My Journey To My First Marathon

Breanna Morello

I met Peri Finkelstein through a mutual friend of ours a while back. Peri instantly blew me away and I knew we would be life long friends when I heard her personal story. Peri was born with a rare form of Muscular Dystrophy. She maybe confined to a wheelchair and ventilator but Peri is unstoppable. She sees no boundaries and trains as hard as any athlete for the Lifetime Miami Marathon.

I knew I wanted to contribute and become apart of this inspirational movement but I did not know how. Peri and her mother, Lori have motivated me to participate with Peri in the Lifetime Miami Marathon this January. Chai Lifeline is a wonderful organization dedicated to helping very sick children and their families. Peri has raised over $400,000 for Chai Lifeline so far.

Chai Lifeline is a wonderful organization that provides year–round emotional, social, and financial support to more than 4,500 children and their families every year. Chai Lifeline´s programs and activities change their lives forever, returning joy and hope and enabling them to live full and happy lives despite the presence of illness. Its most famous program is Camp Simcha and its sister camp, Camp Simcha Special. Every year these two camps offer 450 kids a chance to forget about illness and just be kids again. To get a better idea of what Chai Lifeline does for families, please watch the videos below. I know they will touch your heart the way they touched mine.

Training is not easy but when you are running with Peri Finkelstein there is no excuses. Peri was once told that she would never walk and that therapy was useless. She is a warrior and has participated in six marathons so far.

This journey will not be easy but I have set a reasonable goal for myself. I would like to raise $5,000 for Chai Lifeline. I am extremely grateful for any support I can get. Please assist in helping Peri fulfill her dream of raising as much money as she can for Chai Lifeline. If you could donate raffle items as well, that would be a great help. Please email me!

Best- Breanna



raised of $5,000 goal


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3. James Duquette
4. Amanda Kannengeiser
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5. Valdemar Sobrevilla
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6. Michael Medvin
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