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Megan Richard's Fundraiser:

Joslin Diabetes Center Boston 2016

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Megan Richard

THE STORY:

Over February vacation, most high school students look forward to sleeping in late, catching up with friends, and not doing homework.  That was the plan for my brother, Chris...until he was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes.

In 2003, Chris was a junior in high school.  He was a three sport athlete with college on his mind.  My parents noticed that Chris just wasn’t himself.  He was sleeping a lot more than usual, he was always thirsty, always needing to go to the bathroom, his breath smelled really fruity, he seemed fatigued all the time, and it looked as if he was losing weight.  I remember being at Medford High after basketball practice hoping my Mom could pick me up.  She called to tell me she was heading into Boston because my Dad had to bring Chris to Children's Hospital.  I tried to stay calm, but I just wanted to know what was going on with my brother, that everything would be alright.  My mother kept it simple, but told me that he was just diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes.  After a short stay at the hospital, I couldn't wait to see my brother.  I didn't want to overwhelm him, but I wanted to learn as much as I could about this disease and figure out how I could help him.  At first, he had to test his blood sugar level many times throughout the day by pricking his finger with a needle and using a test strip and blood glucose monitor.  He would then have to give himself an insulin shot before every meal.  Watching my brother go through such an unexpected lifestyle change was truly eye opening.  Not only did he have a new routine every day, but he had to change his diet completely, and he had to really make sure that he listened to his body if he wasn't feeling like himself, because his health depended on it.  He quickly became an inspiration to me because of his positive attitude and way he dealt with and accepted this awful disease.

 

Your donation will help in finding a cure for Type 1 Diabetes.

 

Chris still goes to Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston, and uses an OmniPod for insulin.  He has it taped to his leg, and you wouldn't even know that he had Diabetes unless you saw him testing his blood sugar or somehow saw the OmniPod.  It has amazed me with how many advances have been made in Diabetes research just since 2003 when Chris was diagnosed.  

Chris went on to Wentworth College in Boston where he lived on campus and played lacrosse.  He works as a Superintendent for a major construction company in Boston.  We recently went to an award ceremony for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) at Fenway Park, and it was a heartwarming experience when Chris was able to interact with many of the young children who are also living with Type 1 Diabetes.  The kids (and parents) were amazed that Chris has been able to live a normal, active life.  My hope is that his story will continue to inspire younger kids with Type 1 Diabetes.

I'm running in the 2016 Boston Marathon, not just to honor my brother, but to raise funds that are necessary to find a cure...and your donation will bring us closer to curing diabetes. 

 

Joslin Diabetes Center, based in Boston, Massachusetts, undertakes diabetes research, clinical care, education and health and wellness programs on a global scale. Joslin is dedicated to ensuring that people with diabetes live long, healthy lives and offers real progress in preventing and curing diabetes. Joslin is an independent, nonprofit institution affiliated with Harvard Medical School, and is recognized worldwide for driving innovative solutions in diabetes prevention, research, education, and care.

Our mission is to prevent, treat and cure diabetes.  Our vision is a world free of diabetes and its complications.

$15,013

MONEY RAISED
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  • Maureen& Lindsey Mills

    $100

  • Kathy Andre

    $25

  • Steve, Kate, Erin & Ashley

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Baptista Family

    $25

  • Galvin C Murphy

    $500

  • Nancy Richard

    $50

  • Britt & Vega Rheault

    $50

  • The Su Family

    $100

  • The Gallup's

    $50

  • Jaime Taylor

    $25

  • Angela Schiavone

    $25

  • Justin and Lex

    $100

  • Galusi Family

    $100

  • Melissa Feeley

    $25

  • Nicky P

    $25

  • Frank and Dorothy Zizzo

    $25

  • Ang Bellini

    $40

  • Erin and Mike

    $100

  • Paula & Bill Snow

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • chris angelillo

    $15

  • Mark Melo

    $50

  • Michelle & Zach

    $25

  • Cocoa

    $10

  • Buddha

    $10

  • Marissa Pescatore

    $50

  • Chris & Erin

    $150

  • Pat & Nancy Sabataso

    $50

  • Desiree Savoia

    $50

  • Kayla B. Smith

    $25

  • Megan & Tim Comfort

    $25

  • Alyssa Taliaferro

    $20

  • Joan Woods

    $25

  • Susan Keating

     

  • Jenna

    $100

  • Effi Pesiridis

    $25

  • James and William Swift

    $30

  • Dave Grohl

    $25

  • Krystal & Rob

    $50

  • Heemo

    $25

  • Betty Granara

     

  • The Amaral Family

    $25

  • In Memory of Matt Buckley

    $50

  • Sean Sullivan

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $30

  • Dan, Erica, and Avery Richard

    $100

  • Kelly Bartholomew

    $20

  • Katelyn & Jeff McPherson

    $25

  • Kettj Fiorentino

    $25

  • Michela & Lou

    $100

  • Flynn Family

    $50

  • Sara Dion

    $10

  • Andrew Hurd

    $25

  • Jamie Traverse, Elyse Riegel, & Mary Ellen Stanton

    $150

  • Timothy Patterson

    $50

  • Ann Marie Bedell

    $25

  • Meg's Fundraiser

    $4,275

  • Danielle Adler

    $26.20

  • Julie Salvato

    $25

  • Chris

    $100

  • Mike and Melissa Bauman

    $25

  • Judy Baruffaldi

    $25

  • Grammie Fegan

    $25

  • Ashley Donovan

    $50

  • Meg McDonough

     

  • Jeanine & James

    $25

  • Sheila Curry

     

  • Loreen & Mark

    $50

  • LAUREN DILLON

    $25

  • ROCKY

    $50

  • Stephen & Tricia McDonough

    $50

  • Meg Roberts

    $25

  • Michele Griffin

    $50

  • Kerry, Jim, Sophie & Juliet Kennison

    $25

  • Avery and Maggie Richard

    $25

  • Dora Ramos

    $25

  • Susan Renaud

    $50

  • Baystate Fireproofing, Jim & Betty Granara

    $150

  • Danielle Falasca

    $50

  • Amanda Corbett

    $50

  • Danielle McDonagh

    $25

  • The Shippie Family

    $25

  • Mikey McLaughlin

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Michelle Ferrer

    $25

  • Kaleigh, Connor & Meghan Smith

    $150

  • Dotty & David Burke

    $50

  • Kathy Cushing

    $100

  • Maryanne & kids

    $50

  • The Fogarty Family

    $26.20

  • Sarah Burke

    $25

  • Jen Leary

    $25

  • Amanda Fodera

     

  • The Campbell Family

    $25

  • David and Janet Bauman

    $100

  • Meg's Fundraiser

     

  • David Cagno

     

  • Popi & Georgios

     

  • Brian & Lisa Bowler

     

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100% Raised of$15,000 Goal

The Team: $168,293 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

Greg Weintraub

Amount Raised

$49,288

 

164% Raised of$30,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Megan Richard

Amount Raised

$15,013

 

100% Raised of$15,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Joshua Terry

Amount Raised

$13,175

 

66% Raised of$20,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Maureen Connelly

Amount Raised

$12,564

 

105% Raised of$12,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Ryan Enright

Amount Raised

$12,461

 

125% Raised of$10,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Linda Schoendorf

Amount Raised

$9,489

 

95% Raised of$10,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Laura Burgess

Amount Raised

$9,105

 

114% Raised of$8,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Shannon Motyka

Amount Raised

$9,070

 

91% Raised of$10,000 Goal

Donor Comments

Brian & Lisa Bowler

Brian & Lisa Bowler

4 years ago

Popi & Georgios

Popi & Georgios

4 years ago

David Cagno

David Cagno

4 years ago

Meg's Fundraiser

Meg's Fundraiser

4 years ago

David and Janet Bauman

David and Janet Bauman

DONATION: $100

Congrats Meg. What an amazing accomplishment!! 4 years ago

The Campbell Family

The Campbell Family

DONATION: $25

4 years ago

Amanda Fodera

Amanda Fodera

Good Luck today!! 4 years ago

Jen Leary

Jen Leary

DONATION: $25

Good luck Meg! You're awesome!! 4 years ago

Sarah Burke

Sarah Burke

DONATION: $25

Go Meggo Goooooo!! 4 years ago

The Fogarty Family

The Fogarty Family

DONATION: $26.20

Good luck!!! 4 years ago