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Stevens Johnson Syndrome Foundation

Chicago Marathon Chicago, Illinois

Donations as of October 10, 2015:

$70.00 Raised Offline
$2,460.00 Raised Online
$2,530.00 Total Raised

Chicago Marathon

For those of you that don't know, I almost lost my wife Tanja twice in a span of two months back in late 2009-early 2010.

Her first life-threatening illness was viral encephalitis, and the second was Stevens Johnson Syndrome.  Most people have heard of encephalitis, but Stevens Johnson Syndrome is less well known, which is why I chose it as the charity for my race.

SJS or TENS  is a very painful and traumatic illness that burns the skin from the inside out, and often does severe damage to the skin and eyes.  Tanja was fortunate that hers was caught early and she had excellent doctors at Loyola, but many people aren't as lucky.  

I'm running my first marathon, in an attempt to raise as much money as possible for the Stevens Johnson Syndrome Foundation.  Thanks for giving to this worthy cause!

I've included a video of one woman's journey after contracting the disease.  It is an example of how damaging it can be.  Tanja was lucky that hers was caught early on!

Here is a link to an SJS/TENS fact sheet describing the symptoms and effects:


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Mary Gaido
Jen Miska Good luck Mike!
Aaron, Stacey,Bob & Nikki Atkins
Kevin Sousa Good Luck Mr.Murray!
Sandy Mech Good luck!!!!!
DiBraccio Family Best of luck this weekend
Lisa and Scott Thyer Sorry this is late! Despite our current paper ball throwing war, I think this and you are pretty awesome! Don't forget the body glide! ;)

John Fagan Mike good luck with the race and remember to lube your nipples
Erin Liss Sorry this is so late--I've been meaning to do this for a few weeks now! Good luck Sunday!
Erik and Steph Johnson way to go little bro :)
Gail Petrenko
The Obrocks yay...pushing you over the $2,000 mark. AWESOME job, Mike. Best wishes for Sunday!!
Good Luck Mike!!!! Love June and Joe
Jen and Rico Good luck!
Helen Caccomo Best wishes to Mike & Tanya
Harriet Prodanich
C Czajka
Felicia Fig
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tom harford good luck mike!!
Dimitri Karas Reach that goal!!
Marya Baron Rock on!
David McGraw
Colleen Hayes Love!!!
Chris Albores What an important cause! Very aware that we are so blessed to have Tanja with us. We will be cheering for you at the finish line!
The Birkett Family Good Luck Mike!
Mary Best of luck Mike! Good luck training for the big day:)
Charles Pilcher
Heather Bates
Laurie Rapinchuk Good luck and God bless.
Laura Host Right there with ya, buddy! We can do this!
Suzan Atallah Good Luck, Mike!
Melissa Kopinski
Emily Ninnemann Go Mr. Murray!
Lindsey Nelson Good luck, Mr. Murray!
Carol Flores Good Luck Mike.
Dan Zielinski Good Luck!!
Helen Callahan
Diane & Jack Doyle Good for it, Mikie!
The Bowen Family Good luck, Mike! Have a great race!
Katie Sherman Mr. Murray, you were one of my favorite Stagg teachers and I think that what you're doing is awesome. Best of luck to you!
Lisa Paturzo I'll be cheering for ya on Taylor St!
Mindaugas Asipauskas I wish you guys best of luck, and good luck on the marathon.
The Raymond Family

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