Gina & Q Run 4 Animals

This year, I have decided to run for Team ASPCA again and on November 5, 2017, I will be participating in the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon! This is a dream come true. With both animal rescue work and my marathon running people often say “I don’t know how you do it” and I want to respond – “I don’t know how you don’t.”  I find myself drawing parallels between the two. In both - I face challenges, hit walls, face pain and suffering, get so overwhelmed and frustrated I want to give up BUT I dig deep and keep moving forward. I continue fighting and put one foot in front of the other and recognize that through determination and heart there is also joy and victory. There are the happy tails, the animals that are reunited with their families or are rescued from cruelty and suffering and given love, compassion and second chance.

I get that being on the front lines of animal welfare or running isn't for everyone but anyone who has ever talked to me knows that there are a few things I’m absolutely crazy about next to my family and friends, you know – the kind of passion that you speak from the heart…Those two things are running (yes, putting one foot in front of the other, sweating, huffing and puffing and torturing one’s self for hours on end) AND my job - helping animals (I know I’m one of the luckiest people in the world.) I am combining the two for my FOURTH marathon in 2017.

Have I lost my dang mind? Without a doubt. But after 3 brain surgeries I have a few loose screws and some cement in there, plus we all know marathon runners are insane. But more importantly this is an opportunity for me to share my passion. To share my love for animals and running and to acknowledge the importance of discipline, hard work, dedication, determination, perserverance and heart that it takes to not only run 26.2 miles not once or twice, but four times in one year – but also to dedicate your life to giving a voice to animals through rescue my career with the ASPCA Field Investigations and Response Team all while managing a chronic pain condition.

Among the many things in my life, I am grateful for animals, the forward progress we continue to make in animal welfare, the good days when my neuropathic pain condition allows me to run, Quincy – my amazing running buddy who is always by my side excited to run not matter when or where or how far we go and keeps me safe on our long runs, my determination and hard headed attitude that keeps me going through all the challenges life throws at me in both animal rescue work and running, the ability to inspire others in both animal welfare and running and of all of my family, friends and colleagues that support me through this journey.

You don't have to come volunteer on the frontlines with the ASPCA or run a marathon with me although I will likely try to convince you someday if I have not already - BUT - you can make a difference by supporting me as I commit to run for animals and run with purpose. Your donation will help the ASPCA provide life-saving programs and services to millions of animals nationwide. And it is so much more. It will encourage and keep me running as I hit my wall on race day, struggle through tough training runs without crowds and aide stations passing out gatorade, face challeges in day to day life or on the front lines with FIR. 

Thank you in advance and I hope to see you along the race course cheering us all along.

About the ASPCA: Fighting for animals is a 24/7 job, but your commitment makes it possible for our life-saving programs to create happy endings for those innocent lives touched by cruelty. Every single day of the year, we are rescuing animals from neglect and suffering. With your support, we are able to rescue animals from cruelty, work to end animal homelessness and provide medical care for countless pets in need. Please help us save even more animals and donate to this Team ASPCA campaign today. Interested in joining the team? Learn More »

Personal campaign progress

$ 3,680.00 raised to date
Personal Fundraising Goal
$ 3,500.00

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Randy II fitzgibbons $25.00
Matt Stern $50.00
Richard & Patricia Zink $50.00
Jamie and Jeremy $25.00
Rebecca Stowe $25.00

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  • Jamie and Jeremy

    $ 25.0011 / 3 / 2017

    So proud to know you, you amazing woman! Love you tons!!! Good luck!

  • Rebecca Stowe

    $ 25.0011 / 2 / 2017

    Run, Gina, run!

  • Kellyanne

    $ 20.0011 / 1 / 2017

    In memory of my sweet Maya.

  • Kellyanne

    $ 20.0011 / 1 / 2017

    I’m memory of Maya.

  • Julie Morris

    $ 50.0010 / 30 / 2017

    Good Luck Gina!

  • Chauncey Carl White

    $ 10.0010 / 30 / 2017

    I'm probably going to hiss at you when you come to visit for the marathon. Mom said I had to be nice, so instead I'm donating a few meows your way.

  • Doreen Antonelli

    $ 100.0010 / 26 / 2017

    Gina, Wishing you one of your best marathon runs yet! You deserve that for leading a team of incredible individuals by your example. All those rescues are in the best company they could ever have. Warm regards, Doreen

  • Laurel Gillund

    $ 100.0010 / 25 / 2017

    Love you Gigi!!!!!! Can't wait to see all of the photos from the race. Praying for an amazing time for you. Xoxo.

  • Ashlee

    $ 25.0010 / 18 / 2017

    Thank you so much for flying in and sticking with me through the rain, sleet, snow, and hail of my first marathon :). Have fun and enjoy NYC!

  • Shannon Manke

    $ 50.0010 / 16 / 2017

    We love you! You always make us proud --!

  • Kunk

    $ 50.0010 / 13 / 2017

    I am so proud of your amazing journey and accomplishments. Good luck out there and know I'm rooting for you every step of the way!!

  • Smash

    $ 25.0010 / 12 / 2017

    You will totally smash this race:) Good luck, I will be cheering for you from Colorado!

  • Alice Pfalzgraf

    $ 25.0010 / 12 / 2017

    Love you Gina and am extremely proud of you!

  • Colleen

    $ 25.0010 / 7 / 2017

    miss you!!!!

  • Doreen Antonelli

    $ 300.0010 / 4 / 2017

    We wish you a great run Gina. All your hard work in the rescue of animals is incredible. Best wishes from Forum Staffing Services.

  • Geneva Manke

    $ 25.0010 / 3 / 2017

    We love you Gina and thank you for working so hard for our animals!

  • Tom, Noreen & Sophie

    $ 250.0009 / 23 / 2017

    Happy Birthday! Hugs to Sable & Quincy.

  • Lacie Davis

    $ 150.0008 / 27 / 2017

    So proud of you and although I won't be right beside you, I will be there in spirit! Love ya!

  • Kathleen and Fran Bonner

    $ 25.0007 / 10 / 2017

    What a surprise it was to see your name and face and hear your voice on an ASPCA commercial as I was watching TV. One of my all time favorite riding students at Lake of the Woods. I am so proud to see what you have chosen to do with your life. An amazing girl who grew up to be an amazing woman! All my love to you Gina Bean!

  • pam dickens

    $ 100.0005 / 25 / 2017

    You my friend are a true hero for animals and all of the 2 legged hoomans you have to take care of!!! Enjoy the journey❤️

  • Maggie and Grady Porche

    $ 100.0005 / 19 / 2017

    Just trying to get you to your goal. And anyone would runs 24 plus miles more than once needs help. In a kind way

  • Terry and Pam

    $ 100.0005 / 14 / 2017

    Cheering you on!!!

  • Mary Sarah Fairweather

    $ 50.0005 / 12 / 2017

    You run, girl!

  • Tom, Noreen & Sophie

    $ 100.0005 / 10 / 2017

    Keep on running, and keep up the good fight!

  • Kristin Becker

    $ 50.0005 / 6 / 2017

    Good Luck, Gina!!!

  • The Nicholson Family

    $ 100.0005 / 4 / 2017

    Good luck Gina!! Thanks for all of you do to help stop animal cruelty!!

  • Katie Mitchell

    $ 25.0005 / 4 / 2017

    You've always inspired me with your strength and courage!! Get runnin' girl!!

  • Mary Sarah, Sam, and Axel Fairweather

    $ 100.0004 / 29 / 2017

    Thank you for running for the animals! Your efforts will help countless animals and pet owners needing help. Run like the wind, lady!

  • Steve Jacobsen

    $ 25.0004 / 28 / 2017

    May the energy you bring to your work also carry you through the marathon. Best wishes to a star.....

  • Pamela Holmes

    $ 100.0004 / 14 / 2017

    Gina, you are a true inspiration for all you do to help animals. On behalf of them, thank you!!

  • Michael Manke

    $ 250.0004 / 13 / 2017

    Run Gina and Quincy Run!

  • Mario Arjona

    $ 50.0004 / 2 / 2017

    You are an inspiration Gigi!

  • Kari Toney

    $ 25.0003 / 31 / 2017

    You and Q are huge inspirations. Thank you for all you do!!!!! Good luck--

  • Dave H.

    $ 50.0003 / 28 / 2017

    Go Gina Go!

  • Geneva Manke

    $ 25.0003 / 25 / 2017

    We Love what your doing with these sweet babies! And we love you and your kind heart!

  • Laura and Casper

    $ 100.0003 / 21 / 2017

    Gina and Q, you're inspirational. May the wind be at your back. We'll be cheering you on!

  • Pune

    $ 38.0003 / 21 / 2017

    Go get 'em, Gina : )

  • Anonymous

    $ 10.0003 / 17 / 2017

    Get it girl!!

  • Chauncey & Minx

    $ 10.0003 / 15 / 2017

    MEOWWWWW (Good luck)!

  • Quincy

    $ 50.0003 / 14 / 2017

    Training with mom is my favorite! I love that we run with a purpose and get to support all the other animals mom rescues and don't get to come home with her and snuggle up on the couch. It is my hope they find other couches and great homes. I don't know how I got so lucky to get adopted by mom but I love being her running buddy! Run mom run!