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Amanda Stanec's Fundraiser:

Unlimited Play via the Boston Marathon

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BENEFITING: Unlimited Play Inc

EVENT: Boston Marathon 2014

EVENT DATE: Apr 21, 2014

Amanda Stanec

THE STORY:

Unlimited Play - "Where limitations are forgotten, and differences are celebrated".

Unlimited play (www.unlimitedplay.org) is a non-profit organization in the St. Louis area that builds accessible playgrounds for all children and youth to enjoy. This April (2014) I am fortunate enough to be participating in the Boston Marathon. It is my hope that my participation in the Boston Marathon can mean more than just my running 26.2 miles.

Unlimited Play breaks down barriers for children who live with disabilities so that they can enjoy social, physical, and emotional benefits from physical activity along side their peers without disabiltiies.  

I first learned about Unlimited Play when I participated in an Olympic Distance Triathlon at Lake St. Louis shortly after moving here in 2013.  The founder, Natalie Blakemore, along with some family members pulled and pushed her son Zach so he could experience the thrill of competing in a triathlon.  As a mother and health promotion professional, I was (and continue to be) in awe of Natalie.  We high fived as we met on the run course and I thought to myself (through the goose bumps and tears), "I would love to be that woman's friend."  

Zach lives with a rare disease which effects his central nervous system.  I was so inspired by Natalie, her husband Todd, Zach and their two daughters (Brianna and Cassie) that I wanted to support them in some small way.  After meeting Natalie in person, and learning more about Unlimited Play's tireless efforts to bring kids with and without disability together through play, I am in awe.

Natalie, a recreation and youth leadership major at BYU, was determined to provide opportunities for her son to play alongside other children.  While we often look to professional athletes and celebrities to be our heros - far too often we overlook those in our own communities.  I am humbled to run the Boston Marathon this year in honor of Unlimited Play!

It is my hope that we all find inspiration to serve and promote physical activity in our communities - just as Natalie and Unlimited Play are doing.  Let's follow their lead and look out for all children - not just our own.  

Please join me in supporting Unlimited Play in their pursuit of allowing all youth to play alongside one another.

You can learn more about the Blakemore's and Unlimited Play by visiting:

www.unlimitedplay.org

Click HERE to watch the Blakemore's visit on the Today Show.

Follow Unlimited Play on twitter: @upplaygrounds

Follow Amanda Stanec on twitter: @movelivelearn

$3,353

MONEY RAISED
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  • Greg & Cheryl Jones

    $26

  • Troy Decoff

    $50

  • Andy and Kelly Murrie

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Shannon H. and Clay B.

    $50

  • Jen Bhalla

    $100

  • Jo-Anne Doiron

    $50

  • Mom & Dad

    $100

  • Jeanie Cameron

    $50

  • Dan

    $26

  • boowag

    $26

  • joan

    $50

  • Jess

    $40

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Team Zach

    $100

  • Andrea Bringardner

    $20

  • Terry

    $23

  • Cameron and Erin

    $50

  • Susan Yang and Larry Wang ("TFL")

    $50

  • Bill and Lisa

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  • Kate Schilling

    $10

  • Anne Henry

    $25

  • Vogel

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  • Darby Shier

    $15

  • Laura Anderson

    $25

  • Kathy Wrenn

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  • Patrice & Charlie Liu

    $100

  • Lynn Calderwod

    $50

  • Mandy & Bennett

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  • Stephanie Tharp & family

    $25

  • Cathy MacDonald

     

  • Laureen and George Murphy

    $25

  • Shane Dillon

    $27

  • Larry Kegley

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  • Ginnie Friddell Kurtz

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  • Clint Wattenberg

     

  • Christy Nordgren

    $25

  • Bob and Steph

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  • McNamara's

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  • Tara grace

    $10

  • Scott and Sherry Moore

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  • Kenny & Hubertina

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  • Amy & Andy

    $50

  • Martijn van Stratum

    $25

  • June and Ned

    $25

  • Cole and Hannah Stewart

    $25

  • Jamie Frye

    $100

  • Edgar & Marion (Stewart) MacDonald

    $25

  • Marjorie & Vincent Stanec

    $100

  • Kaye Marie and Graham Chisholm

    $40

  • Jen Bhalla

    $100

  • Terry & Lori Flynn

    $100

  • Patty Kestell

    $25

  • Mike Doyle

    $50

  • Jo Bailey

    $50

  • Amanda, Jim, Scottie & Kassie Stanec

    $100

  • Rachel Bland and Ethan Sigal

    $50

  • John Harwell

    $26

  • Kathleen Garcia

    $25

  • Erin MacLean

     

  • Julie mendelsohn

    $40

  • Megan & Judson Powers

    $27

  • Annie Bingler

    $25

  • John Stanec

    $60

  • Sarah Gietschier-Hartman

    $30

  • Laurel Gillette

    $50

  • Hayden Chisholm

    $50

  • Ben & Charlie Cookk

    $200

  • Richie, Sherri,Brittany,Brandon & Brett Connors

    $25

  • Fran, John, Roreigh and Drew Saxon

    $25

  • Christina & Jerry Berthiaume

     

  • Mary, Kyle, Brayden & Cameron Veinotte

    $25

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Donor Comments

Mary, Kyle, Brayden & Cameron Veinotte

Mary, Kyle, Brayden & Cameron Veinotte

DONATION: $25

Way to go! #inspirational 3 years ago

Christina & Jerry Berthiaume

Christina & Jerry Berthiaume

Good Luck! 3 years ago

Fran, John, Roreigh and Drew Saxon

Fran, John, Roreigh and Drew Saxon

DONATION: $25

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Richie, Sherri,Brittany,Brandon & Brett Connors

Richie, Sherri,Brittany,Brandon & Brett Connors

DONATION: $25

Best of luck in your run! 3 years ago

Ben & Charlie Cookk

Ben & Charlie Cookk

DONATION: $200

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Hayden Chisholm

Hayden Chisholm

DONATION: $50

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Laurel Gillette

Laurel Gillette

DONATION: $50

Go, Amanda! 3 years ago

Sarah Gietschier-Hartman

Sarah Gietschier-Hartman

DONATION: $30

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John Stanec

John Stanec

DONATION: $60

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Annie Bingler

Annie Bingler

DONATION: $25

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