My Fundraising Page

Nov 17, 2010 by Kirsten Dichiappari

"A happy person is not a person in a certain set of circumstances, but rather a person with a certain set of attitudes." Hugh Downs

Every year when I listen to the Hasbro Hospital radiothon, I wonder how those amazing children and parents can sound so happy. I wonder how they get out of bed, knowing that their precious children are caring such life threatening illnesses. But, when I really listen to the words - I hear that they are grateful for every moment of every day. And then I realize that it shouldn't take something so devestatingly obvious to remind us that we should ALL be grateful for every moment of every day.

I didn't meet my grandmother, so I didn't know her as a healthy person or a sick person. I only know her through the pictures, the letters, the clippings in a box and the stories that my mother and my aunt and uncle tell me. They are funny stories, proud stories, and yes, they are happy stories. Like the photos you choose to keep, our happiest memories are the ones we hold closest to our hearts. At a funeral, you don't stand up and share the worst moments of a person's life - you share the brightest.

When I walked the half-marathon in Newport, people kept thanking me for being a part of TNT. They would mention their cousin, nephew, sister, neighbor, or colleague who was a survivor. If you read any of the blog postings on the LLS site, you will find stories of unbelievable bravery. What I have learned is that through it all, survivors and their families choose to be happy - not because of the circumstances, or with the circumstances. In spite of the circumstances. And every time I think I am having a bad day, I try to remember that.

Where Does the Money Go?
Nov 08, 2010 by Kirsten Dichiappari

I just read this on my team captain's blog and thought that it was so important for you to recognize the wonderful things that your donation to the LLS does:

Your donation makes a difference! The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society dedicates 75% of every dollar spent to advance its mission to cure blood cancers and to improve the quality of life of patients and their families. Research funding has helped to develop treatments that have increased the survival rate of children suffering from Leukemia from 4% in 1961 to 85% today. As you can see below, each donation makes a difference.

$50 will register 1 person to be a bone marrow donor.

$75 will provide HLA (bone marrow) typing for a family member of a patient with leukemia.

$100 will pay for the cost of 4 patient’s chemotherapy drug description co-payments.

$300 will train 25 peer counselors who can provide support to newly diagnosed patients.

$500 will provide patient aid to a person with Leukemia or a related cancer for a year.

$1000 allows patients to meet with health care specialists to design and discuss their disease, treatment plan and prepare them with the info they will need during the treatment process.

$2000 provides patients with a one month supply of Gleevec, a treatment for patients with Chronic Myelogeous Leukemia. Gleevec is special because it is a cancer treatment in the form of a pill, not injection like most cancer therapy. It was developed through research funded by the Society

So whether you can give $1 or $100, every bit helps. Thank you for your generous support of this cause!

Drawing Begins on Monday, November 1!
Oct 27, 2010 by Kirsten Dichiappari

You don't want to miss out on your chance to do something great for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and possibly, win a prize for yourself!

New prizes keep arriving...we love our local vendors!

Ladle To Crave Personal Chef Services

Sleep Mask Gifts

Elements of Wellness Massage and Holistic Therapies

The Sunnyside Daytime Dining

Armor & Martel Photography

Extensions School of Dance

Alayne White Spas

Silpada (Rep Sheila Sardinha)

The Savory Grape

Lisa Tener

The Garden Playschool

Tara Sage Steeves

Bristol Yoga Studio

Mudstone Studios

Anelise Paduch Tubinis Photography

Get your 'ticket' today by making a donation of $35 or more - 100% of your contribution goes to the LLS. THANK YOU for your support!

Kirsten's Team in Training Page
Oct 20, 2010

Welcome to my Team in Training home page! (For information on the 'I Am So Thankful' raffle event, visit - donations of $35 or more, made by 10/31 are eligible for entry into the raffle.)

This is a picture of my mom and her parents taken many years ago. Happy memories of summer vacations - the same kind that I am blessed to have with my own children. But, within just a few years of this picture being taken, both of my grandparents had passed away. My grandmother died of leukemia.

This January, I am participating in an endurance event as a member of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's (LLS) Team In Training. All of us on Team In Training are raising funds to help stop leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin lymphoma and myeloma from taking more lives. I didn't get to meet my grandmother - and I am walking, and raising money, so that others don't have pictures in place of people.

I am completing this event in honor of my grandmother, Maurie Reilly, and all individuals who are battling blood cancers. These people are the real heroes on our team, and we need your support to cross the ultimate finish line - a cure!

Please make a donation to support my participation in Team In Training and help advance LLS's mission.

I hope you will visit my web site often. Be sure to check back frequently to see my progress. Thanks for your support!


Supporter Comments

    "The first $1,000 is the hardest"

    Willow Foundation

    Fri Oct 15 11:15:46 EDT 2010

    "Good luck, Kirsten! Hope you meet your goals and finish strong..."

    The Girasole Family

    Wed Oct 27 12:24:33 EDT 2010

    "Best of luck Kristin! What a great thing you are doing :) I'm sure your grandmother is smiling from heaven at your kindness :)"

    Maureen Umehara

    Fri Oct 29 02:07:25 EDT 2010

    "Cheering you on!!"

    Tara Steeves

    Thu Dec 09 08:55:25 EST 2010

My Fundraising Total

Raised: $3,114.00 | Goal: $3,000.00
104 %

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My Thanks To

Willow Foundation $500.00
Rico & Julie DiChiappari $250.00
Joseph Gibbons $200.00
Joe Farmer $100.00
Davud Bates $100.00
Amy Silva $100.00
Time & Thyme Again $100.00
Analee Berretto $100.00
Maarten Broess $100.00
Todd DeBiase $100.00
900 Corp. $86.00
AAA Southern New England $75.00
Friends of John Lombardi $50.00
Olympic Physical Therapy $50.00
Kerry Santerre $50.00
Alan Crisman $50.00
Christina Hickey $50.00
Elaine Carvelli $50.00
Christine Leonhardt-Kimm $50.00
Mary Allegretta $50.00
Paola Dell'Olio $40.00
Kriscetta, LLC - Dunkin D... $38.00
Maureen Leonhardt $35.00
C Lane Poor $35.00
Elizabeth Tanner $35.00
Sara Sousa $35.00
Bristol Yoga Studio $35.00
Amy Almeida $35.00
Melissa Goldstein $35.00
Maureen Umehara $35.00
Kris Fritts $35.00
The Girasole Family $35.00
karen zagorski $35.00
Cynthia Tanzi $35.00
Tina Fiore $35.00
Rose Fiore $35.00
lisa tener $35.00
Mark Matrone $35.00
Louis DiToro $25.00
Zoe Tubinis $25.00
Cidalia Rocha $25.00
Tara Steeves $25.00
Greg Specht $25.00
Melissa Labonte $25.00
Rossana Flashner $25.00
Roberta Jarvis $20.00
Melissa Labonte $10.00
Go Kirsten!