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Whitney Wright Erhlich after running the NYC Marathon in November 2008.

Whitney Wright Erhlich

Before the Mary Claire Satterly Foundation was formed, Carolina Helmick Boersma, Janie Smith and Graham Harrelson spread “MC Spirit” through the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training program. However, the real running began when friends started to run and raise money directly for the Mary Claire Satterly Foundation. In November 2008, Whitney Wright Ehrlich ran 26.2 miles in the NYC Marathon and raised funds for the foundation.

Kate and Ben Keefer ran the Ukrop’s Monument Ave 10k on March 28, 2009 and raised money for the Mary Claire Satterly Foundation.

Kate and Ben Keefer

On April 5th, 2008 in Richmond, Virginia, Kate Keefer and her husband, Ben, ran in the Ukrop’s Monument Ave 10k as an opportunity to get in shape, test their athletic abilities, and raise money for the VCU Cancer Center. It was a rainy day, and folks backed out of the race, but their motivation for the day was them both saying “there are cancer patients that would give anything to run in the rain…we’re running!” What they didn’t realize was their great friend Stephen Satterly’s sister, Mary Claire, was fighting for her life that very same day. One year later, on March 28th 2009, they again successfully completed the Ukrop’s Monument Ave 10k, but this time they raised over $1,000 for the Mary Claire Satterly Foundation.
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Janie Smith / Graham Harrelson / May Burns Run NYC Half Marathon for MCSF!

Janie, May, and Graham

Janie, May, and Graham

On Sunday, August 16th, Janie Smith, Graham Harrelson, and May Burns will run the 2009 NYC Half Marathon (13.1 miles!!!) in support of the Mary Claire Satterly Foundation. They are running this race again this year to honor their dear friend, Mary Claire “MC” Satterly, who died of complications from leukemia on April 7, 2008.

Since last year’s race, they have several highlights to share:

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August 1st, 2009 Amanda Hager and Andi Christenson “Tri-it” for MC in KC!

Andi Christenson and Amanda Hager

Andi Christenson and Amanda Hager

Neither Amanda or Andi have ever participated in a triathlon, but on behalf of the Mary Claire Satterly Foundation, they are going to “Tri-it” for MC. On August 1st, the two will step out of their comfort zone and compete in the WIN for KC Triathlon in Kansas City, Missouri. The main reason they are participating in this is event is to create awareness about the Mary Claire Satterly Foundation and to spread “MCSpirit.”

Good Friends and Co-Workers at Cisco Systems, Inc. Amanda and Andi will Swim, Bike, and Run to the Finish Line! If any other ladies want to participate, let them know – there’s still time for training! They already have a couple of girls signed up with them and can’t wait to meet up in Kansas City. Continue reading →

Dan and Lisa Parker Run Des Moines, IA’s Dam to Dam 5k for MCSF!

Dan and Lisa Parker

Dan and Lisa Parker

Their Story and how they intend to spread “MCSpirit!”

For those of you who have spent anytime with us, I am sure it comes as a little bit of a surprise to you that we are running a 5K!! We are not runners! However, due to our competetive nature, when the idea was posed to us, neither one of us wanted to be the one that declined. So….We have signed up to run the 5k portion of the Dam to Dam race in Des Moines. Continue reading →

Kate Keefer Runs Ukrops’s Monument Ave 10k for MCSF!

Kate and Ben Keefer

Kate and Ben Keefer

Last year Kate and her Husband Ben ran in this 10K as an opportunity to get in shape, test their athletic abilities, and raise money for the VCU Cancer Center.  It was a rainy day, and many folks backed out of the race, but their motivation for the day was them both saying ”there are cancer patients that would give anything to run in the rain…we’re running!”  What they didn’t realize was their great friend Stephen Satterly’s sister, Mary Claire, was fighting for her life that very day.  MC was diagnoised with an agressive type of leukemia and lost her courageous battle only 4 days later, 2 days after our race.  Mary Claire was 27 years old.

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St. Ignatius / Parishoner Easter Memorial Mass

MCSpirit!

MCSpirit!

On April 29th, an Easter Memorial Mass will be held to remember all Parishoners of St. Ignatius or those of family members that passed away in 2008. St. Ignatius will always be a special place, as Mary Claire, her Sister Laura, family and friends often attended Mass together.

To learn more about MC and her faith please click here.

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Young MCSpirit! Philanthropists

In December of 2008,  Mrs. Satterly’s sixth grade students at Forest Hills Middle School in Wilson, NC surprised her with $287.00 that they raised themselves for the Mary Claire Satterly Foundation. In addition, several parents added $ 320.00 to that amount.  100% of their contribution and funds raised will go to help build the Foundation’s first cause, The Mary Claire Satterly Oncology Pediatric Playroom. Mary Claire attended middle school at Forest Hills and was also a student in her mother’s sixth grade class. If you would like to get involved with the MCSF just like the sixth graders at Forest Hills Middle School just click here. Continue reading →

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