19th Annual Enduro

April 16, 2008

On Wednesday, April 16, RAI Founder and President, Ryan O'Donoghue, and close friend, Matt Darlington skied 60 runs each in the 19th Annual Enduro at Arapahoe Basin Ski Area.

With the support from RAI sponsors (see below), Matt and Ryan were determined to rise above the extremely challenging ski conditions, accomplishing their goals of skiing over 100,000 vertical feet each during the 10 hour race. Conditions changed from ice and hard-packed snow in the morning to whiteout snowstorms in the afternoon. Despite these challenges and against the odds, RAI skiers rallied to the occasion, hitting their 60 run goal with 5 minutes to spare.

More importantly, the RAI team exceeded its fundraising goal reaching $3,900 in total proceeds!

Special thanks to the Enduro Angels, Jackie McNamara and Patti Koller. Without your personal attention on the day of the race, 60 runs would not have been possible.

Click here for photos from the day!


  • Patti Koller
  • Lisa Hartley
  • George Sumner
  • Alex Fonti
  • Andrew and Heather Darlington
  • Carolyn O'Donoghue
  • Erik Turner
  • Kristine Wiedemer
  • Joseph Nilsestuen
  • Kathleen and Dale LaPorte
  • Lee Scott
  • Nancy Robinson
  • Steve and Barb Darlington
  • Pat and Heather Flanagan
  • Tom and Leslie Croyle
  • Tim and Jill Darlington
  • Bob Birt
  • Brian and Melina Suchand
  • Chris Keating
  • D.J. Effler
  • Dawn Glynn
  • Erik Vaughan
  • Gregory Anderson
  • Jeffrey Leake
  • Jennifer McCabe
  • John and Liz Rowland
  • John Wervey
  • Joshua Clawson
  • Keith Bott
  • Kevin and Sally O'Donoghue
  • Kevin Brown
  • Krysten Thomas
  • Matthew Bauer
  • Matthew Erzinger
  • Michael and Jackie Coyne
  • Michael Wyse
  • Molly Todd
  • Patrick Flanagan
  • Ryan Jones
  • Tamme Standen
  • Terri and Tom Zastudil
  • Tracy Freeman
  • Aaron Gomoll
  • Brian Burger
  • Bluewebshop LLC
  • Ann Gilmore Orin
  • Bernadette and Josh Hubacher
  • Bryan Ganek
  • Cynthia Chiara
  • Henry Wallace
  • Janice Anter
  • John Fitch Jr.
  • Phyllis O'Donoghue
  • Richard Eastburn
  • Shelly Harper
  • Wes and Lisa Gilmore
  • Ashley Boland
  • Brent Willard
  • Chaya Cashin Zahn
  • Colin Murphy
  • Jesse Gannon
  • Joe Ward
  • Kathy Todd
  • Keira Mellion
  • Mary Coyne
  • Jim and Mary Ellen Jewett
  • Mary Poole
  • Megan Soeder
  • Mitchel Luxenburg
  • Nancy Rodgers
  • Patrick and Jennifer Wilson
  • Robert Peters
  • Robert Rosol
  • Todd Melby
  • Bryan and Laura Wainscott
  • Colorado Ski and Golf


5th Annual RAI Super Bowl Benefit

February 3, 2008

Another strong turnout with a variety of new faces is evidence of the growing network of supporters putting forth great effort in the fight against cancer. At full capacity, those in attendance experienced nothing but smiles, laughter and love - a genuine tribute to RAI's founder and inspiration, Colin O'Donoghue.

Event proceeds of $10,000 will be used to benefit adolescent and young adult (AYA) cancer patients.

Special thanks to Cleveland Browns' Dave Zastudil #15 - thanks to his support, 100% of individual contributions will go directly AYAs patients.

Click here for photos from the event!

Additional thanks to...

  • Event Coordinator Jennifer Wotsch and the 2008 RAI Event Committee
  • MillerLITE
  • Guest Bartenders: Brittany, Dawn, Megan C, Sue, Jeanine, Megan S, Jodi, Stephanie and Melissa
  • Jeff Leake for generously gifting $500 of $1000 Grand Prize
  • Mike Check for generously gifting $400 in Super Bowl Squares winnings, and
  • John Rowland Sr. for his $500 general donation

RAI organizes Cleveland Browns visit to University Hospitals…

On October 12, 2007, Dave Zastudil of the Cleveland Browns paid a visit to Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital.

Pediatric cancer patients, Brandon Och and Ge'Rhett Fletcher, had the opportunity to spend some time and meet with the former Bay Village High School and Ohio University standout two days before the Cleveland Browns went on to beat the Miami Dolphins 41-31.

Zastudil's visit was made possible by Rise Above It (RAI)

Click here for more information.

3rd Annual RAI Golf Outing

September 2, 2007

Thanks to the overwhelming support from RAI's network of supporters and corporate sponsors, the RAI 3rd Annual Golf Outing was another eagle in the fight against cancer. 124 golfers participated in the event, and the total proceeds reached over $13,000. This nearly tripled last year's goal! These proceeds will be used to directly impact the lives of young adult cancer patients and their families as they continue to fight this disease. Please take a moment to view the slide shows highlighting our corporate sponsors and this year's golfers.

Click here to see Hole Sponsors.

Click here for pictures of Golf participants!

Congratulations to Top Golfers:

  • 1st Place: Team Galvin
  • 2nd Place: Microsoft
  • 3rd Place: Vickers Foursome [Warren, Ben, Gabe and Kevin]

18th Annual Enduro

April 18, 2007

On April 18, RAI founder Ryan O'Donoghue and close friends Andrew Darlington, Matt Darlington and Patrick Flanagan skied a combined total of 220 runs in the 18th Annual Enduro at Arapahoe Basin Ski Area – that's more than 100 vertical miles! With your overwhelming support, the teams were determined to reach their competition and fund-raising goals. Total proceeds of $5,400 were raised, 100% of which will be used to directly impact the lives of young adults battling cancer.

Special thanks to Heather Darlington and Heather Flanagan. Without their personal attention on the day of the event 220 would not have been possible.

Left-to-Right: Patrick Flanagan, Matt Darlington, Andrew Darlington, Ryan O’Donoghue


  • Danielle Terlep
  • John Hammond
  • Patrick Flanagan
  • Stephen & Barbara Darlington
  • William Alexander
  • Tim and Jill Darlington
  • Patrick M. Flanagan
  • Brian and Mandy Kolonick
  • Brian O'Coonor
  • David Effler
  • David Zastudil
  • Dawn Glynn
  • Ellen Luchini
  • Eric Smith
  • Erik Vaughan
  • Jason Marks
  • Jeff Austin
  • John Rowland
  • Marianne Keating
  • Mary Ellen & Jim Jewitt
  • Melody M Brown
  • Michael Wyse
  • Patricia Koller
  • Robert Krueger
  • Mitchel Luxenburg
  • Kelly Maurer
  • William Berryman
  • Bryan Hobbs
  • Brian Caldwell
  • Brian Suchand
  • Erin Webber
  • Jacqueline McNamara
  • Jan Anter
  • John Wervey
  • Joseph Nilsestuen
  • Kevin Corrigan
  • Kevin O'Donoghue
  • Lee Scott
  • Mark Daniel Murphy
  • Meagan Dubosky
  • Michael Taylor
  • Nicole McCormack
  • Patrick Brogan
  • Patrick Shane Flanangan (Flanangan, LLC)
  • Susan Beatty
  • Tamme Standen
  • Terrence McNamee
  • Bryan Ganek
  • Chaya Cashin
  • Christopher Weatherford
  • Dave O'Donoghue
  • Erik Turner
  • Jeffrey Osher
  • Jennifer Wilson
  • John & Leslie Cowie
  • Peter Guidi
  • Ryan Lapinski
  • Scott Luinstra
  • Tim Rodie
  • Ryan Jones
  • Amy Morash
  • Katherine Ball
  • Megan Soeder
  • Arthur Livingston
  • Catharine O'Donoghue
  • Daniel Stark
  • George Billington
  • Mary Ellen Poole
  • Nick Reilly
  • Phyllis O'Donoghue
  • Sarah Clark
  • Aaron Gomoll
  • Cheryl Mikula
  • Connie Scarpelli
  • Courtney Lilly
  • Eileen Koler
  • Jeffrey Mielke
  • Jessica Versele
  • Kathleen McNamee
  • Keira Mellion
  • Kevin Murphy
  • Laura Sargent
  • Leslie Plunkett
  • Manuel Chavez, III
  • Mary Beth & Jown Rowland
  • Merydith Gribble
  • Nancy Rodgers
  • Nora French
  • Mary Flanagan
  • Shawn Krysty
  • Tracy Freeman
  • Wes & Lisa Gilmore
  • Brian & Laura Wainscott