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Special Olympics Massachusetts Boston 2017

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BENEFITING: Special Olympics Massachusetts

ORGANIZER: Special Olympics Massachusetts

EVENT: 2017 Boston Marathon

EVENT DATE: Apr 17, 2017

Bennet Johnson

THE STORY:

I am honored to have the opportunity to run the 2017 Boston Marathon, which supports Special Olympics and other local charities. I need your help to raise $10,000. These funds will support 26 athletes who participate in Special Olympics Massachusetts—one for each mile I will run.

This is my first marathon, and I am running for my brother Sam. At age three, Sam was diagnosed with severe Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and needs direct supervision from a caregiver or family member 24 hours a day. His first two years of development seemed normal. He smiled, giggled, and repeated words like “Mommy” and “Daddy.” But without warning, Sam gradually lost his vocabulary, and before my parents knew it, their first-born son seemed to have vanished. 

Autism is heartbreaking in that way. One day my brother was smiling at my parents, speaking their names, and the next, he was looking right through them. Today, Sam cannot speak, go to the bathroom, or take care of himself. But Sam is blessed with caregivers and volunteers who support him, and work to make the most of his abilities. I am inspired by these people and others in organizations that serve people like Sam. Special Olympics is one of the best organizations in the world supporting people with physical and intellectual disabilities.  

In Massachusetts, Special Olympics serves more than 12,000 people in events such as swimming, floor hockey, and flag football. Even with many volunteers, it costs $390 for each athlete to train and compete in a full year of Special Olympics sports. We need your help to keep this program going. Imagine how important it is to people like Sam to have a fun and engaging activity. 

Please support me in whatever way you can so that we can continue to make these athletes' dreams come true. Thank you!

$12,834

MONEY RAISED
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  • Anonymous

    $1,200

  • Souman Bhattacharya

    $25

  • Anonymous

     

  • Marian Wyman

    $20

  • Anonymous

    $10

  • Gus Merrell

    $50

  • Angela Jin

    $20

  • Pemby

     

  • Barringtons

    $100

  • David Chang

     

  • Muj

    $100

  • Mike Kotsopoulos

    $25

  • Anonymous

     

  • BB

     

  • Tom DeVoto

    $25

  • Steph Nekoroski

     

  • John Miotti

    $25

  • Chris, Snow, Lily and Gwyneth

    $500

  • The Mombello Family

    $250

  • Taylor St. Germain

    $25

  • Michael Bodell

    $25

  • Nancy Copeland

    $520

  • Anonymous

    $20

  • Keiser's

    $500

  • Gerard and Leslie

    $100

  • The Muehlbauer's

     

  • Molly, Joe, and Tommy Nietfeld

    $100

  • Beth Jacob

    $100

  • Sandra Mayer

    $100

  • Phillip and Jeanne Foussard

    $250

  • Matching Gift

    $1,200

  • Gregg and Kristen Johnson

    $100

  • Chris Moen Match

    $522

  • Hannah Bowlin

    $15

  • Yousef Aouad

    $250

  • Cindy and Bob Liptrot

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Sarah McGowan

     

  • MIGUEL

    $10

  • Anonymous

    $15

  • Diana Copeland

    $100

  • Hayley

    $25

  • Parker Montgomery

     

  • Sara and Aaron Tinklenberg

    $50

  • Bennet johnson

    $200

  • Joyce Copeland and Craig McNeill

    $100

  • Jillian Bjorn-Caron

    $20

  • Anonymous

    $10

  • KT

     

  • Paula & Kenny Gamer

    $100

  • McNut

    $15

  • Gammy

    $100

  • Hodgens/Desjardins Family

    $100

  • Drew Ewanich

    $20

  • Free

     

  • Eller Juco

    $25

  • Abbie Clavin

     

  • Lee & Patti Engler

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Mary Joseph

    $20

  • Louisa MacEwan and Family

    $50

  • Yana

     

  • Ryan Heffernan

    $25

  • Terence Nixdorf

     

  • Gavin Blow

     

  • Anonymous

     

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Jack Davis

    $15

  • Kipp Milone

    $10

  • Anonymous

     

  • Robert Ruggiero

     

  • Nick Pangakis

    $50

  • Kira Godfred

     

  • Adam

    $25

  • Anonymous

     

  • Amanda Bieler

     

  • AJ Spagnuolo

     

  • The Presidential Suite

     

  • Emily Chuma

     

  • Gus Merrell

     

  • Carolyn Townsend

    $10

  • Sally & Restor

    $2,000

  • Kait Solano

     

  • Jenna Postiglione

    $10

  • Cameron Cronin

    $25

  • The MacLennan/Naylor family

    $50

  • Fundraiser

     

  • Paula Solano

     

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Sally, Lauren and Britta

    $50

  • Lara J

    $20

  • UnitedHealth Group Matching Gift

    $2,000

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128% Raised of$10,000 Goal

The Team: $313,346 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

John Ulin

Amount Raised

$27,386

 

274% Raised of$10,000 Goal

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Eric Spindt

Amount Raised

$23,810

 

95% Raised of$25,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Reena Shah

Amount Raised

$13,530

 

135% Raised of$10,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Bennet Johnson

Amount Raised

$12,834

 

128% Raised of$10,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Gregory Schwartz

Amount Raised

$12,581

 

126% Raised of$10,000 Goal

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Jessie Colangelo

Amount Raised

$11,866

 

119% Raised of$10,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Elizabeth ODay

Amount Raised

$11,645

 

116% Raised of$10,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Rachel Dill

Amount Raised

$11,381

 

114% Raised of$10,000 Goal

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