Thank you and a Message from Arnie

Thank you and a Message from Arnie
Dec 08, 2008 by Dan Poneman


With a strong surge at the finish, Arnie's Army exceeded its $20,000 fundraising goal in support of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and closed its campaign as the #1 fundraiser in the Nation for the St. Anthony's Triathlon. In St. Petersburg, hundreds of blood cancer patients, survivors, and family members -- including many of the participating triathletes -- gathered at the Inspiration Dinner the evening before the event. Their stories, as well as their courage and determination, reminded us all of the concrete difference LLS has made over the years in the battle to defeat blood cancer. Thank you for your exceptional generosity in support of this worthy effort.


The morning of the race, as the participants assembled at the swim start at 5:30am to don their wetsuits, the race officials announced that, with two to four foot waves challenging the ability of the kayaks to get into position along the swim course without capsizing, safety considerations required them to cancel the swim portion of the event. While disappointed, everyone understood that safety must always come first. I completed the balance of the course -- the 40km bike and 10K run segments -- in 2:15:55. All in all, it was a great experience.


Most importantly, Arnie remains cancer free, fully engaged at work and at the gym, and in fine spirits. I think it is fitting to close with the following message, which Arnie has asked me to add :


"I want to add my enormous thanks and deepest gratitude to all of you for your support. That support will make a material contribution to improving the treatment of, and hopefully finding a cure for, blood cancers, diseases that at present are in desperate need of both. At least as important, it stands as a vivid reminder of all of the folks out there who are rooting for me. With all due respect to modern medicine and wonderful oncologist, it is hard to exaggerate the difference that makes. I am coming up on the second anniversary of my initial diagnosis, and while the past two years have had their ups and downs, the bottom line is that I continue to beat the odds, and I want to thank all of you for the part you have played in making that possible."


Thanks again and best wishes to all.


Sincerely,

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    "Proud of you Ismael. Donated in memory of Tim Hufford who died from Hodgkins lymphoma. Jeanette"
     

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    "Dan, Thank you for doing this. John"
     

    John Deutch

    Fri Dec 26 07:55:49 EST 2008

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    "I am so glad you do this every year and I am thrilled to be able to support you in this. "
     

    Mon Sep 23 01:05:13 EDT 2013

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    "You're a good friend, a spunky, beautiful granddaughter. Enjoy the walk while helping others. Love you, Nanna & Bacca"
     

    Jason Powell

    Wed Aug 28 11:13:25 EDT 2013

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    "Jenna congratulations to you for wanting to take steps to help Amy. You Nanna has always said you were something special - I guess she is right. God Bless you Jenna Love Aunt Clara and Uncle Jim. "
     

    Jason Powell

    Wed Aug 28 12:33:11 EDT 2013

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    "Jenna, you are wonderful to help your friend! We will certainly keep her little sister in our prayers!"
     

    Jason Powell

    Fri Aug 30 09:34:09 EDT 2013

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    "In memory and in honor of the life of my sister-in-law Cherie"
     

    Mon Sep 16 11:36:28 EDT 2013

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    "Dan: I am available as your pit crew, as needed. Anything for you and Arnie. Thanks for doing this, for all of us. Jon"
     

    Jon Wolfsthal

    Tue Dec 30 09:34:51 EST 2008

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    "Dan, I'm pleased to support you in this good fight. Perry"
     

    Perry F. Baltimore III

    Tue Dec 30 12:18:25 EST 2008

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    "Thanks Dan for leading this effort on behalf of Arnie and for others like our Arete colleague Joe Schaffner whose own battle with leukemia ended last year. John"
     

    John Lauder

    Wed Dec 31 09:36:20 EST 2008

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    "Happy walking for a cause! Greg Dean"
     

    Matthew Sherman

    Wed Oct 09 04:51:02 EDT 2013

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    "Dan - Thanks for doing this for all of us who love Arnie and many others who are afflicted. Peter"
     

    Peter Bass

    Wed Dec 31 01:07:39 EST 2008

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    "Love you forever mom!"
     

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    Wed Sep 04 10:44:41 EDT 2013

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    "Wish we could be there tonight! Love you, Lauren!! Love the Villeneuevs"
     

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    Sat Oct 12 10:05:43 EDT 2013

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    "Wish we could be there tonight! We love ya'll! "
     

    Peter Bass

    Sat Oct 12 03:20:55 EDT 2013

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    "I love you Dad !!! and thank you to my daughter Leticia for doing this wonderful fundraiser, love you too !!"
     

    STUART DANOFF

    Fri Sep 27 11:16:23 EDT 2013

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    "I appreciate your doing this. Good Luck!Jane"
     

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    Fri Sep 27 01:41:53 EDT 2013

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    "Thank you Leticia! "
     

    STUART DANOFF

    Sat Sep 28 01:03:19 EDT 2013

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    "Thanks for Lighting the Night"
     

    Dan Poneman

    Thu Oct 10 10:20:16 EDT 2013

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    "Gooooo Karen! "
     

    Virginia A Mulberger

    Mon Jun 10 05:42:31 EDT 2013

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    "Congrats on your determination! You will be a huge success in both fundraising and running. Looking forward to mutual motivation in Vegas. "
     

    Virginia A Mulberger

    Mon Jun 10 07:10:42 EDT 2013

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    "So excited for you Karen! Great thing you're doing. "
     

    Virginia A Mulberger

    Tue Jun 11 02:58:59 EDT 2013

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    "Donating to help fight cancer, in honor of Karen Love who is in training, and in memory of our son, Brian Little, who lost his battle with cancer at age 32. Danny and Kathy Little"
     

    Virginia A Mulberger

    Tue Jun 11 07:16:45 EDT 2013

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    "In honor of Karen Love - everyone's friend and inspiration! "
     

    Virginia A Mulberger

    Tue Jun 11 11:26:50 EDT 2013

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    "So proud of you..."
     

    Virginia A Mulberger

    Wed Jun 12 08:11:41 EDT 2013

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    "Keep on truckin"
     

    Virginia A Mulberger

    Thu Jun 13 01:28:57 EDT 2013

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    "I'm so proud of you Karen. Such a worthy cause and loving endeavor for our friend Brian. I'm looking forward to following your journey. Jeannie Ward"
     

    Virginia A Mulberger

    Tue Jun 18 01:26:51 EDT 2013

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    "Good luck Karen. We know you can do it! Larry and Mattie Peterson"
     

    Virginia A Mulberger

    Wed Jun 19 11:42:01 EDT 2013

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    "Good Luck K-Love! I'll be rooting you on from Louisiana!"
     

    Virginia A Mulberger

    Thu Jun 20 07:56:35 EDT 2013

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    "Great read about your friend Brian Ms. Klove. :) -Shaggy"
     

    Virginia A Mulberger

    Thu Jun 20 08:55:59 EDT 2013

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    "My friend Stephen is currently day 78 post Bone Marrow Transplant! Everyone should join the be the match registry, you could save a life like Stephen's! Thanks for running Karen :) good luck! KATN!!!"
     

    Virginia A Mulberger

    Fri Jul 12 02:18:46 EDT 2013

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    "Love you KLove,you are amazing! "
     

    Virginia A Mulberger

    Wed Jul 31 10:42:28 EDT 2013

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    "We are all pulling for you and Arnie. And happy Obama year!"
     

    Ernie Moniz

    Wed Dec 31 04:51:48 EST 2008

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    "We love and miss you and You will always be in our hearts and minds. Thank you for the time of joy and happiness you shared with us and for bringing two bundles of joy, Alex and Christian, into this world and into our lives."
     

    Ernie Moniz

    Sun Aug 11 10:05:19 EDT 2013

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    "Sorry we could not walk with you, but we are there is spirit and sending our love and support <3 Love you! Laurie and Chris"
     

    Ernie Moniz

    Thu Sep 05 10:21:41 EDT 2013

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    "My dear cousin Natalie, you are such a strong and inspiring person. Xander and I will be sending you lots of love and support on this day! xoxo"
     

    Ernie Moniz

    Sat Sep 21 09:29:28 EDT 2013

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    "We will always remember John. His sweet and special spirit will live on in all of those who love him... Enjoy your walk tomorrow for John... with love, The Panicas"
     

    Ernie Moniz

    Wed Sep 25 10:23:44 EDT 2013

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    "I will always remember John's smile, laughter and the good times we all had together...Wish I was able to walk with you ...but I will be there in spirit! Love and miss you!!!"
     

    Ernie Moniz

    Wed Sep 25 10:26:09 EDT 2013

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    "Johnny you were an inspiration to so many people - you fought long and hard and never once complained - you had compassion for others and such a loving heart - people will never forget you - you will live on in the hearts of so many people !!!!"
     

    Ernie Moniz

    Wed Sep 25 11:05:56 EDT 2013

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    "sending you love in memeory of our wonderful john"
     

    Ernie Moniz

    Wed Sep 25 01:18:09 EDT 2013

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    "Here's to a great cause! Good luck Deb!"
     

    Wed Sep 11 12:15:36 EDT 2013

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    "Deb, may God bless your efforts!"
     

    Wed Sep 18 04:21:56 EDT 2013

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    "Thank you for championing this effort"
     

    Thu Sep 26 03:30:18 EDT 2013

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    "Go Dan!"
     

    Ash & Stephanie Carter

    Thu Jan 01 04:07:29 EST 2009

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    "Dan -- Kudos to you and healthy thoughts for Arnie. We're pulling for both of you!!"
     

    Laura & Rick Holgate

    Fri Jan 02 02:54:10 EST 2009

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    Julie T Katzman

    Fri Jan 02 09:57:08 EST 2009

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    "In memory of my Dad and oldest little brother who both died from leukemia."
     

    Julie T Katzman

    Mon Aug 26 09:03:54 EDT 2013

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    "Best wishes to you."
     

    Julie T Katzman

    Mon Aug 26 05:24:51 EDT 2013

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    "Go for it. Mom"
     

    Julie T Katzman

    Tue Aug 27 11:58:55 EDT 2013

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    "Good luck !!!!"
     

    Julie T Katzman

    Tue Aug 27 12:09:17 EDT 2013

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    "Go Pamela Go!"
     

    Julie T Katzman

    Wed Aug 28 09:50:25 EDT 2013

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    "In honor of our friend Charlie Julian and in memory of his precious wife Kathy who died of Leukemia. "
     

    Julie T Katzman

    Wed Aug 28 02:10:14 EDT 2013

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    "Mother was treated for Lymphoma at age 82 and was cancer free when she died at age 92. Let's help stamp out this beast."
     

    Julie T Katzman

    Wed Aug 28 04:17:38 EDT 2013

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    "Donated by Darrell Jackson and Richard Shuttlesworth"
     

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    Tue Oct 22 04:59:29 EDT 2013

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    "Proud of your accomplishments - keep them coming!"
     

    Mon Aug 19 03:27:53 EDT 2013

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    "Since "Star" is in my last name, I guess I will donate $25! Best of Luck, George!"
     

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    Wed Aug 21 09:50:38 EDT 2013

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    Thu Sep 26 10:58:33 EDT 2013

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    "Good Luck Ben!"
     

    Wed Oct 09 03:35:09 EDT 2013

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    "good luck in both races..for the money and the run. "
     

    Wed Oct 09 04:48:21 EDT 2013

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    "I'd walk around the world for my Ally-Girl. You are more like a daughter to us than a daughter-in-law! Love Donny and Marcie "
     

    Howard Opinsky

    Sat Aug 17 02:13:39 EDT 2013

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    "Sending our love and support! The McRae's"
     

    Elaine David

    Tue Oct 01 07:07:50 EDT 2013

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    "Good luck Felicia!!! "
     

    Elaine David

    Wed Oct 02 08:41:58 EDT 2013

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    "I'm supporting you Fee and my prayers will be with you during the race. You can do it!!! "
     

    Elaine David

    Sat Oct 12 01:13:07 EDT 2013

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    "Go friend!! What a great cause!"
     

    Elaine David

    Mon Oct 21 08:53:45 EDT 2013

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    "Love you cuz!! RUN!!!!!"
     

    Elaine David

    Fri Oct 25 10:01:56 EDT 2013

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    "Dan, You are a good man, working for a good cause, and I am honored to support the Arnie Kantor team. Mark"
     

    Mark Fitzpatrick

    Tue Jan 06 03:54:12 EST 2009

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    "All the best to you and your family..... (My son in law got outstanding care and treatment at Dana Farber...may your care also be a success!)"
     

    Thu Sep 05 09:19:25 EDT 2013

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    "Thoughts and prayers from The Calhouns..."
     

    Thu Sep 05 12:50:55 EDT 2013

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    "Stay strong-stay positive. You are powerful. "
     

    Thu Sep 19 08:54:39 EDT 2013

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    "Enjoy the walk in honor of Mary wickland. An outstanding. Helper"
     

    Fri Sep 20 12:33:29 EDT 2013

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    "I am happy to donate in honor of Deanna Wicklund and her family as they fight this disease together! I do this with a heavy heart as we lost a dear family friend Mariann DeLuca to non-hodgkins lymphoma at age 62 - much to soon. May every penny go toward finding a cure!"
     

    Wed Sep 25 03:33:07 EDT 2013

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    "So Proud of you! I know you can do it... Dad"
     

    Fri Apr 26 08:52:07 EDT 2013

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    "So proud of you!!!! We know you can do it. Love, Dad and Kathleen"
     

    Fri Apr 26 08:55:55 EDT 2013

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    "Dan - My thoughts are with Arnie. You are a true friend, and I take it, fully recovered from your summer injury! "
     

    Evelyn Farkas

    Thu Jan 29 08:11:54 EST 2009

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    "Dan: You and Arnie are heros!"
     

    Peter Petrihos

    Fri Jan 30 09:32:54 EST 2009

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    "Have a great strong run Judy!!!"
     

    Jeffrey H. Smith

    Mon Apr 21 07:38:28 EDT 2014

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    "I support you Paul! "
     

    Bruce MacDonald

    Fri Oct 11 12:58:57 EDT 2013

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    "I support you Paul!"
     

    Bruce MacDonald

    Fri Oct 11 01:01:35 EDT 2013

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    "Clarice and Weeza suuport you Paul! :)"
     

    Bruce MacDonald

    Tue Oct 15 07:10:27 EDT 2013

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    "You give so much to everyone. Thanks for all that you do."
     

    Bruce MacDonald

    Fri Oct 18 11:12:48 EDT 2013

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    "For momo....love, Mary Ward"
     

    Bruce MacDonald

    Fri Oct 18 02:24:53 EDT 2013

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    "Go Katie Go! Keep up the good work :)"
     

    Corey Hinderstein

    Thu Jan 16 10:16:17 EST 2014

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    "Good luck Katie!"
     

    Corey Hinderstein

    Sat Jan 18 02:06:19 EST 2014

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    "Happy to support our amazing teammates!"
     

    Corey Hinderstein

    Sat Jan 25 07:22:23 EST 2014

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    "Nunca olvidaremos tu alegria,bondad y enorme corazon."
     

    Fri Nov 01 09:19:35 EDT 2013

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    "so happy to be able to contribute to your cause. . love you uncle John"
     

    Barry Blechman

    Fri Sep 27 08:50:13 EDT 2013

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    "An honor to enlist in this Army -- go Arnie!"
     

    David & Meg Lloyd

    Wed Mar 11 10:03:22 EDT 2009

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    "Go Dan! "
     

    The McConville Family

    Mon Feb 09 02:00:21 EST 2009

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    "GO KATIE!"
     

    Corey Hinderstein

    Wed Feb 19 02:01:08 EST 2014

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    "Donation in lieu of going to the trampoline event... think I got Precious' cold!! :( "
     

    Corey Hinderstein

    Thu Jan 23 07:58:29 EST 2014

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    "It is an honor to support you Katie! "
     

    Corey Hinderstein

    Mon Jan 13 10:44:08 EST 2014

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    "Gooooo, Katie!!"
     

    Corey Hinderstein

    Tue Dec 03 03:08:55 EST 2013

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    "Can't wait for Christmas Cookie fun!"
     

    Corey Hinderstein

    Mon Dec 02 05:47:49 EST 2013

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    "Go Arnie! Go Dan!"
     

    R Michael Gadbaw

    Fri Jan 30 06:06:50 EST 2009

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    "Love you, Paul!!!"
     

    Bruce MacDonald

    Fri Oct 18 01:59:40 EDT 2013

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    "Dan, Rita and I are glad to join Arnie's Army. Arnie is a treasure, and it's great that you're doing this so we can pitch in on behalf of our friend and colleague. Bruce"
     

    Bruce MacDonald

    Fri Jan 30 01:30:26 EST 2009

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    "Judy: Thank you for doing this. Looking forward to seeing you again in San Luis Obispo."
     

    Jeffrey H. Smith

    Wed Apr 16 09:21:41 EDT 2014

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    "Go Judy!! You are an inspiration to us all! My friend Dave is undergoing similar type cancer, so also wanting to honor him with this donation."
     

    Jeffrey H. Smith

    Tue Mar 11 06:12:57 EDT 2014

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    "In honor of Arnold Kanter and in memory of Peter Rodman and Adm. Donald Pilling"
     

    Nicholas Rostow

    Thu Jan 29 12:22:34 EST 2009

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    "I want you to run as tenaciously as you play (and beat me) in Words with Friends! Love you! "
     

    Mon Apr 01 02:12:31 EDT 2013

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    "Go Wicklund Warriors! Our thoughts and best wishes are with you."
     

    Tue Sep 24 01:42:35 EDT 2013

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    "Run, Fee, run! Very proud of you--have fun!"
     

    Elaine David

    Mon Sep 30 01:12:21 EDT 2013

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    "Good luck in the half marathon and have fun!"
     

    Wed Oct 09 09:59:59 EDT 2013

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    "To help fight this problem"
     

    Julie T Katzman

    Thu Sep 12 03:53:44 EDT 2013

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    "You can do it, Pamela!"
     

    Julie T Katzman

    Mon Aug 26 01:32:34 EDT 2013

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    "to honor a strong, kind , and loving son, husband, and father."
     

    Ernie Moniz

    Mon Sep 16 02:11:44 EDT 2013

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    "SO PROUD OF YOU FOR DOING THIS. HUGS SUE"
     

    Virginia A Mulberger

    Tue Jul 23 03:32:53 EDT 2013

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    "All my support, Karen!"
     

    Virginia A Mulberger

    Fri Jul 12 03:14:14 EDT 2013

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    "Go Karen Go"
     

    Virginia A Mulberger

    Fri Jun 28 07:53:44 EDT 2013

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    "GO KAREN!!!!! :) So proud of you and looking forward to hearing about the awesome journey you are setting out on! Sweat, inspire, enjoy! Thank you for all your support always too. xoxoxo"
     

    Virginia A Mulberger

    Thu Jun 20 05:34:08 EDT 2013

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    "Go for it Karen! Remember, Roadrunners can do it! Go for the necklace!"
     

    Virginia A Mulberger

    Tue Jun 18 03:38:28 EDT 2013

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    "Thanks for your generosity Karen! You really are making a difference and not just from the donations. People you know AND the other runners and spectators will see those names of those you cared about but lost to cancer. You are a fighter for making this world better. Run on tough lady , run on. "
     

    Virginia A Mulberger

    Mon Jun 17 10:23:49 EDT 2013

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    "Way to go Karen!! "
     

    Virginia A Mulberger

    Fri Jun 14 05:50:46 EDT 2013

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    "You're AWESOME! The TTTs have so much LOVE for KLOVE!!! Good Luck! XO"
     

    Virginia A Mulberger

    Fri Jun 14 05:39:08 EDT 2013

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    "Go get 'em! Here's to an injury free training and marathon!"
     

    Virginia A Mulberger

    Fri Jun 14 03:19:38 EDT 2013

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    "Karen, you are awesome to do this in Brian's memory!! Such an unselfish thing for you to try. Good luck!! Wayne and Trish Armstrong"
     

    Virginia A Mulberger

    Fri Jun 14 02:47:57 EDT 2013

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    "Go Karen! "
     

    Virginia A Mulberger

    Fri Jun 14 01:32:55 EDT 2013

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    "Good Luck!!"
     

    Virginia A Mulberger

    Fri Jun 14 11:18:21 EDT 2013

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    "So Proud Of You! Love You Sweet Friend!!"
     

    Virginia A Mulberger

    Fri Jun 14 08:56:46 EDT 2013

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    "Keep fighting the good fight, KLove! Godspeed!"
     

    Virginia A Mulberger

    Wed Jun 12 03:53:26 EDT 2013

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    "So proud of you Karen, and proud of your efforts on behalf of so many others with this horrible disease. Mrs. Williams "
     

    Virginia A Mulberger

    Tue Jun 11 04:03:29 EDT 2013

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    "My husband has lymphoma. This is a wonderful organization abd I'm happy my Grandaughter Leticia is participating. "
     

    STUART DANOFF

    Tue Aug 13 04:02:03 EDT 2013

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    "$30 in raffle tickets :):)"
     

    Thu Sep 26 06:45:38 EDT 2013

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    "Go Ismael! Sanchez clan will be cheering for you."
     

    Mon Aug 12 12:50:46 EDT 2013

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    "Too many of our dear friends have been plagued by cancer of some kind. Let's find a cure!"
     

    Tue Aug 06 02:46:04 EDT 2013

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    "Go Duuude."
     

    Tue Jul 16 12:14:26 EDT 2013

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    "Go Ismael!"
     

    Sun Jun 23 06:46:40 EDT 2013

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    "Welcome, from a survivor (Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma, 13 years), to the newest member of the club."
     

    Paul V. Majkowski

    Fri Apr 24 12:02:18 EDT 2009

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    "Fresh from the Boston marathon, I am prepared to pace you on the 10K leg!"
     

    Eric Melby

    Wed Apr 22 02:47:41 EDT 2009

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    "With sincere admiration for Arnie and Dan!"
     

    Peter Lichtenbaum

    Mon Apr 20 05:30:38 EDT 2009

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    "Go Kades!! You're going to do great!!"
     

    Corey Hinderstein

    Thu Dec 12 11:49:09 EST 2013

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    "You are an inspiration KT Quick!"
     

    Corey Hinderstein

    Mon Dec 09 11:07:04 EST 2013

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