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My Progress
123 percent of goal achieved.
Goal: $8,000.00
Achieved: $9,865.00
Fundraising Honor Roll

Susan's Story:

"Never Say Never" are words to live by and I am now eating those words and putting one foot in front of the other to train for the Boston Marathon in 2014.

On April 17, 2006 I stood outside my new office at Silicon Valley Bank in Newton, MA after moving cross-country from California. It was Patriots Day and instead of doing work, we were BBQing and cheering on the Boston Marathon runners around the 14 mile mark. I was in training at the time to do my first Triathalon with another charity, Team in Training. A co-worker asked if he would ever see me out on that course and I replied "Never"! See at that point I hadn't run more than 3 miles. A marathon, let alone the Boston Marathon with its insane qualifying times, seemed like an insurmountable task especially given that you have to train through winter.

I did eventually do my first marathon, but not until last year, Marine Corps Marathon in Washington DC. It was a great day, flat course, and we just beat out Hurricane Sandy. When I learned the Liver Team had some open spots I then contemplated keeping my training going through the winter and joining them to run Boston in 2013. I ultimately decided not to.

Gary's Story:

In 2010 I had the honor of running the New York City Marathon as apart of Team Tillman and raise funds for the Pat Tillman Foundation. It was an amazing experience being apart of a team that was focused on a goal of raising money for a great cause, and it was great to ses all my team members on the course throughout the day. 

However after that marathon I had some introspection and I decided one was enough. All of that changed in April of this year when I watched the events of the 2013 Boston Marathon unfold.

Our Story:

An event and city that we held close to our hearts saw so much destruction and pain both physically and emotionally. Although we were not there, we felt that emotional destruction from 3,000 miles away as we wondered about the safety of our friends that were running or cheering on runners. 

And then it hit us, had Susan run she would have still been on the course and Gary would have been waiting at the finish line when the bombs went off. It was at that moment that we knew we had to be in Boston in April of 2014. Just being there wouldn't be enough, we knew we had to be on that starting line in Hopkinton with each other and our friends, and share in the emotions of all the runners who will be lining up.  

Boston Strong! Seeing the city of Boston come together and recover from such an event was impressive. It made us proud to have lived there for 5 years. Each race  we ran this year we dedicated to the Boston runners, heros, victims and survivors. We proudly wore blue and yellow ribbons to represent Boston Strong! 

Due to our close ties with other Run for Research Liver Team members we decided to apply (and luckily got in) to raise funds and run with them in 2014. Although we don't have a personal tie to a loved one suffering from liver cancer and liver related diseases we do believe in research to eliminate any and all cancers.

So yes, one marathon in our mind is never enough, but one dollar is enough. Every dollar donated will help us reach our goal of raising $8,000 for the American Liver Foundation, and get us closer to a cure for liver cancer and liver related diseases.  

Every step we take and every dollar we raise will make a difference in the lives of more than 30 million Americans living with liver disease.

Did you know:

  • Liver cancer is one of the few primary cancers on the rise in the United States.
  • Approximately 5.4 million Americans are chronically infected with hepatitis B or hepatitis C. About 65% and 75% , respectively, are unaware that they are infected.
  • It is estimated that up to 25% of the U.S. population could have Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease--a condition that can lead to life-threatening damage.

By making a donation on my behalf, you will be helping the Foundation provide community-based education, research, support, and advocacy related to help prevent and treat liver disease. Together we can make a difference and it's as simple as helping me reach my fundraising goal.

So please help us reach the starting line of the Boston Marathon by donating today!

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Thank you for supporting the Run for Research 2014 on April 21, 2014!

The Run for Research is a celebration of my commitment to a world free of liver disease. Please help me make that goal a reality! I support the American Liver Foundation® because it:

  • Advocates on behalf of 30 million Americans with liver disease on the federal, state, and local levels.
  • Provides education programs, support services, and outreach activities that reach more than 200,000 individuals annually and raise awareness on liver disease prevention and management.
  • Is the largest non-governmental supporter of liver disease research in the U.S. and since 1979, the American Liver Foundation Research Awards Program has provided more than $24 million to more than 750 qualified scientists and physicians.
Please send offline, non-cash donations to our office at:
Run for Research Team | American Liver Foundation | 88 Winchester Street | Newton | MA | 02461
*Please be sure to include the Challenge Participant's name with your check.
All registration fees and donations for this event are nonrefundable.

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