Remembering Tripp Roth

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On March 4th, 2012, I ran in my first half marathon. The driving force behind me was the story of Tripp Roth. Tripp passed away during my training, but we carried on with the fundraising and mission to raise awareness of EB, the terrible disease that took his life one year ago today.

This picture represents one of the happiest, humbling and most fulfilling days of my life…some of “Team Tripp” gathered together after the run. These are just a few of the people who came together and helped me raise $50,000 for EB research and to help families dealing with similar challenges (my initial goal was $5,000). I ran the race, but MORE THAN 700 PEOPLE DONATED to the cause. It was amazing and, for me, life changing. There is a lot of good in this world. I’m planning to run the same half marathon again next month, again in Tripp’s honor. If you haven’t already, check out Courtney’s blog (Tripp’s mom). She’s incredible.

‘Team Tripp’ at the CCC

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It was another good showing for ‘Team Tripp’ at the Crescent City Classic. And it’s not too late to donate!

Visit RunningForTripp.com to help make a difference in the fight against EB.

Thanks to Half Marathon Donors

I’ve already written about the remarkable community response to my half marathon run in memory of Tripp Roth, but I wanted to specifically mention a couple of things.

First, nearly 600 people have donated almost $45,000. We’re going to keep raising money on the same page through the Crescent City Classic on April 7th. ‘Team Tripp’ will rock the streets of New Orleans once again.

Second, some area businesses were a big part of the fundraising effort. Massage Envy Spa led the way with a $2,500 donation. Owner Brian Grenrood contacted me early on and wanted to be part of this. He helped get the ball rolling.

Also assisting in a big way were WDSU-TV, The Lemoine Company, Brenan Compretta’s Allstate Insurance, Faux Pas Prints and Simply Fit – Old Metairie.

The largest single contribution came anonymously — $10,000 — two days before the half marathon.

Thanks to everyone who donated. You’re helping make a difference.

[PHOTO] Team Tripp

Rock n Roll Half Marathon: Race Day!

Ten weeks of training later, race day is finally here! I can’t begin to explain how much nervous energy I’m ready to burn off and how excited I am about this run.

Once the race gets started, I’ll have plenty of time to reflect on the hundreds of people who donated to this fundraising effort during the past 67 days. What a remarkable outpouring of support. As I type this post, the total money raised is nearly $42,000 (including a $10,000 anonymous donation on Friday). The online donation page will stay open for a few more weeks, so there is still plenty of time to donate.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart to everyone who has donated.

Remember, I started this fundraiser with a goal of $5,000. It didn’t take long for it to take on a life of its own.

I look forward to seeing all the red Team Tripp shirts on the route bright and early this morning!

Half Marathon: Help Me Raise Money!

If you have a healthy child…or two or three, please read this. I have two and feel like this is the best way I can help. You can help, too.

I’ve decided to run my first half marathon for Tripp Roth, the little boy in Ponchatoula who suffers from a rare genetic skin disease called EB (Epidermolysis Bullosa) or the worst disease you’ve never heard of.

Tripp has lost eyesight and speech from scarring, breathes with the help of a tracheal tube and takes sedatives to get through the three hours it takes to bathe him every other day. His entire body is wrapped in protective bandages. Tripp hasn’t played outside in more than a year and his mom Courtney spends her days inside their Ponchatoula home, holding him in a rocking chair.

My goal is to raise $5,000 for Debra of America and increase EB awareness. 

Please read Tripp’s heart-wrenching story then visit my fundraising page. No child should have to deal a disease like EB.

Thanks in advance for your support…and help me spread the word!

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