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The Dick Collin's 50 miler is Complete!!!
Nov 09, 2014 by David Bevilacqua



October 12th ( blog update)

Whew Whew!!!!!
Did it!!!!!
Yay!!!!
That's number twelve this year!!!!
The goal was twelve marathons in 2014 and raise $100,000 to fund a blood cancer research study. Before this last event, we were at $7700.00 raised this year. We are now at $9500.00 which means we just raised another $1800.00 with this event.  
 Thank-you to all that donated !!!!

The run started at Lake Chabot in Castro Valley at 6:30am and traveled far into Berkeley Hills. Along the way we traveled around the Lake Chabot, then into Oakland Redwood Regional Park , Huckleberry Regional Preserve, Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve, over the Caldecott Tunnel and then a four mile (1400 foot) decent into Berkeley's Tilden Park.

At the turnaround point (about 11:15am),  I grabbed some electrolyte drinks, M&M's, cookies, salty potato chips and a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. I pulled out my IPod and was soon listening to some GREAT music.  ( about 75 downloaded songs )
Good Morning by Mandisa
Stronger by Mandisa

"When the waves are taking you under
 Hold on just a little bit longer
 He knows that this is gonna make you stronger, stronger
 The pain ain't gonna last forever
 And things can only get better
 Believe me
 This is gonna make you stronger
 Gonna make you stronger, stronger, stronger
 Believe me, this is gonna make you ...."

I started running, walking and climbing up that 1400 foot hill and finally reached the top.....and another aid station . The M&MS and cookies tasted so good!!! I started running, singing and listening to all my music as the miles went by. Hours and hours went by and finally the lake was back in site. My goal was to cross the finish line in12 hours, but the mission was accomplished in 11 hours. It was about 5:30pm that night when I finally saw that finish line. ( It was a great site to see ).

This event was extremely challenging, but nothing compared to what a cancer patient deals with on a daily basis. I will continue to run and take on these crazy/hard challenges as long as donations keep coming in.

Thank-you everyone for donating and helping make a huge difference in the fight against cancer.
David:)

 

 

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Next up........The Dick Collins 50 miler
Oct 05, 2014 by David Bevilacqua

 

October 5th, 2014 (update)
This years goal was to complete 12 marathons and raise $100,000 to fund a cancer research study. As of today, 11 marathons are complete and only one more to go.

We have raised $7700.00 dollars to date, and it is now time to go fundraising crazy. We need to raise $93,000 before the end of 2014. It may seem impossible to reach that goal, yet I hope you will help me prove the possible instead!

Please donate!
Thanks!

 #29......January 18,2014..........The Pacifica Marathon........26.2 miles
 #30......February 8, 2014..........The Golden Gate 50k......... 31 miles
 #31......February 22,2014........ Montara Mountain 50k........ 31 miles
 #32......March 22, 2014.....  ......Canyon Meadows 50k.......  31 miles
 #33......April 5, 2014................ Grizzly Peak Marathon........ 26.2 miles
 #34......April 26,2014................The Folsom Lake 50k.......... 31 miles
 #35......May 10, 2014.......... ....The Goldrush 100k...............65 miles
 #36......July 19, 2014...............The Lake Chabot Marathon..26.2 miles
 (The San Francisco Half Marathon with my Family.....(12 of us)..What a blast)
 #37......August 3, 2014..............The Skyline 50k..................31 miles
 #38......August 16, 2014............The Cinderella Marathon.....26.2 miles
 #39.....September 20, 2014......The Coastal 50k...................31 miles
 #40.....Coming up next weekend (Sunday October 12th)

This next marathon will be an extremely hard challenge. I have chosen the Dick Collins 50 miler as my 12th marathon this year. The event begins at 6:30am at Lake Chabot in Castro Valley, and will take about 12 hours to complete. The expected temperature next weekend is 80 degrees which will make the 7800 feet of elevation gain more challenging.

Yesterday, I ran an 18 mile training run that started at the Tiburon Ferry terminal and finished at the San Francisco Ferry Building. My legs, feet and toes were in incredible pain the entire way. Next weekend, I must run an extra 32 miles before I'll see a finish line. Definite Challenge!
This pain is caused by the type of blood cancer that I have  ( Waldenstrom's macroglobulinemia and Cryoglobulinemia). Both blood issues remain non curable at this time, however I am alive and still running marathons and ultra marathons. Treatments are available to control the cancer cells and I am on a mission to fund new cures. Hopefully, you will help me fund a research study and maybe even find my cure. I do not take any pain medicines because I want to always be at baseline. My hope is to someday be apart of a medical trial for the Waldenstrom's and Peripheral neuropathy.

 

I hope you will please join my quest for cures!! Every three minutes someone across the USA is diagnosed with a blood related cancer. My mission is to always have that cure available!!! 

I will keep on running if you just donate and share my impossible dream link.
www.impossible-dream.org

(or)
You can mail checks to:
David Bevilacqua
948Wildcat Lane
Brentwood, CA 94513
Checks made payable to: The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

 

$1.00 per mile= $50.00
$2.00 per mile =$100.00
250.00=     Silver Donation
$500.00=   Golden Donation
$1000.00= Platinum Donation

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Thanks!!!
David

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TEAM "BEVILACQUA"
Oct 05, 2014

Next Up...July 27, 2014

Hi Everyone, Welcome to our homepage!  ( Posted by Vicky Bevilacqua-True )

As you may know, our family has been running and fundraising for several years now. It started when our brother was diagnosed with a very rare from of Lymphoma. It's treatable but not cureable. David's life was saved and he's is still with us today becuase of drugs funded by LLS research...he has been in pay it forward mode ever since and the rest of the family has joined him (he's kind of convincing and unrelentless that way:-)

As of today, David's cancer in check, but he stuffers from debilitating circulatory & nerve issues that result in literally frozen feet and hands, excruciating leg pain, foggy brain & ear-ringing. It's no fun at all...but he will be out there leading us.  

 

David's Story:

As a person whose life was saved by cancer-drugs funded by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS), I have dedicated my life to "paying it forward" and raising funds to wipe out this rotten disease. I have become even more determined after meeting literally thousands of people whose lives have also been impacted by this disease. Since October 31st, 2006, (when I was originally diagnosed with Waldenstroms Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma and Cryoglobulinemia ), I have met so many patients, doctors, researchers. families and friends that have been inspired by our families " Impossible Dream Campaign".

 

 

What is.....The Impossible Dream 2014 Campaign?

 

In 1955, Leukemia was a 100% fatal disease. It was considered hopeless and impossible to cure. The Impossible Dream Campaign is about proving the POSSIBLE. There is no impossible, and LLS has been proving it as more and more cures are developed each year. The Impossible dream is about having a world without cancer, and we are getting closer than ever. LLS's continued advancements over the years, are responsible for blood cancer survival rates doubling and tripling;and in some cases, the survival rate even quadrupled. That is HUGE!!!!  9 out of 10 children now beat Leukemia that was once considered impossible.

 

Many LLS supported therapies not only help blood cancer patients, but are now used to treat patients with rare forms of stomach cancer and skin cancer. These treatments are being tested in clinical trials for patients with lung, brain, breast, pancreatic and prostate cancers. LLS funded drugs like Gleevec, Sprycel, Arinza, Tasigna and Zolinza are now being tested for patients with non-cancerous diseases like Diabetes, Rheumatoid Arthritis and Multiple Sclerosis. 

 

After four years and nine seasons with Team in Training, our family has raised well over $110,000 toward cancer research and new treatments. Last year (with the help of some great friends), we raised over $24,000 dollars and this year the goal is to raise to raise $100,000 and fund a research study.

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My Story:

 

I originally joined the Team for my very first season on January 23rd, 2010. That date pretty much marked a new beginning in my life!!

 

I had just finished the final treatment of my Non Hodgkin's Lymphoma and Cryoglobulinemia the day prior. During treatment, my doctor prescribed a drug protocol called R-CHOP.  That stands for the drug Rituxian plus a variety of chemo therapy drugs and prednisone. The drug Rituxian that I was given was partially funded by Team in Training/ Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I am alive today because  LLS & TNT helped develop a treatment, and today we can control, manage and survive this disease!!  Thank you TEAM!!!

 

The type of Non Hodgkin's Lymphoma that I have is very rare, and it's called Waldenstrom's. Only about 4% of all NH Lymphoma cases are that of Waldenstrom's. I was also diagnosed with Cryoglobulinemia which is again very rare, but is often seen with a patient with Waldenstrom's diagnosis. The good news is that we have drugs today to treat the Waldenstrom's, but both blood diseases still remain non curable at this time. I have a huge favor to ask of all of you,....... help find me those cures:)

 

The Lymphoma and Cryoglobulinemia have left my body with extreme nerve damage in my legs and feet. That is called peripheral neuropathy and it runs from my brain, down the spinal cord into my legs and then my toes. My legs actually feel like concrete or lead, extreme bone and joint pain and it feels pretty much like a truck ran over my legs and toes. On a pain scale of 1 to 10, the pain is a constant 8.5 or greater 24 hours a day. It is very nasty!!!! I tried a drug for a while called Lyrica to help mask the pain, but it did not really help and I did not like the side effects at all. The only pill that I take is one at night to fall asleep. It is hard to sleep because this body always feels pain and is never comfortable. On top of all that, I've lost over 50% of my hearing, and I get something called Raynaud's phenomenon?  In Raynaud's, the flow of blood to the hands and feet can drop, causing pain and the color to become pale, then bluish or red. Cold temperatures can set off an episode. Air Conditioning, a fan or walking in a cold area in a store puts pain to a level 10. I am supposed dress very warm and stay away from cold areas. Basically, cold is my enemy to my body.

But........, I won't let it stop me!!! I am now on 9th or 10th season with the TEAM, and I am on a mission to save lives from these rotten diseases. I totally believe that you can't let anything stop you of your dreams. You just Go For It no matter what! My familly tried to stop me from running that marathon back in 2010 (they said I was crazy!)-- but, after realizing they couldn't stop me, they joined and started fundraising as well. As a family, we have raised well over $110,000 over the past four years.

I have been told so many times that running marathons, ultramarathons and half-ironmans are crazy and impossible for someone with my diagnosis, but I chose to not listen to what people say. I am a very hard headed Italian and I love proving the possible instead.  Others that have Waldenstroms NH Lymphoma describe their legs like that of Frankenstein, and they don't even want to climb up stairs. The pain is chronic from this form this form of blood cancer and it is making life very difficult. The more pain that I feel,......the more determined I get to find new cures. My cancer diagnosis has actually propelled me to do the impossible, and it really got me moving as I take nothing for granted in life. This years goal is to complete 12 marathons and ultra marathons and raise $100,000 to fund a research grant.

 

I hope you will all join me in my fight and donate generously.

God bless all of you!

David:) 

 

 

 

 

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Supporter Comments

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    "My daughter-in-law & by marriage David's cousin who also is an incredible & never ending inspiration to the fight of her own cancer."
     

    Aunt Dodie

    Fri Apr 04 11:37:59 EDT 2014

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    "David you are amazing and I am fortunate to have met you."
     

    Patricia Howe

    Sat May 10 10:44:54 EDT 2014

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    "Go David Go!"
     

    Tim True

    Sat Nov 29 11:24:28 EST 2014

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    "David, We admire you perseverance and dedication to this amazing (yet painful) cause. God bless you and your family! "
     

    Mary Yennie

    Sat Nov 29 12:06:30 EST 2014

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    "No hill for a climber!!! You are amazing...good luck!"
     

    Ellen Lehman

    Mon May 05 06:24:39 EDT 2014

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    "I wish you, you family and friends the best for 2014 and may you exceed all your goals!"
     

    Jette Jensen

    Mon May 05 02:13:01 EDT 2014

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    "Rudy joined Team in Training around 2000 when I was taking Chemo for NH Lymphoma. CHOP and Rituxan cured my Lymphoma. Rudy stayed with TNT and has helped the TEAM in every way you can imagine. David is a Champion Inspiration to all who know him. His Crazy Determination is Legendary."
     

    Joseph Ramus

    Sun May 04 11:46:59 EDT 2014

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    "You are life's inspiration, David! Much success to you on your journies this year. All the Best, Janene"
     

    Janene Barnewolt

    Fri Apr 04 10:05:06 EDT 2014

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    "You are my hero David! Thank you for being such a happy, inspirational, and positive spirit!!"
     

    Laura Fiveash

    Mon Mar 24 11:06:22 EDT 2014

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    "In Memory of my Mother Vesta Funcheon She was an angel here on earth. "
     

    Donna Funcheon

    Mon Mar 24 05:38:10 EDT 2014

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    "in memory of Valerie Valente and Kathy Clark"
     

    Teresa Scott

    Mon Mar 24 05:29:05 EDT 2014

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    "As a show of support David. You are an amazing man."
     

    LESLIE FERNANDES

    Mon Mar 24 12:55:10 EDT 2014

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    "Keith Fernandes and David Bevilacqua. David you are very inspiring!"
     

    Jeff Fernandes

    Sun Feb 23 02:05:24 EST 2014

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    "In memory of all my loved ones who have passed on to next journey. And thank you David for your incredible efforts! GO team!!"
     

    Rebecca Johnsom

    Sun Feb 23 12:24:55 EST 2014

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    "GO TEAM! GO DAVID! You are such an inspiration to me and others! - Cara (fellow TNT runner)"
     

    Cara

    Sun Feb 23 12:21:44 EST 2014

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    "In honor of Vicky and Paula's 50 years!!!"
     

    Sandra KOntilis

    Sun Feb 23 11:28:45 EST 2014

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    "Thanks so much for all you do, David!"
     

    Judy Filippoff

    Sun Feb 23 10:36:17 EST 2014

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    "so proud of you, my dearest friend!!! David Lee"
     

    david lee

    Sun Feb 23 10:23:25 EST 2014

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    "Keep up the drive. You're an inspiration to all."
     

    Uthayan Rajenthiram

    Sat Dec 27 03:49:29 EST 2014

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    "Keep fighting the fight David. You inspire us. Blake & the Accu-Logistics Team"
     

    Accu-Logistics

    Mon Dec 15 06:06:45 EST 2014

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    "We love your spirit and are happy to support you and the team! "
     

    Steven and Kristin Enoch

    Wed Dec 03 01:01:31 EST 2014

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    "David, you are an inspiration to all of us!! Thank you for all that you do! I need to find time to get back into running..."
     

    Tony Sarboraria

    Mon Dec 01 06:35:28 EST 2014

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    "Smiley runs not only for himself but for those of his friends no longer here or still fighting the fight. He was inspiration to my brother Keith who lost the fight 10/25/13, you were his hero David."
     

    LESLIE FERNANDES

    Sun Nov 02 10:45:59 EST 2014

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    "Go david!"
     

    Dake Gu

    Fri Oct 31 12:28:38 EDT 2014

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    "Go David!! From Simon Yu and Maggie Kao :)"
     

    Maggie Kao

    Tue Oct 28 06:59:48 EDT 2014

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    "Go David! God's blessings will be with you every moment! My whole family will keep praying for you and your family. Gary/Ally Nie"
     

    Anonymous

    Thu Oct 16 02:27:06 EDT 2014

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    "We're praying for you, Dave, and certainly admire you. Go for it!! Alvin & Karen"
     

    Karen McGary

    Mon Oct 13 03:07:53 EDT 2014

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    "You are truly a hero David."
     

    Ajay Saini

    Mon Oct 13 01:17:16 EDT 2014

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    "David, you are a true inspiration for a lot of people. Keep it going. -regards, Shirish"
     

    Shirish Dharnidharka

    Thu Oct 09 12:48:17 EDT 2014

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    "Thank you, David for all that you do to help find a cure!"
     

    Chrystell Santa Cruz

    Wed Oct 08 02:27:42 EDT 2014

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    "To Our AMAZING Friend David & Family~ GO TEAM! Love, Alex & Susan "
     

    Alex & Susan LaPadula

    Fri Aug 15 05:16:38 EDT 2014

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    "Go David Bevilacqua! Thanks for doing this. God bless"
     

    Eddy Lee (David B's Supporter)

    Sun Aug 10 01:11:10 EDT 2014

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    "David & Vicki, keep your spirits up & thank you for making a difference in trying to end this horrible disease."
     

    Bev & Wayne Lauerman

    Sun Aug 10 11:19:00 EDT 2014

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    "Thank you for your dedication to this cause... You are an amazing athlete!"
     

    Penny and Scott Forrest

    Tue Jul 29 04:27:56 EDT 2014

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    "We are all an inspiration as you join David in helping to fight cancer!"
     

    Meghan and Mike Morrissey

    Sun Jul 27 02:51:56 EDT 2014

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    "Go Vicky!"
     

    Julie Wallunas

    Thu Jul 17 03:55:45 EDT 2014

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    "You guys are awesome! Keep up the great work. Steve and Kristin Enoch "
     

    Steven and Kristin Enoch

    Wed Jul 16 10:52:10 EDT 2014

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    "Greater SF Bay Area Chapter: Team in Training on behalf of David Bevilacqua"
     

    TERESA ERSPAMER

    Mon Jun 09 05:53:46 EDT 2014

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    "Greater SF Bay Area Chapter: Team in Training on behalf of David Bevilacqua"
     

    TERESA ERSPAMER

    Mon Jun 09 05:41:39 EDT 2014

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    "Dave---you are an inspiration to us all! Stan Roe"
     

    Stan Roe

    Wed May 28 06:01:36 EDT 2014

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    "David, you are an inspiration! Well done! Keep up the good work!"
     

    Tammy Bollinger

    Sat May 17 03:24:04 EDT 2014

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    "David, I'm so inspired by the way you live your life. So glad to call you my brother. I'm so glad that you are done with the 62 miles! XO Paula "
     

    Paula Bevilacqua

    Sun May 11 12:48:11 EDT 2014

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    "Congrats! From Rosaline Lee"
     

    Rosaline Lee

    Sun May 11 11:24:54 EDT 2014

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    "We love you, David!! "
     

    David Lee

    Sun May 11 11:14:10 EDT 2014

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    "Good Luck David! Well done! May you always be Happy David and have all your dreams come true. <3"
     

    Eva Alm?

    Sun May 11 05:31:27 EDT 2014

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    "David, you continue to amaze and inspire me!"
     

    Laurie Davis

    Sun May 11 12:58:28 EDT 2014

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    "David, you are such an inspiration! Thank you for all your time, effort, energy, passion, and determination in raising funds for such a good cause. You are truly a hero! We have you in our thoughts and prayers as well!"
     

    Zaida Owre

    Sat May 10 11:56:57 EDT 2014

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    "You are such a HERO to soooooo many people, but especially to your beautiful wife, Laura and the girls, Anna and Gabby.Love you guys"
     

    Lori Sand

    Sat May 10 03:58:02 EDT 2014

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    "David....you are such an inspiration. I am in awe of all that you do. God bless you, Laura, Anna and Gabby <3 "
     

    Sharon Wood

    Sat May 10 02:37:10 EDT 2014

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    "Thank you David. You are such an inspiration. I pray for a cure for all forms of cancer. God bless you and keep you safe. We make this donation in my brother's memory - Keith Fernandes - who had leukemia and metastatic lung cancer and died on 10/25/13. Gail Fernandes Monge"
     

    Gail Fernandes Monge

    Sat May 10 02:30:59 EDT 2014

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    "David. You are amazing.please take care of your self!. "
     

    Mary Fitzpatrick

    Sat May 10 02:30:12 EDT 2014

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    "David You are truly an inspiration, As Christians we are to help one another but to be honest I don't think I've seen anyone sacrifice the way you have sacrificed. It's truly an honor knowing you David. Love Gilbert and Tina Aguiar."
     

    Gilbert Aguiar

    Sat May 10 03:03:50 EDT 2014

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    "Thanks so much for all the inspiration and encouragement you provide to so many. Your joy and positivity are infectious. Can't wait to run with you sometime soon."
     

    Janet Rogers

    Tue Feb 25 03:02:16 EST 2014

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    "Keep on running Smiley, very proud of you."
     

    Leslie Fernandes

    Fri Nov 28 10:13:47 EST 2014

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    "You are an inspiration to us all, David, to keep on fighting through the pain and not lose hope. Bravo! Blessings to you and your wonderful family, Sandy Budde"
     

    Sandy Budde

    Mon Mar 24 12:22:45 EDT 2014

My Fundraising Total

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My Thanks To

Bev & Wayne Lauerman $1000.00
Meghan and Mike Morrissey $500.00
Solvik Family Charitable ... $500.00
Rosaline Lee $500.00
Judith Lapkin Craig $250.00
Chevron $250.00
Stan Roe $250.00
David Lee $250.00
Ellen Lehman $250.00
John and Judy Craig $250.00
Meenakshi Jayaraman $200.00
Jing Ming Li & Yan Cao $200.00
Mingyun Li & John Zeng $200.00
Penny and Scott Forrest $200.00
janet kean $200.00
Alex & Susan LaPadula $175.00
Road Runner Sports $120.00
Uthayan Rajenthiram $100.00
Accu-Logistics $100.00
Google, Inc. $100.00
Steven and Kristin Enoch $100.00
Janet Rogers $100.00
Mary Yennie $100.00
William Bevilacqua $100.00
Teena angelo $100.00
Dake Gu $100.00
Maggie Kao $100.00
Ajay Saini $100.00
Suresh Venkateswaran $100.00
Chrystell Santa Cruz $100.00
Glenn Kelsey $100.00
Tim Wilson $100.00
Liz Thomas $100.00
George and Catherine Nort... $100.00
Julie Wallunas $100.00
Steven and Kristin Enoch $100.00
Monika Gill $100.00
Tammy Bollinger $100.00
Paula Bevilacqua $100.00
Jim & Erin Hamilton $100.00
Tim and Vicky True $100.00
Jeff Glaze $100.00
Sharon Wood $100.00
Gail Fernandes Monge $100.00
Gilbert Aguiar $100.00
Jette Jensen $100.00
Joseph Ramus $100.00
Rosaline Lee $100.00
Edward and Kathleen Gaehl... $100.00
Janet Rogers $100.00
Teena Angelo $100.00
david lee $100.00
Eva Alm? $77.00
Karin Reitz $50.00
Xuejiao Cui & Tian Bo Yu $50.00
Elizabeth Mooney $50.00
Ramanand Narayanan $50.00
Eddy Lee (David B's Suppo... $50.00
Cameron Cotton $50.00
Pam Tallone $50.00
Zaida Owre $50.00
Lori Sand $50.00
Patricia Howe $50.00
Janene Barnewolt $50.00
Donna Funcheon $50.00
Sandy Budde $50.00
Jeff Fernandes $50.00
Cara $50.00
Sandra KOntilis $50.00
Judy Filippoff $50.00
Laurie Davis $31.00
Laura Fiveash $31.00
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Teresa Erspamer $30.00
Aunt Dodie $25.00
Teresa Scott $25.00
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