Oct 27, 2008 by Ryan Massey

This dude is going to run a marathon?



It is hard to believe, but this coming April will mark the 10 year anniversary of my first remission from Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia. I have long been acutely aware that my chances for survival would have been greatly decreased had I been diagnosed just a few years earlier, and that one of the reasons my odds were so improved is the work that the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society has been doing for the past 60 years.



To celebrate my damn good fortune, I want to raise as much money as I can to help the Society continue its mission of cancer research and support for those with blood cancers. It also seems appropriate to celebrate life by challenging my body and mind in an entirely new way.



When I was first diagnosed with Leukemia, I was 23 years old, and my band American Steel had just signed with Lookout Records. We were planning to make a record and tour continuously. I hadn't been feeling quite right for a bit, but was convinced that it was just due to partying with friends, smoking, drinking, etc. But scant weeks after signing the contract, I found myself unable to climb a flight of stairs without stopping to catch my breath. I had so few red blood cells in my system that I could hear my heart pounding in my ears as it desperately tried to deliver enough oxygen to my system.



After being diagnosed, I started a three-year-long chemotherapy regimen. During the first, most intensive period of treatment, we managed to record the album for Lookout (Rogue's March) during the week or so that I was able to be out of the hospital each month. After I finished the toughest part of the chemo, we went back on the road and traveled the world with a veritable pharmacy of medications, hypodermic needles, and frequent stops for blood tests.



Fast forward to the present: I'm 33, I met and married a kick-ass lady, made many more records with both Amsteel and Communique, and am lucky enough to live in a great place in my favorite city, San Francisco. I have also been lucky enough to see two nieces and two nephews come into the world, become a part owner of an awesome recording studio, and continue to travel with a group of dudes I have been friends with since high school. My good fortune is nearly absurd.



Please help me give something back to the Leukemia Society (specifically) and the great karmic pool (generally). Any donation is greatly appreciated, and will help me on my way to the fundraising goal of $4,080. I am donating what I can to get things started (and so y'all know I'm not just bucking for a trip to Rome!).



I will be adding to this website regularly throughout my training, so keep coming back for reports on my training and fundraising goals.



Thanks for your support in this endeavor, and for the tremendous love and support that was shown to me by so many during my illness. Peace and love to you all,

Ryan



ps. No donation is too small and all donations are tax-deductible!

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Supporter Comments

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    "We are proud of your commitment and support you efforts 100 per cent! Love always, JoAne & Sam"
     

    JoAne and Sam

    Tue Dec 30 03:12:40 EST 2008

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    "Ryan, You are a one in a gazillion guy. With respect and admiration, Jane Hartman"
     

    Jane Hartman

    Thu Jan 15 05:57:23 EST 2009

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    "Thank You for what you're doing Ryan! Also congrats on being cancer free for 10 years! My son is going through treatment for A.L.L right now, so every minute and penny spent is greatly appreciated!!! Good Luck!!!"
     

    Kathleen Gottschall

    Mon Mar 09 07:58:06 EDT 2009

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    "Good luck Ryan! Have a great time in Italy! "
     

    Kasey & Pat

    Tue Mar 10 06:13:12 EDT 2009

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    "Good luck Ryan. Sorry I couldn't help you out before, but hopefully the donation will make up for it. Rock on!!! Brad"
     

    Brad Hoppe

    Wed Mar 18 01:15:17 EDT 2009

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    "Hey Ryan, We know it is not a lot but hope this will help. Love, Todd, Amy, and Peyton"
     

    Todd and Amy Keller

    Sat Mar 21 08:35:59 EDT 2009

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    "Your work in American Steel has been very inspiring and encouraging. I saw you play in Saint Louis many years ago with Hot Water Music, and I will never forget that night. Thanks for the part you've played in the phenomenon that is American Steel and best wishes with the marathon plan. You should try the Grandma's Marathon up here in Minnesota on Lake Superior!"
     

    Anonymous

    Sat Mar 28 12:56:41 EDT 2009

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    "Apologies for being months behind everyone else, but better late than never I hope. Congrats on the great news, Ryan - and even more so on completing the run. All the best from England!"
     

    Mischa

    Thu May 07 04:03:09 EDT 2009

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    "Donated to Grandma Kathy who is in remission."
     

    Mischa

    Thu Oct 13 01:32:45 EDT 2016

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    "Well done Maxi. What a wonderful thing you are doing."
     

    Mischa

    Sun Oct 16 03:38:38 EDT 2016

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    "Thank you for raising awareness to this cause."
     

    Mischa

    Thu Oct 20 06:11:36 EDT 2016

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    "In honor of Papa Bill Reece - my dad and Kyle's papa who is a survivor of Hodgkins Lymphoma! Thanks Madi"
     

    Mischa

    Thu Oct 20 09:05:11 EDT 2016

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    "We are proud of you and congratulate you on your marathon and good health."
     

    Ted & Astrid Olsson

    Mon Jan 26 05:01:41 EST 2009

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    "We love you guys and support you and your family, and we pray specifically for your Uncle Robert. Keep fighting!"
     

    Fri Sep 20 02:38:42 EDT 2013

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    "Ryan - Dad & I are so proud of the commitment you are making to give back to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society! We wish you ALL the success in not just achieving your financial goal but your personal goal of running the marathon! We know you can do it! Love, CZT & Harry"
     

    Carol Talbot

    Wed Jan 21 05:25:09 EST 2009

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    "Great Cause, Good Luck!"
     

    Wed Aug 07 01:05:42 EDT 2013

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    "Great Cause!! Hope you raise LOTS of money!!"
     

    Thu Aug 29 09:06:37 EDT 2013

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    "Go Diane!"
     

    Conor Massey

    Tue Jul 30 08:19:48 EDT 2013

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    "Libby, I am in awe of your courage and determination fighting this terrible "C" disease. God has always been your Leader and I just know he will always be by your side. I love you and so happy to know you're part of this team. "Micki" Sloan "
     

    Wed Aug 07 05:13:47 EDT 2013

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    "We are happy to support you in this wonderful endeavor! We feel indebted to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society which puts so much money into research which ultimately saves so many lives - most importantly (to us).- yours. Go get 'em! Love, Mom & Mike"
     

    karin & mike sayegh

    Sun Dec 28 08:25:27 EST 2008

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    "Go Becky!!"
     

    karin & mike sayegh

    Mon Jul 29 11:50:13 EDT 2013

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    "Hey Ryan, We are glad to be a part of this with you! Take care and Merry Christmas! Bryan, Heather and Ireland"
     

    Bryan and Heather Murphy

    Fri Dec 12 04:05:30 EST 2008

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    "Margaret Breen-July 21 , 1914 - September 15 , 2006 .In loving memory of the woman who unexpectedly got me involved in my love of spinning yarn . After she passed , her son ,my better half , found a spinning wheel at her house.....that's when my fiber journey began.I spent only a few evenings with her but her memory of the area her son and I grew up in was clear to her ."
     

    Bryan Shatzer

    Tue Apr 23 12:27:23 EDT 2013

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    "Yay Jane! Good job :)"
     

    Bryan Shatzer

    Sun Apr 28 04:58:03 EDT 2013

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    "Continue the good work, Jane!"
     

    Bryan Shatzer

    Fri Jul 05 02:10:33 EDT 2013

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    "Go get em' Jane!"
     

    Bryan Shatzer

    Mon Jul 22 11:02:29 EDT 2013

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    "wish Facebook had been there when i did all my fundraising. great idea!"
     

    Bryan Shatzer

    Mon Aug 12 09:38:36 EDT 2013

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    "Way to go, Jane!! "
     

    Bryan Shatzer

    Tue Aug 13 01:25:27 EDT 2013

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    "CD fundraising 20.00 Manuel Rodriguez, 5.00 Gerett and 5.00 Anonymous"
     

    Tue May 28 10:29:59 EDT 2013

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    "In loving memory of Jean and Jack Collins"
     

    Thu Jun 06 05:21:41 EDT 2013

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    "Victoria, how loving and supportive of you to honor those who have, are and continue to "fight the good fight"! "
     

    Thu Jun 06 06:17:12 EDT 2013

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    "For Rickey's cd fundrasing."
     

    Fri Jul 05 01:18:41 EDT 2013

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    "Best wishes to all cancer patients for a full and speedy recovery!"
     

    Thu Jul 25 02:20:13 EDT 2013

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    "Dear Ryan, I am so glad to get to celebrate with you! Thanks for getting out there and taking on such a great challenge. Merry Christmas! Love, Peg "
     

    Peggy

    Wed Dec 10 10:08:44 EST 2008

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    "Doing Work Deanna, Love the impact you make on others. "
     

    erick lux

    Wed Mar 01 02:13:59 EST 2017

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    "So proud of you!!!! "
     

    erick lux

    Tue Mar 07 05:03:16 EST 2017

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    "Good luck Deanna! Love, Jess, Don, Sutton, London and Emerson "
     

    erick lux

    Wed Mar 08 04:08:59 EST 2017

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    "Go Dee! So proud of you and all you accomplish!!"
     

    erick lux

    Wed Mar 08 06:08:53 EST 2017

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    "So proud of you miss! Get itttttt!!"
     

    erick lux

    Wed Mar 08 06:15:43 EST 2017

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    "SO proud of you!!!! <3"
     

    erick lux

    Thu Mar 09 08:37:36 EST 2017

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    "Very inspiring. Love Eric and Meredith "
     

    erick lux

    Thu Mar 09 11:16:28 EST 2017

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    "I'm so proud of you and everything you're accomplishing! Go get em Deanna!"
     

    erick lux

    Fri Mar 10 09:36:13 EST 2017

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    "keep up the great work!"
     

    erick lux

    Fri Mar 10 12:55:19 EST 2017

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    "Congrats on hitting your goal"
     

    erick lux

    Fri Mar 10 07:33:51 EST 2017

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    "We love you!!!! "
     

    erick lux

    Sat Mar 11 07:20:53 EST 2017

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    "So awesome you already reached your goal! Good luck Deanna! Buddy & Angela Keller"
     

    erick lux

    Sat Mar 11 09:55:09 EST 2017

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    "Wish you a very successful event with Nicole tonight and raise a ton of money for this great cause! Keep up with the good work Deanna!!!"
     

    erick lux

    Sat Apr 08 05:01:44 EDT 2017

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    "Great cause Katie. Alec is certainly lucky to have you as a friend."
     

    nicole sayegh

    Tue Oct 30 07:21:23 EDT 2012

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    "Rickey wish you the best. Mom, I love YOU!"
     

    Tue Aug 20 04:36:06 EDT 2013

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    "This is a great cause - We are with you."
     

    Mon Jul 15 06:43:49 EDT 2013

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    "I am donating this gift in honor of my friend that is fighting her way through Lymphoma."
     

    Fri May 31 11:26:54 EDT 2013

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    "Congratulations on your journey and can't wait to hear about the race. Rhonda"
     

    Bryan Shatzer

    Tue Aug 13 10:17:02 EDT 2013

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    "thank you Jane"
     

    Bryan Shatzer

    Fri May 17 08:43:35 EDT 2013

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    "Go Jane! This is such an awesome cause. Good for you! Love Meghan"
     

    Bryan Shatzer

    Tue May 07 02:45:44 EDT 2013

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    "Go Jane!"
     

    Bryan Shatzer

    Fri May 03 08:07:17 EDT 2013

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    "GO GIRL!!!!!"
     

    Bryan Shatzer

    Tue Apr 23 12:20:04 EDT 2013

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    "Cheering you on Jane! You Go Girl!"
     

    Bryan Shatzer

    Tue Apr 23 07:39:35 EDT 2013

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    "Go Team!"
     

    Bryan Shatzer

    Tue Apr 23 02:52:59 EDT 2013

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    "Good luck Becky !!"
     

    karin & mike sayegh

    Thu Aug 15 04:33:05 EDT 2013

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    "Glad to help, Becky in this great cause."
     

    karin & mike sayegh

    Wed Aug 14 06:52:48 EDT 2013

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    "Thanks for walking! In Memory of my Dad, Ed Austras, CML Survivor for 9 years! Volleyball player/coach for life!"
     

    karin & mike sayegh

    Fri Aug 09 12:20:38 EDT 2013

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    "I will support you in anything you do !!!! God Bless .. Love ya :)"
     

    karin & mike sayegh

    Sun Aug 04 08:42:40 EDT 2013

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    "Becky, you are the best. Jim"
     

    karin & mike sayegh

    Tue Jul 30 11:44:06 EDT 2013

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    "Love you Libby! Thanks for working on this fund raising event."
     

    Fri Aug 16 02:58:52 EDT 2013

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    "You have fought a tought battle,stayed strong and with God's blessings have been successful. I am so happy and proud of you. You are an insipiration and I am so proud that you!re my sister--I love you very much. "
     

    Thu Aug 15 06:05:33 EDT 2013

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    "Love you Aunt Libby!"
     

    Wed Aug 14 05:02:25 EDT 2013

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    "Great job on the fundraising and for a great cause too!"
     

    Thu Oct 17 05:30:09 EDT 2013

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    "Thanks for supporting a great cause. My son, Connor is doing great due to life-saving research in recent years! "
     

    Fri Aug 30 09:38:29 EDT 2013

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    "Keep up the good work I am very proud of you Love, Mom"
     

    Wed Aug 28 09:29:57 EDT 2013

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    "It seems we all know someone who has battled leukemia, so it's great that you are walking for this cause. Good luck and I can't wait to see pictures of all the lighted balloons!"
     

    Tue Aug 27 11:35:18 EDT 2013

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    " My 11 year old little cousin Sofia was diagnosed with Leukemia just a few weeks ago, May God hold her hand during the two years treatment, I pray for her and some many other children suffering this terrible illness. "
     

    Mon Aug 26 01:35:21 EDT 2013

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    "Good Luck reaching your goal."
     

    T & A McGeechan

    Thu Oct 10 08:55:25 EDT 2013

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    "Always thinking of others, Amy!! "
     

    T & A McGeechan

    Wed Oct 09 10:48:02 EDT 2013

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    "I so badly wish I could be there to walk with you all! Pap- you are the strongest man I've ever met! Stay strong and keep your faith! I love you more than you will ever know! "
     

    Mon Sep 30 09:42:40 EDT 2013

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    "So EXCITED to have you part of the TNT FAMILY/TEAM!!!! ~Dawn"
     

    Wed Jun 05 07:58:11 EDT 2013

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    "Such a great cause-good for you Madi! Good luck on raising lots :)"
     

    Mischa

    Fri Oct 14 02:33:09 EDT 2016

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    "Go Elsie Go!!"
     

    Tue Sep 24 10:14:14 EDT 2013

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    "I miss you Mom as each day passes. Thank you all who have donated. May this horrible disease be cured. "
     

    Robert Sayegh

    Mon Nov 26 11:56:21 EST 2012

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    "Good luck Michael. I will be routing for you for this great cause!"
     

    Robert Sayegh

    Fri Oct 26 04:25:15 EDT 2012

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    "This is for our mother, Rose. The most beautiful woman I have ever known. I am so touched you are doing this walk in her memory. I know she is watching over us. I love you Michael. Love Allison"
     

    Robert Sayegh

    Tue Oct 23 06:02:01 EDT 2012

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    "Thank you de for all you do!"
     

    erick lux

    Sat Mar 04 10:08:45 EST 2017

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    "Thank you and good luck Allison!!"
     

    Ryan Massey

    Wed Oct 10 10:48:02 EDT 2012

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    "Looking good mom! I'm proud of you and I love you so much. YOU can do it!"
     

    Mon Jun 10 06:02:01 EDT 2013

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    "Thank you for the wonderful cd's!"
     

    Fri Jun 07 07:31:10 EDT 2013

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    "Fundraiser - CD's"
     

    Tue Jun 04 02:17:54 EDT 2013

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    "Go Maura, go."
     

    martha powell

    Thu Sep 19 10:00:46 EDT 2013

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    "from an angel "
     

    erick lux

    Fri Apr 07 05:14:21 EDT 2017

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    "Go Deanna!! "
     

    erick lux

    Tue Mar 07 08:22:22 EST 2017

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    "Good luck on the race for a cure Deanna"
     

    erick lux

    Tue Mar 07 08:15:13 EST 2017

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    "Very proud of you my dee dee."
     

    erick lux

    Tue Mar 07 07:44:50 EST 2017

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    "Rickey´┐Żs determined attitude is an inspiration and reflects what Hank Aaron said: "My motto was always to keep swinging. Whether I was in a slump or feeling badly or having trouble off the field, the only thing to do was keep swinging.""
     

    Fri Jun 14 05:50:33 EDT 2013

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    "Consider this donation from Pop. He loved you very much and was always proud of you. I got a few dollars from some insurance he had for my Mom so this really does come from him! Good luck in the race! "
     

    erick lux

    Fri Mar 10 11:17:31 EST 2017

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    "xoxo, Lynne & Joe"
     

    erick lux

    Wed Mar 08 03:04:50 EST 2017

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    "Your doing amazing things cuz ! Love you &#10084;"
     

    erick lux

    Tue Mar 07 05:11:23 EST 2017

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    "You are both an inspiration!"
     

    nicole sayegh

    Tue Oct 16 08:28:40 EDT 2012

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    "Thanks for the great work you are doing, Soraya!"
     

    Mark Hill

    Sat Apr 27 10:06:20 EDT 2013

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

    Wed Jun 12 06:42:44 EDT 2013

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    "Watch for flying baseballs......"
     

    Wed Aug 28 08:46:49 EDT 2013

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    "Good Luck!"
     

    karin & mike sayegh

    Fri Sep 13 07:20:01 EDT 2013

My Fundraising Total

Raised: $5,710.00 | Goal: $4,080.00
 
140 %

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My Thanks To

Mischa  
erick lux  
Rachel Krokus  
Todd and Amy Keller  
Brad Hoppe  
John Peck  
Kasey & Pat  
Kathleen Gottschall  
Julie Lo  
Dan Wrysinski  
Karla Shatzer  
Philip Leung  
Ted & Astrid Olsson  
Harry Talbot  
Carol Talbot  
Jane Hartman  
martha powell  
T & A McGeechan  
JoAne and Sam  
Olivia Orr  
Conor Massey  
karin & mike sayegh  
Bryan and Heather Murphy  
Bryan Shatzer  
Peggy  
Mark Hill  
Bridget Maderis  
Robert Sayegh  
Andrea Decker  
nicole sayegh  
Michelle Larsen  
Ryan Massey