Gals for Cal NYC Tri Team 2012
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Cindy Quitzau, MA: Founder, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 Calvin's mom.
I continue to do this triathlon for my son Calvin who is now 12 years old. Calvin is fighting the fight for his life. This year I celebrated my 51st birthday, on race day! The first year I did the bike and run legs of the race as a relay team member, adding the challenge of the swim leg in the following years, completing entire races as an individual. Prior to that, I did not know how to swim and was terrified! I have never considered myself an athlete, ever. In the months following my last tri in 2012, I had a stroke which I am fortunate to have survived and overcome left side paralysis. While I have since learned to walk and use my arm again, I continue to struggle with some muscle spasticity and tone issues as well as balance and coordination issues that have prevented me from being able to bike and run again safely. But I am aiming to overcome those deficits and participate with the Gals however my body will allow me! I am doing this for Calvin because, if there is not one day soon better therapies or a cure, Calvin will never swim, bike or run as a teenager. And it is highly probable that he may not live beyond his twenties. I am doing this because I can do it--for Cal, for Jett and for the 20,000 other boys like them! In addition, I am doing this with a tremendous group of women who have all taken on an enormous and impressive personal physical challenge themselves. Until 2009, most of us had never done this type of thing before either! Our team continues to grow and many of the Gals I have never even met! But all of them are inspired by my son, Calvin. There is nothing more touching to a mother's heart than knowing others will make personal sacrifices for your own son and for other children they may not even know. I learned from this experience that it is true that "the woman who starts this race, is not the same woman that finishes it." To all the Gals for Cal, you inspire me everyday and I love you all!
Margie Saliba, MA: 2011, 2012, 2013 Eddy's mom.
Lori Safford, NH: 2011, 2012, 2013 Ben and Sam's mom.
"A cure can heal the muscle, but it can't feed the soul, it can tend to the heart, but it can't nourish the spirit. A cure can repair the body, but it can't make the self whole". Pat Moeschen
Kristen McGourty, MA: 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 Liam's mom.
I swim, I bike, I run for Liam and all the other boy's with DMD. Everytime I want to quit I think of his beautiful smile and do my best to keep going.
Kathy Pothier, MA: 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014 Keelan's Mom.
2011 recovering from Knee surgery
“Hope arouses, as nothing else can arouse, a passion for the possible.”
William Sloan Coffin
Lisa Lee, MA: 2012, 2013, 2014 Sammy's Mom.
Natalie Gaudenzi, MA: 2011, 2012, 2013 Max's mom.
Michelle Parker, MA: 2010 Jake's Mom.
2011 recovering from knee surgery
“Only if you have been in the deepest valley, can you ever know how magnificent it is to be on the highest mountain.” Our boys will get there…
Susan Robinson, MA: Founder, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
As a parent, I cannot imagine the heartache of getting a diagnosis like Duchenne Muscular Dystrohpy. I look at my tall, strong, healthy son and how he is so good with Cal (Cal loves Ryan and the feeling is mutual!) and just ask a question that has no answer. Why? I have known Cal's parents, Curt and Cindy, since college. They were in our wedding and we have had so many good times at the Vermont house and elsewhere over the years (love you guys!). In 2002, my mom and I would visit the Qs once a week after the triplets were born, taking turns holding and feeding Emily, Jacob and Calvin -- they were adorable! I get such a kick out of Cal -- he makes me smile, and often laugh, every time I see him. Once again, I am so excited to be a part of the Gals for Cal team. I am happy to have a way to combine the physical challenge of the triathlon with a way to raise money to support the Jett Foundation, Curt and Cindy, and Calvin who reminds me to "live large" every day. I love what the Gals for Cal have done to bring hope to families with DMD and to raise awareness. We swim, we ride, we run, we rock!
Cheryl Stys, MA: Founder, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
I am so honored to be a part of this amazing group of women once again. Participating in the past two triathlons have been rewarding experiences. As I look back on the past year, I realized how strong I have become, both physically and mentally. Calvin and the Gals have been my inspiration along the way. Calvin is a fighter, who doesn't want any special attention - he's determined, yet modest. As I train for my third triathlon, I will think of Calvin persevering though his daily struggles, the amazing camaraderie training with the Gals, and most importantly I will remember your support......Together, WE can make a difference!
She swims, she rides, she runs, she ROX!
Kathy Stubbs, MA: Founder, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
We have been friends with Curt and Cindy for many years. I feel like the Qs are not just friends, but family. Last year, I marveled at how a great team of friends and women came together for a great cause and a great kid!! It was one of the highlight experiences of my life!! The energy of the women on the team competing together, supporting each other, and on a bigger scale, working together toward the common goal of raising money for DMD (more than we thought possible!) was amazing!! As I begin training again, I am SO looking forward to the camaraderie with Gals old and new again, and to the challenge of raising more money and awareness than ever!!! I know together we can make a difference in the lives of these boys and their families. I love our motto “livin' large” inspired by Calvin! What a reminder to seize every moment of every day!
Denise Simmons, MA: Founder, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
I am so glad to be back participating in such a meaningful event this year! As a result of last year’s Triathlon I was able to overcome my fear of swimming, learn to get back into shape again, bond with so many woman and most importantly help raise awareness and funds for such a special cause (Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy). For this, I say THANK YOU Calvin for making me aware of DMD and what I can do to help try and make a difference! In addition, this experience taught me so much about myself and what I can achieve with a little push in the right direction. Because of “Gals for Cal”, I am once again inspired to take on this challenge as I see what Calvin has to face on a daily basis. Cindy and Curt have been a part of the Simmons’ family lives for over 20 years and that has been a true blessing! Emily, Calvin and Jake light up a room every time we see them and teach us to slow down, have fun and smile! We have all been through a lot together and this is one more chapter, of my life, that I will continue take on with shear enthusiasm. As always the entire Quitzau family reminds me to take each day, challenge, and life as it comes with true optimism and hope!
Nancy Glendinning, NH: Founder, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Everyday I am thankful for the opportunity to be a part of the Gals for Cal team. I selfishly relish the good feelings I have knowing that I am effecting a change in the lives of these boys with every step, evey pedal stroke and every swim stroke I take. A thank you to ALLthe boys, for continuing to be an inspiration to the Gals and to everyone who sees the website or who sees a Gal swimming, biking or running in all of your names!
Go Gals for Cal!!
Susie O'Gara, MA: 2009, 2010, 2011,2013, 2014
The Gals for Cal are an amazing group of women. Some of you are friends from Marshfield. Others I’ve gotten to know through book groups and BagLadies weekends. One of you has been my friend and partner-in-crime since 6th grade! And the rest, you are the friends I haven’t made yet. As a mother of a child with special needs, I am personally motivated to put an end to genetic disorders and diseases. This is my small way to support Cal and the Jett Foundation. I’m honored to part of this impressive group of women.
To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream, not only plan, but also believe. Anatole France
Sheryl Bierden, MA: 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
I am so excited for this year's triathlon. Although I have done the tri for the past two years, this is the first time I will be completing all three legs. I am a swimmer first and foremost, and training for the bike and run have been very new experiences for me. I am inspired by Calvin and all the other boys with Duchenne, and am so proud to be a Gal for Cal!
Kim Matheson, MA: 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
It's hard to believe it's my third season with the Gals For Cal. WOW! We have so many new members this year; reading the posts on Facebook and hearing all the successess from the new members during their training is so exciting and inspiring. All of those stories bring me back to when I first joined, I remember how nervous I was and excited when I accomplished more and more each day during my training. I am very proud of the new members of our team and cannot wait to meet everyone! I am also very excited that one of my closed friends joing this year, and completely by coincidnece through another "NEW" Gal! What a small world! It has been a great ride thus far and my relationships and bonds with some of you I know will last a lifetime. I am so blessed that I am part of your lives and that we share the same passion for raising awareness for Duchenne and most of all, our friendships. Good luck Gals for Cal!
Karen Quitzau, MA: 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
This will be my second triathlon to support our nephew Calvin and all the boys like him struggling with the challenges of DMD. As I begin to train again, I draw strength and determination from Cindy and Curt and all the amazing people who have joined the fight against this terrible disease. I’m looking forward to another great event and to meeting Keelan (my, he is cute!), knowing that our efforts WILL bring us closer to a cure. Sadly, I am no more comfortable swimming with fish than I was a year ago. However, I’ve learned that no self-respecting fish can be found anywhere near 3000 splashing women!
Barb Bierden, NY: 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
I am Sue Robinson's sister in-law (her brother, Pete's, wife) and know the Quitzau's through various family functions, VT ski weekends, and of course updates from the Robinsons. I am so excited to be doing this triathalon again this year and for such a good cause! Last year was such a blast and I can't think of a better reason to do it again with such a great group! I wish I could be closer to meet everyone before the race, but will be joining you all in spirit as I'm training, EH! Go Gals, Go Cal and let's beat DMD!
Kaitlyn Murray, MA: 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013.
Jane Richards, MA: 2009, 2011, 2013
Marie Kurmin, MA: 2009, 2010, 2011.
I am so proud to be biking as part of a team this year once again. Although I will not be doing the entire triathlon, I continue to be inspired by all the incredible women on this team. Each of us think of DMD every day as we decide to swim, ride or run to train. We share our experiences with friends and therefore raise awareness of DMD. I do this for my dear friends Cindy and Curt who have to watch their son's muscles change and as a mom, I can't imagine. I do this for Calvin and all the boys that are affected by DMD and I pray that there will be a cure someday .... soon.
Colleen Finn, MA: 2010, 2011, 2014
Katherine Woodward, MA: 2010, 2011.
Pauline Smith, MA: 2010, 2011.
Kathy Tata, MA: 2010, 2011.
Casey Finn, NY: 2010, 2011.
Jenn Miller, MA: 2010, 2011, 2012.
Carolina Pokraka, MA: 2011.
Caroline Cooney, MA: 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Cheryl Farley, MA: 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Erin Hoesly, MA: 2010, 2012, 2013
Deanna Robert, MA: 2011, 2012.
Diana Minutelli, ME: 2011, 2012.
Charlene Starratt, MA: 2011, 2012.
Cindy McLaughlin, MA: 2011, 2012, 2013
Stephanie Codner, CT: 2011, 2013
Wendy Hill, MA: 2011, 2012.
Brooke Currier, ME: 2010, 2011.
Kathy Dunn, MA: 2011.
I am so proud to be part of this fantastic group. I am amazed at everyone's strength. This will be my first triathlon - last summer I watched my daughters Casey and Colleen participate and decided then, that I would do it in 2011.
I am also doing day one of the Jett Ride leaving Minnesota on July 6, 2011. I used to live in Minnesota so it is an honor to return and bring awareness for DMD.
I have had the pleasure of meeting many of the ladies at Jett events and look forward to meeting everyone else in Webster, MA.
Johanna Kelly, MA: 2011.
Camille David, MA: 2011.
Caitlin Finn, MA: 2011.
Carmen Tolman, MA: 2011.
Christine Guertin, 2012, 2013, 2014
Christine Hopkins, 2012, 2013, 2014
Cindy Sullivan, 2012, 2013, 2014
Colleen Liljeblad, 2012,
Jenn Pestana, 2012, 2013, 2014
Jodi-Ann McLane 2013
Kelly Caron, 2012
Michelle Kelliher, 2012, 2013, 2014
Nicole Sullivan, 2012, 2013, 2014
Melanie Edwards, RI: 2009, 2010.
I am very excited to be part of such an amazing event. I am thrilled to be helping Calvin and the Quitzau family’s endeavor to fund research to fight DMD and thrilled to be challenging myself with the task of completing my first triathlon (albeit sprint, and only the running and biking)! I met Cindy and Curt over 10 years ago and they have been wonderful friends ever since. Cindy and I were at Women & Infants at the same time for the births of our first children. My son, Ryan, was born just three days after the triplets. Since then, Cindy and I have experienced motherhood and it’s challenges simultaneously! We have spent many hours discussing the kids and motherhood, worrying over our children, sharing parenting advice and offering much needed support. And although her challenges are greater than mine, she has always been there for me and she has never belittled my questions or concerns. Not only that, she continues to be eternally upbeat and hopeful and is an inspiration to me. I am so happy to help such a wonderful friend!
Christine Eddy, MA: 2010, 2012.
My son Cameron was over Cals' house a while back for a play date and was teaching Calvin how to shoot a basketball. As you can imagine the things that may seem so easy to most kids can be a real struggle for Calvin. The basket was lowered and Calvin kept getting closer to the hoop but he was not going to stop until the ball went in! I love that! I will use that drive and determination to never ever quit, finish and finish strong! Who needs training, just the inspiration that I am doing this for Calvin is enough.
Theresa Casey, MA: 2010,2012, 2013
I look back with smile on that warm summer day in 2009 when three Gals for Cal were taking a practice ride and rode the bike route backwards. I truly thank them for making that mistake, because it changed my life. It provided me with the opportunity to meet a group of inspiring and wonderful women who I am honored to call my friends. The team as well as friendships continues to grow and together we will raise awareness Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy awareness.
Nothing is impossible; the word itself says 'I'm possible'!
Jessica Morrison, MA: 2010.
Jordan McSherry, MA: 2010, Jett's sister.
I CAN help support the clinic at MGH and Dr. Brian
I CAN advocate on behalf of the community
I CAN volunteer on behalf of the muscular dystrophy community - take kids swimming, sailing and skiing
I CAN walk, run, swim and bike for young men that can NOT, raising much needed funding and awareness
I CAN treat our brothers with DMD like one of my own
I CAN make a difference...
Denise Mair, RI: 2010.
I am so excited to be part of the Gals for Cal team this year, raising awareness and money for the Jett Foundation. The Gals for Cal are an amazing group of women and TOGETHER we will make a difference.
Debra Stacey, RI: 2010.
Stephanie Barry, MA: 2010
Kelly Jung, MA: 2010.
Claire Behrens, MA: 2010
Jenn Concannon, MA: 2010
Sarah Morrison, MA: 2010
Marissa Concannon, MA: 2010
Alyson Tully, NH: 2010, 2012
2011 celebrating birth of first baby!
"If you think you can or you think you can't, either way you're right"