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Organized by: Dustin Pardini

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EVENT DATE Mar 12, 2016

THE STORY:

Take 20 seconds to read why you should donate to a fundraising half marathon I will be completing in honor of someone I have never met: Chris Deatherage (https://www.facebook.com/fightforchris). Chris is the son of a high school friend with whom I recently reconnected on Facebook. At the age of 20, Chris was in a motor vehicle accident that left him paralyzed from the neck down. With the help of intensive physical therapy over the past two years, Chris has battled back from his injury, regaining partial mobility in his arms. The funds collected from this run will be used to support Chris’s next big hurdle; returning to college, and I will be matching every dollar donated.

So why have I decided to run for Chris? Over three years ago, I suffered a back injury that left me with chronic nerve pain in my right leg. I had been avidly running marathons at the time of the injury, and subsequently have tried to return to running with the aid of spinal injections, physical therapy, chiropractic adjustments, therapeutic message, etc. Nothing helped to reduce the pain, which would flare up after running less than a mile. With no hope in sight, last fall I ceremoniously donated my running shoes to Goodwill and gave up on my dream of returning to racing.

A few months later, I learned about Chris’s amazing courage and tenacity coming back from his injury. Inspired by his story, I decided to give distance running one more shot, aided by a medication designed to relieve diabetic nerve pain. The Zion Half Marathon will be my first race since the injury. I am running it in honor of Chris because he inspired me to continue fighting in order to get this piece of my life back. In return, it is my hope that your donations will help provide him with the financial support and inspiration he needs to finish college. Any contribution you can make toward this goal is deeply appreciated! Dustin Pardini

$1,740

 

64% Raised of $2,700 Goal

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  • Carly Flynn Deatherage

    $100

  • Kate Fox

     

  • Cassia Spohn

    $50

  • Anonymous

     

  • Kevin Wright

     

  • Leena Augimeri

     

  • Sam Hawes

     

  • Jesy & Bill Terrill

     

  • Amy and Luke

     

  • David Hawes

     

  • Pattie and Keith Barrett

     

  • John Lochman

     

  • Jacob YOung

     

  • Cody Telep

     

  • David Cannon and Joe Poggenburg

    $100

  • Heather McElroy

    $100

  • Greg Puglizevich

    $100

  • John

    $50

  • Anonymous

     

  • Jessica and Mike Karr

    $25

  • Ricardo & Marisa Nava

     

  • Dan Pardini

    $100

  • Amber Sciligo

    $50

  • Hank Fradella

     

  • Marley & Bauer

    $50

  • Dan and Deena Battista

     

  • Aaron Pardini

    $200

  • Revball

    $100

  • DMan

    $25

  • Kimberlee Graves

    $100

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Donor Comments

Kimberlee Graves

Kimberlee Graves

DONATION: $100

2 years ago

DMan

DMan

DONATION: $25

2 years ago

Revball

Revball

DONATION: $100

2 years ago

Aaron Pardini

Aaron Pardini

DONATION: $200

2 years ago

Dan and Deena Battista

Dan and Deena Battista

2 years ago

Marley & Bauer

Marley & Bauer

DONATION: $50

2 years ago

Hank Fradella

Hank Fradella

2 years ago

Amber Sciligo

Amber Sciligo

DONATION: $50

I've known Chris his whole life, and I am thrilled he's going back to school. He is an amazing person who continues to persevere through many challenges. You both inspire me! 2 years ago

Dan Pardini

Dan Pardini

DONATION: $100

2 years ago

Ricardo & Marisa Nava

Ricardo & Marisa Nava

2 years ago

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