Brian Chesteen's GSF SMA Fundraising Page


Brian Chesteen's GSF SMA Fundraising Page

Brian Chesteen's GSF SMA Fundraising Page

UPDATE:  As of 1/10/2016 I DID IT!

48.6 miles of races in 4 days and my first full marathon!

Please honor my effort by donating to this great cause!


Thank you for visiting my fundraising page!

At the end of 2013 I tipped the scales at 325 lbs.  I estimate that my maximum weight had been somewhere around 340 lbs.  On January 6th 2014 I changed my life forever and over the course of the next year I lost approximately 135lbs and took up the sport of recreational running.  As of 12/12/2015 I have logged over 1325 miles of running and have competed in 24 official races: 11ea 5k's, 2ea 8k's, 5ea 10k's, a 15k, a 10miler, and 4ea 13.1 mile half marathons.

I am a challenge driven person by nature.  The past year has been such a huge success for me personally that I found myself looking for the next challenge to tackle.  I thought and prayed long and hard about this and decided that I was going to set a much higher goal for myself in 2016 and that is to complete the Run Disney "Dopey Challenge" at Disney World in January of 2016.  

The Dopey Challenge is to run a 5k on Thursday, 10k on Friday, Half Marathon on Saturday and a Full Marathon on Sunday for a grand total of 48.6 miles in four days!

Once commiting to this challenge my mind then turned to how I could use this personal journey in some way to help others.  There are many worthy charitable causes one can raise money for.  Run Disney typically has several charitable organizations one can partner with and we are constantly made aware of the needs of others thru today's social media outlets and multimedia.  There are so many choices that it can be overwhelming to try and pick one.

My decision to partner with the Gwendolyn Strong Foundation was determined by several factors.  First and formost is that I have a friend and co-worker who has a daughter the same age as my youngest daugher that was born with SMA Type I. A Type-1 child in SMA terms is considered the most severe and also terminal.  Life expectancy is around two years but this child was born to an amazing couple of parents that have devoted their life to giving their child the best life and experiences possible.  Their diligent love, care and attention for their daugher has allowed her to beat the odds as she recently turned 6 and is full of life and personality!  Learn more about this amazing girl and her awesome family here:

Secondly I wanted to make sure that the money I raised was going to be used in an efficient and effective manner.  We hear so many horror stories these days about how donated funds are squandered and misused.   My research into the Gwendolyn Strong Foundation revealed an organization that does the right things with the money they raise.

And last but not least is the fact that the GSF uses a motto that I have used in my personal and professional life for many years: "NEVER GIVE UP."


I want to call upon all my friends, family, co-workers and acquaintances to honor my efforts by donating to such a great cause as the Gwendolyn Strong Foundation


Once again all monies raised by this effort will be donated to the Gwendolyn Strong Foundation to help fight SMA!

Donating through this website is simple, fast and totally secure. It is also the most efficient way to support my fundraising efforts.

Many thanks for your support -- and don't forget to forward this to anyone who you think might want to donate too!


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