2014 A TEAM in Review

Christmas morning is not often a time for great reflection in our house. After all, there are normally countless toys to extract from hermetically sealed packages, not-included batteries to curse, and Christmas cookies to binge on. For some reason, this morning was different. Rather than my normal seven cups of coffee, I woke up absolutely craving a long hard run. In the three miles of hills in this idyllic Chester County neighborhood, I did a lot of reflection about Team CMMD. Suffice it to say 2014 for our team has been nothing short of epic.

The following is a look back at 2014 in pictures and numbers.

January 2014

First Group Run 2014
Group Run of FIVE Left to Right: Earl Dering, Jr., Elaine Goss, Diane Quinn, Me, Michelle Gemma

Team CMMD’s Broad Street Run team almost didn’t happen for 2014. I convinced myself that we couldn’t top our 2013 accomplishments but a few well-chosen words from a few dear friends changed my mind and our community. “We have to at least try,” they said…so try we did.


February 2014
Ice skating

stranger selfie


struble snowNo, we would not be stopped by “weather.”


March 2014

Food Fight 2 - Team VolunteersTwo Words:  FOOD. FIGHT.

255 Guests

2550 Plates of Food

$52.000 raised in ONE magical night.

All due to THIS amazing group of 100 Team CMMD  volunteers.

April 2014

Just as we were gearing up for the last few weeks of fundraising before Broad Street, we learned that Miranda Nolte, a longtime patient of Chris’, was dying of osteosarcoma. She had exhausted all treatment options. With just weeks to live Miranda, a gorgeous 18 year-old, planned her own funeral–something no child should ever have to do.  Her parents were not only devastated by the impending death of their daughter, but also by the knowledge that they would not be able to afford to honor her wishes for the funeral. Team CMMD was quick to action and in one Happy Hour event we were able to donate over $2000 to the Nolte Family to offset Miranda’s funeral expenses. Miranda


May 2014 —or should I say May 4, 2014:  BROAD STREET RUN

154 Runners

10 miles


bsr jenn happy
Jennifer Merroth and Dara Kline–Those Faces Say It All
Suck. It. Cancer
Suck. It. Cancer


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Beautiful Team!


Making Tutus!
Making Tutus!
Thor and Elaine
Thor and Elaine
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More Happy Teammies!
That Sign Ran 10 Miles!
That Sign Ran 10 Miles!


June 2014

Debi McLaughlin
Debi McLaughlin-one of the inspirations for Team CMMD

In June 2014, Debi McLaughlin had been been gone one year. Team CMMD 2013–the original BSR team, was formed shortly after Debi’s battle with ocular melanoma turned in her cancer’s favor. We ran Broad Street 2013 less than a month before she died. She was there in a wheel chair, too sick to stand, at mile 9 to cheer us on. That was the last time I saw Debi alive. I hate cancer.


July 2014


Sure our team logged over 5000 miles logged in 30 days in our “50 mile” challenge…

But, our biggest accomplishment?  4000 pounds of food donated to The Lord’s Pantry.

In July 2014, Team CMMD, In Motion Physical Therapy, Exton Vet Clinic, Healthy Steps Pediatrics and Christine Meyer, MD offices collected almost 4,000 pounds of food to donate to the Lord's Pantry in Downingtown.  A group donation was made on August 3rd and the team unloaded and sorted two tons of goods.





Lord's Pantry August 3, 2014
Over 40 teammates gathered to help unload the donated food

Unloading almost 2 tons of food into Lord's Pantry of Downingtown




August 2014 

As the summer wound down, Team CMMD turned it up. We challenged each other and ourselves to run our fastest 5K EVER. Over 100 people committed and donated a dollar for every minute of their best August 5K. In the end we raised over $2000. For weeks I struggled with breaking the 30 minute mark on my 5K and then came Chris Crooke. She paced me to a 5K time of 28:35. How? Simple–she made get out of my own head.



September 2014


The month was peppered with many great runs but Team CMMD showed up strong at the Philly Rock and Roll Half Marathon and The Moving for Melanoma 5K.

Moving for Melanoma Team
Moving for Melanoma Team


Then, how about the “I Love You to the Moon and Back Challenge?” Together we logged over 33 MILLION steps in September and set some faulty pedometers ON FIRE.


What to you get when you combine SEVEN dedicated coaches, 68 enthusiastic kids, and 9 consecutive Sundays of PERFECT running weather? Team in Training of course! Under the leadership of Cari Sobolewski, Mike Delaney, Chris Crooke, Kelly Colquitt, Ellen Lewis, Abby Oppenheim and Matt Sobolewski, nearly 70 children ages 6-12 trained to complete Team CMMD’s  Inaugural 5k. Of the many amazing things this team has accomplished, nothing quite compares to the looks on the faces of the dozens of little ones crossing the finish line of their first 5K.10256529_10203945506472463_4809009588466713917_n Always running with a smile Team CMMD Spirit












October 2014

On a breezy Thursday Night in October, nearly 40 people showed up for our twilight Denim Dash to support Lee Denim Day and breast cancer research. We asked each runner to donate a dollar for every mile they were able to run in their jeans. We learned that running in jeans is not easy but more than that, we were able to donate over $500 to the Lee Denim Day campaign.

Denim Dash for Breast Cancer

November 2014

After month and months of preparation, November 15 dawned bitterly cold. But too many people had “personal” reasons to do the inaugural Team CMMD 5K : This Run’s Personal. All told, over 800 people registered for our run. Thanks to the generosity of dozens of sponsors and families, and hundreds of volunteer hours, This Run’s Personal was a massive success. All told, Team CMMD Foundation cleared over $20,000 which will go directly to local cancer families in need.


5K Logo Team CMMD 7280 5K Award Medals

Runners registered names of those fighting or who lost the battle to cancer - this run was certainly personal
Runners registered names of those fighting or who lost the battle to cancer – this run was certainly personal

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We also were thrilled to announce our first annual Karen Baker Bravery Award given to Karen Baker –now in her 6th year of battling Leiomyosarcoma. Not only will this award be a legacy, it will be paired with an annual scholarship known as the Karen Baker Award. This financial award will be given to a local graduating senior with a remarkable cancer story.

Karen Baker - Bravery Award


And, as if breaking records at our own 5K wasn’t enough, Team CMMD showed up BIG to support childhood cancer research and the Cure4Cam Foundation at their annual Turkey Trot—over 100 teammates to be exact!

Over 100 Team CMMD members participated in the Thanksgiving day Turkey Trot in support of Cure4Cam childhood cancer research
Over 100 Team CMMD members participated in the Thanksgiving day Turkey Trot in support of Cure4Cam childhood cancer research



December 2014

The last month of the year and the BIGGEST month for our team…so much goodness in the first 25 days of the month.


Team CMMD ended this year with a bang (and trash bags and jingle bells.) Not only did we make financial gifts via our Team CMMD Elves (Kat Homnack, Chrissy Ferrazano, Kathie Donovan, Stephanie Wientjies, Renee Knox, Cristin Young, and Maria Ungaro—7 of the most self-LESS people on this team)  to eight local cancer families.

Gift Cards Donated by Team Members: $4000
Gift Cards Donated by Team Members: $4000
8 Completed Trees
Trees Assembled: 8
Countless Hours of Work













December also saw our largest dedication run ever.  SEVENTY EIGHT runners, walkers and even dogs came out on a frigid Sunday morning before Christmas to honor Bob, Jane, and little James–all cancer fighters–all in our hearts as we logged mile after mile that morning.

Our Largest Dedication Run --EVER (78)
Our Largest Dedication Run –EVER (78)


And, just when I thought I would be the only nut on the trail on Christmas Eve, nearly 40 teammates showed up on a soggy Wednesday morning. Together we tallied over 238 miles. A dollar donation in that amount was made to our own Spencer Uggla,the youngest member of our 2015 Broad Street Run team (sick on Christmas with a nasty bug).

Trash Bags and Jingle Bell Run-Christmas Eve 2014
Trash Bags and Jingle Bell Run-Christmas Eve 2014

So it has taken me three days to finish this post–That’s how much we have accomplished together in these short 12 months. Whether you are a “regular” at most runs or a “newbie” still seeking out the “manual.” Team CMMD would not be what it is without you. For your time, support, dedication, sweat and tears this year, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. Here’s to more amazing stuff in 2015.

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