Boston 2017

100 Friends 100 Hours
Jan 24, 2017 by Caitlin Deschenes-Desmond

WE DID IT!!!

 

 

Between Thursday and last night, 108 of you raised well over $3,000, netting the LLS an extra $1,000 in match money. That is more money than I've EVER raised, period. And lest we lose sight of it in the flood of Biden memes, that money is doing amazing things. It's funding research, it's paying for patient services, and it's giving hope to the thousands of people waiting for someone to save their lives. I am so grateful to know such an incredible number of incredible people. Thank you. 

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Boston 2017
Nov 25, 2016

Welcome, friends! 

 

Welcome welcome welcome. I'm so glad you're here. I'm so glad I'M here, running my twelfth and final Boston Marathon with Team in Training! 

 

Swan  song, get it?

 

Yes indeed, after over a decade of running with the team, this will be my last campaign terrorizing your inboxes with seasonal metaphors and Microsoft Paintshops - and I'm going out with a BANG. 

 

This team has meant so much to me over the past 12 years. It's given me some of my closest friends, an identity as a runner, and a place that has always felt like home. So in my final year, I'd like to give back. I'm aiming to raise $12,000 this season - that's $1,000 for each year I've run with the team (or roughly the amount I spent on post-run brunches at Maugus in 2011). It is also, as you might have been able to tell by all the 0s, a LOT of money.

 

That's why, one last time, I am asking for your generosity. In addition to all the rest, one of the greatest gifts Team in Training has given me is the opportunity to remember the incredible kindness that exists in the world - and, in particular, in you. You have helped me raise $35,000 over the years. That is more money than 2006 Caitlin could have DREAMED of, and it was all in service of research and treatments benefiting people most of you will never meet. They, and I, are so very grateful. 

 

Love and one final kamikaze somersault through the crosswalks of Wellesley, 

Cait

 

"Frequently" "Asked" Questions

I'm new here. Why do you run with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society? 

Back in 2005 my friend Anna bought me several strong beers and convinced me we needed to run the Boston Marathon. She worked in blood cancer research at Beth Israel at the time, so LLS made the most sense.  Over the years, I've made friends on and off the team who have been deeply affected by blood cancer. I run for Larry Talmadge, my friend Zac's father, who passed away from non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in 2014 and for Richard Clyde Miller, Sr., my friend James's father who fought multiple myeloma for years. I run so that if someone you love is diagnosed with blood cancer, you know that you have a sweaty army at your back, doing everything possible to make sure they have the treatment they need.

 

Twelve seems kind of an arbitrary number to stop at. Why not make it a baker's dozen?

Twelve is my lucky number! Speaking of numbers, TNT has been getting fewer from the Boston Athletic Association each year, which means that fewer runners have a chance to run with the team. There are a lot of folks out there who need a chance to experience what I've been lucky enought to have in my life for the past decade - and what, after 12 years, I know will be there no matter what.

 

How much The Rock can I expect to see in my Facebook newsfeed? 

To every shiny-pated WWE wrestler-turned movie star there is a season. This year I'm retiring The Rock from my fundraising arsenal (never my heart), and replacing him with someone a little more on-brand, color-scheme wise: The Purple One. That's right, for every donation, I give YOU the gift of a personalized Prince side-eye.

You're right Prince, I COULD have done a better job bedazzling

 

Anything else I should know? 

YES. First, Bjork and I have the exact same reaction face. 

Crazy, no? 

 

Second, I am trying a new training plan for this marathon. I know some of you are runners, so if you're at all interested in how it's going, I'm going to try to put up weekly updates on my half-assedly maintained blog. Will more weekly mileage correlate directly with more falling off sidewalks? STAY TUNED TO FIND OUT

 

 

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Supporter Comments

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    "Cait, way to rumble through 11 incredibly inspiring marathon training season and fundraisers! What you've done for TNT is truly amazing. Here's to the BIG 1-2!"
     

    Jaime-Alexis Fowler

    Wed Nov 23 06:01:10 EST 2016

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    "Your email literally made my whole life better. Can't wait to run with you this year!!!!"
     

    Gina D'Addario

    Wed Nov 23 07:06:41 EST 2016

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    "12!? You are amazing!"
     

    Kylie Leckie

    Sun Nov 27 09:34:34 EST 2016

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    "You go Caitlin! So proud that you have been doing this for so many years and happy to support both you and the LLS! Rock it out Prince-ess! xo"
     

    Julia Torrant

    Tue Nov 29 10:05:57 EST 2016

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    "Run strong, you beautiful, wild, inspiring woman!! So happy George Street brought us together. Larry will be watching for you on race day:) "
     

    Kori, Mike & Larry

    Thu Dec 01 08:59:49 EST 2016

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    "To a real classy marathon runner, and wine walker!"
     

    Sarah Kelsey

    Mon Dec 12 09:37:04 EST 2016

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    "Good luck!"
     

    Robert Orthman

    Thu Dec 22 09:43:04 EST 2016

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    "So proud of you and all you have done with Team in Training. Gonna miss all your inspirational and hilarious posts but I have a feeling we haven't heard the last from you!!! Love you so much! Aunt Laurie and Uncle Tony"
     

    Laurie & Tony Scafidi719hi

    Sun Jan 15 10:10:26 EST 2017

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    "Here's to getting that $1K match and crushing a 320 on April 17th :)"
     

    Joe Biden

    Fri Jan 20 10:08:01 EST 2017

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    "Good luck getting the $1000 match and have the best run ever!!"
     

    Kittie B.

    Fri Jan 20 10:41:16 EST 2017

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    "Enjoy your swan song! Followed you thru your Dad, kudos for all you have done. My father passed from MM so this charity is perfect for me. "
     

    Bev Bellisio

    Sat Jan 21 09:39:31 EST 2017

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    "Way to go Caitlin!!!"
     

    Maggie Durbas

    Sun Jan 22 07:25:13 EST 2017

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    "You are hilarious and amazing. Congrats on your 12th and final year with TNT! You go girl."
     

    Sarah Batson Hyman

    Sun Jan 22 08:35:04 EST 2017

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    "GET IT GIRL!"
     

    Your Quads at Mile 24!

    Sun Jan 22 08:51:20 EST 2017

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    "You're the best, Cait!"
     

    Zac Talmadge

    Sun Jan 22 09:52:49 EST 2017

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    "We *really* need those goddamn T-shirts."
     

    Dan Devine and Sara Stolfi

    Sat Apr 01 02:21:11 EDT 2017

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    "Because I can't not have a Make America Cait Again shirt..."
     

    Ari Wolfe

    Sun Apr 02 02:13:43 EDT 2017

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    "Caitlyn...you are an inspiration to all! Thank you for running and raising so much money to wipe out this horrible cancer. It struck both myself and my brother. With your dedication and your teammates, this cancer will be cured! Here's to your BEST run every #12!"
     

    Lorraine & Bob Donovan

    Sun Apr 16 08:40:54 EDT 2017

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    "Enjoy the your last Boston!"
     

    Ashley Conners

    Mon Apr 17 07:15:06 EDT 2017

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    "Thank you, Caitlin, for running and raising so much money over the years for such a worthwhile cause. The MacLeay Family"
     

    Cheryl MacLeay

    Mon Apr 17 08:48:31 EDT 2017

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    "Good luck, girl! You'll rock it! - Jordan"
     

    Jordan Penney

    Fri Jan 06 06:30:37 EST 2017

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    "Cait, great job for terrific cause. LLS has been lucky to have you on their side for the last 12 years!"
     

    Jean and Bob Giunta

    Sun Jan 01 01:54:31 EST 2017

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    "Caitlin, you continue to inspire us!"
     

    McQueen/ Behrens Family

    Wed Dec 21 06:48:13 EST 2016

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    "Go, Cait, Go!"
     

    Ari Wolfe

    Sun Dec 04 08:26:16 EST 2016

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    "I don't think the B.A.A. could run the marathon without you!"
     

    Rohit Naimpally

    Sun Dec 04 06:19:07 EST 2016

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    "Go, Cait, go!"
     

    Sarah Emond

    Sat Dec 03 10:15:08 EST 2016

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    "I hope it's the best one yet, friend :)"
     

    Eric Zawada

    Thu Dec 01 07:00:24 EST 2016

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    "Good luck, friend!"
     

    Jared Joiner

    Tue Nov 29 11:53:02 EST 2016

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    "Caitlin! You should know this donation comes with a price...you have to come to at least THREE BPS on the move runs before the marathon. Don't let me down! In all seriousness, such a great cause! Can't wait to cheer for you! "
     

    Hannah LeMieux

    Tue Nov 29 10:35:08 EST 2016

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    "We are awed by your 12 years of self-sacrifice and service. We are thrilled by your eagerness to take One Last Ride, making this marathon like unto a latter-day "Fast and Furious" sequel and thus further blessed by A Certain Samoan God. We are proud of you, and happy to help, and happy to be your friends. -- Love, Sara and Dan"
     

    Sara Stolfi and Dan Devine

    Fri Nov 25 02:37:17 EST 2016

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    "Love you!!"
     

    Laura S.

    Wed Nov 23 02:47:50 EST 2016

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    "Because we love you so dang much, you heartsong. You are truly America's Sweetheart - not that Joe wants to admit that! Congratulations on the most amazing race yesterday. xxxxoo"
     

    Jenn Kearney & Joe Bogigian

    Tue Apr 18 08:28:31 EDT 2017

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    "Cait, Thank you for love, dedication and commitment to finding a cure so that other families don't have to endure the loss that we have. Thank you for your commitment to Larry's memory - I can see him smiling right now. You are one special person - keep the faith, we love you. "
     

    Barbara Talmadge

    Tue Apr 11 06:16:33 EDT 2017

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    "Make America Cait again indeed "
     

    Steph Keogh

    Tue Apr 04 02:13:59 EDT 2017

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    "Woohoo! Next year in the Rockies?! We love your beautiful heart and sweet running feet so much! -- Mic and Wade and E"
     

    Mic, Wade, and E

    Sat Mar 25 09:30:35 EDT 2017

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    "Overdue Tshirt Purchase. No worries if you are out!"
     

    David Brownell

    Thu Mar 23 03:39:44 EDT 2017

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    "Run fast! (I wanted to even out your pennies. :) )"
     

    Stephen Rouch

    Thu Mar 16 02:38:01 EDT 2017

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    "Thanks for perpetuating my fame (and raising money for cancer research, of course), Cait!"
     

    Joe Biden's Ice Cream

    Tue Jan 24 09:00:06 EST 2017

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    "Get it girl."
     

    Matthew Siemionko

    Mon Jan 23 09:24:45 EST 2017

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    "You're a true inspiration!"
     

    Heather Griffith

    Mon Jan 23 08:49:56 EST 2017

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    "Something I should have done awhile ago."
     

    Ian Moore

    Mon Jan 23 08:15:16 EST 2017

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    "Good luck & Bless you Caitlin!!!"
     

    Monica Mrosek

    Mon Jan 23 07:59:26 EST 2017

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    "Last Boston marathon with TNT?! Doubt it! But u sure earned every mile Cait. Super proud of you!"
     

    Connie & David Mooney

    Mon Jan 23 07:20:07 EST 2017

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    "BAM! Biden me please."
     

    Sean Biggins

    Mon Jan 23 03:40:24 EST 2017

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    "Get it, girl!"
     

    Kenleigh Nicoletta

    Mon Jan 23 03:27:34 EST 2017

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    "Go Caitlin!! You're amazing!!"
     

    Courtney Mario

    Mon Jan 23 03:10:28 EST 2017

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    "Still a true treasure. See you out on the hills!"
     

    John Palombo

    Mon Jan 23 02:28:33 EST 2017

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    "Run, Cait, run!"
     

    Robin Winches

    Mon Jan 23 02:17:50 EST 2017

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    "Go Caitlin !"
     

    Joshua Schultz

    Mon Jan 23 02:16:33 EST 2017

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    "Yo go girl! Good luck! "
     

    Patty Grennen

    Mon Jan 23 01:39:43 EST 2017

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    "G'luck! The world is a better place because of your compassion and activism. So proud of you and grateful to know you!"
     

    Brandy Fluker Oakey

    Mon Jan 23 01:39:07 EST 2017

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    "GO GIRL GO! <3"
     

    Erica Appleman

    Mon Jan 23 12:09:38 EST 2017

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    "Good luck and go Team!"
     

    Jessica, Dan & Sam Burgess

    Mon Jan 23 11:46:43 EST 2017

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    "Go get 'em!"
     

    Amanda Kearney

    Mon Jan 23 06:31:07 EST 2017

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    "Because your emails are so funny. And because of Larry. And Adele. And because I miss you. "
     

    Susie Keller

    Sun Jan 22 07:22:22 EST 2017

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    "Cait, you're the best and I couldn't be happier to have met someone like you! Thank you!"
     

    Kyle Lampart

    Sun Jan 22 07:13:21 EST 2017

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    "May the BodyGlide Gods shine down on you, and may you fly like the wind. "
     

    Graham Campbell

    Sun Jan 22 02:17:26 EST 2017

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    "I'm so proud of you Caitlin, with all my love, Grandma"
     

    Helen Desmond

    Sun Jan 22 12:09:01 EST 2017

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    "<3"
     

    Veronique & Carmen

    Sat Jan 21 04:27:59 EST 2017

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    "Until a cure is found, research is the key"
     

    Sally Meyers Goodman

    Sat Jan 21 03:22:59 EST 2017

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    "GIRL I've got that swan costume in my basement and I am NOT kidding. Danceathon here we come. Keep being a gem of a human"
     

    C$ and EAZY E

    Fri Jan 20 07:30:26 EST 2017

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    "Go Cait, you are the heart and soul of TNT!"
     

    M&L

    Fri Jan 20 05:40:10 EST 2017

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    "You rock and also because I love Joe Biden!"
     

    LKC

    Fri Jan 20 05:24:36 EST 2017

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    "You go girl! You are absolutely inspiring to every life you touch. Kick ass in the marathon (again!) this year! "
     

    David and Rhea Fagnan

    Fri Jan 20 04:39:58 EST 2017

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    "You're soooo amazing! Can't wait to run with you in April!! &#128516;&#128516;&#128516;&#128516;"
     

    Andrea May

    Fri Jan 20 11:50:41 EST 2017

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    "Go Cait! Can't wait to cheer for you on Marathon Monday!"
     

    Mark Abair

    Fri Jan 20 09:51:45 EST 2017

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    "I admire what you do, Caitlin. Of course, I need a Prince GIF...he's my fave. :-)"
     

    J. Nathan Bland

    Fri Jan 20 09:04:10 EST 2017

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    "HELLO ITS ME HOW ARE YOU - you got this you momma bear, tax teaching, november project butt touching, patriarchy destroying angel (yes I realize the irony of that)! You are the best - good luck!"
     

    Christopher Mario

    Thu Jan 19 10:31:36 EST 2017

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    "FOR FREEDOM!!!!"
     

    Weber

    Thu Jan 19 09:53:51 EST 2017

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    "Good luck! Make those Hansons proud."
     

    The Levitsky

    Thu Jan 19 08:54:44 EST 2017

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    "Get it girl "
     

    Matthew Bacigalupo

    Thu Jan 19 07:03:00 EST 2017

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    "Caitmalin caitmalin! So proud of you! "
     

    Abigail Hemingson

    Thu Jan 19 06:31:21 EST 2017

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    "You are amazing, Cait! Your growing Seattle fan club will be cheering you on as always!"
     

    Katie Zatorski

    Thu Jan 19 06:15:22 EST 2017

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    "This ones for Biden, but I'll be back for Prince"
     

    Butthammer

    Thu Jan 19 05:50:53 EST 2017

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    "#thursdayswithcait"
     

    Sarah Lucas

    Thu Jan 19 05:25:28 EST 2017

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    "Go Caitlin!! See you at the WCC!"
     

    The Paglias

    Thu Jan 19 01:42:54 EST 2017

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    "<3"
     

    Moriah Simmons

    Thu Jan 19 11:37:54 EST 2017

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    "You're a superstar!"
     

    Gina D'Addario

    Wed Jan 18 08:30:24 EST 2017

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    "What a remarkable woman you are! We are SO proud to call you our daughter and support your dedication to making this world a better place! We love you and of course will be there cheering you on in April."
     

    Mom & Dad

    Fri Jan 13 08:23:11 EST 2017

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    "Cait You're a pro at this by now, so my wish for you is a cool dry day. I know this is very important to you, and I admire your commitment. You go, girl! Love, Aunt Jeanne"
     

    Jeanne Leaf

    Mon Jan 09 02:51:45 EST 2017

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    "You don't know me, but I'm also running Boston this year. I was just looking through the fundraising pages to get ideas for mine, and yours is just so inventive and delightful that I had to make a donation! Good luck with fundraising, and I'll see you at the starting line!"
     

    R'el Rodriguez

    Sat Jan 07 07:16:50 EST 2017

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    "Sending love to the sweetest love chicken there ever was!"
     

    Sasha G-P

    Tue Dec 13 08:54:04 EST 2016

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    "My dad loved and believed in you and your beautiful spirit!! Thanks a million for your dedication. Xoxo "
     

    Meghan Key

    Thu Dec 08 05:54:53 EST 2016

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    "you are a ~~TREASURE~~"
     

    Moriah Simmons

    Mon Nov 28 03:38:34 EST 2016

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    "CDD, you rock! Good luck today!"
     

    Akash Ghiya

    Mon Apr 17 10:34:38 EDT 2017

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    "You're awesome, CDD!"
     

    Juliana Hanford

    Sun Apr 16 12:40:45 EDT 2017

My Fundraising Total

Raised: $14,185.40 | Goal: $12,000.00
 
118 %

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In Memory of

Larry Talmadge

My Thanks To

Millennium Pharmaceutical...  
Amgen Foundation  
Merch Madness  
Jenn Kearney & Joe Bogigi...  
Akash Ghiya  
Cheryl MacLeay  
Ashley Conners  
Lorraine & Bob Donovan  
Juliana Hanford  
Maeghan Silverberg Welfor...  
Barbara Talmadge  
Laryssa Hiller  
Rita Kincaid  
Melissa Hoberg  
Jillian Pereira  
Steph Keogh  
xpfmx  
Jimmy Taber  
Ari Wolfe  
Dan Devine and Sara Stolf...  
Jeanne Leaf  
Mic, Wade, and E  
David Brownell  
YourCause - Medtronic  
Stephen Rouch  
Roy and Judy Philbrick  
Laura  
100 friends prize  
The Dancers of High Kicks...  
Michael Cannon  
Keysite Technologies  
Ian Crowther  
Joe Biden's Ice Cream  
Matthew Siemionko  
Heather Griffith  
Ian Moore  
Monica Mrosek  
Connie & David Mooney  
Chris Cassidy  
Sasha Gersten Paal  
Piotr Mankowski  
Maggie Dull  
Sean Biggins  
Bella Scafidi  
Meeko Scafidi  
Luna Scafidi  
Kenleigh Nicoletta  
Courtney Mario  
Dan Rivers  
Paul T. Bradley  
Super Sloth  
Sheri Ferguson  
Obi Deschenes-Desmond  
Hobbit Deschenes-Desmond  
Memere & Pepere Deschenes  
John Palombo  
Chris Wilson  
Neal Donahue  
Robin Winches  
Joshua Schultz  
Patty Grennen  
Brandy Fluker Oakey  
Jim McCann  
Michael Carey  
Erica Appleman  
Jessica, Dan & Sam Burges...  
Sarad  
Amanda Kearney  
Lauren Giunta  
Zac Talmadge  
Your Quads at Mile 24!  
Enzo Scafidi  
Bodie Scafidi  
Jake Scafidi  
Sarah Batson Hyman  
Sophie Scafidi  
Lexie Scafidi  
Aimee Lucas  
Jason Hotaling  
Lydia Deschenes-Desmond  
Lewis Deschenes-Desmond  
David  
Maggie Durbas  
Susie Keller  
Kyle Lampart  
Bree  
Jaime-Alexis Fowler  
Timothy Smith  
Graham Campbell  
Helen Desmond  
Jennifer Bell  
Veronique & Carmen  
Sally Meyers Goodman  
Matthew Shapiro  
Bev Bellisio  
Anne Bro  
Kittie B.  
Stevie Wonder  
C$ and EAZY E  
M&L  
LKC  
David and Rhea Fagnan  
Rebecca Spalding  
Andrea May  
David Brownell  
Barack Obama  
Timothy Deschenes-Desmond  
Anita Deschenes-Desmond  
Joe Biden  
Mark Abair  
Ari Sommer  
Eric Zawada  
J. Nathan Bland  
Kelly Flynn  
Joe & Karen Mario  
Deborah Duval  
Ricky and Angel Khanna  
Neal Alpert  
Christopher Mario  
xpfmx  
Weber  
Theresa Cleary  
Renae Deschenes-Desmond  
Conor Deschenes-Desmond  
The Levitsky  
Sarah Kelsey  
Kelly Bidwell  
Matthew Bacigalupo  
Abigail Hemingson  
Katie Zatorski  
Sarah Carnevale  
Srikant Sarangi  
Butthammer  
Lindsey Grant  
Sarah Lucas  
The Paglias  
Moriah Simmons  
The Fishwicks  
Gina D'Addario  
Scott Hiller  
Laurie & Tony Scafidi719h...  
Mom & Dad  
Jeanne Leaf  
R'el Rodriguez  
Jordan Penney  
Jean and Bob Giunta  
Melissa Hoberg  
Erin Barker  
Jared Vincenti  
Robert Orthman  
McQueen/ Behrens Family  
Sasha G-P  
Sarah Kelsey  
Carly Brown  
Meghan Key  
Ari Wolfe  
Rohit Naimpally  
Sarah Emond  
Pem Brown  
Kori, Mike & Larry  
Eric Zawada  
Jared Joiner  
Hannah LeMieux  
Julia Torrant  
xpfmx  
Moriah Simmons  
Kylie Leckie  
Sara Stolfi and Dan Devin...  
Gina D'Addario  
Jaime-Alexis Fowler  
Scott Hiller  
Laura S.  
Caitlin Deschenes-Desmond