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Jack McLaughlin is Running with a purpose!

Two years ago, I was diagnosed with Ameloblastoma, a tumor in my maxilla or upper jaw.  I was told at that time, the only treatment was to remove about 1/3 of my upper jaw (including six teeth), my cheek bone, a portion of the hard palate (roof of my mouth), and a small portion of my eye socket.  To say the least, I was speechless.  On May 6, 2010 (two years ago to the day of the half marathon), I underwent a 13 hour surgery at the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC).  The surgery consisted of two teams of doctors.  The first team was led by Dr. Jeffrey Wolf who was responsible for removing the tumor and affected bone; the second was led by Dr. Andrew Salama (now with Boston University) who was responsible for rebuilding my jaw, cheek, hard palate, and eye socket using approximately 10 inches of the fibula and tissue from my left leg.  After a few days in intensive care (the nurses were amazing) and 3 days in step down, I was released to come home (a day before my youngest son’s Senior Prom).  My story doesn’t stop there.  On the one year anniversary of my surgery, I was back in the hospital for my 5th surgery (out of 8) to remove a small piece of the tumor that had been missed during the initial surgery. 

Now two years later, 30 pounds lighter, and in relatively good shape, I’ve decided the perfect way for me to celebrate my two year anniversary is to “give back” to the doctors, nurses, and hospital that saved my life.  In addition to Drs. Wolf and Salama, I need to thank Dr. Joshua Lubek, Dr. Bryan Ambro, and Dr. Carl Driscoll.  I must also thank my wonderful wife Anne for the love, care and support she continues to provide; my sons David and Ian for their encouragement; my best friend Gary Armentrout for his daily visits and soup (that’s about all I could eat for a while), our extended family and friends in Catonsville (too many to mention), all the teachers and staff at CHS and my co-workers at CCBC.

I’m running this half marathon not only for what UMMC has done for me and my family, but for others (we all know someone) that have been diagnosed with cancer and other tumors.  I’ve set a goal of $1,000.  Please help me not only reach, but shatter this goal.

Thank you for your support!


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Gaby Fishpaw is Running with a purpose! Read her story below
I am running in the Maryland Half Marathon on May 6th, 2012 to support the University of MD Greenebaum Cancer Center and in honor of my Mom, Margrith.

After a 14 year remission, my Mom's bladder cancer returned but this time at Stage IV. Despite the struggles during her treatment, fortunately, her treatment plan is working so far and she is very motivated to get well!

The Greenebaum Cancer Center is a National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center located in Baltimore, Maryland, and is in the top tier of centers nationwide for cancer research and patient care. My Mom is being treated at Utah Cancer Specialists, another great center, near her home in Salt Lake City, Utah.

We all know someone touched by cancer and understand the on-going resources that are needed. I hope you will support me as I raise funds for the Greenebaum Cancer Center and in honor of my Mom. Together, we can all make a difference.

Thank you for your support!

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Corinne Krikstan is Running with a Purpose!

In November, we learned my dad's rectal cancer had returned, this time Stage IV metastisis to the liver. My dad spent months prior trying to get the proper tests and diagnosis from a local hospital. When we realized the seriousness of the recurrence, we contacted the Greenebaum Center.  They accomplished more in one day than the previous oncologist did in 2 months. My dad was assigned to the chief oncology surgeon immediately, met with a team of terrific doctors, and had a treatment plan within a week.  I cannot say enough about the Center, the people and the comfort and confidence they have provided for my family. 

I've never been a runner.  I ran my first Komen 5k after a friend's wife lost her battle with breast cancer.  The following year I ran the MD half relay with Erin Causey as a personal challenge, not because of any true connection to the cause.  And I haven't run 6.5 miles since.  But I'm back this year sadly for a very strong connection to the cause, and I'm going to do my best to run the full half marathon because I can.  I have terrible knees and I'm behind on the training, but I will find my strength in my father who has the most positive outlook and spirit a cancer fighter can have.  In honor of my amazing dad and Zak's grandmother who is battling Ovarian cancer, and in memory of my grandfather and my friend Michael, please support my cause and donate to the Greenebaum Cancer Center.

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Adam Carson is Running with a Purpose!

My story if you know me is a journey that has been very challenging at times and so wonderfully rewarding other times. About 2 years ago I stood on the scale and weighed 310 lbs. I was down and depressed smoking not eating or living right. I knew I needed to change but how? So I began to walk and walk and a few pounds came off.

Then I began to watch my food choices to make sure the foods I was eating were fuel not just wasted calories. Then one day at a time I walked and began going to the gym. And slowly It happened in about a year and 1/2 I have lost 110 lbs and I am back to my weight after high school.

Oh I started running last summer something I would have professed I would never ever do. I love it. It is part of my life 5-6 days per week. I try to run 10-12 mile every Saturday. So my wife Michelle who is a natural runner agrees that any race we compete in should be for something we support and will help others. Fighting Cancer and providing my fellow brothers and sisters of God with top notch care is important to me. I have seen too many good people lost to cancer. It may be a small effort but its how I can give back for all the daily blessings I have been afforded. Who knows me or soemone in my family may need the support one day. SO I ask no I beg that you will donate what you can and help me reach my goal of $1000.00

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Julie Merkin is Running With a Purpose

I'm running in memory of my father, William Merkin (better known as Merk). The last year of his life, I drove him to many appointments at various hospitals, trips which left him physically and emotionally drained.

I considered it a sign when last year I learned of a race benefitting Greenebaum, the site of my last drives with my dad. The amazing doctors and staff and overwhelming sense of order and calm at the Center soothed us both on very dark days.

I know there are many opportunities to contribute to the fight against cancer. If you choose to support me in my run for Merk, 100% of the proceeds from the race go directly to the Greenebaum Cancer Center. I also plan to make a $500 personal donation to maximize the impact I am able to make for an organization I thank from the bottom of my heart.

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