My Fundraising Page

My Fundraising Page
Jan 15, 2009 by Jody Merrill

Racing to Save Lives


Since the past few years have involved nothing but life altering decisions (buy a house, get a dog, get married, sell the house, move to San Diego, turn 30) I figured it was only fit to go really big this year and participate in the Vineman Ironman 70.3, as part of The Leukemia and Lymphoma Societys Team in Training(TNT). I will be swimming 1.2 miles, biking 56, and running a half marathon in beautiful Sonoma, CA.


This will be my sixth event with the TNT since losing my mom, Betty Lou, to multiple myeloma six years ago. As I sat at the information session in San Diego, I thought about who I was sitting in that seat 6 years ago as I was about to sign up for my first marathon in San Diego. I wonder what the older, more mature(sometimes) Jody would say to the young 23 yr old Jody. I think she would say this:


Dont sweat it, there is nothing that a few cortisone shots wont fix!

You arent going to believe this but you are going to run the Boston Marathon 3 times after this.

Get comfortable being uncomfortable.

Oh did I mention you are going to do a triathlon too?

You will inspire other people to do this.

You actually win and learn to ride a motorcycle.

You will learn to love running, okay you will learn to tolerate running.

You are going to raise over 60K in just 6 years.

You are going to see people survive and thrive with the same disease that took your mothers life.


I cannot thank all of you for your support. I would not be able to fundraise or train for these endurance events without your help. Because of you, people have the chance to live, to see their kids grow up, to see them get married & to see their kids have kids. While it is the big things in life that make it difficult to be without the people you love, its the little things that you need to appreciate in the here and now.


I am going to continue my fight so that more people can celebrate the everyday occurrences that happen with family and friends. Help me to raise a whole bunch of money for this wonderful cause!


Be well in 09!


You can check my updates on my blog:

www.jodsandbri.blogspot.com

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Supporter Comments

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    "Way to go Jody! It's great that your on your sixth TNT event."
     

    Peter D

    Thu Jan 15 08:28:05 EST 2009

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    "Once a TNT teammate, always a teammate - Keep smiling Jody!!"
     

    Tom Mahan

    Fri Jan 16 08:44:29 EST 2009

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    "You go girl!"
     

    Maida Kelly

    Fri Jan 16 10:47:46 EST 2009

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    "It will be the best and worst feeling you've ever had all in the same day!!! "
     

    Allison Renna

    Fri Jan 16 03:29:07 EST 2009

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    "You're my hero Jody! Good luck with your training!"
     

    Laura Schrepfer

    Fri Jan 16 06:57:32 EST 2009

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    "Love you...I don't know how you do these things, but you're definitely inspiring so many people. Good luck!"
     

    Erin Burgoyne

    Fri Jan 16 07:22:11 EST 2009

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    "Jody- You are simply amazing and dedicated to such a wonderful cause! Good luck!"
     

    Erica Q

    Sat Jan 17 09:48:22 EST 2009

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    "Wishing you good health,happiness & strength to accomplish your mission!"
     

    Nancy &Rick Cardillo

    Sun Jan 18 03:57:55 EST 2009

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    "Go Jody!!!"
     

    Emily Emanuel

    Fri Jan 23 07:20:41 EST 2009

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    "Good thing you are crazy because you will need it for this event :) Good luck with your training! You Rock!!!"
     

    Christina Theodore-Oklota and Chris Oklota

    Sun Feb 01 01:38:16 EST 2009

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    "You are amazing! Go Jody Go!!!"
     

    Jill & Brian Wilder

    Mon Feb 02 10:29:32 EST 2009

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    "Good luck Jody! You are a rock star!"
     

    Traci Okula

    Sun Feb 15 03:13:52 EST 2009

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    "You go Jody, These East coast girls will be cheering you on ! "
     

    Katherine Watts

    Wed Feb 18 09:35:08 EST 2009

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    "Jodie, you are amazing. We're so proud of you!"
     

    Annette Koren, Harmon and Abe Jordan

    Sun Feb 22 06:31:35 EST 2009

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    "i know how hard it is to reach a TNT donation goal....good luck!!!"
     

    lisa girolamo

    Thu Feb 26 02:16:54 EST 2009

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    "Rah-rah to you, Jody. You have got it ALL going on! Love, Jan"
     

    Janis & Bob Wheeler

    Fri Feb 27 02:08:17 EST 2009

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    "Good Luck Jody!!! We love you "
     

    Melissa and Rick Terrio

    Sun Mar 01 07:25:59 EST 2009

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    "Good Luck Jody...You are amazing!!!"
     

    victoria colonna

    Wed Mar 11 08:32:39 EDT 2009

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    "You make me proud, Judy Buamo! (I think you get your running skill from the days of me accompanying you on Forest St praying for rain!) xoxox"
     

    Aimee & Andy Valeras

    Sat Mar 14 05:33:49 EDT 2009

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    "pedal pedal pedal !!"
     

    Marcus Day

    Fri Mar 20 01:03:54 EDT 2009

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    "Hi Jody - good luck in the Triathalon - hope you are doing well - Charlie "
     

    Charles Amara

    Thu Mar 26 02:03:20 EDT 2009

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    "You're an animal! So proud of you!"
     

    Danni and Chris

    Fri Apr 03 09:28:08 EDT 2009

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    " Good Luck Jody! You are amazing!!"
     

    Kathy & Billy Carideo

    Sun Apr 05 11:21:30 EDT 2009

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    "Go Jody!"
     

    Adrienne String

    Sat Apr 11 11:17:25 EDT 2009

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    "Good luck Jody! Your Mom must be watching over you with so much pride!"
     

    Brian and Kristen Hough

    Thu Apr 16 03:16:49 EDT 2009

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    "If you could see our faces beaming each time we visit your training site you would see how very proud we are of you. Big Kiss - Big Hug for a really great kid."
     

    Aunt Elaine and Uncle Pete

    Sat Apr 18 09:43:12 EDT 2009

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    "In loving memory of Josephine L (Conti) Fulginite. A sweet and loving mother, Nana and friend."
     

    Peter & Elaine Beck

    Sat Apr 18 11:28:04 EDT 2009

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    "Good Luck!!! Your Unbelievable!!!"
     

    Tina and Bic Brennan

    Tue Apr 21 09:51:46 EDT 2009

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    "As Mother's day approaches I figured what a better way to honor both of our mothers but to donate to your race! Your dedication and will power amazes me! Good luck! "
     

    Kimberly Nickerson

    Sun May 03 12:28:19 EDT 2009

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    "Best of luck, Jody!"
     

    Mike and Marie Wenzel

    Sun May 03 08:21:44 EDT 2009

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    "GOOD LUCK JODY YOU HAVE TONS OF COURAGE!!!"
     

    RONALD LEBLANC

    Tue May 05 12:45:25 EDT 2009

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    "Way to Go Jody! You are such and inspriation and we are wishing you all the best! Swim, Bike and Run Safely"
     

    Sara Cardillo

    Wed May 06 01:30:22 EDT 2009

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    "Happy Birthday Big Al Happy Birthday Janis"
     

    Breen Family

    Mon May 18 07:53:12 EDT 2009

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    "In loving memory of Josie and Bill, we know you can do it Jody, Love to you"
     

    Carol Buonomo

    Wed May 20 08:51:02 EDT 2009

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    "You are my hero!"
     

    Justin Daigle

    Thu Jun 11 07:47:26 EDT 2009

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    "Jody, you're doing a great thing!"
     

    Steve Diggs

    Tue Jun 23 05:53:21 EDT 2009

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    "Good luck Jody - you are an inspiration!"
     

    Jill Wiebke

    Mon Jul 06 07:53:33 EDT 2009

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    "Wish we were there for this one! So amazed by your strength and determination! "
     

    Karen and Ken Brennan

    Fri Jul 10 01:32:56 EDT 2009

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    "Go TEAM! I am so proud of you!"
     

    Patricia Stakey

    Sat Jul 18 10:47:33 EDT 2009

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    "Go Mom Go...I'm so proud of you. "
     

    Fri Mar 22 06:37:04 EDT 2013

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    "Woo, Tia Lolo! Get it, giiiiirl! Love you!!"
     

    Sat Mar 23 03:31:46 EDT 2013

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    "My mother passed away with leukemia and i still have her memories...may her soul rest in peace."
     

    Joseph Mulone

    Thu Sep 12 03:54:35 EDT 2013

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    "This donation is made by Bill & Beverly Van Winkle in memory of our dear long-time friend, Barney Silkworth."
     

    Meg Sliney

    Sun Sep 22 04:41:39 EDT 2013

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    "Way to Go Team Rogatz!!"
     

    Daniel Tortola

    Sat Sep 28 06:33:19 EDT 2013

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    "#21"
     

    Wed Oct 02 03:32:40 EDT 2013

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    "My best wishes to Averi in her fight against the disease."
     

    Thu Oct 03 10:45:57 EDT 2013

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    "Good luck from Grace's Grandma Sharon!"
     

    Thu Oct 03 03:29:45 EDT 2013

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    "From the student body of La Salle High School, we pray for you sister's recovery and your family's strength. Wishing you all the best. ~ La Salle High School"
     

    Peter D

    Sat Oct 05 05:14:12 EDT 2013

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    "Go Averi from Dan and Diane G."
     

    Thu Oct 17 12:09:06 EDT 2013

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    "Prima, so proud of you. Don't let anything deter you. Not even a sore foot. "
     

    Thu Oct 17 06:32:13 EDT 2013

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    ":) xoxo Monique, Marty, & Norah"
     

    Fri Nov 01 02:17:46 EDT 2013

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    "Thank you Josie, Good luck in your goal to stop Cancer with MAC and your marathon. GO TEAM! Happy running."
     

    Frank H Merrill

    Sun Jul 10 04:36:17 EDT 2016

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    "Good luck with your fundraising!"
     

    Frank H Merrill

    Mon Aug 15 04:26:10 EDT 2016

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    "To my brother's grandson Xian and friend Happy Thamara. Always Brave"
     

    Frank H Merrill

    Fri Aug 26 03:42:08 EDT 2016

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    "Thank you Judie for walking to support LLS! Lynne B and the PUB IT Department."
     

    Thu Sep 29 08:47:18 EDT 2016

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    "In memory of my dear friend, Austella, who lost her battle with AML, and to my valiant warrior friend Lee Ann, who is currently fighting her battle with CLL. "
     

    RONALD LEBLANC

    Mon Oct 03 09:43:36 EDT 2016

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    "We love ya Doug! Brian and Amber Smith"
     

    Wed Oct 05 02:53:43 EDT 2016

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    "Love to help! All the best Jeannie!"
     

    Thu Oct 06 12:29:05 EDT 2016

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    "Callia, I am so proud of you! Love, Aunt Jilly "
     

    Antigone McHugh

    Thu Oct 13 07:36:15 EDT 2016

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    "Go Callia! So proud of you! Love Gammy & PopPop"
     

    Antigone McHugh

    Sat Oct 15 05:18:28 EDT 2016

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    "Go Jeannie Go !!!"
     

    Wed Oct 19 04:02:07 EDT 2016

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    "Go get em, Jeannie! Brian and Shari"
     

    Thu Oct 20 01:18:31 EDT 2016

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    "Luca and I thank you"
     

    Fri Oct 21 04:53:37 EDT 2016

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    "Thanks to all of you but especially my sweet granddaughter Caroline Bruns. Poppy would be so proud of what you have done and will do in your future. Extra hug and kiss from Gom."
     

    Breen Family

    Thu Feb 09 01:09:41 EST 2017

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    "Thanks for doing this!!"
     

    Breen Family

    Thu Feb 09 04:27:13 EST 2017

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    "You go sweet Caroline!!"
     

    Breen Family

    Tue Feb 21 12:29:21 EST 2017

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    "We should all unite on this noble effort to fight blood cancers!"
     

    Thu Mar 02 10:27:52 EST 2017

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    "Together we can HEAL Go Ron! From the Clarke family"
     

    Fri Mar 24 09:37:08 EDT 2017

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    "Good luck. It is wonderful to see such a great idea to raise money for something that touches so many families no matter their age. "
     

    Wed Mar 29 09:52:15 EDT 2017

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    "Go Gabby GO !"
     

    Wed Apr 05 07:21:24 EDT 2017

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    "Thank you for giving us information on how this donation will be used and this opportunity to support research, Ron, Gabby and families."
     

    Wed Apr 05 08:12:14 EDT 2017

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    "Thank God for people like you who dedicate your life to helping others. Your continued research, determination, empathy and genuine concern help so many, like our little friend Gabby❤️, lead happy, healthy lives. Thank you so very much and much luck in your endeavor . Pat and Kathy Furlong"
     

    Wed Apr 05 10:00:58 EDT 2017

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    "Good Luck Ron"
     

    Thu Apr 06 03:41:17 EDT 2017

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    "Thank you for all your hard work for LLS! The Graybill's"
     

    Fri Apr 07 09:49:45 EDT 2017

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    "In honor of Gabby Laubisch ♥♥♥"
     

    Sat Apr 08 10:47:34 EDT 2017

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    "Much success to you in this campaign for such a great cause!"
     

    Mon Apr 10 11:36:39 EDT 2017

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    "Good luck Ron! Gabby is truly an inspiration to us all! Dave and Sally Simek"
     

    Tue Apr 18 09:39:59 EDT 2017

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    "One courageous young lady,God bless."
     

    Fri Apr 21 04:03:58 EDT 2017

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    "Doug, Robyn, Connor, Devin Henderson"
     

    Tue Apr 25 08:15:51 EDT 2017

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    "Good Luck Dr Hale I hope your passion is contagious!"
     

    Fri Apr 28 12:32:07 EDT 2017

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    "💙💙💙"
     

    Fri Apr 28 08:04:46 EDT 2017

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    "Go Gabby Go! Go Dr. Hale Go!"
     

    Sat Apr 29 06:58:50 EDT 2017

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    "You're a hero Gabby! "
     

    Thu May 11 02:49:51 EDT 2017

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    "Thanks Patti. You rock. Best of luck. "
     

    Carol Buonomo

    Thu Jul 20 08:34:48 EDT 2017

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    "Lost my best friend to this disease. Pray that a cure will be found soon."
     

    Carol Buonomo

    Fri Jul 21 09:19:03 EDT 2017

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    "We love you, Doug, and cherish every minute that we have with you and your family. Mom and Dad"
     

    Tue Oct 04 04:44:37 EDT 2016

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    "We love ya Doug - Jake and Julie"
     

    Tue Oct 04 04:10:16 EDT 2016

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    "Thanks for doing this; cancer does indeed suck & anything to fight it is worthy! All my best! "
     

    Frank H Merrill

    Fri Sep 30 09:52:08 EDT 2016

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    "Thanks to all working towards a cure!"
     

    Fri Sep 30 09:19:52 EDT 2016

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    "Go Jeannie Go"
     

    Fri Sep 16 08:55:05 EDT 2016

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    "You're a blessing to all who meet you, Josie! Good luck and have fun! "
     

    Frank H Merrill

    Wed Aug 24 02:12:03 EDT 2016

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    "Josie, We believe in you!! Thank you so much for running with TNT. Josie, you shine Christ through your life; this run is just one example. We are proud of you. Love you. Tim and Eliza"
     

    Frank H Merrill

    Mon Aug 22 01:20:59 EDT 2016

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    "GO TEAM YONNY!"
     

    Deanna Mele

    Wed Mar 02 11:57:51 EST 2016

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    "Soucki, I thought you had sent this e-mail to the wrong person:)it had been so long, then I read it and my heartfelt prayers go to your niece. But then I should have known your heart is always in the right place. Hopefully in some small way this will help and you know I'll be thinking of you. Much love and prayers to your family. Debbie"
     

    Mon Oct 28 08:13:46 EDT 2013

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    "Our daughter lost her best friend in 10th grade to a blood cancer. I am honoring her memory and Averie's fight! Go Lady Vols!"
     

    Wed Oct 23 08:08:58 EDT 2013

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    "Attack this like you do on the field! Go Averi! Go Lady Vols!"
     

    Wed Oct 23 11:23:02 EDT 2013

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    "Stay strong Daralath. Good luck with the 5k Soucki and team!"
     

    Tue Oct 22 09:49:00 EDT 2013

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    "Go Tennessee and go Averi!"
     

    Tue Oct 22 12:29:27 EDT 2013

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    "I'm very sorry to hear that. Good luck in the race and God bless. "
     

    Fri Oct 18 04:40:57 EDT 2013

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    "to my favorite cousin Gingy...we love you so much and pray everyday for you and your family during this hard time, love & kissws... john, maureen and family"
     

    Wed Oct 16 10:54:17 EDT 2013

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    "We are all walking for a great lady.!!!!"
     

    Wed Oct 16 03:18:25 EDT 2013

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    "#21"
     

    Mon Oct 07 01:52:21 EDT 2013

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    "Keep fighting Brittney. Love you to pieces."
     

    Peter D

    Sat Oct 05 05:11:14 EDT 2013

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    "God Bless everyone struggling with Cancer!"
     

    Frank H Merrill

    Tue Oct 11 10:43:29 EDT 2016

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    "Go Jeannie GO!"
     

    Fri Oct 07 10:11:23 EDT 2016

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    "Good Luck from Stephen Burke and Burke Orthodontics!"
     

    Wed May 10 02:00:06 EDT 2017

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    "Go Gabby Go! <3 the Donlins"
     

    Fri Apr 28 01:24:56 EDT 2017

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    "Thanks for your dedication to the fight against cancer! You are a great champion and support for those in need and helping us heal. God Bless! Patti Woeste"
     

    Tue Apr 25 03:42:11 EDT 2017

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    "Best of Luck to you. You are doing wonderful work!! The Brodbeck's "
     

    Fri Apr 07 02:30:23 EDT 2017

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    "It is the men and women like you, Dr. Hale, who work tirelessly to allow the miracle we witnessed with Gabby to happen. Best of luck with "Man of the Year!""
     

    Wed Apr 05 06:39:30 EDT 2017

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    "Best of Luck. You are doing a wonderful thing for your patients many more! thank you for your efforts. see you at the Girls night out!"
     

    Tue Mar 28 03:03:19 EDT 2017

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    "Good luck, Ron! No matter how you come out in this competition, you're our Man of the Year! Matt & Melissa"
     

    Fri Mar 10 10:35:01 EST 2017

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    "Go Jeannie!"
     

    Fri Oct 14 04:06:41 EDT 2016

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    "It is my pleasure and honor to help fight this fight."
     

    Wed Oct 30 04:33:51 EDT 2013

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    "Gabby is my niece."
     

    Fri Apr 28 10:35:19 EDT 2017

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    "#gogabbygo "
     

    Fri Apr 28 09:53:09 EDT 2017

My Fundraising Total

Raised: $7,820.00 | Goal: $5,500.00
 
142 %

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We are sorry donations are no longer being accepted for this participant for this event.

My Thanks To

Judith Beck $500.00
Kevin & Gail O'Donnell $250.00
Breen Family $250.00
jason hartman $250.00
Robert Stanton $200.00
Carol Centrella $150.00
Karen and Billy O'Brien $100.00
Mike and Marie Wenzel $100.00
Tina and Bic Brennan $100.00
Aunt Elaine and Uncle Pet... $100.00
Lauren Rutledge $100.00
Keith Watson $100.00
Kathleen Moineau $100.00
Stephen Allard $100.00
Janice Byrnes $100.00
Deborah Ferrante $100.00
Melissa and Rick Terrio $100.00
Janis & Bob Wheeler $100.00
Ryan O'Donnell $100.00
Annette Koren, Harmon and... $100.00
Steve O'Donnell $100.00
Michael & Jessica Frattur... $100.00
Paula Demeo $100.00
Scott & Erika O'Donnell $100.00
Erica Q $100.00
Erin Burgoyne $100.00
Robert Wheeler $60.00
C. Janet Goodrich $60.00
Melissa Bohannon $57.00
Rick & Kristyn Burke $52.00
Daniel Frazier $51.00
Patricia Stakey $50.00
Matthew Condon $50.00
David Cardillo $50.00
Sandra McMahon $50.00
James Johnston $50.00
Kyla Kenney $50.00
Harriet Rist $50.00
Carol Buonomo $50.00
Ursula Merkt $50.00
Sara Cardillo $50.00
Lela Chiavaras $50.00
Hiroka Yamada $50.00
Kimberly Nickerson $50.00
Peter & Elaine Beck $50.00
Brian and Kristen Hough $50.00
John McCarthy $50.00
Elizabeth Deineinger $50.00
Deanna Mele $50.00
Kathy & Billy Carideo $50.00
Brian Losier $50.00
victoria colonna $50.00
John McCarthy $50.00
Dorothy Buonomo $50.00
Emily Stanton $50.00
Jill Fulginite $50.00
Sandy & Tom Durben $50.00
Joanne Doherty $50.00
lisa girolamo $50.00
Joseph Stanislaw $50.00
Carol & Dave Buonomo $50.00
Traci Okula $50.00
Caitie Deneen $50.00
Jill & Brian Wilder $50.00
Christina Theodore-Oklota... $50.00
Daniel Tortola $50.00
Donna Masulla $50.00
Nancy &Rick Cardillo $50.00
Allison Renna $50.00
Maida Kelly $50.00
Joseph Mulone $50.00
patrick wilkens $35.00
Antigone McHugh $30.00
William Crooker Parrella $30.00
Vanessa Gormley $30.00
Dennis Keohane $30.00
Liza Dietrich $30.00
Leah Evangelinellis $25.00
Jill Wiebke $25.00
Mary Antonellis $25.00
Claire McCabe $25.00
Carol Winters $25.00
Payton Lucas $25.00
Justin Daigle $25.00
Kyle Reardon $25.00
Coleen Elstermeyer $25.00
Donna & Ray Lauzon $25.00
Jennifer Malenchini $25.00
Shannon Beck $25.00
Jim & Marge Verderico $25.00
Lisa & Adam Campana $25.00
Sarah Arsenault $25.00
sarajean riley $25.00
Frank H Merrill $25.00
Matthew Whittier $25.00
Seaside Perennial Gardens $25.00
Adrienne String $25.00
Lindsay & Mike Cannone $25.00
Sara McGruder $25.00
Julie Davie $25.00
KENNETH LAMB JR $25.00
Charles Amara $25.00
Melissa Rodriguez $25.00
Marcus Day $25.00
Peter Wilson $25.00
Susan Ceurvels $25.00
Patricia Beck $25.00
hector caiola $25.00
Robert Pigeon $25.00
N.G. Hewett $25.00
Brendan Fitzgerald $25.00
Ulana Harasymowycz $25.00
Nicole & Mark Granger $25.00
Natalie Travers $25.00
Erin Buonomo $25.00
Kate Selfridge $25.00
mike cincotta $25.00
Bill & Christine Champion $25.00
Francesca Raczkowski $25.00
Barbara Harkins $25.00
Monica & Fred Tortola $25.00
Emily Emanuel $25.00
Meg Sliney $25.00
Laura Schrepfer $25.00
Alison Tosches $25.00
Tom Mahan $25.00
Peter D $25.00
Casey Cullen $20.00
Jennifer Sullivan $20.00
Sandy & Allen Herring $20.00
Peter Amara $20.00
John Amara $20.00
Jody Buonomo $15.00
Erin Boyd $15.00
Marciana House $10.00
RONALD LEBLANC $10.00
Dianne Cornaro $10.00
robin jenner $10.00
Jennifer Rizzo $10.00
Karen and Ken Brennan  
Steve Diggs  
Danni and Chris  
Aimee & Andy Valeras  
Leslie Bishara Degenhardt  
Katherine Watts