Friday, March 27, 2015

Fundraising Friday: Meet Lindsay Dahlben

"Life is a gift, and it offers us the privilege, opportunity, and responsibility to give something back by becoming more."
- Debbie Zelman, founder of Debbie's Dream Foundation

In a fundraising email my dear friend Lindsay Dahlben wrote,
I wanted to let you know that I have exciting news— No, I didn't join a boy band or memorize 1,000 digits of pi…I’M RUNNING THE BOSTON MARATHON ON APRIL 20 2015!

and from her fundraising page:
After many years of watching elites, friends, and fellow Bostonians run the Boston Marathon, I am excited to say that this year I will be running Boston! How could it get any better than this, you ask? Well not only am I running, but I'm also taking this opportunity to raise money for a charity very important to me and my family: Debbie's Dream Foundation. Debbie's Dream Foundation is a non-profit dedicated to raising awareness about stomach cancer, funding research, and providing support internationally to patients and their families. The statistics associated with stomach cancer are daunting, but non-profits like this one give us education, support, scientific discoveries, and hope to continue pushing forward. Their ultimate goal is to find a cure for stomach cancer.

I am running this marathon on April 20th for my sister, Rachael.

Here is her sister Rachel with her three beautiful children who live in Israel. Rachael was diagnosed with stage four stomach cancer and is still undergoing treatment.

In Lindsay's words:
You think running a marathon is hard? Try fighting stomach cancer. No one should have to go through what she has, but she is the strongest woman I know and will persevere. Debbie's Dream Foundation has given her a really great support community, resources, and even teddy bears for her three children.

Lindsay will be carrying her sister and three children in her heart as she runs 26.2 miles from Hopkinton to Boston three weeks from Monday. Let's show our support by getting her to the starting line with exceeding her fundraising goal for Debbie's Dream Foundation. You can donate to Lindsay's Firstgiving Fundraising Page.

Journey well!

My latest book, "Journey Well" is now available on Amazon along with all of my inspirational books. 50% of book proceeds are donated to the Massachusetts Resiliency Center, a safe, welcoming space for survivors of the Boston Marathon bombing to heal and stay in touch with one another; a virtual hub for a widely dispersed community whose lives have been impacted by the tragic events of April 15th and the events that followed.

When terror struck the world's oldest and most beloved marathon on April 15, 2013, it was a defining moment in Mary McManus’ life and the lives of all those in Boston and around the world. It was her wake up call to return to the sport and community that have been medicine and a lifeline for her throughout her marathon of healing the late effects of paralytic polio and experiencing 9 years of domestic violence as a child and adolescent. Mary captures the essence of Boston Strong through her experience of the 2014 Boston Marathon and as she profiles the people who are Boston Stronger. Through her blog posts, poems and journal entries woven together with excerpts from her memoir, “Coming Home: A Memoir of Healing, Hope and Possibility,” you will experience, through one woman’s journey of transformation and healing, that no matter what happens to us, we can all learn to journey well.

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