Mike and Pat Kelly, Chicago Marathon

Mike and Pat Kelly participated as RAI Race team members by competing in the Chicago Marathon on October 10th, 2010. In the 4 months leading up to the marathon, they put in hours of training to prepare for the competition. They also put in hours of time working with RAI and their individual fundraising efforts.

The Chicago Marathon was hotter than expected, but Mike and Pat both raced well. Pat clocked an impressive 3:30 in the 80degree heat! Mike was behind him, finishing at 3:45. It was Mike's 10th Marathon, with an ironic date of 10/10/10!

More importantly, Mike and Pat raised nearly $3,500 for the cause! They spoke with family and friends, distributed information, and Pat even went to the effort of flying in from Dallas to host an event at 3 Birds Restaurant in Cleveland, OH; $1,500 was raised that evening alone!

Mike and Pat would like to sincerely thank everyone who supported them, both with RAI and their training. They feel that they trained harder this year over any previous marathon because they were running for such a great cause.

Original Announcement

2010 Chicago Marathon
October 10, 2010

Mike and Pat Kelly have run 15 marathons between them, and countless other races. They have NEVER asked for money or run for a charity before. After a lot of thought and consideration, Mike and Pat have decided to support RAI, and in turn hope you will also.

Mike and Pat are running the 2010 Chicago Marathon together for RAI. They are not asking for any money to go towards Marathon Fees or Travel. All money will go directly to RAI. They have a fundraising goal of $2000. In order to reach this goal and help RAI, we need YOUR help. Any contribution is greatly appreciated.

"Colin O'Donoghue was one of those guys that would make you smile when he wasn't even trying too. He was always ready to laugh, smile, and have some fun. All of those are among the favorite things that Mike and Pat Kelly also enjoy. That is why the Kelly family and the O'Donoghue family have known and been friends for such a long time. Our Dads wrestled together at St. Edward High School. And later in our lives, Pat and Mike got to be friends with Colin and Ryan O'Donoghue, although we had known each other throughout grade school.

Colin fought a two year battle with cancer in 2003. Six months after aggressive chemotherapy and radiation treatments, Colin was able to announce that his cancer was in remission. Mike actually remembers him dancing on a bar having fun in Lakewood, Ohio. Excited that he was healthy again and everyone cheering for him because he beat cancer. Sadly the cancer returned three months after this announcement. After further aggressive treatments and surgeries, Colin passed away 14 months later, August 1st, 2005. Rise Above It (RAI) is a non-profit organization founded in Colin's spirit that it continues to grow to this day. We hope you will support us with our fundraising efforts."

-Mike and Pat Kelly

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Trevor Capiccioni, Rock and Roll San Diego Marathon

On June 6, 2010, Trevor Capiccioni competed in San Diego's Rock'n'Roll Marathon and ½.  The race itself benefited the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, but many of the 25,000 other racers that day ran on behalf of other charities as well, including Rise Above It (RAI).  He finished his Half Marathon at 2:05, and also completed 100 push-ups following the Race.  Many of his donators accepted the "Push-Up Challenge", and will donate $1/push-up to RAI.  Directly following the Race, he was also able to recruit an additional RAI Racer for this new team.  All in all, it was a very inspirational experience, one that helped raise money and cancer awareness for both the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and Rise Above It (RAI).  The day of the Race was also a very important day to us, since it was Colin O'Donoghue's Birthday.  Happy Birthday, Colin!!


Original Announcement

Rock'n'Roll Marathon and ½
San Diego, CA
June 6, 2010

Trevor Capiccioni, a former St. Edward wrestling teammate of Colin O'Donoghue, has chosen to co-launch RAI's Race Team. A beginner to endurance running and training, he just started in the Summer of 2009. He was a part of the Akron Marathon Team Relay on 9/26/09, and finished his first Half Marathon at the Cleveland Fall Classic in Strongsville, OH on 11/22/09. Combining his passion for Rise Above It (RAI), and competing in races, he’s going to leverage such passions to help raise cancer awareness and donations by officially launching the "RAI Race Team" at all future races such as the Rock and Roll San Diego Marathon on 6/6/10, and the Kaua'i Marathon in Hawaii on 9/5/10. His vision is to attract other racers who share his same passions and to eventually have racers competing in races all over the Country and World at any one given time on RAI's behalf. If you'd like to join this new and exciting team, please visit the main RAI Race Team Page and submit your contact information.

Pledge your support for Trevor!

Race Team Sponsorship:

Chris Jaskiewicz, RAI Race Team

I want to start off by saying thank you again to all who donated to the Rise Above It. I also want to thank all of the well wishers and supporters. Included below are names that were proudly represented during my run.

We were at the Mark Twain National Forest in Missouri. The race is limited to the first 150 registered runners. Trail races are very popular so the field filled up in two weeks in February.

The rain started about 5:15am and never did stop. The race started at 6:30am. I ran the race in 4:17 and came in 7th place overall for the marathon.

It was an amazing experience and I fell very blessed to be given this opportunity.

Thank You again for your support – Chris


Below is a list of Family and Friends who have been affected by Cancer and were represented on the day of the race:

  1. Albert Jaskiewicz (CJ)
  2. Charles Jaskiewicz (CJ)
  3. Grandma Miller (CJ)
  4. Jim Sparks (CJ)
  5. Bill Via (CJ)
  6. Shirley Davis (CJ)
  7. Jim Burgham (CJ)
  8. Polly Iannizzaro (Kristin Jaskiewicz)
  9. Carol White (Nick Paratore)
  10. LleanaMontanaro (Mike O' Connor)
  11. Richard Noble (Rick Noble)
  12. Colin O'Donoghue (Ryan O'Donoghue)
  13. Martha Rossi (Henry Hall)
  14. Alyson Rossi – Smith (Henry Hall)
  15. Gina Santangelo (Alexis Santangelo)
  16. Kelly Bloomingdale (Alexis Santangelo)
  17. Ruth Rex (Alexis Santangelo)
  18. Vince SantangeloSr (Alexis Santangelo)
  19. Valerie Santangelo-Golubic (Alexis Santangelo)
  20. Monica Westfall (Alexis Santangelo)
  21. William J. Rea (Adam Davis)
  22. Edith M. Rea (Adam Davis)
  23. Kathy Rea (Adam Davis)
  24. Gina Rea (Adam Davis)
  25. Karen Nicholas (Deryck Toles)
  26. John Toles Sr.(Deryck Toles)
  27. Bill Brocious (Dominic Spelich)
  28. Marj Warner (Steve Warner)
  29. Rose Wells (Cook Forest Friend)
  30. Fred Drummond (Joe Cassese)

Original Announcement

Berryman Marathon
Mark Twain National Forest, MO
May 15, 2010

Chris Jaskiewicz is 36 years old, married to Kristin and a father to Hayden, with another child coming in August. Sadly, Chris was never able to share this happiness with his father. In 2003, Chris's father passed away from a short battle with Leukemia. He was only 53 years old and did not realize he had cancer until it was too late. It was around that time the LIVESTRONG Foundation became important to Chris. Since then, Chris has supported LIVESTRONG and has changed his own personal habits including education, training and diet. Chris has lost 43 pounds since 2003. He did not want my father's passing to come in vain.

Chris learned of Rise Above It (RAI) when meeting Ryan O'Donoghue on a flight from Denver to Cleveland. Chris had always considered running in a marathon. It was the combination of an invitation from a friend, Pat Perry, and meeting Ryan that prompted his training for the Berryman Marathon at the Mark Twain National Forest in Missouri on May 15, 2010. Chris is raising money for RAI with hopes of making a positive impact in the lives of young adults diagnosed with cancer, so that they may live to experience the joys of life with their families for many years to come.

Pledge your support for Chris!

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