My Fundraising Page

My Fundraising Page
Apr 20, 2017

Dear Friends and Family,

Last year I completed my first marathon in NYC, checking off a long-time goal on my “to do” list.  It was the most difficult athletic challenge of my life, but ever so satisfying to cross the finish line in 3:38, just three minutes shy of the Boston qualifying time.  I immediately decided that I had to run again to qualify for Boston.


A lot has happened in the past few months. My father was diagnosed with Mantle Cell Lymphoma in December and has been winning the fight against this rare type of Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma. I am confident that he will continue to conquer his cancer and will be back in Cape May this summer, healthy and strong!


On March 18th, we are also celebrating my mother's 8th year cancer-free from leukemia. She had her best year ever in 2016 and has been feeling great.


Unbelievably, both my parents have been diagnosed and treated for blood cancer. So, in November I will run the NYC marathon not only for my personal athletic reasons, but also to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.


This is why I am asking for your help. 


The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society is at the forefront of research and development in treating and curing blood cancers. Their progress has already helped extend my parents’ lives. New developments will benefit countless future patients as well.


Please join my cause and pledge your support for LLS and patients like Myra and Dave.  I am required to raise a minimum of $3,500, but I am hoping to generate $26,200- a thousand dollars for every mile I will run.  You can come back to my home page every so often to check on my progress.


On November 5th I will run 26.2 miles, trying not to cry, thinking about my parents with every step.  Please join me on this journey.


Love you all,

Ellen Kurkowski


Supporter Comments

    "Ellen, I LOVED my experience running for the LLS team and am so excited to support you. I happily make this donation with all my love and pride."

    Susie Kurkowski

    Sun Mar 12 05:02:37 EDT 2017

    "You go Elle!"

    Adria Newberry

    Sun Mar 12 05:21:40 EDT 2017

    "Best to you and your family, Ellen!"

    Richard Nierenberg

    Sun Mar 12 05:23:27 EDT 2017

    "You are an incredible strong family. Love you and Besitos. "

    Consuelo Diaz

    Sun Mar 12 05:37:03 EDT 2017

    "We are so proud of you, Ellen. You honor us every day. Mom and Dad"

    David and Myra Kurkowski

    Sun Mar 12 05:50:02 EDT 2017

    "Lots of love to the Kurkowski family! "

    Laura Berry

    Sun Mar 12 07:19:56 EDT 2017

    "We Love the Kurkowski family! Honored to be part of this cause through Ellen and her running- nothing ever stops her! "

    Isa and Mike Portuondo

    Sun Mar 12 07:25:26 EDT 2017

    "Ellen- love you and your family! Best of luck qualifying this year!!"

    Katherine Hansen

    Sun Mar 12 08:48:50 EDT 2017

    "You have wonderful, generous parents, and I want to support you and thank them for their kindness. Thinking of them both!!!"

    Cara Latham

    Sun Mar 12 08:55:35 EDT 2017

    "Go for it girl. Show us what you can do. God bless your parents and thank you for letting us know what they are battling. "


    Sun Mar 12 09:01:39 EDT 2017

    "Have a great run and God bless both of your parents . They are fighters and will win..."

    Robert Steenrod

    Sun Mar 12 11:35:58 EDT 2017

    "Anything for the Kurkowski's!!! Love you guys! xoxoxo"

    Stephanie Sea and Mark Foster

    Sun Mar 12 11:50:45 EDT 2017

    "For a very inspiring couple...Myra and Dave!!! Wishing you continued good health. Proud to support this Miriam and Larry"

    Miriam And Larry Hirsch

    Mon Mar 13 08:11:43 EDT 2017

    "Cheers and prayers are with you on your run, and we will keep you and your entire family in our thoughts and prayers! Herold and Gisela"

    Herold and Gisela GZNVKlein

    Mon Mar 13 10:09:43 EDT 2017

    "Best of luck Ellen. Love Mal & Barry"

    Mallory Silverstein

    Mon Mar 13 11:04:08 EDT 2017

    "Save the date, April 16, 2018. Ellen running at Boston. "

    Paul Kurkowski

    Mon Mar 13 11:09:09 EDT 2017

    "Run like the wind, like the devil is behind you. Put the troll back under the bridge, and be blessed. Hoyt and Stephanie"

    Hoyt and Stephanie

    Mon Mar 13 12:01:18 EDT 2017

    "Good luck, Ellen. Love, Lynn and Mong Meng"

    Lynn Meng

    Mon Mar 13 12:15:46 EDT 2017


    Molly Malone

    Mon Mar 13 01:11:50 EDT 2017

    "I hope you reach your goal Ellen. Go for it!!"

    Vicki McElroy

    Mon Mar 13 01:39:41 EDT 2017

    "Here's to my favorite go-getter continuing to pursue her goals and dreams! "

    Melissa Reichley

    Mon Mar 13 03:19:16 EDT 2017

    "Get it girl! Hugs and love!"

    Eliza Hanson

    Mon Mar 13 05:15:02 EDT 2017

    "Our hearts are with you, thanks Ellen"

    Steve and Barbara Speece

    Mon Mar 13 06:44:51 EDT 2017

    "Ellen--What a loving, generous, empowering activity to do in honor of your mom and dad. Myra and Dave are two of the most caring, creative, courageous folks we know, and we're honored to join your other family and friends in supporting your 26 mile (gasp!) marathon. Peace, Marguerite and Richmond"

    Marguerite Chandler & Richmond Shreve

    Mon Mar 13 07:12:58 EDT 2017

    "In honor of Dave and Myra! Go Ellen!! Best of luck to you in qualifying for Boston!!! -Erika and Kevin Bond"

    Kevin & Erika Bond

    Mon Mar 13 09:52:25 EDT 2017

    "We're SO happy to support this fantastic cause! It's obvious that victory runs in the family, so we KNOW that Ellen will soon be preparing for Boston and that David and Myra will be enjoying Cape May for decades to come! "

    Nicholas Gianakouros

    Tue Mar 14 10:42:14 EDT 2017

    "Wishing the best of luck in your run and sending good wishes to your Mom and Dad. Your family must be so proud of you."

    Pamela Gory

    Tue Mar 14 11:19:48 EDT 2017

    "Go Ellen! You must have run right past us last year - so this year we will make sure to find a spot to see you. This donation is from the love we all have for your mom and dad - and for Uncle Mike, who had CLL. Lee"

    Lee Erickson

    Tue Mar 14 11:31:15 EDT 2017

    "Fight! Fight !Fight! and Win!Win!Win! Your family motto . Thanks for your effort and love. Barbara and Steven Shotz "

    Shotz Family

    Tue Mar 14 11:56:26 EDT 2017

    ""Don't give up...don't ever give up""

    shaun tamashausky

    Tue Mar 14 01:44:45 EDT 2017

    "Good luck !! We love and miss you !! ~ Kelly & Dennis"

    Kelly Schiers & Dennis Boyle

    Tue Mar 14 01:45:58 EDT 2017

    "To one of my favorite human beings!"

    David Zodda

    Tue Mar 14 09:00:20 EDT 2017

    "Best of luck! You're an awesome inspiration "

    Alex Norinsky

    Wed Mar 15 03:00:24 EDT 2017

    "GO Ellen GO!!!!"

    Michelle Ramirez

    Wed Mar 15 12:02:24 EDT 2017

    "Ellen, What a wonderful way to support and honor your parents. God speed on your journey to the finish line."

    Nzuri Mtumishi

    Wed Mar 15 04:17:52 EDT 2017

    "Best wishes for a speedy and safe recovery to a wonderful person and friend, Dave Kurkowski"

    Judith Tamas

    Wed Mar 15 11:54:15 EDT 2017

    "I would love to see you cross the finish line! Much love and luck to your whole family!"

    Ashley Carpenter

    Thu Mar 16 04:25:16 EDT 2017

    "Good luck, Ellen. And all good thoughts to your father as he battles cancer. George and Maggie McNeil"

    George McNeil

    Thu Mar 16 06:54:16 EDT 2017

    "Be strong, Ellen, and go like the wind! Dave and I are both winners in our fight against rare lymphomas, and are so glad to support your efforts and celebrate with you."

    Leroy Forney

    Fri Mar 17 09:28:21 EDT 2017

    "Keep on running Ellen! "

    Benjamin Zabar

    Sat Mar 18 04:13:28 EDT 2017

    "Best wishes in you run and quest to qualify for the Boston Marathon. Hugs to you and your family. "

    Pat and Mike

    Sat Mar 18 04:21:38 EDT 2017

    "Best wishes to you, Dave, and to your lovely family."

    Carl Denlinger

    Sat Mar 18 04:45:46 EDT 2017

    "Rooting for all of you amazing people."

    Donna Erickson

    Sun Mar 19 02:30:19 EDT 2017

    "Ellen, What a great goal you are setting. Cheers for raising so much for a wonderful cause. And glad to hear that both of your folks are doing well. One Love, Joe & Julie"


    Mon Mar 20 04:17:53 EDT 2017

    "Great work Ellen!"

    Amy Mahon

    Tue Mar 21 09:58:45 EDT 2017

    "Ellen, I LOVE the posters your family made you last year! This time, channel your inner Chasqui (the Inca runners)! And may you see Boston on the next turn!! Much love and hugs to David and Myra Kurkowski and all who battle blood cancers! ~ Stef and Dan Morgan"

    Dan and Stef Morgan

    Wed Mar 22 09:05:04 EDT 2017

    "Go Ellen!! You are so inspiring! Keep up the great work, Kara G"

    Kara Goucher

    Thu Mar 23 10:05:14 EDT 2017

    "Happy to contribute to this great cause! I'm sure you are going to do great!"


    Thu Mar 23 11:59:50 EDT 2017

    "Drive on, my heroes. "

    Randolph Quinby

    Sun Mar 26 08:54:12 EDT 2017

    "Best of luck Ellen!!"

    Zeina Ghayad Wehbe

    Mon Mar 27 01:46:30 EDT 2017

    "Hope you have a fantastic run! "

    Laura Melville

    Fri Mar 31 01:25:55 EDT 2017

    "Ellen, Its an honor to support you and your cause. My brother ln law also survived non hodkins lymphoma. I have no doubt that you will achieve your qualifying time to Boston this year. Best wishes Usha Avva"

    Usha Avva

    Fri Apr 07 01:47:43 EDT 2017

    "Good Luck Dr. Kurkwoski! and Best wishes to your dad and the rest of the family!"

    Rahul Tilani

    Sun Apr 16 02:14:05 EDT 2017

    "Run cancer into the ground Ellen!! "


    Fri Apr 21 01:18:00 EDT 2017

    "ELLIE DEAR I waited until this day. Dave's successful stem cell transplant. Cheers and BIG WOW! hugs xn"

    christian evans

    Tue Apr 25 08:38:44 EDT 2017

    "Thank you for giving me and all of us the chance to contribute to this great cause. Your family is an inspiration of strength to beat this. Now cue up "The eye of the Tiger" sound track, and let's DO THIS!!"

    Jason Whalen

    Wed Oct 11 12:33:50 EDT 2017

    "Go Get Em Ellen! Very proud of you for your effort. Great cause. xxBecca"

    becca friedman

    Wed Oct 11 03:51:22 EDT 2017

    "A cause near and dear to my heart! Good luck and thank you for doing this! "

    Raffaele Milizia

    Thu Oct 12 11:09:36 EDT 2017

    "Good luck Ellen! "

    Alison Kreideweis

    Fri Oct 13 10:31:16 EDT 2017

    "Go, Ellen, go!!! Love, The Santo's"

    Chris & Pat Santonacita

    Wed Oct 18 12:06:08 EDT 2017

    "Fantastic, Ellen! Have a great run! Big hug!"

    Martin and Cherie Silverstein

    Tue Mar 14 02:16:45 EDT 2017

    "So proud of you Ellen! "

    Meghann Watkins

    Mon Nov 06 12:20:45 EST 2017

    "Good luck!!!! Thinking of you today!! And my bet is definitely that there willl be tears, but that?s ok!! Love you!"


    Sun Nov 05 07:34:00 EST 2017

    "In Honor of Myra and Dave from Susan and Patt"

    Susan French

    Tue May 09 10:48:37 EDT 2017

    "What a great way to support and honor your wonderful parents! Go Elle!"

    Carol and Joe Davis

    Fri Apr 14 06:30:43 EDT 2017

    "Keep moving forward. All the best. John"

    John Kauffman

    Thu Mar 30 05:07:02 EDT 2017

    "Congratulations, Ellen, keep up the good work!! "

    Donna Johnson

    Mon Mar 27 09:38:55 EDT 2017

    "GO ELLEN! Cheering you on for your run! God Bless your parents. Fight to the finish line on race day- you can do it! "

    Sharon Grasso

    Sun Mar 26 10:00:06 EDT 2017

    "Hope you can run and finish with a fabulously good time as successfully as your father helps run Lower Merion Symphony and keeps musically good time."

    Joan Chait

    Thu Mar 23 03:42:35 EDT 2017

    "Go Ellen! Love you!"

    Sarah Meng

    Thu Mar 16 01:40:47 EDT 2017

    "Go, Ellen, Go! We send our love and wishes for all good things for your entire family! Love, Ronnie and Barry"

    Ronnie and Barry Cohen

    Tue Mar 14 05:01:21 EDT 2017

    "So happy to contribute to this cause- David has been a super inspiration in our community Orchestra!! Greta and Reed Kindermann"

    Greta Kindermann

    Tue Mar 14 03:29:46 EDT 2017

    "Thanks to you Ellen and your great family for inspiring us. Best Steve and Janet"

    Stephen and Janet Miller

    Tue Oct 10 06:20:19 EDT 2017

My Fundraising Total

Raised: $15,237.00 | Goal: $26,200.00
58 %

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My Thanks To

David and Myra Kurkowski $1000.00
Consuelo Diaz $1000.00
christian evans $500.00
Daniel Kurkowski $500.00
Lee Erickson $500.00
Isa and Mike Portuondo $500.00
Susie Kurkowski $500.00
Raffaele Milizia $250.00
Stephen and Janet Miller $250.00
kevin hewitt $250.00
Doug Finefrock $250.00
Usha Avva $250.00
Benjamin Zabar $250.00
Herman and Gail Morchel $250.00
David Zodda $250.00
Pamela Gory $250.00
Steve and Barbara Speece $250.00
Eric Reich $250.00
Richard Nierenberg $250.00
Gayle Stahlhuth $150.00
Ronnie and Barry Cohen $118.00
Matthew Schwartz $100.00
Anonymous $100.00
Sara Stout $100.00
Eric & Julie Orts $100.00
Donna Johnson $100.00
Randolph Quinby $100.00
Anonymous $100.00
Donna Erickson $100.00
Kendorski Family $100.00
Leroy Forney $100.00
Sarah Meng $100.00
Nzuri Mtumishi $100.00
Michelle Ramirez $100.00
Les & Bobbi Aungst $100.00
Martin and Cherie Silvers... $100.00
Kelly Schiers & Dennis Bo... $100.00
Nicholas Gianakouros $100.00
Marguerite Chandler & Ric... $100.00
Chris and David Clemans $100.00
Jim and Kim Balaschak $100.00
Herold and Gisela GZNVKle... $100.00
Stephanie Sea and Mark F... $100.00
Cara Latham $100.00
Katherine Hansen $100.00
Jacob, Jess, and Silas $100.00
Paul Kurkowski $60.00
Anonymous $50.00
becca friedman $50.00
Jason Whalen $50.00
Susan French $50.00
Lawrence Meehan $50.00
Laura Melville $50.00
John Kauffman $50.00
Zeina Ghayad Wehbe $50.00
PJ Ingram $50.00
Carl Denlinger $50.00
George McNeil $50.00
Ashley Carpenter $50.00
Uche Blackstock $50.00
Kate Emerson $50.00
Judith Tamas $50.00
Nora Herting $50.00
Alex Norinsky $50.00
Greta Kindermann $50.00
Kevin & Erika Bond $50.00
Doug Crevelng $50.00
Rubin/Sprowls Family $50.00
Molly Malone $50.00
Frances & Paul Rixon $50.00
Sam Lu $50.00
Madeleine Asplundh $50.00
Laura Berry $50.00
Stephanie Plummer $50.00
Joan Chait $36.00
George Shotz $36.00
Todd Shotz $36.00
Elizabeth Fernandez $25.00
Sharon Grasso $25.00
Kara Goucher $25.00
Amy Mahon $25.00
Melissa Reichley $25.00
Vicki McElroy $25.00
Lynn Meng $25.00
Mallory Silverstein $25.00
Robert Steenrod $25.00
Rahul Tilani $10.00
Meghann Watkins  
Chris & Pat Santonacita  
Dana Kerr  
Alison Kreideweis  
Alexia Lloyd  
Josh Curran  
Carol and Joe Davis  
Jonathan Streich  
Melinda Yin  
Dan and Stef Morgan  
Tom Rossi  
Silverman Family  
Joy Wiltenburg and Rick W...  
Pat and Mike  
Javier Talamo  
Rachel Silverman  
Bob & Susan Simon  
shaun tamashausky  
Shotz Family  
Amit Gupta  
Eliza Hanson  
Hoyt and Stephanie  
Charlene & Keith Bance  
Donna Walker  
Miriam And Larry Hirsch  
Adria Newberry