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Cure JM Foundation

Cure JM 2012 Annual Conference and Fundraising Event (including Charity Running Team) Baltimore, Maryland

Donations as of December 18, 2014:

$0.00 Raised Offline
$7,692.29 Raised Online
$7,692.29 Total Raised

Team Morgan

September 2008 marked a new beginning for my family -- entry into a club of extraordinary children with amazing resilience and courage. That point marked the beginning of our journey with juvenile dermatomyositis -- a journey that continues for us to this day.

Prior to that point, our daughter Morgan was a healthy pre-teen with normal problems -- what to wear, who to hang out with, when the next Twilight book would come out. In September 2008, her eyelids turned red and her face started to swell. She struggled getting up from sitting and laying down and she stopped walking up stairs all together. After 3 trips to the dermatologist, 7 trips to the pediatrician, an introduction to her pediatric rheumatologist fondly known as Dr. Lisa, an MRI and a muscle biopsy, Morgan was diagnosed with Juvenile Dermatomyositis (JDM). And that was only the beginning.

JDM is an insideous, incurable autoimmune disease that has changed Morgan and our family forever. She takes 32 pills a day, weekly chemo shots, and gets IV steroids and IVIG every 3 weeks. These infusions are day long infusions that give her migraines and leave her feeling racked for days. Although she struggles everyday with the rigors and realities of this disease, she has hopes and dreams of college and life beyond this disease. Morgan's mantra: "While I have Juvenile Dermatomyositis, it does not define me. I will not let this disease beat me."  

For many children with JDM, it's a challenge to simply stand up or sit down. CureJM is a grass roots organization founded, created and managed by families of children with Juvenile Myositis. This rare disease affects approximately 2-4 children out of a million. There is very little incentive for the drug companies to do research to find a cure. CureJM's goal is to never let another child like Morgan suffer with Juvenile Myositis.

To get closer to this goal, I'm asking you to donate money to CureJM and sponsor my run in the Baltimore Marathon. I ran the Austin Marathon in 2010 and raised over $11,000. This money was instrumental in helping to fund research to find a cure. All the money that I have raised to date goes directly to funding research to find a cure. Please help me reach this goal and get closer to putting an end to this disease.

Supporters

Comment Donation
Phil Hesser
$105.00
Debra Alexander Way to go Kelly!! Great JOB!!! Let's CURE JM!!!
$100.00
Anne and Mike
$100.00
Jennie Sparrow and Dave Lowenthal Good luck Kelly! Thoughts are with you all!
$100.00
anonymous
$250.00
Mom and Dad We love you!
$200.00
Hank
$262.00
Legg Family
$100.00
Gordon Kindlmann
$50.00
Lynda & Alex Vinot Go Kelly!
$20.00
Christine Cuicchi Good luck, Kelly, and love to you and Morgan and the whole family!
$50.00
The Kessler's Good luck, Kelly! Miss seeing y'all.
$25.00
Casey Dean Good Luck Kelly & Thank YOU!!! We couldn't make it this year.
$50.00
Melanie Haigh-Hutchinson
$100.00
Sree
$250.00
Gina Bogucki In honor of Brielle Buntin. Go Kelly!
$20.00
Anonymous
$100.00
Phani and Raghu Machiraju We wish you all the strength and luck on all the various journeys thrust upon you.
$50.00
Brian and Yvonne Strandtman Sending all our love to the Gaither family
$150.00
Liz Merrill Go Kelly!
$10.00
Sean, Sam, Oscar and Colette
$200.00
Ed Luke and Xiaoling Tong
$200.00
Sean Bell Run like the wind...see you all soon
$200.00
Cockerill Family Lots of love from our family to yours!
$200.00
Vaike You go, Kelly! I am so inspired by your work to make finding a cure a reality.
$50.00
Mark Gaither Give'em he'll and never quit.
$250.00
Shauna and Dan Upp
$100.00
InĂªs Dutra Dear Kelly, I really hope there is a cure for JM in the very near future. Pls, do not strain your body in this marathon. All the best!
$200.00
Theresa Boisseau
$100.00
Todd Needham
$100.00
Kory Thank you for running for me!
$10.00
The Kirk Family can't wait to be onsite to support you!
$200.00
Lynda and Norman Gaither
$300.00
Lisa Petiniot Kelly - I will double my original donation of $300 if you run half-marathon instead of full marathon. I want you to save your knees! :)
$5.00

$5.00
Dean Nobles
$20.00

$420.00
Greg Foss and family
$100.00
Egerton family
$100.00
In Memory of Lucy Hempel
$240.00
Karla Vega Love team Morgan :)
$100.00
Janie Bushn Love you Morgan!
$100.00
Anonymous
$100.00
Steve Mock
$200.00
Francesca and Greg A
$250.00
Angie and Greg Johnson
$100.00
Elizabeth Leake Red-Heads Rule!!! Go Team Gaither!!! XOXO
$100.29
Jay Boisseau TEAM GAITHER!
$500.00
Eric and Denise Sills
$250.00
David and Gigi Bird You go, Team Gaither
$100.00

Donation Summary

Raised Offline
$0
Raised Online
$7,692
Total Raised
$7,692