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Jul 15, 2015

"When Cancer Strikes...Again."

Chicago Marathon...October, 2013. This was the last marathon I ran. I trained for this race through my father's cancer diagnosis and treatments, and through a marriage separation. You could say it was the perfect storm when I fractured my foot at mile 14 on the course, and had to drop out at mile 16. I haven't trained for a race since.


Then I registered for Wineglass Marathon. I sat with the entry, with no sense of urgency to train and no real plans to execute. Until I read the quote in the title, above. "When Cancer Strikes...Again."


It was the news of a good friend's cancer diagnosis that hit my heart. I first met Matt White over a decade ago. He's the kind of person you meet and instantly like. He introduced me to one of my closest friends. He is the kind of person the world is lucky to have. I'm forever grateful for Matt. 


He first fought and beat cancer when he was seven years old. The course of treatment he had in the 1980s cured his cancer, but damaged his liver. Now in his 30s, with a beautiful wife, married just three years, and father to a gorgeous set of twins, Matt's fighting liver cancer. 


While Matt has undergone chemotherapy and surgery, his ultimate treatment is to receive a liver transplant. As he waits for a match, he is staying fit by playing sports and being active with his family. Because of Matt's athletic character, and his love of nature, I approached him about running Wineglass Marathon to help raise awareness in his honor. 


This leaves me with 12 weeks to train...and 12 weeks to raise $10,000 to honor Matt. 


As Audrey Hepburn said: "Nothing is impossible, the word itself says I'm possible."


We all have the power to make this happen. So the breakdown in the next 12 weeks is this: 

  • Matt fights
  • I train and fundraise.
  • You give. As generously as your circumstances and heart allow. 


Online giving is fast and secure. Your gift is tax deductible. 


If I reach my goal of $10,000 by October 4th, I will make an additional personal donation to the charity of Matt's choice - up to $1000. So, please...only good can come from us all working together. 


To read more of Matt's story, check out his blog. Matt and his wife, Tessa, are posting updates on his fight and his treatment. Join us to help make a difference. 


(And as Matt told me, he's super excited to have his own hashtag.)




Supporter Comments

    "Lora - keep fighting the good fight. Thinking of you and Matt."

    Amy Abramson

    Mon Jul 13 09:17:33 EDT 2015

    "Thinking of Matt and cheering him on along his journey"


    Mon Jul 13 03:14:33 EDT 2015

    "good luck :)"

    matthew key

    Tue Jul 14 03:59:02 EDT 2015

    "Stories like this break my heart. Sometimes Life sucks. Stay strong and fight Matt!"

    King of the Mountain Events

    Tue Jul 14 06:11:42 EDT 2015

    "You are an inspiration. "

    Ivy Bell

    Tue Jul 14 10:21:23 EDT 2015

    "Matt, you've beat it once, so it beat it again with a one-two punch! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Lora, you're such an amazing friend to Matt for doing this fundraising campaign! Keep on keepin' on. Best of luck at the Marathon! XO!"

    Kirtana Kalavapudi

    Tue Jul 14 10:26:02 EDT 2015

    "Your determination and dedication to raising funds is really inspiring, Lora. Thank you."

    Jen Gaudette

    Tue Jul 14 12:03:18 EDT 2015

    "With love and support and so many prayers!! #goMatt #endcancer #thankyouLora "

    Gina Crosswhite

    Tue Jul 14 01:18:35 EDT 2015

    "Keep on fighting Matt!!"

    Ajit Joseph

    Tue Jul 14 04:52:58 EDT 2015

    "mishmish, i'm sorry we're only in touch when something awful happens. I'm proud to (even distantly) know you!"


    Wed Jul 15 07:09:45 EDT 2015

    "Thinking of you, Matt! Good luck, Lora!"

    John Vaccaro

    Thu Jul 16 01:24:41 EDT 2015

    "Fuck Cancer. That is all. "

    Becca B

    Fri Jul 17 11:14:05 EDT 2015

    "Thank you for your work on this cause Lora"

    Rick Riordan

    Sat Jul 18 01:39:42 EDT 2015

    "Good luck Lora ! You are truly an inspiration !!"

    Alfred Battista

    Sun Jul 19 09:54:49 EDT 2015

    "My best friend just got diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer and is in the midst of chemo which will be followed by a double mastectomy and more chemo. She's also 32 and has 2 toddlers. Thank you for raising $ for cancer and Whitey will remain in my thoughts. "

    Tanya Lerch

    Thu Jul 23 12:58:55 EDT 2015

    "Good luck Laura! You are a great example of how to come together to fight for something. "

    Stefanie Bhalla

    Mon Jul 27 10:37:15 EDT 2015

    "This is for my cousin Matt White! He is a badass and a model for how to live life to the absolute fullest. "

    Kenton White

    Mon Jul 27 01:45:11 EDT 2015

    "waiting fro your return to the pitch at TCW, Matt C. White"


    Mon Jul 27 01:46:48 EDT 2015

    "GO LORA!!!! You are an inspiration! Thinking of your friend Matt and sending lots of love and strength."

    Kara Beussink

    Tue Jul 28 10:25:18 EDT 2015

    "Thanks for racing for such a wonderful cause! Heart breaking to see such a great guy like Whitey suffer again..."

    Kelly Cogan

    Wed Jul 29 08:22:42 EDT 2015

    "You are an amazing friend Lora! Good luck with meeting your goal and helping Matt be victorious in his fight against cancer!"

    Beth Samwell

    Wed Aug 05 05:07:45 EDT 2015

    "You are truly an inspiration and I am so proud to have you as my friend. You always have been selfless and determined in anything you seek to accomplish. Keeping your friend Matt in my thoughts and wishing you strength and health in your training."

    Jaimie McQuirt

    Fri Aug 14 10:53:29 EDT 2015

    "Go Lora Go! The world is better because of people like you. Also, I can't wait to see you have a successful marathon :)"

    The Fizzarotti Family

    Thu Sep 03 02:03:09 EDT 2015

    "Go, Lora, Go!"

    Sarah Ray

    Thu Sep 03 10:03:43 EDT 2015

    "The Wineglass is a great course. Go Lora! "

    Nancy Israel

    Fri Sep 04 09:42:29 EDT 2015

    "You are an amazing person. I'm so proud of your dedication and honored that I can call you a friend. "

    Deanna Clark

    Fri Sep 11 03:37:40 EDT 2015

    "Awesome, Lora. What a lovely thing you are doing for your friend, and for everyone, ultimately. We are all affected by cancer, directly or indirectly, at some time in our lives."

    Iris Katz

    Wed Sep 16 01:39:24 EDT 2015

    "Always inspiring. Always motivating. Always amazing. Go kick some asphalt and go team!"

    Ben Waldman

    Thu Sep 24 07:54:34 EDT 2015

    "Good luck with your fundraising and your marathon Lora!"

    Lauren Fleeger

    Sun Sep 27 05:14:58 EDT 2015

    "Best of luck, Lora! "

    Willy Airaldi

    Mon Sep 28 04:11:21 EDT 2015

    "Good luck."

    Frank FrankTraineau

    Tue Sep 29 09:22:13 EDT 2015

    "What a wonderful cause! Go Lora! and keep going Matt!"


    Tue Sep 29 11:49:31 EDT 2015

    "Thinking of you and sending you love and fleet feet."

    Laura Scholz & Tim Long

    Wed Sep 30 08:07:00 EDT 2015

    "I'm always impressed but your dedication to kick the shit out of cancer...keep kicking Lora!"

    Lourdes Vontsolos

    Fri Oct 02 10:46:02 EDT 2015

    "Lora, thanks for doing this. Our family is so grateful. Matt- love you. Keep up the fight! Meg"

    Margaret Campbell

    Sat Oct 03 05:39:24 EDT 2015

    "Amazing job! Thank you for all the support this season! We will run cancer out of town!"

    Todd Suchotliff

    Wed Oct 07 03:20:07 EDT 2015

    "In honor of my cousin Kyle-go Lora!"

    Michele Axt

    Wed Oct 07 03:21:46 EDT 2015

    "Because Whitey is awesome and is going to kick cancer's ass again."


    Wed Oct 07 08:52:52 EDT 2015

    "I know I'm late and missed your run, but wanted to show support to you and your friend. "

    Kosta Finnllow

    Sat Oct 10 09:18:47 EDT 2015

My Fundraising Total

Raised: $5,176.20 | Goal: $10,000.00
52 %

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In Honor of

Matt C. White

My Thanks To

Anonymous $500.00
John Vaccaro $250.00
Anonymous $250.00
Anonymous $150.00
Ian and Kathy Corrigall $100.00
Laura Scholz & Tim Long $100.00
Anonymous $100.00
Mark Fleming $100.00
Jaimie McQuirt $100.00
Kelly Cogan $100.00
Sean $100.00
Gina Crosswhite $100.00
Mike McManus $100.00
Daniel Geller $100.00
Lora Cohen Vaccaro $100.00
GB $96.60
Michele Axt $73.80
Frank FrankTraineau $50.00
Iris Katz $50.00
paul astorino $50.00
Kenton White $50.00
Kir Selert Faraud $50.00
Rick Riordan $50.00
Ethan and Jennifer Kenned... $50.00
Ajit Joseph $50.00
Jen Gaudette $50.00
Kirtana Kalavapudi $50.00
matthew key $50.00
Anonymous $50.00
Anonymous $50.00
Kosta Finnllow $32.00
Charles Schwab Foundation $26.20
Ben Waldman $26.20
Sarah Ray $26.20
Brian $26.20
Lourdes Vontsolos $25.00
Brett Bogan $25.00
Willy Airaldi $25.00
Brady and Ben Gervais $25.00
Justin Turner $25.00
Deanna Clark $25.00
Nancy Israel $25.00
The Fizzarotti Family $25.00
Alfred Battista $25.00
Becca B $25.00
Amanda LaVergne $25.00
Lacy Hansen $25.00
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