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Race for a Cure with Team Rios!!!
13.1 Miles Closer to a Cure for Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis
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On December 2, 2012 my mother and I (Wendy and Laura Rios) will be participating in the Las Vegas Half Marathon under the name “Team Rios”. We will be attempting to run 13.1 miles for the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America to help find a cure for Crohn’s Disease & Ulcerative Colitis. We are running in honor of; Erin & Gary, two very special family members who have been living with Crohn's Disease for many years and are still fighting the illness today.

Erin’s story: I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease in 2001. Like so many others living with a chronic illness I was angry, afraid, and nervous. In the beginning stages I was prescribed a number of different medications in an attempt to curb the symptoms of my disease and regain remission. My life became a series of highs and lows controlled by my illness. All I ever wanted was to be normal and healthy like everyone else my age. Instead I felt like I was being constantly let down by my body and defined by my disease. In 2011, I suffered an obstruction in my intestinal wall and had to undergo a complex surgery in which 12 inches of my intestines were removed. This surgery along with medication has helped to keep me in remission for the time being. However, the journey still continues. Everyday I’m learning more and more about my disease, my body, and my strength. I feel a tremendous responsibility to share my story as a way of giving back to an organization that has done so much for me and other patients with Crohn’s and Colitis.

Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative Colitis are known together as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). They are painful, medically incurable illnesses that attack the digestive system. The funds raised through Team Challenge directly benefit the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation in support of its mission to find a cure and improve the quality of life of children and adults affected by these diseases. Since its inception, CCFA has funded more than 1,100 grants, investing their dollars wisely funding the highest-quality IBD research anywhere in the world. More than 80 cents of every dollar raised goes directly toward research, education, and support services.

We have committed to raise a minimum of $7,600 in donations for the CCFA. We will take care of the training and 13.1 miles, but we need your help to reach our fundraising goal. To make a tax-deductible donation, please either: 1) visit our website and make a contribution at http://www.active.com/donate/gnybLV12/BKWRios, or 2) write a check made out to “Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America” or “CCFA” and mail it to us at 96 Lorraine Loop, Staten Island, NY 10309 in the return envelope. Please make your donations by October 13th 2012, our personal fundraising deadline… If your company matches charitable contributions or if you are interested in a corporate sponsorship, please contact us directly at 310-779-9688.

We know that with the support of friends, family, and others, we will be able to raise the money needed to support this amazing cause and reach the finish line. We are not only running for Erin & Gary but for the 1.4 million other people who suffer from this disease. We would like to sincerely thank you in advance for your donations and support of a cause that is very close to our hearts.

Keep track of our progress as we run our way closer to Las Vegas and a cure!

Love, Laura and Wendy “Team Rios”

Total Donations Collected:$6,123.00
Goal: $7,600
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Contributor Amount Comment
Anonymous $25.00
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Anonymous $100.00 "Hope you reach your goal. Good luck and God Bless!!!"
Miriam Portalatin $100.00
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Marc Rosen $100.00 "Good luck with the race!"
Mary and Larry Malakian $50.00 "Be Great."
Hope Picker $100.00
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Bruce Jacobs $100.00 "Hope you guys reach your goal ! "
nancy Damiani $50.00
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Margie King $25.00
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Robert Caruso $50.00
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Eleanor Rowe $100.00
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Natalie Carone $100.00
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Gail Domenech $100.00
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Nicole Nunziato $50.00
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John Vinelli $20.00
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Jenn and Joe Curci $50.00
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Joan Freeman $20.00
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Martyne Cianciaruso $25.00
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Stephane Tsougros $25.00
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Dr. David Chessin $100.00
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Ed Rios $100.00
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Gregory Montalbano $250.00 "The Staff here at Regional Orthopedics wish you all the very best! Dr Montalbano and the Staff at RO"
Luciano Castaneda $50.00 "Laura Wendy so proud of you both, good luck Love Lu"
Joanne and Gary Troiano $50.00 "Good Luck!"
Michele & William Posnansky $36.00
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Nicole Campo $25.00
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Michael & Rosemary Hagis $50.00
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Linda Rios $50.00
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Jill Hughes $20.00
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Allegrino & Caterina Deliso $30.00
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Gladys Alemany $100.00
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Maria Rosado $50.00
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david portalatin $50.00
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Jennifer Calixto $50.00 "Best of Luck!"
Zunie & Luis Sturla $100.00
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Mary Cain $100.00
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Mary Ellen Ryan $25.00 "Best of luck reaching your goal!!"
Beverly & Joseph D'Amico $25.00
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Helen & Louis Gasparini $100.00
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Wilma Nielson $40.00
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Walkie Murphy $20.00
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Flo Festa $10.00
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Fernando Koatz $100.00
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Cherie Jacobs $500.00 "Good Luck Wendy & Laura - so proud of your commitment to help find a cure for a disease so personal to our family!!"
Salon Touche $687.00
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June Cornett $20.00
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Tina & Michael Papandrea $25.00
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Jennifer Taranto $25.00
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Karen Fleming $50.00
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Jayne Santoro $100.00
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Michael Grimm $100.00
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Verizon Matching gift $500.00
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Michael Grimm $500.00
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Marc & Michelle Cavell $100.00
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Donna Abel $20.00
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Connie Butta $20.00
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Marie Hayes $20.00
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Terese & Lance Oslinker $50.00
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Tara Gibbs $25.00
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Maria Monahan $20.00
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Bob Avaltrone $50.00
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Doris & Gerald Stapleton $50.00
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Petronella & Seena Intersimone $50.00
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Michele & Michael Catania $50.00
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Marie Cicero $25.00
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Lisa N Joseph Jacobs-Malakian Malakian $25.00 "I know you guys can DO IT !!!!!! Good luck I love u both. Titi Lisa "
Janice Olszewski $25.00
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Audrey & Troy Riso $25.00 "Good Luck! "
Miriam Duran $25.00
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John & Estelle Englebert $50.00
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Gerald & Felisa Drayer $100.00
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Diana Drayer $50.00
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Ann Marie Parascandola $25.00
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Marie & Billy Rios $60.00
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pip foster $30.00
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