As many of my friends and family know, it's been a tough year and a long road on my journey to participate in the New York City Marathon. In 2012, after months of training, Superstorm Sandy devastated the lives of so many people in the area. The marathon was canceled, and rightly so. In 2013, I received multiple injuries after being in a motorcycle accident, grateful to be alive, but crushed that my NYC marathon dream was once again put on hold. Then, in March, 2014, the most life-changing event, the passing of my mother, Netta Meltzer, left me feeling lost and without purpose. My running was and is the only thing that keeps me going. My mother was my greatest fan and biggest supporter. She loved hearing about my running adventures and always made me feel like I was a superstar (even though I am squarely a middle-of-the pack runner).
So, I want to dedicate this 2014 NYC Marathon race to my beautiful, strong, funny, caring, and wonderful mother, NETTA MELTZER. I am raising funds for the Valley Hospice, whose staff gave my mom the best care imaginable, and to the Special Young People of North Bergen, the program my mother founded, which was her life, her joy, and her passion.
I plan to split all donations equally between these two very worthwhile organizations. If you feel it in your heart to give in any way, I, and I know my mom, who is ever a presence in the lives of so many still, would greatly appreciate it.