Awareness & Fundraising Car Magnets

 Car Magnets can serve a higher purpose when used to bring awareness to an event that will commemorate a beautiful life and further a legacy.

The Runnifer is a 5k run that will help fund the Jennifer Stagnaro Memorial Scholarship. The magnets are a tribute to Jennifer’s love for running and her spirit and to raise awareness for the 5k run that will benefit a Great Valley High School graduating senior headed to college.

Car Magnets for Awareness and Fundraising

Car Magnets for Awareness and Fundraising

Jennifer Stagnaro, was a beautiful, kind, loving person.  Her best and favorite role for the past 15 years, was being a wonderful mother to her three beautiful children – Maggie, Annie and Drew – her greatest joy.  She also was a loving wife, daughter, sister, and friend to so many people who loved her right back.  Tragically, at age 45, she passed away on November 18, 2013, from a sudden cardiac event that occurred while she was out for a run – something else she loved to do.

Lost in their grief over Jennifer’s untimely passing, and looking for a way to honor and remember Jennifer, her family and friends created the Jennifer Stagnaro Memorial Fund.  The fund is designed to raise money to support college scholarships to graduating Great Valley High School students – where her daughter Maggie attends school, and where Annie and Drew will soon attend school.  The scholarship, which started in 2014, is given to a student who reflects the qualities that many most admired in Jennifer – her kindness and generosity, and her commitment to helping others and the community.  A college scholarship seemed an appropriate way to honor Jennifer because of her own background in education – she was a teacher and, more recently, had returned to substitute teaching – and her commitment to education which was reflected in her volunteer work for her children’s schools, the schools’ PTOs, and her passionate work to keep the local school board focused on its mission, even in the fact of challenging economic times.

For more information on the Jennifer Stagnaro Memorial Fund or The Runnifer event, please visit www.therunnifer.com or contact Heather Shirley Lewis at info@therunnifer.com.

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Car Magnets for Cancer Awareness

 

 

Cancer Awareness Car Magnets

Cancer Awareness Car Magnets

Car Magnets for Cancer Awareness and Fundraising
Team CMMD recently had us produce a custom car magnet for their running team. The magnet will be used for two main purposes: to raise awareness for Team CMMD, and to raise money for the American Cancer Society. You can help support Team CMMD by buying one of their magnets.  Just click  on the link at the end of the following blog. Here is their story…

TEAM CMMD — Running Strong. Fighting Cancer.

December 31, 2012—The Beginning
Winter was upon us. I felt fat and tired. Everything hurt—especially my broken heart. My dearest aunt and mentor had just been diagnosed with Stage III colon cancer and was fighting for her life. I can honestly say that was one of the lowest, darkest times of my life.

In a moment of desperation, I started Team CMMD; a charity team to run Philadelphia’s 10 mile Broad Street Run. Our team’s charity was the American Cancer Society, and our original goal was $10,000.

From the day that team was born, amazing things happened. On May 5, 2013, just 126 days after its inception, my team of forty seven runners crossed the Broad Street finish line. Many, many of those 47 had NEVER run a single mile before—in those 126 days, they accomplished more than many of them believed they could.

We had trained for this ten mile race together in mind, body, and most of all spirit. All told, we, with the help of local businesses, family, and friends raised over $65,000 for the American Cancer Society. That translates to 65 colonoscopies, 65,000 occult stool tests, or 650 doctor’s visits—in a word that money SAVED lives by providing screening and treatment for individuals who wouldn’t have received them otherwise. Three of those people had cancerous tumors and they were able to be treated.

My aunt is doing great this year: colostomy and cancer free and back to doing what she does best–doctoring. She just threw her son the most beautiful wedding that was a celebration of so many things–love, life, good health.

Not everyone we ran for was so lucky. Debi M. lost her fight with ocular melanoma at 43. Debi was at the Broad Street finish line cheering for us. She died less than a month later. She left behind 5 kids and a devastated husband. Joe D., who supported our team endlessly, now is nearing the end of his eight year battle with colo-rectal cancer. Rosella W. battled a ruthless breast cancer bravely for three years but lost her fight just days after we ran Broad Street. Her last words to me were “I don’t want to die, Christine.” Those words haunt me. I cannot sit back and watch cancer do its evil without doing something…can you?

Year Two

This year our goal is big…but not bigger than the brutality and mercilessness of cancer.

100 Runners. 10 miles. $100,000. We’ve surpassed our runners goal with 152. We’re training individually and doing weekly group runs—even in the extreme cold and snow this winter. We’re raising funds and raising awareness, and now that we’ve got an official logo, we’re selling car magnets to enhance our fundraising efforts.

At our last group run, our cars filled the parking lot at our meeting spot. Someone stopped us on the trail and asked us who we were and what we were doing. When we told him, he said, “I knew it had something to do with those magnets.”

If you’d like to buy a magnet to support our team, please visit http://www.payitsquare.com/collect-page/23723
If you’d like to make a direct donation to our team, please visit http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR/DetermiNation/DNFY11PA?team_id=1550029&pg=team&fr_id=62089
Thank you so much for your consideration.
Christine Meyer, MD
Exton, Pennsylvania