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My Story…

I took up running about 20 years ago as a form of physical exercise. Over time, running has become so much more than that to me. I find it to be equally beneficial for my spiritual and emotional state. I am up for the challenge of running my 5th half marathon in May. I will be running in memory of my daughter, Abby, who died on December 1, 2010, after a brief battle with a Glioblastoma brain tumor at the young age of 6. It is Abby and so many other children lost too soon, along with their families, who will inspire and motivate me to complete this distance. As part of the Sunflower Striders team, I have set an aggressive goal of raising $10,210.16 ($1000 per year that Abby has been gone, 210 is her birthdate and 16 for what would be her upcoming birthday) in support of the Prayers From Maria Foundation and their mission to raise awareness and funding for pediatric cancer research. Thank you for the impactful donation to end pediatric brain cancer! Finish line, here I come!

Donate to help Laurie raise money for Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon’s fundraising campaign.


Recent donors

Donation date Donor name Donation amount
May 16 Katie Durkalski $54.43
May 10 Stephanie Waldron Congratulations and Happy Mothers Day to you Laurie! You are amazing! xo $27.68
May 10 Audrey & Olivia Kavanaugh $107.94
May 10 Theresa Eversole Laurie I am amazed by your strength, faith, perseverance and love for others. $54.43
May 10 Lauren Klasmeier We are so happy to celebrate Lauren turning sweet 16 today! We wish Abby had been given the same chance! Thanks for fighting for other kids $108.11
May 09 Tricia Vondenbrink $27.68
May 09 Anonymous $54.43
May 09 Jeff, Laurie & Emma Grace Streszoff $1,071.12
May 09 Heidi Berardinis $268.47
May 09 The Pechota Family $54.43