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Published on March 13th, 2014 | by karlyn


Just $1

This morning, I received $153 donation from someone I had never met. I emailed him to thank him and find out the significance of the number. He replied that he had been diagnosed with cancer three years ago, but thankfully an operation was all that was required. He had friends and family who were not as lucky, but Dana-Farber had always been there to help. He posted on his Facebook that he would donate $1 to a Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge participant for every like that post got. He was disappointed that it only got 53 likes, but one person commented that she wished she could like it 100 times. He made the donation to me because we happen to live in the same town.

It was a great way to kick off the day and actually kind of jived with something I had been thinking about trying. I have thousands and thousands of contacts online – what if all of them donated just $1? That would be thousands of dollars that would go towards innovative basic cancer research.

So today, I have two asks of you:

First, just donate $1. Less than you would pay for a cup of coffee. Because if you donate just $1, and that’s combined with a ton of other donations of just $1, that’s still a lot of money, and it’s something that everyone can afford to do.

Share this post: To follow in Tom’s spirit, I will donate $1 of my own money for each of the following, up to $500:

  • I will donate $1 for every share this post gets on Facebook
  • I will donate $1 for every tweet this post gets with the hashtag #krb14
  • I will donate $1 for every new like I get on the Karlyn Runs Boston Facebook pageĀ 

And remember, if you can afford to donate more, I humbly ask you to do what you can. Every cent goes directly to support Dana-Farber’s work on innovative basic cancer research. Individuals who donate $50 or more will be able to honor a friend or loved one who has battled cancer – I will wear their name on my running singlet during the Boston Marathon.

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I'm a non-runner (i.e. a proudly slow runner) training to run the world's most famous marathon. This will be my third marathon, and second Boston Marathon in a row. I will be running as a part of the Dana-Farber Marathon Team and will be raising money for the Claudia Adams Barr Program in Innovative Cancer Research. Follow my journey by joining my mailing list, following me on Twitter or on Facebook.

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