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THE MGH INSTITUTE OF HEALTH PROFESSIONS, INC.

Boston Marathon 2011 Boston,  Massachusetts
Training buddies: Andrew Hudson, Anne Martin

Donations as of September 21, 2014:

$250.00 Raised Offline
$9,652.09 Raised Online
$9,902.09 Total Raised

Boston Marathon 2011 for Chris Norman Education Fund

(***Please read below r.e. new donation match proposal!***)

Hello friends and family! My name is Janis. Many of you know me as a triathlete and avid swimmer, but this April I will be running my first full marathon through the great metropolis of Boston!

I am running in memory of Chris Norman (the handsome chap to the right), one of my classmates from the University of Maine and  MGH Institute of Health Professions (where we both graduated in 2007.) Sadly, Chris' life was cut short this past November at the age of 28. He is greatly missed by countless friends and family.

Our graduating class of 2007 was a very tight-knit crew. We were a team. We laughed, cried and grew together during some of the most trying academic years of our lives. Chris was a huge part of what made our class unique and memorable. After hearing of Chris' tragic death, we knew we needed to do something big to celebrate his life. We also wanted to create something that would have a lasting impact, so we could continue to keep him alive in our hearts and minds forever.

Just a month before he died, while in school to finish his PhD in Communication Sciences and Disorders, Chris completed his first  full marathon  (with a very impressive time, no less). Chris was very bright, and always strived for excellence in everything that he did. As such, my classmates and I have committed to raising a minimum of $10,000 to establish the Chris Norman '07 Education Fund at the MGH Institute, and have identified one of his classmates (that'd be me) to run a marathon as a way to raise these funds.

We thought, what better way to honor his spirit, than to achieve academic and athletic greatness in parallel. And what better place than to do it, than the city where we met Chris, which just so happens to host the most infamous marathon of all - The Boston Marathon. 

The Chris Norman Fund will support a variety of educational activities in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, with emphasis on addressing issues around stuttering -- a condition that Chris not only overcame but which fueled his desire to help others as a speech-language pathologist.

Please take a moment to make a donation, and wish me luck on April 18, 2011 when I run the Boston Marathon for Chris.

***The Norman family has generously offered to match donations for the Christopher Norman Educational Fund. You will notice that our original fund raising goal of $5,000 has increased to $10,000. Explanation as follows:

Once we have met the $5,000 mark, the Norman family will match the donations up to $5,000. This means that if we raise $6,000 ($1,000 over $5,000), the family will donate an additional $1,000. If we raise $8,000 ($3,000 over $5,000), then the Norman family will donate $3,000.  Imagine if we were to raise $10,000, the match would increase the fund to $15,000!  Every dollar donated will help us receive these matching funds. Many thanks to Rich and Ann.***

Donating through this website is simple, fast and totally secure. It is also the most efficient way to support my fundraising efforts. I sincerely thank you for your support -- and don't forget to forward this to anyone who you think might want to donate too!

Janis 07'


Click the video link posted at right to see how MGH Institute alumni are "Making a Difference" every day in the lives of the people they care for.


 


Supporters

Comment Donation
Rachel Maloney Hawkins Congratulations! Love you Chris!
$50.00
Zack Pike Great job reaching and exceeding the goal
$50.00
Jen Jackson Good luck this weekend!
$10.00
Andrea Q and all who donated to the memory book... Good Luck Janis!
$150.00
Uncle Chris, Aunt Susan & kids Thank You Janis. You are a Winner to us!
$50.00
Jason Hilt
$10.00
Allison and Tyler Best of luck!
$50.00
Tom Horan Good Luck!
$10.00
melissa boik Good luck lady! Miss him everyday..
$25.00
Debbie Kearney Good luck on your run in honor of Chris!
$25.00
Janis Greim Thank you everyone! We love you Chris!
$26.20
Amanda Blastow
$200.00
Kate Norman You are amazing! See you Monday. :)
$50.00
Danielle Smith Best wishes to all involved with this project!
$50.00
Susan & Bill Lippman Best of luck!
$50.00
StŠ¹fan Cauwenbergs for ever in my memory
$100.00
Stacie Barlow Best of Luck Janis!
$25.00
Clifton Greim
$150.00
Krista D'Amour Good luck!
$50.00
Shane & Beth Davis
$10.00
Vicky Sin Good luck, Janis!
$50.00
Kristen Mitchell Go Janis!
$50.00
Kimmy Run!.............
$25.00
Anonymous
$10.00
J. & Margaret G. Thx for doing this- we loved our sweet nephew
$100.00
Tiffany Good luck!
$100.00
Brenda Clark, BMC faculty in Nebraska Good luck and thank you for your efforts!
$25.00
Clare, Nate, and Rachael Good luck Janis!
$70.00
Lauren Run Janis, run!
$40.00
Justin Smith Good Luck!
$10.00
Marc L Good Luck. I met Chris while staying with MIchelle
$25.00
Chris and Mary Go Janis!! We are very proud of you!
$50.00
Jan Conley You will love it, Janis! What a great honor!
$20.00
Angela Halleck
$10.00
Abby Chris would be so proud of you Janis!
$25.00
Mark LaFrance Good luck Janis!
$25.00
Brian Thank you for doing this!
$100.00
Meghan O'Brien Chris will always be missed! Good luck, Janis!
$25.00
Andrea, Nick, Declan, and Kiely
$100.00
The Jamieson Family Good luck Janis! Great cause!!!
$25.00
John Zanchi
$25.00
The Zanchis Good luck and thx for honoring Chris' memory.
$50.00
Matt For Michelle's roomate and friend
$50.00
Meredith Bosley Go Janis Go! it will be an amazing day!
$25.00
Aunt Kathy, Uncle Tim and boys Good Luck Janis! We will be there marathon monday.
$50.00
Chris Rigopulos
$126.00
Myles O'Toole Much Love from all the O'Toole's, best of Luck!!
$150.00
Uncle Tim, Aunt Marjory and kids We hope to be there, cheering you on!
$100.00
Mike Monteiro
$25.00
Yuliya Metelitsa-Moss Good luck!
$30.00

Donation Summary

Raised Offline
$250
Raised Online
$9,652
Total Raised
$9,902
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