My Fundraising Page

My Fundraising Page
Aug 13, 2008 by Jessie Ketcha

Racing to Save Lives



Welcome to my Team In Training home page.

(Pictured above is my friend Helen (on the right) and I (on the left). We decided to do this together, so I thought it fitting to post a photo of the two of us as my page picture. If it weren't for her I am not sure if I would have had the guts to do this alone. So thank you to Helen for inspiring me to do this with you!)



For those of you who do not yet know, I am training to run a marathon as a member of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's (LLS) Team in Training. In order to run, I am raising funds to help stop leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin lymphoma and myeloma from taking more lives. I'm doing this in honor of all individuals who are battling blood cancers. These people struggle and fight for their lives every day. They are the real heroes on our team.



Here's how it works; like many others, this Fall and Winter I have chosen to dedicate my time and body to helping The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society raise money to ultimately find a cure. As I fundraise, I will be training to run a full marathon at the Disney World Resort in January to honor those suffering.

Leukemia is one of the leading causes of death in children between the ages of 1-15. The good news is that the survival rate has risen from 4% in 1960 to 81% in the last decade. Because of the extensive research The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society has done, we can thank them for a big chunk of this. Since it’s founding in 1949, The Society has awarded more than $411 million to research. However, even though great strides have been made, many people (children included) are still suffering. This is why my teammates and I have chosen Bella Grosso as one of our honorees. Bella is a five year old little girl from Syracuse, NY who has been battling Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia for most of her life. We are very happy to report that she is currently in remission and just recently finished chemotherapy after 2.5 years. Bella has 3 older siblings and a golden retriever she adores named "Leuk." She loves soccer and having fun with her friends.

You may be wondering; what lead me to this? To be completely honest, I’m really not really one of those die-hard, wake-up-at-five-religiously-to-go-run type of people (you know, the people we all secretly envy). I never really enjoyed running just for the sole purpose of running, despite my brief stint on the track team back in high school. As some of you know, I’m a pretty hardcore skier, which puts a beating on the knees. I always thought I shouldn't run due to that.



So, why on earth would I sign up for this, you ask? Well, I first heard about Team in Training through a post card in the mail. I’ve recently gotten into cycling and saw that they also train for century rides. So, I signed up to check out a meeting with a friend. I found out there are no cycling events till Spring (duh, Jessie! Riding a bike in the snow?) but stayed with my friend so she could get information about running. I’m glad I did. Upon hearing all the stories from past participants about the people suffering, their wonderful experiences helping others and the amazing discoveries and advances The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society has made, I was moved to tears. I found myself thinking; I can do this. I actually want to do this. I was so inspired I signed up on the spot and never looked back.



During the 5 months of my training, I have pledged to raise $3,800 for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Please help me by donating whatever you can. Your help will contribute towards finding a cure. We have already had so many great advances and have already helped to save so many lives. Every cent counts and is 100% tax-deductible. The sooner the better; though I will be accepting donations until my marathon in January, I have set a personal goal for myself to raise as much as possible by October 1st so I can focus on my training. You can donate to the left right here online with a credit card. Please feel freel to contact me if that is not applicable. And remember,

NO DONATION IS TOO SMALL!

(seriously guys, $5, $10, whatever you can swing...if more, great! if not, its still awesome! every little bit helps I promise!)



Running this marathon will be something very challenging for me, but I will truly be honoring people who need help. These people are facing the real challenges in life. And if I can give something back to them for all they have gone through then I will do whatever I can to do so. I look forward to gaining your support so we can help these heroes together.



I will be posting a link to my running blog so please, CHECK BACK SOON!



Thank you all,

Jess :)





9/18 UPDATE:

check out my running blog! i plan to write every time i run and then some, so please take a look! :)

http://jessiesrunningblog.blogspot.com/

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Supporter Comments

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    "Leukemia & Lymphoma, Leave my friends alone!!! "
     

    Robert Langer

    Sat Oct 01 05:24:04 EDT 2011

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    "Hope all goes well. Do take care of yourself."
     

    Katie, Margie, Rose Ketcha

    Sat Apr 28 03:44:13 EDT 2012

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    "Run, Sophie, Run"
     

    Katie, Margie, Rose Ketcha

    Fri May 04 04:51:45 EDT 2012

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    "Sophie, your courage, leadership and determination offer inspiration to many. I am honored to support your efforts. Good luck!"
     

    Katie, Margie, Rose Ketcha

    Sat May 05 01:34:15 EDT 2012

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    "Best of luck!"
     

    Katie, Margie, Rose Ketcha

    Tue May 08 07:05:37 EDT 2012

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    "good!"
     

    Katie, Margie, Rose Ketcha

    Wed May 09 08:47:57 EDT 2012

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    "You're the best!"
     

    David Sleightholm

    Mon Jan 02 06:12:08 EST 2012

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    "Good Luck! No much but every little bit counts!"
     

    David Sleightholm

    Wed Jan 04 01:32:58 EST 2012

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    "Way to go Craig, maybe next year I'll join you on the bike ride!"
     

    David Sleightholm

    Wed Jan 18 01:24:11 EST 2012

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    "Thanks for all you do Craig; keep pedaling!"
     

    David Sleightholm

    Sun May 06 07:40:42 EDT 2012

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    "Sophie, best wishes as you prepare for the big day, during the race and for continued good health. An amazing story of recovery! "
     

    Katie, Margie, Rose Ketcha

    Wed May 09 01:39:08 EDT 2012

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    "One foot in front of the other .... good luck!"
     

    Katie, Margie, Rose Ketcha

    Thu May 17 05:22:03 EDT 2012

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    "GOOD LUCK BUG! You and your recovery are amazing and I hope it goes really well xxxxxx"
     

    Katie, Margie, Rose Ketcha

    Mon May 28 04:50:37 EDT 2012

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    "Good luck bug! amazing recovery :) xx"
     

    Katie, Margie, Rose Ketcha

    Sat Jun 02 01:20:46 EDT 2012

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    "This is a great thing you are doing Jessie! Best of luck to you. Kristin aka Gooday2ski"
     

    Kristin Westwood

    Tue Sep 30 06:24:00 EDT 2008

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    "Go Team!"
     

    Frank Frear

    Mon Nov 14 09:59:13 EST 2011

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    "Good luck Bobby:-)"
     

    Frank Frear

    Mon Nov 14 10:07:05 EST 2011

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    "GO GET 'EM BIG B..."
     

    Frank Frear

    Wed Feb 15 11:00:32 EST 2012

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    "In memory of my dad who passed away on May 6, 2011."
     

    Marshall Ayres

    Mon Feb 27 07:49:02 EST 2012

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    "Lori ~ Thank you for your hard work. I know you have helped many! Keep pedaling!"
     

    Marshall Ayres

    Mon Apr 16 03:15:43 EDT 2012

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    "You go girl:-)"
     

    Marshall Ayres

    Thu May 03 05:38:23 EDT 2012

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    "I'm so proud of you, Buddy!! "
     

    Jeremy Matties

    Fri May 04 08:53:40 EDT 2012

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    "Best of luck on your ride in Tahoe Lori! So glad that I was able to help you toward your goals this year!"
     

    Marshall Ayres

    Tue May 08 09:57:29 EDT 2012

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    "I'm donating some of my birthday money to help you raise money so you can help my grandfather and many other people too."
     

    Lisa Ketcha Tracewski

    Sun May 13 09:42:27 EDT 2012

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    "Happy Belated Birthday!"
     

    Lisa Ketcha Tracewski

    Wed Jul 11 03:40:59 EDT 2012

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    "Thank you for all you do for people with blood cancers, Megan!"
     

    Lisa Ketcha Tracewski

    Wed Jul 25 07:54:11 EDT 2012

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    "Praying there will be a cure found before so many other families have to hurt from because of cancer."
     

    Joseph Ketcha

    Thu Oct 18 10:28:35 EDT 2012

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    "Good luck in reaching your goal!!!!!!"
     

    Joseph Ketcha

    Fri Oct 19 09:48:07 EDT 2012

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    "Teresa, thank you for your dedication to this cause. Glad you posted it on fbook. Hope you are doing well. Susan Gazaway D'Antoni"
     

    Joseph Ketcha

    Fri Oct 19 10:37:03 EDT 2012

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    "Love and prayers for the Campbell family and to my wonderful and giving friend Teresa Nixon!"
     

    Joseph Ketcha

    Tue Oct 23 11:59:03 EDT 2012

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    "Hang in there Jessie and take some natural anti-inflammatories for your knees ;-)"
     

    Audrey Carr

    Thu Jan 01 05:20:01 EST 2009

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    "Beautiful group of people! My prayers are for you and the success of this endeavor."
     

    Lydia S.

    Wed Jul 18 12:34:24 EDT 2012

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    "Keep up the good work!"
     

    Steven Houser

    Tue Sep 11 12:04:40 EDT 2012

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    "So proud of you as always. Love you."
     

    Fri May 31 03:40:20 EDT 2013

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    "Good luck!!!"
     

    Richard Sax

    Tue Jun 04 09:16:11 EDT 2013

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    "I love seeing people run for a cause - especially this one! My grandma died of Leukemia in 2004. Go Megan!"
     

    Richard Sax

    Sun Jun 09 04:07:19 EDT 2013

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    "Go Megan!"
     

    Richard Sax

    Thu Jun 13 06:29:29 EDT 2013

  •  
    "Good luck Megan!"
     

    Richard Sax

    Thu Jun 13 08:40:59 EDT 2013

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    "Megan - what a nice thing you are doing! Debbie & Tim Strauss"
     

    Richard Sax

    Fri Jun 14 10:43:26 EDT 2013

  •  
    "Grace - You are a champion for this cause."
     

    Sun Jul 07 03:24:23 EDT 2013

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    "You can do it Grace! Love you!"
     

    Sun Jul 07 05:03:13 EDT 2013

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    "Grace, this is a wonderful thing you are doing for a great cause. All the best."
     

    Mon Jul 08 01:25:17 EDT 2013

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    "Love u! You can do it!"
     

    Wed Jul 10 01:02:03 EDT 2013

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    "My love you are so special person! Hope your friend will fully recover. Sharon and Hannah"
     

    Thu Jul 11 07:14:16 EDT 2013

  •  
    "we need more ppl like you to rep for such things w/ love and .... uh, GRACE! :)"
     

    Fri Jul 12 12:03:17 EDT 2013

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    "Go Grace !"
     

    Mon Jul 15 07:44:23 EDT 2013

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    "Wahoo! You can do it! Here's to saving lives one mile at a time."
     

    Tue Jul 16 05:25:29 EDT 2013

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    "Love, Alan Clemens"
     

    Wed Jul 17 11:19:04 EDT 2013

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    "I am so proud of you for doing this for such a noble cause!!! Love you! Suraj, Devan, Sharmila and Navin Mallavaram"
     

    Wed Jul 17 11:57:00 EDT 2013

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    "Good Luck!"
     

    Thu Jul 18 01:36:12 EDT 2013

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    "Way to go Grace! Me and Mikey are so proud of you! Best of luck on your run!"
     

    Thu Jul 18 02:45:50 EDT 2013

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    "I'm glad I can help Grace for a good cause and for a very dear Friend for life. Tom"
     

    Sat Jul 20 03:07:23 EDT 2013

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    "And Grace keep runnin' runnin', and runnin' runnin'...let's get it started (ha), let's get it started in here..."
     

    Tue Jul 23 01:19:51 EDT 2013

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    "Keep up the great work, Megan! This is such a great thing that you are dedicating yourself to!"
     

    Richard Sax

    Wed Jul 24 09:52:45 EDT 2013

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    "You are such an inspiration to other people. We love you so much and are super proud of you!! Run with all your PASSION!! Love, Jessica and Alyssa"
     

    Fri Jul 26 03:02:38 EDT 2013

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    "What a great cause. Good luck with your fundraising efforts!! Love, Danielle"
     

    Richard Sax

    Mon Aug 12 05:33:35 EDT 2013

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    "Gooo Megan! :)"
     

    Richard Sax

    Fri Aug 23 02:51:24 EDT 2013

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    "You are an inspiration to all of us! I had a friend who left her 11-month son behind because of leukemia. With love and best wishes -- Isabelle and family "
     

    Wed Aug 28 06:27:07 EDT 2013

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    "I am so happy that you are doing this, Megan. What a noble cause! Best of luck with your fundraising and preparation for the run! "
     

    Richard Sax

    Tue Sep 10 02:40:41 EDT 2013

  •  
    "What a wonderful cause to support! I commend you for your committment."
     

    Tue Sep 17 03:47:23 EDT 2013

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    "Sorry I can't be there for the walk. Good luck in meeting your goal and winning this fight."
     

    Fri Sep 20 03:23:46 EDT 2013

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    "good luck DUDE!!!:)!!!!"
     

    Fri Oct 04 05:40:46 EDT 2013

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    "Hi Jessie, I wanted to donate this money in my son's name so he would get the tax deduction. Good luck - and I will be waiting to hear all about your run. You are such a brave young person!! Needless to say, you have my admiration. Alva"
     

    Rick johnson

    Wed Jan 07 06:08:26 EST 2009

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    "I'm appalled you would dare to use the name "Team Skinny Bit_h". Oh, I society's standards and morals have gone so far down! That the use of vulgar and crude language would be accepted by so-called respectable organizations is so disappointing. How could you use such language?"
     

    Alana Haskins

    Tue Jan 29 11:06:52 EST 2013

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    "Stop with the profanity! It's not cute and will never be accepted by decent people."
     

    Alana Haskins

    Tue Jan 29 11:25:55 EST 2013

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    "Doing great Tori!!! Keep it up!"
     

    Rick johnson

    Fri Feb 08 12:40:03 EST 2013

  •  
    "Thank you so much Tami Emslie for your contribution! I greatly appreciate it."
     

    Alana Haskins

    Mon Feb 25 12:05:54 EST 2013

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    "All the best - a great accomplishment! "
     

    Nancy Fleming

    Thu Aug 01 06:34:24 EDT 2013

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    "Happy to support you and this great cause! "
     

    Fri Sep 06 05:50:48 EDT 2013

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    "Yeah, Drueckers!"
     

    Fri Sep 06 05:56:12 EDT 2013

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    "Love you all!!"
     

    Sat Sep 07 01:09:46 EDT 2013

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    "We would have loved to walk with you - hopefully next year!!! xo Family D"
     

    Mon Sep 16 09:53:13 EDT 2013

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    "Good going, Karen! Wish we could hike those marathon miles with you, but since we can't, we joined your "team" today and "walked" some dollars into the effort! Hike for Paul and let's beat cancer in his memory! Walter & Claire Stapleton, 9/20/2013."
     

    Fri Sep 20 08:51:32 EDT 2013

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    "Katie, Grandma says that this is so neat that you do this and she is thrilled to hear about what Turner House is doing. Hope to see you soon!"
     

    Jeff Feather

    Sat Sep 21 12:01:46 EDT 2013

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    "Hope you meet your goal! "
     

    Jeff Feather

    Sat Sep 21 12:05:24 EDT 2013

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    "In memory of my daughters' friend Carina Benson, and all who have lost their lives to lymphoma. May all who suffer from L&L see this research money benefit them and their future health."
     

    Jeri Stead

    Sun Sep 22 12:05:07 EDT 2013

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    "This money I could raise selling very nice and yummy cakes to Brazilian friends. To all Brazilians that got involved: Thank you! Special thanks to Ariane Leal, Natalia and Dinise, who helped me bake, decorate and selling the cake. Love you all! xoxo Karina"
     

    Sun Sep 22 10:56:13 EDT 2013

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    "Dear Joey, when I had the occasion to personally meet you (and of course I heard a lot in advance), I was amazed by your approach towards your illness. Your energy, positivity and your joy of life (what we call in Europe 'Joie de vivre') stands as an example for others. During the past 7 years, thanks to my job, I have seen, worked and played with hundreds of children with the same disease and they were mostly mature and easy about this situation. But adults...we just somehow tend to forget about the value of ordinary, normal "everydays". I wish you strength, joy, personal development and good friends along this road. Eszter"
     

    Mon Sep 23 10:24:51 EDT 2013

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    "Max Maertzig, my 3 year old nephew, currently battling Leukemia."
     

    Mon Sep 23 12:48:50 EDT 2013

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    "Keep up the good work"
     

    Mon Sep 23 04:27:47 EDT 2013

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    "Love you Girl!!"
     

    Tue Sep 24 04:49:27 EDT 2013

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    "Karen, this is a really good thing you are doing. Good luck to all who are walking. Hopefully a cure can be found some day."
     

    Tue Sep 24 07:57:44 EDT 2013

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    "Thanks for walking Paul, Sus, Jul and Krist (and everyone else). Happy birthday Jul (um, the card's "in the mail"...)"
     

    Wed Sep 25 12:53:34 EDT 2013

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    "Good luck Karen for a great cause."
     

    Mon Oct 07 06:39:29 EDT 2013

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    "Many thanks to the charitable fundraisers in providing their support in the effort to find cures for both leukemia and lymphoma."
     

    Tue Oct 08 09:33:56 EDT 2013

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    "We could raise this amount selling Feijoada to my Brazilians (some Americans) friends. Edwiges made the Feijoada, I cooked the side dishes and a couple friends enjoyed it. A lot of work, but a great cause! I hope I helped my team and especially LLS!"
     

    Tue Oct 08 12:32:58 EDT 2013

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    "Karen I am happy to make a donation in honor of Paul and what a great thing you are doing.Good LuckLove Peggy and Bill"
     

    Tue Oct 08 05:31:40 EDT 2013

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    "Karen, good luck in the marathon. Will be thinking of you. Love, Donna, Gary, Nate and Rachel"
     

    Tue Oct 08 09:32:32 EDT 2013

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    "Good luck Karen, Takis & Maria Demetriades"
     

    Wed Oct 09 06:33:46 EDT 2013

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    "Karen, Happy you are doing this. Hopefully this gets us closer to a cure. God Bless Joe"
     

    Thu Oct 10 09:46:27 EDT 2013

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    "Wishing you all the best, Karen!"
     

    Sun Oct 13 11:15:42 EDT 2013

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    "What a wonderful cause! I wish you the best! Is Candy training with you?;) You will be in my thoughts and prayers! Chris Stevens, DVM"
     

    Tue Oct 15 07:47:40 EDT 2013

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    "Good luck, Karen. What a way to honor Paul."
     

    Tue Oct 22 07:02:12 EDT 2013

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    "Good luck Aunt Karen. Glad we can help you with this great cause!"
     

    Thu Oct 24 04:54:40 EDT 2013

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    "Thank you for doing this Karen. As you know, this is a cause that we are always willing to support. Love, Carmel and George"
     

    Wed Oct 30 10:10:28 EDT 2013

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    "Karen you have chosen a worthy cause in Paul's memory, good luck, Evy "
     

    Tue Nov 05 09:34:45 EST 2013

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    "Karen, I am happy to make a donation in honor of Paul. Hope you have good weather the day of your walk. Love Elaine & Brandi"
     

    Sun Nov 10 06:54:54 EST 2013

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    "Karen, Good luck in the marathon. Our thoughts are with you. Love, John, Lois, Jim and Laura"
     

    Tue Nov 19 02:18:00 EST 2013

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    "Good Luck, Karen! Ned and Chris Burt"
     

    Tue Nov 26 02:03:34 EST 2013

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    "Karen, you GO, girl! Love that picture of Paul! You are both in our thoughts this time of year and always, Best of luck in your training! Barb and Karl"
     

    Mon Dec 02 04:24:13 EST 2013

My Fundraising Total

Raised: $3,100.00 | Goal: $3,800.00
 
82 %

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My Thanks To

Robert Langer $500.00
Alan Ketcha $250.00
Rick johnson $205.00
Alan Ketcha $155.00
James Sheerick $100.00
Mark Casella $100.00
Kevin O'Hern $100.00
David Sleightholm $100.00
Katie, Margie, Rose Ketch... $100.00
Jenny Hieronymus $100.00
Nick Ketcha $100.00
Bill Stuart, Jr $75.00
John Gow $50.00
Alva Johnson $50.00
Kevin Griffiths $50.00
Dennis Larson $50.00
David Malacrida $50.00
Richard Ondreyko $50.00
Joe Pietrosanti $50.00
Romayne Ketcha $50.00
Steve Michalovic $40.00
Evelyn Rocco $30.00
Kenneth Hannon $25.00
Joshua Luce $25.00
Carl Rehkop $25.00
Nancy Fleming $25.00
G Roebling Gravel Jr $25.00
Jeff Feather $25.00
Alana Haskins $25.00
Gina Walsh $25.00
Audrey Carr $25.00
Robert Fountain Sr. $25.00
Richard Sax $25.00
Jessica Miller $25.00
Thomas Norton $25.00
Marguerite Carangelo $25.00
Steven Houser $25.00
Joan Rybacki $25.00
Betsy Griffiths $25.00
Salvatore Carangelo $25.00
shelia Neave $25.00
Jeri Stead $20.00
Jeremy Matties $20.00
Frank Frear $20.00
Joseph Ketcha $20.00
Camille Ameika $20.00
Marshall Ayres $20.00
Alice Thurber $20.00
John Silva $15.00
Lydia S. $10.00
Lisa Bideaux $10.00
Lisa Ketcha Tracewski $10.00
Kristin Westwood $10.00
Karen Cherochak $10.00
James Grant $10.00
Daria Middleton $5.00