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Money Raised
Team Fundraising Goal: $2,017.00
Total Raised: $51,100.00

Members Recruited
Recruitment Goal: 50
Members Recruited: 206

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Growing up I loved to run. From the age of 10, I ran a 3 mile loop daily with my family. In high school that changed to track, in college to long runs with friends, and after college back to the 3 to 5 mile run with my family or later my fiancé. In January 2016, I started to have difficulty running and over the course of a year I went from running every day to being unable to walk on my own.

“Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” Mark 11:24. Each time we went to an appointment, we had to be reminded that “we live by faith, not by sight” 2 Corinthians 5:7. On June 20, 2016, my diagnosis was confirmed. A well recognized, highly empathic, expert in the field told me that given my atypical characteristics, and rapid progression, he expected that within three months I would need to use breathing and feeding tubes. He stated that, while most patients with ALS pass away within 2 to 5 years, he expected that I had at most a year from the date of diagnosis. He said that I could expect my speech to go away, to lose my ability to chew and swallow on my own, and that eventually I will lose the ability to breathe.

“Then the Lord said, ‘Pick up your mat and walk'” John 5:8. I have not been healed yet. At this point, two separate highly known medical facilities diagnosed me with ALS. I was told that I had one to five years to live and I have watched myself lose the ability to run, walk, cut my food, type, dress myself, bathe myself, and speak in the way that I have my entire life. I came to accept that people look at me with pity when they see me struggle to walk, talk, eat, and breathe. It is an effort to go out in public, beyond my close circle of friends and family, because seeing the pity can make me sad and ashamed. That said, I know and have complete faith that I will be healed in Jesus Christ's name.

At times, when I am extra tired and struggle even more, my mother reminds me that faith can come from your family and your friends. That God put them in place to help us, so they can lift us up here when we can’t feel His hands reach. One concrete example of this is in Luke when the man’s friends literally lowered him down through the roof so that Jesus could reach him to be healed; “Then he said to him, "Rise and go; your faith has made you well (Luke 17:19)." I am so blessed with a wonderful husband, amazing family and friends who are my feet when I can’t walk, my hands when they fail me, and provide me sustenance when I am weak.

My life, like this race, has become much more of a team effort. I am no longer able to drive. So my dad has been driving me to work every day, my mom and my brother have been picking me up, and (like a child) I need to arrange for someone to take me to and from each of my daily appointments. Working out, stretching, doing my hair or makeup, these are now all group activities- and I’m blessed that my sister is expert enough to do them for us both. My aunt and college roommate have both become specialists in developing protocols, revamping my diet and recommending new supplements that provide hope that my energy can be maintained. My mother-in-law has taken on the terrifying task of dealing with my many insurance issues. My friends have all become advocates, ensuring that businesses are accessible and that I can continue to do many of the things that they do. So many people are already a part of this team.

As you read this, my prayer for you is: “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” Romans 15:13. I am writing this because I know that God is doing amazing things in my life and in our world. Although, I have not been healed yet-I am still going to work full time, and walking even if I do need assistance. I get a shot every morning (done by my amazing newlywed husband), take 27 pills a day, and sleep with splits holding my fingers, hands, arms, legs, feet, and teeth in place to prevent further degeneration and pain. None of this is how we pictured our first year of marriage but I know that God has a plan. My prognosis is terrible and my doctors do not have any recommendations of what they can do. However, my God is greater than medical science.

I have been truly blessed by my family, my friends, my church, my community, and the Philadelphia Chapter of the ALS Association. They sent me a walker when my insurance took too long to approve it and I am looking for every opportunity to support them so that they can continue to support others like me. Continually, I work to speak for those who may no longer have the ability to speak for themselves. Regardless of what life looks like for me right now, I am invested in finding a cure for this disease. I am starting a team “A Cure for Kait” for the May 6, 2017 Walk to Defeat ALS and would be honored if people want to walk, donate, or be a part of it in any way. Please feel free to join, share, and make an impact for so many. I have been continually blessed and would love to help provide support for others who may not have as many to sustain them as I do.

Team Members:
Total Raised$51,100.00  
General Team Donation$13,371.00  
Kaitlin Gonzales Swanson$1,480.00  
   Ashley Abaie$0.00  
   Eli Abaie$95.00  
   Michele and Brian Adams$0.00  
   Sarah Adamson$0.00  
   Matt Alexander$0.00  
   Craig Alster$0.00  
   Shari Barkin$187.00  
   Erika Bayon$50.00  
   James Biscardi$20.00  
   Patricia Biscardi$0.00  
   Dana Bivens$0.00  
   Jessica Blasko$0.00  
   Brian Block$10.00  
   Leah Block$0.00  
   Doreen Boland$50.00  
   Emily Brennfleck$0.00  
   Marilyn Brien$717.00  
   Jeanine Bryde$60.00  
   Sarah Burdick$0.00  
   Thomas Callahan$0.00  
   Tom & Eileen Callahan$360.00  
   Harriet Callis$75.00  
   Denise caputi$950.00  
   Brian Carr$20.00  
   Christopher Carr$100.00  
   Dona Chernoff Eichner$2,515.00  
   Judy Clayton$375.00  
   Anne Colaizzo$125.00  
   Meaghan Connelly$0.00  
   Bridget Crisonino$125.00  
   Gerard Crisonino$0.00  
   Holly Crisonino$250.00  
   Melissa D'Ascoli$0.00  
   Casey Dashnow$230.00  
   Elisa Davila$75.00  
   Debra Davis$25.00  
   Lea Davis$50.00  
   Cassandra Dorner$0.00  
   Tanisha Dorner$100.00  
   Jen Drake$50.00  
   Michael Dutczak$0.00  
   April Eichhorn$0.00  
   Tara Elonis$0.00  
   Eddie Eng$0.00  
   Antonella Facchini$0.00  
   Gabriella Feltre$0.00  
   John Ferris$25.00  
   Michael Figgs$45.00  
   Nicole Figgs$150.00  
   Mary Fregosi$50.00  
   Chelsea French$25.00  
   Kristin Furbeck$100.00  
   Ariana Garcia$0.00  
   Ivonne Garcia$0.00  
   Jaslin Garcia$0.00  
   Pedro Garcia$0.00  
   Jenya Gaskin$100.00  
   Jordan Gehley$625.00  
   Ellin Glassband$0.00  
   Will Glynn$100.00  
   jackie goldenberg$75.00  
   Samantha Goldenberg$0.00  
   Gabrielle Gonzales$150.00  
   Leopoldo Gonzales$0.00  
   Liam Gonzales$100.00  
   Marykate Gonzales$300.00  
   Christopher Gonzalez$0.00  
   Kyra Gonzalez$0.00  
   Amanda Goodman$1,836.00  
   David Gould$0.00  
   Tina Hamilton$0.00  
   James Hughes$150.00  
   James and Maria Hughes$100.00  
   Nicole Hullfish$100.00  
   Craig Ismaili$125.00  
   Katelyn Jackson$0.00  
   John Jaskula$0.00  
   Karl and Glory Johnston$200.00  
   Jennifer Jones$175.00  
   Adrienne Kane$25.00  
   Matt Kanoc$250.00  
   Steve Kanoc$1,282.00  
   Daniel and Marccia Kanoc and Pignaloso$845.00  
   Erica Kaplan$0.00  
   Penny Kaplan$1,625.00  
   Ani Kasparian$0.00  
   Levon Kasparian$0.00  
   Robin Kasparian$100.00  
   Elizabeth Katz$0.00  
   Kerry Kemo$290.00  
   Allyson Kingman$550.00  
   Thomas Kinkade$100.00  
   Mark Kitzie$200.00  
   Henry Krell$0.00  
   Lauren Krosnick$0.00  
   Marie Krosnick$0.00  
   Jason Kunsman$0.00  
   Brian Lane$100.00  
   Jeff Lawrence$160.00  
   Rosemary Leonard$0.00  
   Brittany Leonardi$0.00  
   Annie Levin$50.00  
   Brooke Levy$0.00  
   Carl Logsdon$0.00  
   Dianne Logsdon$0.00  
   Sarah Logsdon$1,000.00  
   Shelby Logsdon$0.00  
   Harry Louth$40.00  
   Patty Louth$0.00  
   Angela Lovero$150.00  
   Erica Marett$0.00  
   Jeanne Martin$340.00  
   Jennifer Martin$0.00  
   Rebecca McCue$0.00  
   Kurt Meck$150.00  
   Richard & Lois Meservey$500.00  
   Amber Minnick$45.00  
   Deb & Kip Minnick$250.00  
   Ryan Minnick$0.00  
   Nancy Moffatt$600.00  
   Amanda Monte$0.00  
   Larry Monte$0.00  
   Roberta Monte$75.00  
   Allan Moore$100.00  
   donna Moore$0.00  
   Jean Moore$100.00  
   kristen moore$0.00  
   Michael moore$75.00  
   Michael and Kelly Moore$0.00  
   Lorri Moser$100.00  
   David Muni$100.00  
   Michele Muni$75.00  
   Cathy Muscatella$50.00  
   Madison Muscatella$0.00  
   Brittany Nahum$0.00  
   David Nahum$0.00  
   Kenneth Nahum$500.00  
   Geraldine Oades-Sese$0.00  
   Harry Olynyk$100.00  
   Nathan Olynyk$105.00  
   James Passaro$0.00  
   Peter Phillips$0.00  
   Julie Pritchard$100.00  
   Nicole Profetto$0.00  
   Kathleen Reilly$0.00  
   Cassandra Ridge$0.00  
   Stephanie Ridge$250.00  
   Brent & Melissa Riggs$425.00  
   Kevin Robbitts$50.00  
   Eden Roberts$100.00  
   Matt and Becky Robinson$0.00  
   Nicholas Rudd$50.00  
   Courtney Rufh$0.00  
   Donna Russo$0.00  
   Ron Sanasac$0.00  
   Michele Sanger$200.00  
   Robert Sanger$100.00  
   Steve Schrum$6,705.00  
   Barbara Serafino$0.00  
   Barbara Shein$403.00  
   Haley Shein$150.00  
   Marc Shein$2,493.00  
   Morgan Shein$605.00  
   Pierce Shein$145.00  
   Rachel Shein$295.00  
   Cherie Smith$0.00  
   Laurie and Todd Smith$100.00  
   Rachael Smith$100.00  
   Taylor Smith$106.00  
   Maria Souza$100.00  
   Tracy Spencer$0.00  
   Jill Spero$0.00  
   Pam Spuler$150.00  
   Shaundrika Stevenson$125.00  
   Delores Stevenson Williams$105.00  
   Howard Swanson$50.00  
   Jonathan Swanson$0.00  
   Meghan Swanson$0.00  
   Susan Swanson$100.00  
   Janet Swanson Evans$65.00  
   Stacey Tafoya$250.00  
   Dennis Tan$0.00  
   Susan Tavares$0.00  
   James Terry$100.00  
   Roy Terry$20.00  
   Sarah Terry$50.00  
   Theresa Terry$145.00  
   Zak Terry$50.00  
   Lia Thelen$50.00  
   Kristen & Rich Tola$0.00  
   Kristina Valeri$0.00  
   Liz Van Hise$0.00  
   Christopher Venuto$0.00  
   Stephany Venuto$150.00  
   Michelle Walsh$0.00  
   Florence Walters$195.00  
   Cynthia Weed$175.00  
   Michael Wehrhahn$0.00  
   Nicole Wehrhahn$0.00  
   Gavin Wheatley$0.00  
   Janet Wilcox$50.00  
   Milissa Wilk Larstanna$515.00  
   Leslie Wyers$250.00  
   Adam Yaros$0.00  
   Kerry Young$0.00  

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