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Rachel Herman's Fundraiser:

I'm running for mom.

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BENEFITING: Gathering Place

EVENT: Akron Marathon 2013

EVENT DATE: Sep 28, 2013

Rachel Herman


My beautiful mom, Jane Polutnik, was diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer on July 23, 2013.   Not only is she THE most wonderful and caring mom to me and my brother Stephen and my sister Laura, but she is a beloved Grandma to 5 grandchildren, a wife, a sister, an aunt, a cousin and friend.  She has been an absolute inspiration to everyone that knows her as she fights this horrible disease.

For me, she has been by my side my entire life, cheering me on, supporting me and has really helped make me the person that I am today.  In honor and support of my mom, I am running my first half marathon on September 28th.  I would like to raise money for an amazing local organization called The Gathering Place. This nonprofit organization provides incredible support for individuals and families touched by cancer, including counseling, support groups, a resource library, exercise programs,cooking classes, and services such as a wig salon, massage therapy and much more- for FREE.

If at all possible, I am asking that you support me, my mom and The Gathering Place with anything that you could give to help those that are battling cancer. 


To This Fundraiser


  • Aaron, Julie & Rogan Clark


  • Elaine Barthelemy


  • Jen and gunner Puhl


  • Jen Analore


  • Sean & Melissa Faherty


  • Rie Fortin


  • Christy Gearo


  • Mark & Autumn McKenzie


  • Katie Hernandez


  • Megan and Aaron Cook


  • Mark Robsel


  • Tina North and Family


  • Mason and Katie Goodman


  • Erin & Joe (Vessalo) Pacilli


  • Gordon and Anne Weller


  • Sheila Stupka


  • Rick & Marsha Ott


  • Annie McNally Dienes


  • Mark Petry


  • Steve & Carrie Albrecht @ family


  • Knapik Family


  • Steph, Ben & Liam Geletka


  • Mark and Karen Weber


  • Dave and Paula McCulloch


  • Voudouris Family


  • Eileen and Jim Willett


  • Gina and Neil Morrison


  • Kerianne and Graham Hearns


  • Kelly and Adam DuVall


  • Lauren


  • Sue Starrett and Jerry Smith


  • Hilburger Family


  • Kim Coryea & Jamie Babb


  • Rob, Mindy, Liam, Ethan, Evan and Stoli Garner


  • The McAfee Family


  • Jodi McCulloch


  • Michael and JoAnne


  • Emily Caito


  • The Romano Family


  • Peggy, Eric & Mandy Brown


  • Stephanie Polutnik


  • Deba


  • The Eichler Family


  • Ellie and Brian Van Valkenburg


  • Melissa


  • The Senderoff Family


  • pennie van dijk


  • Dinah Buckland


  • Lisa & Steve DiPiero


  • Genna Petrolla


  • Jenn Vojta


  • Anonymous


  • Roseanne Deucher


  • Karen & Joe Gromada


  • Ben, Jenn, Caleb, Owen, Eli and Gavin


  • Alyssa and Jason Dzurec


  • Mary Jo France


  • Michael and Laura Kubinski


  • Stephen Polutnik and Family


  • Emily and Jack Kaniecki


  • The Downie Family


  • Anne Marie Witmer


  • Julie Davalla


  • Chuck and Linda Herman


  • Emily Fagel


  • Julie and Eric Spear


  • Paul and Amanda


  • The Buhrfiend Family


  • Maxine (Bradish) Knowles


  • Kelly Smith


  • Jodi Lorenzo and Schibley Family


  • Andrea Wlaszyn


  • Kristen wygle


  • Megan Dailer & Shawn Mitcham


  • Melanie Meyer


  • Bill and Nancy Kubinski


  • Anonymous


  • Kurt, Kate, Max & Georgia Repola


  • Joan Garst Pegram


  • Team CLE


  • Anonymous


  • Amanda Lewis


  • A co-worker of Ike


  • Ann and Dick Ernst


  • Margie Kohmescher and Family


  • Judy Tobin


  • Erin Marie


  • The Families of A Place For Everyone


  • Kelley W


  • Jon & Sandy Palazzo


  • Brian,Michelle, Logan and Mackenna


  • Sarver family


  • Kimberly Schmittel


  • Jim and Jennifer Buelow


  • Megan Miller and Family


  • Ellen and Amol Gavankar


  • Rees Family


  • The Drobnjak Family


  • Ted Froum & Lizzy Garlovsky



533% Raised of$1,000 Goal

Donor Comments

Ted Froum & Lizzy Garlovsky

Ted Froum & Lizzy Garlovsky

May your mom's memory be a source of strength and inspiration to you and all your family. 7 years ago

The Drobnjak Family

The Drobnjak Family

Enjoy your run and the love and memories it will symbolize for you! 7 years ago

Rees Family

Rees Family

Run Rach!!! In honor of my lovely Aunt Jane! 7 years ago

Ellen and Amol Gavankar

Ellen and Amol Gavankar

7 years ago

Megan Miller and Family

Megan Miller and Family

7 years ago

Jim and Jennifer Buelow

Jim and Jennifer Buelow

7 years ago

Kimberly Schmittel

Kimberly Schmittel

You go girl! I'm so proud of you! She will be smiling down on you tomorrow, and will be beside you every step of the way! xoxo- Kim 7 years ago

Sarver family

Sarver family

Good luck Rachel! What a wonderful tribute to your mom. 7 years ago

Brian,Michelle, Logan and Mackenna

Brian,Michelle, Logan and Mackenna

We are so proud of you and will see you at the finish line! Lots of love.. Xoxo 7 years ago

Jon & Sandy Palazzo

Jon & Sandy Palazzo

What an inspiring and heart-felt gift you are providing others with your actions. Although we were not fortunate enough to meet your mother Rachel, we as parents can only imagine the pride she must feel for you and your family. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to play a small part in a great thing! 7 years ago