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Genevieve Coyle
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Sandy with her husband and two of her granddaughters, myself and my sister.
Sandy with her husband and two of her granddaughters, myself and my sister.

Welcome to my Pacing for Parkinson's fundraising page. You may be here because you want to support my running. Or perhaps you know someone in your life who is affected by Parkinson's. Or maybe you are here for the same reason I am here, because you know and love Sandy Swink. If you never had the joy of meeting her, she is the beautiful lady in blue in the picture above. 


Sandy led an amazing life and I cannot even begin to write about her here. If you didn't get the chance to meet her, I am sorry for you. She was truly incredible. Her husband Ron says regularly that Sandy taught him how to love. And that is just the tip of the iceberg. She loved all of her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren so fiercely and knew just how to show it. Even from her nursing home bed, a few weeks before her passing, I watched as she tickled the feet of her great granddaughter. Even in her pain, she took joy in making others happy. 


I officially started my training for this marathon in late June. As her health started to decline, and it was clear her time was growing short, for some reason it became important to me that my grandma was alive during my first training run. I chose to run this race for her and I knew it would mean something to me if she was still here when I officially began my journey. She was alive as I ran those first 3 miles and I spent most of my run thinking of how much I love her and why I was running for her. She passed away just 24 hours after that run. 


Whether it was sewing Halloween costumes, making TONS of candy each Christmas, or just giving one of those perfect grandma hugs, Sandy spent her life providing for others. Running this marathon to raise money for Parkinson's research and education is my way of channeling Sandy and providing for others. Anything that you are willing to give to Pacing for Parkinson's will help me honor who Sandy was. 


I will continue to think of her on every run.

Recent Contributors

Janet Bjodstrup Gitterman Date Received: 10/25/2017
"Love in action. You go gir!!"
Esther Coyle Date Received: 10/20/2017
"Go Genny! Love, Ted"
Erin Hoffman & Kyle Delldonna Amount: $ 40 Date Received: 10/20/2017
"We're so excited for you, Genny! Way to go!"
Kim, Andrew, Finley, Caesar And Wee Wingert #2 Wingert Amount: $ 150 Date Received: 10/17/2017
"Such a great way to honor such a wonderful woman! We miss you so much, grandma "
Lisa/Tim Swink Date Received: 10/16/2017
"We think it's awesome you're doing this Genny!! What a wonderful granddaughter you are to Grandma!!"
Dawn And Mike Sandman Date Received: 10/16/2017
"What a wonderful tribute to a wonderful woman. Very proud of you Genny!"
Joel Sandman Amount: $ 100 Date Received: 10/13/2017
"We all miss you, Grandma! Best of luck Genny!"
Josh Sandman Amount: $ 100 Date Received: 10/13/2017
Amanda Auler Amount: $ 100 Date Received: 10/12/2017
"Don't worry about your toenails! You don't need them anyway. And if Oprah did it, and we did it, so can you! Ha. (;"
Helen And Ed Kweskin Amount: $ 200 Date Received: 10/10/2017
"Good luck, Genny. I'm sure that your grandmother would be very proud of your efforts."
Denise/Bob DeConcini/Ramin Date Received: 09/28/2017
"So glad to honor your wonderful grandmother! She'd be proud of you--as she always was!"
Barb Nangle Amount: $ 25 Date Received: 09/15/2017
"Yay Genny! Rest in peace Sandy."
Jim & Linda Coyle Date Received: 09/11/2017
"Good luck Genny!"
Frances Bresnan Amount: $ 500 Date Received: 09/7/2017
"Good Luck Genny!!! We never met Sandy, but we know she produced a wonderful granddaughter! Much Love - Fran & Dennis "
Lucy And Adam Kweskin Amount: $ 72 Date Received: 09/7/2017
"Go Genny! So proud of you for running and for doing it in honor of your grandma and a wonderful charity! "
Howard Truss Date Received: 09/7/2017
Spencer Bresnan Amount: $ 200 Date Received: 09/5/2017
"Good luck baby I know you can do this!"
George Coyle Date Received: 09/3/2017
"Good luck on this tremendous endeavor for Sandy and good luck on the run, too."
Genevieve Coyle Amount: $ 100 Date Received: 09/2/2017
"When I am struggling through a run, I remind myself how strong Grandma Swink was and it helps me push through!"
Yvonne And George Coyle Date Received: 08/20/2017
"So proud of you for doing this Genny! Grandma would be proud of you too! Looking forward to October!"
Jenny Spillman Date Received: 07/26/2017
L McCarthy Date Received: 07/26/2017
Patricia Mangus Amount: $ 50 Date Received: 07/26/2017
"What a wonderful way to honor your grandmother. She would be so proud!"
Savina Barnsley Date Received: 07/26/2017
David Coyle Amount: $ 150 Date Received: 06/29/2017
"In loving memory of Sandy Swink. Her remarkable life has spread some much love. "
Chris Sandman Amount: $ 250 Date Received: 06/26/2017
"In memory of the wonderful woman we all knew as Grandma Swink. Thank you so much for doing this, Genny."