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If you are a GTCC member interested in participating in the GTCC Swim-Across on Saturday, 9/1 (9am-noon, open to kids and adults), please sign-up by emailing Jaime Moore (michiganjaime@hotmail.com)! T-shirt orders are due by THIS WED 8/22. Donations and T-shirt proceeds to benefit The ChadTough Foundation and GTCC aquatics teams! Info sheet and sponsor sheets are available at the swim check-in desk at GTCC. #chadtough #swimacross #swim #swimming #pool #annarbor #a2georgetown

So this is the video that really started it all. Chad had been having these episodes in his sleep....they were really adorable, but I just knew that something wasn't right. The doctors that I checked with called it normal sleep growth behavior, but my mommy brain just knew better. These moments would make the hair on the back of my neck stand up....but I wanted to agree with the doctors. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
This video was taken almost exactly one month before Chad's diagnosis and the reality was that the viscous tumor that would ultimately take his life, was eating away at him. I know now that God had been preparing me. I had been having dreams that would wake me up out of a deep sleep with tears in my eyes and I would be breaking out in a full sweat. Dreams about a mother's worst nightmare...dreams that would become my reality just 1 month later. These "sweet episodes" just weighed on me, but I tried to brush it aside.
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Still today, if you ask the doctors, they can't tell you that episodes like this have anything to do with DIPG...why....because there isn't enough research into this disease and into all brain tumors. But us moms.....we know. I have spoken to several moms of DIPG angels who have similar memories....these sweet moments now torturous memories that lead into those "what if" thoughts. What if we had found it then....would it have made a difference?
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The reality is that no it wouldn't have...the end result would have been the same for our sweet little boy...But that is why we continue to do what we do....so that one day, maybe finding this tumor a little earlier...maybe knowing what some of the early symptoms are.....that it will make a difference and that one day, there will ultimately be a cure. it wasn't in time for our baby, but it will be one day for someone else's.
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So I truly ask you to jump in with us and we have the perfect opportunity for you ALL to get engaged. PLEASE consider joining us for our RunTough event on September 29th. Link in our bio. God bless - Tammi

It was Colt’s night at Sylvania Northview HS! #coltstrong #chadtough

Fun evening out at the ball park celebrating Tommy Ruddy and raising awareness for DIPG ! #teamtommyarmystrong #chadtough

Thanks again to Vi Kellersohn, who bid and won on a #mitchalbomshow co-host package, with proceeds going to @chadtoughfoundation #ChadTough @wjrradio

Amanda Ruddy, Tommy Ruddy’s mom remembers: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
“A night he’ll never forget and one I’ll treasure forever. Just a few weeks before diagnosis and throwing out the first pitch at the @whitecaps game. He was so excited and so proud to be there and felt like a true superstar. I’m so thankful we had opportunity to do these things with him and fill his life with such great experiences and love. I love this memory.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
If you’re in Michigan, join the Ruddy family this Thursday, August 16, at our 2nd annual rivalry night with the Whitecaps. They’re hoping to break their 50/50 record and top the $10k we brought in last year! Event specifics are on the #ChadTough website!
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#baseball #events #teamtommy #michigan #family #community #fundraiser #dipgawareness #findacure #pediatriccancer #pediatricbraintumor #whitecaps #lugnuts

Thank you Trackside Tornadoes Baseball for raising $8,100 for ChadTough! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
The 2nd annual open baseball event featured entertainment, kids’ activities, concessions, raffles and some pretty special guests!
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"We had a great turn out," said Michelle and Tony Vigo. "We are excited to have had some really special UM guests visit like The UM head baseball coach, Erik Bakich, Jack Harbaugh, Chase Winovich, and Jon Falk.
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"All of us at Trackside Baseball are excited about the outcome and will be working hard to make next years even better! It is our pleasure to help this great foundation."
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Go Blue!
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#findacure #thankyou #goblue #baseball #michigan #chadtough #dipg #dipgawareness

Amazed by God’s beauty today at pictured rocks in Munising Michigan and then did a ChadTough pay it forward at restaurant 387! The boys get so excited when we remember their brother this way. Love this tradition!! #love #family #chadtough #findacure #memories #payitforward #picturedrocks #god #faith #beauty

Repost from @chadtoughfoundation
If you live in one of the unshaded states and want to help be part of the cure by running a virtual 5k in September, hop on over to the @chadtoughfoundation and learn how to sign up! (Of course, if you live in an orange state, please also sign up!)
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We want to be represented by every state in 2018 and we are halfway there! We also want to reach 1,000 virtual participants!
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Our virtual runners help us raise awareness across the country and the world that we need to focus on pediatric brain cancer research. They receive a shirt and bib and can run or walk anywhere, anytime. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Then KEEP wearing your shirt to spread the word about #chadtough!
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If you are interested in becoming a virtual runner or running in person in Saline or Allendale, visit ChadTough.org/RunTough (link in bio)!
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#run #giving #fundraising #goals #findacure #pediatriccancer #pediatricbraintumor #dipg #michigan #usa #5k #teamtommy #saline #grandrapids

We want to be represented by every state in 2018 and we are halfway there! We also want to reach 1,000 virtual participants!
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Our virtual runners help us raise awareness across the country and the world that we need to focus on pediatric brain cancer research. They receive a shirt and bib and can run or walk anywhere, anytime. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Then KEEP wearing your shirt to spread the word about #chadtough!
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If you are interested in becoming a virtual runner or running in person in Saline or Allendale, visit ChadTough.org/RunTough (link in bio)!
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#run #giving #fundraising #goals #findacure #pediatriccancer #pediatricbraintumor #dipg #michigan #usa #5k #teamtommy #saline #grandrapids

Did you know that 43 children on average are diagnosed with cancer each day in the US? This team of researchers are working hard with others around the world to create new hope for children with cancer. You can join the fight against childhood cancer by participating in the #mottschildrenshospital 2018 #blockoutcancer campaign in support of pediatric cancer research and awareness.

Check out our shirts for our next charity partner!!! #chadtough #YpsilantiGhostbusters are #chadtough
We are #ToughPuft
https://www.bonfire.com/toughpuft-for-chadtough/

Volunteering for Thrivent @ Rock the Plank benefiting Chad Tough Foundation & New Day Foundation..... #livegenerously #chadtough #newday

Stopped by @fox2detroit to talk about today’s @rocktheplank2 event with Ryan Ermanni and Gina Kell Spehn of New Day Foundation for Families!
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Come join us today in Macomb from 2-10 to hear great music & support our two foundations!
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Tickets are free - you can get information for the event at - rocktheplank.live!
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#concert #music #chadtough #charityevent #foundation #findacure #saturday #weekend #fox2 #news #fun #michigan

"Trish and I, along with so many generous members at Walnut Creek Country Club, are honored to be donating $48,202.75 to The ChadTough Foundation. This has been a very remarkable experience for us both. 💙🧡" - Joy Duneske, event co-chair, along with Trish Gusick
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All we can say is ... wow! I had the most wonderful day at "Doe Day" last week. Surrounded by over 160 women, Trish Gusick and Joy Duneske chaired an amazing event! This year's event raised more than $20k MORE than in past years. You go girls!!!
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From massages and mimosas when we entered the door to every team dressing in matching outfits, they thought of every single detail and the event was incredible!!! I even had my own special Chadwink when I walked up to the hole featuring the club pro and he welcomed me with a handshake and introduced himself ... as Chad of course! One of the only men at the course that day and his name was Chad. ❤️ Of course I had to take a picture with him. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Thank you to Trish, Joy, their entire committee and to everyone else who participated or donated. What a day and we can’t wait for next year!
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What can one person do ... change the world!!! ONE MORE example!!!
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#chadtough #charityevent #community #golf #fundraiser #fundraising #thankyou #findacure #dipg #dipgawareness #chadwink #countryclub #walnutcreek

Happy birthday Tootie! Chad is celebrating you in heaven and you bring us so much joy here on earth. The perfect dog in the perfect timing. #happybirthday #chadtough #dogsofinstagram 🎂

I knew I had 12 miles planned today and was mentally ready for it, which is 75% of the battle. Then I had a terrible morning and just wanted to go back to bed. But I went out anyway.
Mile 10.5 my foot cramped up and it HURT to keep
going. I reminded myself over and over again why I was doing this and that any amount of pain I feel is nothing compared to what Amanda and Tammi feel not having their sweet boys here....it was the
push I needed. At the end, it felt good to finish what I had committed to.
If you want to learn more about the ChadTough Foundation, copy and paste my link below. And if you want to donate, any dollar helps and is appreciated! 14 miles to go! #dipgawareness #marathontraining #teamtommyarmystrong #chadtough #teamchadtough

https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/team-chadtough-2018-bank-of-america-chicago-marathon/careyobrien

Happy Birthday “Papa” Lloyd Carr! We all love you - this route is for you! 〽️🎂
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#goblue #happybirthday #family #football #chadtough #michigan

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