Why I'm Running

I have been a part of this event for several years and it forces me to reflect on the most important things in my life – my family, my support system, and my community. Life threatening illnesses at any age are tough on individuals and their families but when a child is suffering it is even harder. As a member of this community I feel obligated to do something. My partner and I (Johnnycake Financial) sponsored Team Penelope, my wife and I sponsored a mile and we both are taking the next several months to train our bodies to handle this arduous event. I hope you can find some room in your budget to motivate us to keep going and ultimately, give some strength back to these families to keep going, fighting and getting healthy.


About Team Penelope

Penny was our smiley, talkative baby with contagious joy. After her second birthday, we started to notice heightened clumsiness, delayed milestones, and personality changes. We suspected something was wrong and started searching for answers.

She was diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea with suspected inner ear issues. During her tonsillectomy the surgeon found her ears to be pristine and had no explanation for her off-balance. Penny’s symptoms heightened with sporadic headaches and vomiting. After personal research, and clean ears, we started to suspect a tumor and began pursuing neurology.On June 21, ten days post tonsillectomy, Penny had such alarming symptoms we rushed her to the ER and demanded a CT scan. We discovered Penny did in fact have a very large tumor in her cerebellum and massive fluid buildup surrounding her brain. She was transported to Cleveland Clinic where she received an 18 hour brain surgery and spent a month recovering with rehab. Just 3 weeks later, we left to adopt her little brother in India.

Penny still attends weekly therapy where she works on strength, coordination, and confidence. Although the brain damage caused by the tumor may never reverse, Penny has continued to make miraculous progress. These days she loves all things princesses, but also loves playing superhero with her brothers.Penny Lou will always be our brave girl. Her bravery was inspirational through her surgeries and learning to walk again in therapy. She continues to be brave through appointments and MRIs every 3 months. We continue to sing praises for the way we’ve seen God write our brave Penny Lou’s story.

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Recent Donations

Gahagan family
16 days ago
$48.00
Jay Namestnik
16 days ago
John Bosco
17 days ago

Proud of you. Way to go

$48.00
Bob oborn
17 days ago

Way to go Lee!

$48.00
Karl and Taryn Ferber
17 days ago

You and Julia are great friends and neighbors! Such a great cause for Penelope and we all wish you the best today during your runs!

$48.00
Peter Tuttle
18 days ago

Our Prayers are with Penny and all of her family. May God bless you

$120.00
Rick & Kathy
21 days ago

It’s wonderful that you and your wife are doing this! Great cause!

$48.00
Mike Brodnan
21 days ago

For you and Penelope to stay strong

$24.00
Greg & Leslie
24 days ago
$50.00
BA
1 month ago
$100.00
Becky Lynch
1 month ago

Go for it my friend! God Bless!!

$150.00
Pam Trivisonno, CPA
1 month ago
$48.00
Carver Financial - RC
1 month ago

In memory of Rebecca Carver

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Robert Fritts
1 month ago
$100.00
Wayne Brodnan
2 months ago
$100.00
Matthew Harrow
2 months ago
$100.00
Amanda Quiñones
2 months ago

💖

$24.00
Mind & Body Martial Arts
2 months ago

Keep doing what you’re doing Lee!!!

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Marty Q
2 months ago

Keep on pushing Cuz!

$35.00
Pat Myers
2 months ago
$48.00
Patsy Hixson
2 months ago

In memory of Debbie Brand

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Rick & Sue Childs
2 months ago
$100.00
John and Colleen Angelo
2 months ago
$24.00
Ted & Linda Bouck
2 months ago

GO LEE!!!

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Marty Q
2 months ago

Keep pushing!

$48.00
Sharon Fujs
3 months ago

Best wishes Lee!

$25.00
Lonnie Rush
3 months ago

To all the times we ran in formation with you calling cadence.

Fintan Vargas
3 months ago

Semper Fidelis

$48.00
Dale Smith
3 months ago

Run Lee Run!

Kurt
3 months ago

May God continue to bless this child.

$24.00
Rick Cooper
3 months ago

Good luck

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Susan Peters
3 months ago
$48.00
Denis Nowacki
3 months ago
$48.00
Bill & Chris Robertson
3 months ago
$48.00
Vickie Wildeman
3 months ago

For Penny

Bruce Wilson
3 months ago

God Bless Penny

Anonymous
3 months ago
Alisa Kraustok
3 months ago
$48.00
Wayne Brodnan
3 months ago

Prayers for Penny!

$48.00