Musings thankyou

Published on March 18th, 2014 | by karlyn


Thank You

When you enter the Boston Marathon as a part of a charity team, you make a commitment to raising a minimum amount of $4,000 (or more, depending on who you are fundraising for). If you don’t reach your minimum, you owe the difference. Having never raised more than $1,000 for anything in my life, that goal made me a bit nervous. But this morning, I officially hit $4,100 worth of donations.

So in honor of this milestone, I want to say a big thank you to everyone that has helped me get there.

First off, I have to thank my husband Victor, who’s been a constant source of encouragement and inspiration from the moment I woke him up at 5am on his day off to tell him that I had been selected to be on the marathon team and he rolled back over and said to himself “I’m so glad I didn’t sign up for that. Good decision Vic”. He believes in me more than I believe in myself most days.

To my mother, Joann, who is my single biggest donor (so far). Thank you for liking and sharing every single one of my Facebook status messages (sometimes multiple times) and for planning to come up and be in Boston for the marathon to keep Victor company while I am out on the course.

To C. Daniel, who made an extremely generous donation very early on in my fundraising efforts. That gift alone gave me the confidence and faith to know that I could meet this milestone.

To Tom, who made a $153 donation to someone he had never met before. That gift came at a moment when I was feeling just generally down about my ability to meet this milestone and it really revived me in regards to fundraising, and reminded me what I was doing it for.

To Jess, my Dana-Farber teammate for Boston and fellow slow running marathon junkie. She gave the gift that pushed me over the top but more than that, I probably wouldn’t have had the courage to run if it hadn’t been for her. She unexpectedly got into the New York City marathon last year and ran it anyway because it’s the New York City marathon and you can’t turn that down! She was one of the first people I emailed when I found out I made the team and here was her response.


To Katy, one of my best friends in the world, who has always been there to support me through thick and thin. I don’t get to hang out as much as I would like to these days, but I really don’t know what I would do without you.

To all of my aunts and uncles that have donated – Dan and Donna, Gilles and Sue, Jean, and Rich – thank you for always being willing to support a cause when I’ve asked.

To the kittens – ColB, Cynde, Georgy, Karen, Lori, Rachel, Susan, Shelley, and Robin. I never really had much desire to have a one or two female friends, let alone a proverbial harem. But you women have been my rock for the better part of the last two years. You’ve been there anytime I needed to complain about something, any time I needed a pick me up, and every time I had good news to share. I love each and every one of you.

I have to give special shoutout to Robin, because when I told the group that I was got picked for this but I wasn’t sure if I could do it, she wrote something that I literally printed it out and have hung on my wall at work to this day for inspiration:



And speaking of work…to all of my Eduventures colleagues – Bill, Steve, Ashley, Catherine, Hallie, Ken, Laura, Les, Megan, and Tom. I genuinely love coming into work every single day because the people I work with make it worth traveling down from New Hampshire at the crack of dawn to spend the day in the city. You are the best colleagues I have had in my career – through good times and bad, I wouldn’t change it for anything.

To all of my HighEdWeb friends – Andrew, Chris, Curtiss, Dave T., David O., Deb M. ,Debra S., Donna, Jake, Michael R., Michelle, Mike H, Patti, and Sven. I’m so privileged to be a part of this amazing community of professionals. I can’t wait to see you all in Portland!

To Lisa, who always kept her spirit up and a giant smile on her face. The journey I watched you make from afar was inspiring.

To Kyle and Heather – You two are my absolute favorite couple. Kyle, I’m so glad that we met and had that 6 hour IM conversation all those years ago. You’re one of the absolute smartest people I know and I can’t wait until that next time that we can hang out and have a beer or two.

To Terri, who has always been there with a kind word of encouragement, a smile, and who (along with my mother) likes all of the pictures I post of the dogs on Facebook. Thank you for being a friend all these years later.

To my Higher Ed Open Mic friends Amma and Jason – the passion that you two bring to what you do is amazing. I hope I’ll see you along the marathon route at some point!

To Bonnie, Bruce, Cheryl, Jaimie R., Jamie K, Jessica, Kieu, Mary Helen, Mindy, and Paul – your support means the world. Thank you!

To Robert of – such a thrill to get an unsolicited donation from one of my favorite sites! Thank you…and yes, I’m going to use that discount code you sent :-)

To “Tragic Sandwich” (you know who you are!), thank you for always having a kind word of encouragement.

To Dylan, my (former) higher ed friend, you have been such an inspiration. #hustleishype

To Tonya B. – I can’t wait to wear the names of your sister and your son on my singlet in the race. Thank you.

To Vicki T. – I hope that one day, I become the runner you are!

To Jillian – You’re truly one of the kindest people I’ve had the pleasure of meeting. Thank you!

To Jordan – I miss your laugh all the time. Thank you so much for not one, but two donations!

To Kristen F. – You are a true role model and I can’t wait to see you at the marathon!

And your name isn’t on the list, there’s still time to make a gift! Let’s get it up to $5,000 before April 21.

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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.

One Response to Thank You

  1. Robin2go says:

    Proof positive that whatever you put out on the internets comes back to haunt you… ;D Actually, I’ve never meant anything more, Karlyn. So proud of what you’ve been able to do, even though you weren’t sure about it. We all know you can rock this; you just needed a firm, well placed boot to the butt. The rest is all you. Obvs.

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