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Maureen's Chicago Marathon '16 Fundraising Page
Sep 22, 2016

Chicago Marathon, October 9, 2016 …The countdown is on!

They say running a half marathon is like giving birth:

  1. During the race, you curse yourself for getting into that situation
  2. You have several hours of excruciating pain, followed by total and complete euphoria
  3. You walk funny for a few days after
  4. You swear you will never do this again…until the pain wears off and you find yourself committing to another race…this time a Full Marathon!

I can't wait to run through the old neighborhoods of my hometown ..."Sweet Home Chicago!" Once again I'm running with Team In Training, and raising money to fight blood cancer. I'm runnning in honor of my niece Vicki, who lost her battle 6 years ago. I am so grateful for your generous donations to my TNT fundraising page.  Your donations big or small – will help to find a cure for blood cancer. Help Team Platypus reach our goal of $15,000!


Last season our team, called Team b. Strong, raised over $300,000, and funded 3 research grants to honor our patients, Ben, Bernard and Chris, and to fight blood cancer. But the battle is not over yet.  Every 3 minutes someone in the US will be diagnosed with a form of blood cancer.  So we continue to fight…and run… and raise money to find a cure.

Living Victoriously

My journey to this page started nine years ago with a late night phone call: my sister’s cries on the other end of the phone, “Vicki is in the hospital, and the doctors told me she had leukemia.” And in that split second our entire world turned upside down. I had so many unanswered questions – how could this happen to a healthy young college student?  Why was she affected?   Nothing in your life prepares you for this battle, and yet you dig deep and find the strength.


So why do I run? Because it’s much easier to run a marathon than to sit on the sidelines and watch a loved one suffer.  It is something I can do to honor my niece, Vicki who lost her 3 ½ year battle with AML Leukemia on November 8, 2010 at the age of 25.  And it is something I can do to bring hope to the many patients and families who are currently battling the disease.


Please join me and the LLS in giving hope to the hundreds of thousands fighting leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s lymphoma and myeloma.


The donation you make today will help the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society fund treatments that save lives everyday, like immunotherapies which use a person’s own immune system to kill cancer.  You can make a difference in the quality of life of those battling with leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma. Your secure online tax-deductible donation will help fund lifesaving research, education, and patient services while providing help and giving hope to thousands of families.


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Thank you for your generosity and support,


Much Love,




Supporter Comments

    "Great job! ❤️ Love Uncle Jack and Aunt Lori"

    John Connelly

    Sun Jun 05 11:22:10 EDT 2016

    "So proud of you!"

    Kelley Morrissey

    Sat Jul 30 07:20:54 EDT 2016

    "I make this donation so research can continue for a cure for cancer; for all my loved ones who have either beaten, or are battling, or have passed from cancer. Rock this run, Maureen! #cancersucks #fcancer"

    Kim Lations

    Sun Jul 31 08:06:51 EDT 2016

    "Go Maureen and Kelley!!"

    Sue Warren

    Sun Jul 31 08:25:00 EDT 2016

    "Go Maureen!!! You are gonna crush it! "

    Monica Hayes

    Sat Aug 13 10:15:10 EDT 2016

    "Best of luck with this special fund raiser and Happy Birthday tomorrow! I know how much you loved your niece! Hope you can make the run happen (is your toe ok?). With love, Bob Schraer"

    Bob Schraer

    Wed Aug 17 10:26:18 EDT 2016

    "Happy Birthday Maureen, from beautiful Mallorca!! I'm so excited to run with you to kick cancers butt!! "

    Susanne Hoover

    Thu Aug 18 10:25:01 EDT 2016

    "Happy Birthday, MO! Good luck with your training and running the race! -Jim & Helen"

    Helen & Jim Clarke

    Thu Aug 18 12:18:23 EDT 2016

    "I still think about Vicki and the fun we had living together in college almost everyday. Thank you for doing this in her memory. "

    Katie Damm

    Thu Aug 18 01:49:43 EDT 2016

    "Let's win this battle for Vicki!"

    Tanya Hunt

    Sat Aug 20 08:13:47 EDT 2016

    "Good Luck! Cynthia"


    Thu Aug 25 10:57:12 EDT 2016

    "You go Moey !!!!!!!! I think they show this marathon on television so I'll be watching and looking for you. I hope that you reach your total and go beyond it!"

    Aunt Linda King

    Mon Sep 05 10:13:35 EDT 2016

    "Good luck, Mom"

    Marion A Franke

    Tue Sep 06 12:42:45 EDT 2016

    "Here's to a great run in your ol' home town. Love you lots! Aunt Elaine"

    Aunt Elaine

    Thu Sep 08 12:22:52 EDT 2016

    "Go Maureen!"

    Daniella Zucker

    Fri Sep 09 01:00:31 EDT 2016

    "B.Strong Mo!Can't wait to see you!! xoxox"

    ann dixon

    Wed Sep 14 05:58:04 EDT 2016

    "So proud of you Mo! "

    Jayson & Lisa McBride

    Wed Sep 21 09:30:51 EDT 2016

    "Good Luck Maureen!"

    Judy Smith

    Wed Sep 21 04:37:07 EDT 2016

    "My beautiful cousin Anne Purcell. Running with the angels since May 2016. xx oo"

    Christine Read

    Thu Sep 22 12:09:45 EDT 2016

    "I hope this gets you closer to your goal. Love you!"

    Kim Lations

    Thu Sep 22 07:37:06 EDT 2016

    "I'm hoping to be able to come and cheer you on!! xoxo"

    Christina Eichelberg

    Fri Sep 23 02:17:24 EDT 2016

    "Good luck Maureen! Proud of you!!"

    Kendra Berger

    Sat Sep 24 06:55:10 EDT 2016

    "Go Maureen!!!"

    Kathy Kane

    Sun Sep 25 06:30:11 EDT 2016

    "What a great cause. Hope you come in first. My best to the family. Uncle Rick and Aunt Mary Ann"

    Richard Crain

    Mon Sep 26 09:47:31 EDT 2016

    "Have a great race Maureen!!"

    Tom Lower

    Mon Sep 26 11:37:26 EDT 2016

    "Go Mo Go"

    Michael Schobert

    Wed Sep 28 08:53:27 EDT 2016

    "Good luck MoB!!Love you!!!"

    Colleen Penn

    Thu Sep 29 03:13:24 EDT 2016

My Fundraising Total

Raised: $3,970.50 | Goal: $3,800.00
104 %

My Team

Team Total: $16,318.73 | Goal: $12,850.00

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We are sorry donations are no longer being accepted for this participant for this event.

My Thanks To

Premier Food Service Inc $60.50
Michael Schobert $250.00
Marion A Franke $250.00
Helen & Jim Clarke $250.00
Monica Hayes $250.00
Marion A Franke $200.00
Patrick Morrissey $100.00
Colleen Penn $100.00
Janet Mair $100.00
Uncle Denny Morrissey $100.00
Uncle Billy Morrissey $100.00
Daniel Kaplan $100.00
Judy Smith $100.00
Jayson & Lisa McBride $100.00
Aunt Elaine $100.00
Lincoln Financial Foundat... $100.00
Shkiba Mamimi-Amri $100.00
Lincoln Financial Foundat... $100.00
Lincoln Financial Foundat... $100.00
Lincoln Financial Foundat... $100.00
Steve S. Cannon $100.00
Dennis T. Williams $100.00
Erin Morrissey $50.00
Richard Crain $50.00
Kathy Kane $50.00
Kim Lations $50.00
Christine Read $50.00
ann dixon $50.00
Brandon Holler $50.00
Aunt Linda King $50.00
Tanya Hunt $50.00
Bob Schraer $50.00
Kim Lations $50.00
Kelley Morrissey $50.00
Jackie Campbell $50.00
John Connelly $50.00
Lincoln Financial Foundat... $50.00
Peter Falk $50.00
Tom Lower $25.00
Kendra Berger $25.00
Christina Eichelberg $25.00
Daniella Zucker $25.00
Michelle R $25.00
Susan Drone-Prickett $25.00
Jennifer Engeran $25.00
Sue Warren $25.00
Katie Damm $10.00
Autumn Swanson  
Susanne Hoover