me the Cookies Fundraiser

    $1,020

  • Live.Laugh.Love Tat

    $60

  • Evelyn Marrero

    $25

  • Brandon Harper

     

  • Will & Steph

    $100

  • Allison

    $30

  • Sean & Lisa

    $50

  • Mary B

    $25

  • Brooke Braaten

    $10

  • Stay Tattoo free & keep baking

    $26.20

  • I know I tried to talk you out of this, but I really want to see these tatt

    $26.20

  • Anonymous

     

  • Run for the Troops bake sale

    $50

  • Karen Muller

     

  • Erik H

    $25

  • Meaghan Reddy

    $26.20

  • Mom and Dad

    $31

  • Maggie Riddle

    $25

  • Ed Harms

    $42

  • Meg McCarthy

    $33

  • Sara Giannandrea

    $25

  • Lauren Bochicchio

    $10

  • Pillar Tax

    $26.20

  • Anonymous

     

  • Kelly C.

    $25

  • Matt Imperati

    $25

  • C. Spear

    $50

  • Tim Gagnon

    $10

  • Jenna Castro

    $20

  • Em Cassel

    $10

  • Valerie Chirichiello

    $25

  • emily digi

    $50

  • Jim O'Connor

    $25

  • Matt & Erin Chatham

    $26.20

  • Michele Lemmo

    $25

  • Brendan logan

    $25

  • MaW

    $50

  • Adam Higgins

    $25

  • Sophia Pezzini :)

    $26.20

  • sean white

    $25

  • Jessica Berke

    $50

  • Scott Lyons

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $10

  • Barbara & Glenn Dugas

    $50

  • Jon Dugas

    $25

  • Patrick McMahon

    $20

  • Danielle Sanso

    $175

  • Tony Sena

    $20

  • Tony Chin

    $20

  • Matt, Melissa and Evelyn

    $25

  • Tony Chin

    $25

  • Mike Hehn

    $100

  • Alexandra Harmon

    $25

  • Autodesk Foundaton Employee Engagement Fund

    $125

  • Carmen Bordonaro

    $10

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104% Raised of $10,000 Goal

The Team: $69,497 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

Mark Zurlo

Amount Raised

$10,358

 

104% Raised of $10,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Tony Chin

Amount Raised

$10,227

 

102% Raised of $10,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Tiffany OLeary

Amount Raised

$8,672

 

87% Raised of $10,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Julie Cashman

Amount Raised

$7,999

 

100% Raised of $8,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Marc Magliozzi

Amount Raised

$7,188

 

111% Raised of $6,500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Karen Hetherson

Amount Raised

$6,883

 

138% Raised of $5,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Lindsey Gurian

Amount Raised

$5,721

 

95% Raised of $6,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Kathleen Gallagher

Amount Raised

$5,346

 

107% Raised of $5,000 Goal

Donor Comments

Carmen Bordonaro

Carmen Bordonaro

DONATION: $10

2 years ago

Autodesk Foundaton Employee Engagement Fund

Autodesk Foundaton Employee Engagement Fund

DONATION: $125

2 years ago

Alexandra Harmon

Alexandra Harmon

DONATION: $25

2 years ago

Mike Hehn

Mike Hehn

DONATION: $100

Good Luck Mark - Supporting a great cause! 2 years ago

Tony Chin

Tony Chin

DONATION: $25

Team Limb-It-Less! 2 years ago

Matt, Melissa and Evelyn

Matt, Melissa and Evelyn

DONATION: $25

2 years ago

Tony Chin

Tony Chin

DONATION: $20

2 years ago

Tony Sena

Tony Sena

DONATION: $20

2 years ago

Danielle Sanso

Danielle Sanso

DONATION: $175

Good luck Mark! 2 years ago

Patrick McMahon

Patrick McMahon

DONATION: $20

#BGTE #Bangers 2 years ago