Michael's Fundraising Page

Conquer Cancer with Dana-Farber and the Jimmy Fund!
Conquer Cancer with Dana-Farber and the Jimmy Fund!

WHY I’M FUNDRAISING WITH THE DANA-FARBER MARATHON CHALLENGE TO FIGHT CANCER

If you told me when I took the picture on the left that four years later, I would be signing up for a marathon, I would have laughed and then honestly, probably thrown up. If you told me at any point BEFORE I took that picture, I also would have laughed (just not thrown up). But here I am...2019 and registered for the BOSTON MARATHON. 

How did we get here? In 2015, I already wasn't in the world's greatest shape. I had dabbled in a few local 5Ks, but never really took running seriously. Then, I got a cancer diagnosis...which certainly didn't help things. After a successful surgery, the cancer would make its triumphant return that summer sending me off to chemo. 

No way around it: chemo is awful. And the whole process wasn't without its complications. A pulmonary embolism (or two, maybe?) sidelined me even further. Things were rough. HOWEVER: I was incredibly fortunate to have Dana-Farber in my corner the whole time. From the doctors, to the nurses, to the entire staff, I was always treated with the utmost care and respect. 

And here I am! I’ve been well enough to be running regularly every week here in Salem and completed my first half marathon in May. Even the half was…pretty hard, but hey, let’s get nuts. Dana-Farber has been there for me so I might as well be ambitious in giving back!

All funds—a full 100 percent—raised by DFMC benefit the Claudia Adams Barr Program in Innovative Basic Cancer Research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, widely recognized as one of the largest and most successful programs of its
kind. Based on a rigorous and highly selective process, the Barr Program funds the brightest, most creative scientists making basic research discoveries that are transforming cancer treatment. Barr Investigators have made numerous major breakthroughs resulting in improved survival rates and quality of life for thousands of patients everywhere.

Marathon training will be hard. Raising $10,000 will be hard. Let’s have some fun with it. Sign up for my newsletter here to follow me along.

Your support is so appreciated. Thanks for listening, thanks for understanding. 

PROGRESS TO GOAL

Raised:$10,600
Goal:$10,000
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THANK YOU TO MY DONORS

NAME
AMOUNT
Fundraising Honor Roll
Anonymous
Anonymous (Larry David)
$100
Ash Jackson in support of Marathon Melia!
$126
Ashley Kett
$50
Brian J. Spears
Brian J. Spears
$100
Brian Proctor
Chris Peters
$100
Dad & Mum
Dede Crimmins
Ed Finnie
$100
Elizabeth Monahan
Fiona Crimmins
$200
FLUBE + Northeastern EM
$1,015
Heidi Smith
$50
in loving memory of Gerald Chatham, Jr.
In loving memory of Wendy Leigh Myers
In memory of my mom, Anne Casey
Janet Clark
$100
Jeff, Caitlin and Nora
$160
Jim and Meg, proud in-laws
Jim and Nikki Mavrikos
$50
Jim Anderson
$100
Jim Larkin
$100
Johanna Bodnyk
$100
John Erwin
$100
Kate Garrett
$25
Kathlen Erwin
$100
Keurig Dr Pepper for Amanda Iampietro
Laura Cunningham
$100
Love, Grammy & Papa Melia ❤️
Lynn & Jerry Soukup
$100
Magann, Alex and June
$50
Mark and Eileen Erwin
$100
Mark Flaherty
$50
Meghan Vadakekalam
$50
Michael Carretta
$100
Michael G Melia
$50
Michael Melia
$250
MICHELLE CUFF
$50
Michelle Monahan
Mom & Dad...proud to be the ones to get you to the finish line. Congrats!
$164
Mr. Bernard Capaldi
$100
Mr. Bill Price
$200
Mr. Brendan Cahill
$100
Mr. Brian Melia
$100
Mr. Britt Harter
$50
Mr. Dan Warfield
$100
Mr. DANIEL DONATO
$50
Mr. gary walton
$100
Mr. Gene Mahoney
$50
Mr. John Arnold
$50
Mr. Joseph Burns
$50
Mr. Michael Doyle
$50
Mr. Michael Melia
$100
Mr. Peter Erwin
Mr. Sean McCarrens
$25
Mr. Victor Shopov
$100
Mr. WILLIAM BARNWELL
$50
Mrs. Amanda Iampietro
$100
Mrs. Ellie Rice
$100
Mrs. Joanne Brandenburg
$100
Mrs. Lindsey Barker
$50
Mrs. Lori Graveline
$100
Ms. Courtney Cardiff
$150
Ms. Deb Moreau
$50
Ms. Lindsay Mahoney Lavalle
$100
Ms. Lydia Rasmussen
$50
Nancy Melia Monahan
Nicole Monahan
Nora Van Dreason
Opportunity Drawing
Ryan Erwin
$50
Stacy Simmons
Stephen Groscost
$100
Summer Unsinn
$50
suzannah glover
$50
suzanne Erwin
The New Beginnings Sunday School Class
$100
The Van Dreason Family (Linda and Dave - Jeff's parents).
Tim & Micki Fitzgibbons
$200
tina wright
$100
Tom Bedard
$25
Tom Ciesluk
$100
Tony Arnold
$25
Tracy Zendzian
$25
Vertex Pharmaceuticals for Lindsay Mahoney Lavalle
$100
Wendy & Bill Landers
$50
Pacesetter
Every dollar raised helps fuel Dana-Farber Cancer Institute's mission.
Together, we can conquer cancer!